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Fourth Inclusive Innovation Summit Announced


 The City of Pittsburgh and Urban Redevelopment Authority of Pittsburgh (URA) today announced that the fourth annual Inclusive Innovation Summit will take place March 28 – March 30, 2019. Summit programming is designed to increase awareness and knowledge of best practices in inclusion, as well as encourage cross-sector collaboration. The Summit will shine a spotlight on important work that is done throughout the year to encourage innovation that uplifts everyone in the city. 

Previously known as Inclusive Innovation Week, the 2019 Summit will be structured differently than in years past. More than 40 events will take place over the course of three days, with all of the daytime programs occurring at a central Downtown location.  All of the programming will be free of charge and complimentary childcare, bus passes and refreshments will be provided.

“The Summit is an exciting opportunity for Pittsburghers to come together and gain valuable insights on inclusion and equity,” said Mayor William Peduto. “Having the Summit centered in one place this year means attendees can take part in more events and make more meaningful connections. We hope everyone has a chance to collaborate, learn from one another and celebrate the important work that is being done across sectors to promote inclusion."

“This year’s Summit is about strengthening partnerships to make Pittsburgh a stronger, more cohesive city,” added Robert Rubinstein, executive director of the URA. “The Summit will serve as a platform to elevate and amplify voices over the course of three action-packed days. We’re grateful to our many partners around the city who have made this event possible.”

The programming will be a combination of hands-on workshops, panels, presentations and discussions from a variety of organizations and businesses. It will be a great opportunity to meet leaders in the city and gain the tools and knowledge necessary to cultivate inclusion. A few events to look forward to include: 

3/28                 Kick-off at the Kelly Strayhorn Theater featuring a keynote by Del Johnson from Backstage Capital

3/29                 CreativeMornings Pittsburgh breakfast kick-off; Keynote address by Andre Perry; Silent Disco at the Children’s Museum

3/29-30           All-day programming at Point Park University and the new URA Building at 412 Boulevard of the Allies; Maker spaces, lightening talks, programming led by artists, lawyers, entrepreneurs, activists, journalists and many others

This Summit would not be possible without these sponsors: URA, City of Pittsburgh, Highmark, Children’s Museum of Pittsburgh, Choolaah, Google, AARP, Point Park University, Innovation Works, Idea Foundry, Remake Learning, Comcast, Internet Essentials, Next Act Fund, BoardBookit, Lyft, ACCESS, Healthy Ride, Uber, Port Authority, Parking Authority, Pittsburgh Technology Council, and the Pittsburgh Downtown Partnership.

For more information or to get involved visit our website. Pre-register for the Summit using this link. Participants and presenters are encouraged to download the App to assist with transportation planning, and scheduling for the weekend so you don’t miss out on events you want to be a part of. Follow @weinnovatepgh on Instagram and @pghip on Twitter to learn more about our partners and presenters and get a sneak peek at what to expect during the Summit.

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