Pittsburgh Tech Events

Mark your calendar for a whole slew of events throughout Pittsburgh’s tech sector. From networking to knowledge share, there’s an event to fit your schedule.

Industry Weapon Meet & Greet

Wednesday, August 28, 2019 | 8:30 am – 9:30 am | 900 Parish Street, Floor 2, Pittsburgh, PA 15220

Looking for an exciting career in the software industry? Don’t miss our next meet & greet on August 28th @ 8:30AM. Fill out THIS FORM to register.

Free Preview: The Dale Carnegie Course – Cranberry, PA

Monday, September 9, 2019 | 6:00 pm-7:30 pm

This 90-minute preview shows you how you can get that edge in your professional and personal life by learning communications, leadership and other personal skills that will help you in any role in any industry.  You’ll experience a Dale Carnegie class, participate in a fun exercise, develop or hone an important skill and learn about professional development opportunities that can help you in your career.

To register or for info, contact david.radin@dalecarnegie.com

Building a Consistent Repeatable Scalable Sales Machine

Tuesdays starting September 10, 2019

This masterclass / mentoring series is for executives responsible for growing sales, such as VP or Director of Sales or CEO/Founder as well as those being groomed for that role.  We’ll do a gap analysis on your sales organization’s prowess, help you find parts of your revenue projections that are subject to failure (or don’t make sense), help you assess the skills of your key players related to attaining revenue, and work with you on various aspects of growing your sales team and implementing sales tools.  You’ll walk away with a custom sales blueprint for yourself and your team including tools that will help you take what you’ve learned and implement for your own organization to create your own 360-degree Sales MMachine™ or enhance the sales machine you already have in place.

Previous participants have said: “You’ll fortify your understanding of what you’re doing well and where you can make that better.”, “Brought me to a new level; gave me several insights in a single session” and “This class is an utter necessity!”

This masterclass / mentoring series is held 7 times over 10 weeks to help you fit it into your busy travel schedule.  Three sessions are in Pittsburgh, four of them are web-conferences.  Also available in Cleveland and to attend completely online.

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RedChairPGH Presents Negotiation Workshop for Women in Tech

Saturday, September 14, 2019 | 9:00 AM – 12:00 PM | AlphaLab Gear

Research has shown that men tend to achieve better economic results in negotiation than women. This can impact salary, rates of promotion, resources needed to ‘get the job done’, etc. Redchair is hosting a hands-on negotiation workshop for mid-career female technology professionals to help them use proven negotiation skills and approaches and narrow the gender negotiation gap. Childcare will be provided during the workshop through a partnership with Flexable.  Food will be provided at no extra cost thanks to our sponsor RedTree Web Design.

What to expect: This workshop will help participants articulate their value and negotiate effectively. Topics covered include:

  • Strategies for claiming and creating value in negotiations
  • How to effectively prepare for a negotiation
  • How to avoid common negotiation traps
  • Helpful phrases and questions to use in negotiations

Our Speaker

Taya R. Cohen, PhD
Associate Professor of Organizational Behavior & Theory, Tepper School of Business, Carnegie Mellon University

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Data Breach Live!

Tuesday, September 17, 2019 | 12:00 pm – 4:00 pm | Heinz Field – Press Box

The U.S. National Cyber Security Alliance found that 60 percent of small companies go out of business within six months of a cyber attack

Organizations of all sizes continue to fall victim to data breaches and other cyber crime tactics at a growing rate. We know that security is the top IT priority for most businesses but when reality sets in, it’s often an afterthought.

Hosted by HUB International, Dagostino Electronic Services, and Fortinet, the “Data Breach Live” event is a unique experience for professionals who could be directly involved if a cyber-incident were to impact, or potentially impact, their organization.

Witness a series of cyber security incidents leading up to and including a data breach! All demonstrations are based on similar cases that have occurred in the past, using real programs and malware.

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PMCentersUSA-Katz Center for Executive Education on-site training offerings – Fall/ Winter 2019

Project Management Essentials – Sept. 11-12, 2019 | 8:30 a.m. – 5 p.m. | 634 Alpha Drive | The application of sound project management techniques has been demonstrated to improve the chances of successfully completing work efforts within the constraints of time, cost and quality.  This course prepares you to immediately start implementing these principles and techniques. You’ll learn how to develop effective project schedules considering resources and risks as well as how to integrate and execute the basic functions of project initiating, planning, execution, control and closing throughout the lifecycle of a project. You’ll also gain hands-on experience with Microsoft Project.

