Pitt and CMU Students Spend Weekend Hacking Healthcare With the Help of IBM

Pitt and CMU Students Spend Weekend Hacking Healthcare With the Help of IBM October 28, 2019 Pitt students had no shortage of things to do Homecoming weekend. For more than 100 students of all levels from across the university, plus some from neighboring Carnegie Mellon, the opportunity to hack solutions to healthcare problems was more…

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Blast Furnace Teams Present at AlphaLab Gear

Pitt Student Entrepreneurs Get Tough Love and Encouragement at Demo Day July 2, 2019     View this post on Instagram   Blast Furnace update! Our final presentations Thursday June 27th and the teams are hard at work each week working on their ideas and improving their business plans. Check out these pics from this…

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Trek Wins $25,000 Top Prize in 2019 Randall Family Big Idea Competition

$100,000 in prize money awarded to student teams from across the University  March 21, 2019 Pitt student innovators with ideas ranging from an automated system for recording medical notes, to a game app for teaching computer coding to young girls, another for helping kids to learn to learn health eating habits, a device for more…

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HiberSense Wins $10K in AUTM Venture Challenge

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First IBM Bluehack at a University Reveals Pitt Students’ Passion for Problem Solving

October 19, 2018 Over 100 students from across the University, and a few from neighboring Carnegie Mellon, took control of the Pitt School of Computing and Information building on Bellefield Avenue last weekend hacking their ideas for improving healthcare, the Internet of Things (IoT), and any other idea they could think of to transform data…

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Evan Facher Appointed Director of Innovation Institute

Following a record year for Pitt innovation, Evan Facher has been appointed Vice Chancellor for Innovation and Entrepreneurship and Director of the Innovation Institute.

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First Gear Teams Awarded Commercialization Funds

July 30, 2018 A team of Pitt researchers developing a high resolution microscope at a fraction of the size and cost of existing products was awarded $20,000 from the Chancellor's Innovation Commercialization Funds at the demonstration day for the Pitt Ventures First Gear commercialization program. Under the name miniSTORM, the team is led by Hongqiang…

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Blast Furnace Accelerator Strengthens Pitt Student Ideas on Path to Startups

  July 6, 2018 Rising junior engineering students Sneha Jeevan and Shivani Tuli came to Pitt with entrepreneurship on their minds. Following their participation in the Randall Family Big Idea Competition last February and March, they were eager to continue to develop their idea for a medication dispensing bottle and app that would make it…

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Pitt Student Startup Four Growers Accepted into Silicon Valley Accelerator

Latest News Caps a Whirlwind Spring for Team Developing a Robotic Greenhouse Tomato Harvesting System Brandon Contino and Dan Chi are going to San Francisco, but instead of flowers in their hair, they will be wearing the laurels of being accepted into one of the most prestigious startup accelerators in the world, Y Combinator. This…

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Blast Furnace Student Accelerator Welcomes 10 Student Teams

May 3, 2018 The academic year might be over, but a dedicated group of nearly 30 entrepreneurial Pitt students of all levels from across the University will be working to launch their big ideas into the world. Now in its third year, the Blast Furnace, a program of the Innovation Institute's Big Idea Center for…

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