TechVibe Radio BirdBrain

This broadcast of TechVibe Radio is an action-packed hour of geeking out with the best of Pittsburgh’s technology ecosystem. Find out how BirdBrain Technologies is teaching children the fundamentals of robotics. Etzel Engineer & Build will talk about building everything from high-tech server rooms to the new entrance facade at Nova Place. If that’s not enough we’ll overview the upcoming Carnegie Science Awards — nominations are now under way. And, learn about the power of the Edge Women’s Leadership Development Program in helping mid-career women move up the business ladder.

Carnegie Science Awards

The Carnegie Science Awards program honors and celebrates the innovators whose outstanding science and technology achievements make western Pennsylvania great and inspire the next generation. Nominations are now being solicited until Dec. 1, and the program culminates in May at the annual Carnegie Science Awards Celebration.

Etzel Engineer & Build

Etzel specializes in technology construction, which includes mission critical infrastructure such as data centers and telecommunications hubs, as well as commercial construction including tenant fit-outs. Etzel is a “Merit Shop” general contractor, implementing a best practices approach to design and construction. This process allows Etzel to deliver safety, quality, schedule, and owner satisfaction in a cost-effective manner.

BirdBrain Technologies

Founded in 2010, BirdBrain Technologies LLC is devoted to creating robots and electronics that educate and inspire. BirdBrain’s products are the result of university-based research endeavors that rest on three pillars:

1. End-users make significant contributions at all parts of the design process.
2. Pre-commercial designs are piloted in real educational settings.
3. Curricula and documentation are co-evolved with hardware and software.

BirdBrain’s products, the Finch robot and the Hummingbird Robotics Kit, are designed to improve motivation and learning in STEM education. Since launch in 2011, Finch has been adopted at more than 150 high schools and college CS classrooms. Hummingbird, launched in the summer of 2012, is rapidly expanding into middle school arts, technology, math, and science classes and workshops.

EDGE Women’s Leadership

EDGE is the first women’s mentoring experience of its kind targeting mid-career professionals. The Pittsburgh Technology Council’s efforts in this area are currently focused on two different experiences for women: a 2 day summer retreat and a 9 month cohort.