Best Practices for Developing Project Schedules – Sept. 18, 2019 | 8:30 a.m. – 5 p.m. | 634 Alpha Drive | What are the consequences to your project if the schedule is incorrect? How confident are you in the accuracy of your project schedules? This essential scheduling course uses practical exercises to cover the basic skills needed to create and maintain a correct project schedule that contains tasks and resources. You’ll learn Precedence Diagramming and the Critical Path Method as well as how picking the task type affects schedule calculations. Schedule contingency, the proper use of constraints and methods for compressing a schedule will also be presented. Students gain hands-on experience with a range of schedule scenarios from the many exercises in this class.

Project Leadership – Sept. 25-26, 2019 | 8:30 a.m. – 5 p.m. | 634 Alpha Drive | Project managers typically have high responsibility, but low authority for project team members from various functional groups. Despite this matrix environment, the expectation for project managers is to obtain top performance from the project team and deliver successful projects. This intensive course covers the leadership role of the project manager, including the use of situational leadership, and imparts leadership strategies for managing change, dealing with conflicts, and conducting project negotiations.

3-Day Business Analysis Training – Oct. 1-3, 2019 | 8:30 a.m. – 5 p.m. | 634 Alpha Drive | Business analysis is the discipline of identifying business needs, determining solutions to business problems, and for a specific project eliciting, analyzing, documenting and managing requirements. Proper application of business analysis on a project dramatically increases the chances of successfully completing the project and obtaining the project benefits. This course provides the fundamental knowledge needed to perform a wide range of business analysis activities on projects, both Waterfall and Agile, and covers the types of project requirements and key business analysis processes. Several hands-on exercises are included throughout the class for students to practice the many techniques presented.

Project Scope and Quality Management – Oct. 9-10, 2019 | 8:30 a.m. – 5 p.m. | 634 Alpha Drive | There is much synergy between scope and quality on projects. Both are concerned with making sure the project includes just the work needed to complete the project successfully, along with ensuring the project satisfies the needs for which it is undertaken. This course covers proven techniques for the management of scope and quality on projects. Key to this is learning techniques for determining and prioritizing project requirements as well as key concepts and tools for managing and controlling quality on projects.

Introduction to Agile – Oct. 16-17, 2019 |14 PDUs | 8:30 a.m. – 5 p.m. | 634 Alpha Drive | This course covers the concepts, principles, and structure of Agile development, including the most commonly used Agile methodology, Scrum. Other Agile methods including Extreme Programming, Kanban, and Lean will also be reviewed. You’ll gain a solid foundation for incorporating Agile techniques into your organization and learn how to build your Agile team, how to scale Agile to large projects and multiple teams, and how to integrate traditional processes with Agile.  Several hands-on exercises are incorporated to understand proper application of key scrum concepts and techniques such as User Stories, Sprint planning, Agile estimation techniques, Retrospectives and more.

Project Schedule and Cost Management – Oct. 23-24, 2019 | 8:30 a.m. – 5 p.m. | 634 Alpha Drive | The project schedule and budget are key elements of the project management plan. Successful project completion is unlikely without a complete and correct schedule and budget managed throughout project execution. This course covers how to decompose the Work Breakdown Structure (WBS) into activities, including methods for estimating resource requirements and tasks duration. You’ll also learn how to develop the project network diagram and conduct critical path method analysis and forecast cost and completion of projects using earned value and earned schedule analysis.

Effective Risk Management Skills – Nov. 5, 2019 | 8:30 a.m. – 5 p.m. | 634 Alpha Drive | How often are your projects impacted by an unanticipated event? Are you constantly ‘putting out fires on your projects? Become proactive rather than reactive by learning an effective risk management process including best practices for risk identification, risk analysis and risk response planning. This course will enable you to improve your ability to identify and manage risk on projects, which can be either threats or opportunities.  This course includes time for exercises and sample problems to practice the tools and techniques presented throughout the day.

Project Risk and Procurement Management – Nov. 6-7, 2019 | 8:30 a.m. – 5 p.m. | 634 Alpha Drive | Projects are done in an uncertain and changing environments, sometimes including outsource project work, which results in numerous potential risks. Project managers and teams must work effectively with purchasing professionals, vendors and suppliers to accomplish project objectives. Successful management of project risks and procurements helps project teams avoid surprises and increases the chances of project success. Learn how to apply the concepts of risk and contract/procurement management correctly through in-class exercises on an actual project.

