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Second annual 'Inclusive Innovation Week' set for March 31-April 7


The City of Pittsburgh and Urban Redevelopment Authority (URA), along with more than 80 Pittsburgh organizations and businesses, have announced that Inclusive Innovation Week 2017 will take place March 31 – April 7.

Inclusive Innovation Week is a project of the Department of Innovation & Performance’s Roadmap for Inclusive Innovation, a city-wide strategy to provide equal access to products and services through new ideas, technologies, personnel and inventions.

“Pittsburgh is committed to being a welcoming city where innovative opportunities are for everyone,” said Mayor William Peduto. “Inclusive Innovation Week is a time to connect, collaborate, and learn while putting equity in innovation at the forefront of the conversation.”

This year, more than 60 events will take place across 20 of Pittsburgh’s neighborhoods. Throughout the week, 100 percent of the programming will have free or donation-based admission. Programming will range from classes and panels to community conversations, open office hours, and open houses. Through Inclusive Innovation Week, the City of Pittsburgh hopes to expand the view of innovation and make new connections across the city for event hosts and attendees.

“The business case for inclusion is strong: we need to keep diversifying in order to innovate,” said Anu Jain from Inclusant, and Inclusive Innovation Week event host.

Events and activities for the week include but are not limited to:

March 31 - Kick-off Inclusive Innovation Week at Creative Mornings with kick-off remarks from Councilman Dan Gilman and a conversation with Café con Leche’s Tara Sherry-Torres.

April 5 - Join Innovation Studio at Carnegie Museums of Pittsburgh for a lunchtime conversation at the Andy Warhol Museum with the team behind digital accessibility initiatives for the Carnegie Museums of Pittsburgh.

April 6 – Participate in “How to be a Muslim Ally Training” hosted by Hello Neighbor, The Islamic Center of Pittsburgh and The Graduate School of Public and International Affairs at The University of Pittsburgh. Head down the street, for a live broadcast at WQED exploring equity and opportunity in the Pittsburgh region.

April 7 – Close out the week at the Ace Hotel where winners of Steel City Codefest will be announced along with remarks from Mayor Peduto, Kate Dewey of The Forbes Funds, 412 Food Rescue’s Leah Lizarondo and more. Finish out the evening exploring Penn Avenue at the monthly Unblurred, First Friday celebration and stop by Futuremakers Mixtape at Alloy Studios.

The City of Pittsburgh, URA, and Inclusive Innovation Week partners welcome all residents and visitors to attend events throughout the week. Follow the conversation on Social Media by using and searching #WeInnovatePGH.

Complete details and a full calendar of events can be found at:


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