Innovation http://wesa.fm en Pittsburgh Innovations in Energy http://wesa.fm/post/pittsburgh-innovations-energy <p>When it comes to Pittsburgh’s growing energy landscape, innovation does not usually come to mind right away. But the region has been at the forefront of important energy innovations at the private, federal, and university level for more than 100 years.</p><p>Two events in the coming weeks aim to bring these worlds together, the <a href="http://www.enterpriseforumpittsburgh.com/energy-event/">Enterprise Forum Pittsburgh</a> and the 3rd annual <a href="http://www.cvent.com/events/3rd-annual-energy-innovation-conference/event-summary-deed848257a24c3e83cc63f6516159ef.aspx">Energy and Innovation Conference</a>. Fri, 06 Sep 2013 20:01:05 +0000 hmcclain 16117 at http://wesa.fm Pittsburgh Innovations in Energy The Thrill Mill: Contributing to Pittsburgh's Business Ecosystem http://wesa.fm/post/thrill-mill-contributing-pittsburghs-business-ecosystem <p>Startup incubators provide entrepreneurs with opportunities to grow their ideas in an affordable space, with resources, mentoring and sometimes funding. They’ve sprung up all over Pittsburgh, especially in East Liberty.&nbsp;</p><p><a href="http://thrillmill.com/team/">The Thrill Mill</a> and its incubator space, the <a href="http://thrillmill.com/hustle-den/">Hustle Den</a>, is one of the new kids on the block. And while many incubators are focused on technology, Thrill Mill is supporting some diverse innovators.</p><p>For Bobby Zappala founder of the Thrill Mill, it all started when he moved back to Pittsburgh from Washington D.C. in 2006. He says he and his friends wanted to connect with other young people who had interesting business ideas. He says they host regular gatherings which became very popular. Fri, 30 Aug 2013 20:46:07 +0000 Heather McClain 15764 at http://wesa.fm The Thrill Mill: Contributing to Pittsburgh's Business Ecosystem Making Pittsburgh Appealing for Immigration & Innovation http://wesa.fm/post/making-pittsburgh-appealing-immigration-innovation <p>Hundreds of immigrants come to Pittsburgh to refine their skills in engineering and the sciences at schools like CMU and University of Pittsburgh. But current immigration laws often cannot keep this potential workforce in the United States.</p><p>Brian Kennedy, Vice President of Strategic Services and Government Relations for the <a href="http://www.pghtech.org/">Pittsburgh Technology Council</a> says these potential entrepreneurs are leaving Pittsburgh for places that have more comprehensive immigration legislation.</p><p> Fri, 16 Aug 2013 22:24:57 +0000 Katherine Blackley 14996 at http://wesa.fm Making Pittsburgh Appealing for Immigration & Innovation The Business of Manufacturing with Rebecca Harris http://wesa.fm/post/business-manufacturing-rebecca-harris <p>According to business contributor <strong>Rebecca Harris</strong>, rumors of American manufacturing's&nbsp;demise&nbsp;have been greatly exaggerated.</p><p>The manufacturing industry in the United States is growing in a very real way, contributing roughly $1.74 trillion to the US GDP on an annual basis for the past several years and continuing to grow. According to Harris, many large name American companies, including GE and Whirlpool, are actually bringing parts of their manufacturing operations back to the US, thereby adding even more manufacturing jobs and openings. Over the past 3 years, manufacturers have added roughly 500,000 new jobs to their operations.</p><p>Harris adds that the manufacturing sector isn't close to slowing down.&nbsp; There are still vacant jobs to fill. The only problem is finding well-trained laborers to fill it. Tue, 09 Jul 2013 19:54:25 +0000 jlavanga 12802 at http://wesa.fm The Business of Manufacturing with Rebecca Harris App Certain: Internet Security On Mobile Devices http://wesa.fm/post/app-certain-internet-security-mobile-devices <p>Many parents find it’s important to monitor their child's screen time on the home computer.</p><p>But they may not consider the fact that mobile devices such as smart-phones and tablets are swiftly becoming our most prominently used computers.</p><p><strong>Spencer Whitman</strong>, CEO of <a href="https://www.appcertain.com/"><strong>App Certain</strong></a> says most parents don’t realize what their kids are doing on mobile devices, especially when it comes to apps.</p><p>So App Certain gives parents a window into the behavior of the mobile apps their kids are downloading. Fri, 28 Jun 2013 23:47:11 +0000 Heather McClain 12288 at http://wesa.fm App Certain: Internet Security On Mobile Devices Exploring Pittsburgh's Innovation Trends http://wesa.fm/post/exploring-pittsburghs-innovation-trends <p></p><p>What happens when Pittsburgh's biggest innovators branch out to new territory?<br><br>ALung has been making waves with the <a href="http://bit.ly/16nyBOl">Hemolung </a>Respiratory Assist System. They've gathered major funding to sell in Europe and <a href="http://bit.ly/1aw3D3e">now China</a>. But big questions must be raised about intellectual property rights. How can companies protect themselves and flourish at the same time?<br><br>And right now one of the hottest trends in the startup world is <a href="http://cdixon.org/2013/04/30/hardware-startups/?utm_medium=referral&amp;utm_source=pulsenews">hardware</a>. Instead of building apps and Web products, companies are building physical hardware that you can buy and use, like the folks at <a href="http://www.4moms.com/">4Moms</a>. Tue, 28 May 2013 23:09:02 +0000 Heather McClain 10367 at http://wesa.fm Exploring Pittsburgh's Innovation Trends Pop City Innovation News http://wesa.fm/post/pop-city-innovation-news-0 <p></p><p>Innovative product development and manufacturing is not new in Pittsburgh. Each week, Pop City tech and innovation reporter <a href="http://www.popcitymedia.com/innovationnews/"><strong>Deb Smit</strong></a> has a plethora of companies and concepts to choose from when reporting on the next big thing. Wed, 22 May 2013 01:00:00 +0000 Heather McClain 9966 at http://wesa.fm Pop City Innovation News Pop City Innovation News http://wesa.fm/post/pop-city-innovation-news <p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">&nbsp;&nbsp;</span>Each week, the e-zine <a href="http://www.popcitymedia.com/innovationnews/">Pop City</a> publishes stories of Pittsburgh’s newest innovations, startups and more. Pop City Tech and Innovation reporter <strong>Debra Smit</strong> joins us now for a look at Pittsburgh’s innovation news. Could Pittsburgh become a hub for "big data?" Wed, 27 Mar 2013 01:00:00 +0000 Heather McClain 6833 at http://wesa.fm Pop City Innovation News Talking TechShop and Innovation with Deb Smit http://wesa.fm/post/talking-techshop-and-innovation-deb-smit <p></p><p><a href="http://www.popcitymedia.com/innovationnews/">Pop City </a>reporter, <strong>Debra Diamond Smit</strong> returns with a look at <a href="http://www.techshop.ws/pittsburgh_preview_images.html">TechShop Pittsburgh</a>, an innovative way for people to test out their manufacturing ideas. And <a href="http://birchmerevc.com/">Birchmere Ventures</a>, a big name in venture capital starts funding the little guys with <a href="http://birchmerelabs.com/">Birchmere Labs</a>.</p><p> Thu, 28 Feb 2013 16:10:21 +0000 Heather McClain 1753 at http://wesa.fm Talking TechShop and Innovation with Deb Smit