Best Practices for Program Management – Nov. 12-14, 2019 |21 PDUs | 8:30 a.m. – 5 p.m. | 634 Alpha Drive | A program is defined as related projects, subsidiary programs, and other program activities managed in a coordinated manner to obtain benefits not possible when managing them individually. With program management maturity, an organization’s projects are far more successful. This course introduces the best practices for the program manager and covers the 5 performance domains identified by the Project Management Institute (PMI)® in The Standard for Program Management®. You’ll get hands-on experience through the course case studies applying the various concepts and techniques presented and you’ll practice handling program changes and risk events. Completion of this course will equip you to develop a program management strategy in an organization that’s acquainted with ‘management by projects’.   This course also benefits those interested in sitting for PMI’s PgMP certification exam.

Management of Resources, Stakeholders and Communications – Nov. 20-21, 2019 | 8:30 a.m. – 5 p.m. | 634 Alpha Drive | Project resource management addresses the processes and functions needed to make most effective use of people involved with projects. Project communications management addresses the need to ensure timely and appropriate development and dissemination of information.  In this course, you’ll learn proven principles and techniques for the effective management of human resources and communications on projects to assure project success in terms of schedule, cost, quality, and stakeholder satisfaction.

Project Management Professional (PMP) & Certified Associate in Project Management (CAPM) Examination Preparation – Jan. 28-29, 2020 | 8:30 a.m. – 5 p.m. | 634 Alpha Drive | This course provides an extensive review of the subject matter tested on the PMI® PMP® and CAPM® examinations and is specifically designed to maximize the probability of success in passing the certification exam the first time. The 5 project management process groups and 10 knowledge areas from the PMBOK® Guide, Sixth Edition will be covered comprehensively. In addition, attendees will improve their test-taking skills by completing 200 practice questions and by discussing the rationale behind both correct and incorrect answers in class. Each student will receive a manual, which includes an additional 200 sample examination questions for use during self-study.

PTC, PLPGH, TRETC and PAECT Networking Event – Happy Hour at Social House 7

Monday, September 23, 2019 | 5:30 pm – 6:30 pm | Social House 7

Please join us for a happy hour networking event immediately prior to the CelebratED program at the O’Reilly Theater.

As we launch the new school year, please join the SWPA Personalized Learning Network (PLPGH), PA Association for Education Communications and Technology (PAECT) Three Rivers Educational Technology Conference (TRETC) planning team and the Pittsburgh Technology Council (PTC) for a social/networking event on Monday, September 23 from 5:30 – 6:30pm at Social House 7.

We are gathering immediately prior to the CelebratED event that starts at 7:00pm in the O’Reilly Theater (just around the corner from Social House 7).

Help us celebrate the amazing and innovative education projects from the HundrED Spotlight on Pittsburgh. Many of these projects will be showcased at TRETC on October 14 (Baldwin High School).

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Data Science Automation LabVIEW Fundamentals 1 & 2

October 21-25, 2019 | 8:30 am – 5:00 pm Monday – Friday

Course Description: Learn LabVIEW and dataflow programming concepts, data types & arrays, loops & common structures for cases and events. Location: Data Science Automation Certified Training Center, 375 Valley Brook Road, McMurray PA 15317

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Digital Bridge Industry 4.0 Conference

Thursday, October 31, 2019 | DoubleTree Hilton Pittsburgh-Cranberry

Catalyst Connection will be hosting Digital Bridge 2019, Pittsburgh’s Industry 4.0 Conference at the DoubleTree Hilton Pittsburgh-Cranberry on Thursday, October 31st! This annual event is an opportunity for manufacturers to come together and learn about Industry 4.0 – the marriage of physical and digital technologies. Attendees of Digital Bridge 2019 will learn how to leverage existing & emerging technologies to reduce costs, increase value to customers, attract & retain talent, and remain competitive in today’s market. REGISTER TODAY

CALL FOR PRESENTATIONS: Catalyst Connection is now accepting abstracts for presentations that are informative, engaging and entertaining. Presentations should focus on technology applications for small manufacturers, implementing practical and cost-effective solutions, addressing workforce challenges, and case studies presented by or jointly with the end-user. Submitted abstracts should be based on one of the following Industry 4.0 Categories.:

·         Digital/Smart Factory: IoT / Big Data / Analytics / etc.

·         Robotics

·         Additive Manufacturing (AM)

·         Cybersecurity

If you are interested in presenting at Digital Bridge 2019, please upload and submit your presentations here: https://form.jotform.com/81793902056158