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TechShop Tour and Talk: Sustainability and the Maker Movement

April 26, 2016 @ 8:30 am - 10:00 am EDT

What connects sustainability and the maker movement? What makes Pittsburgh a special place for product designers and entrepreneurs working to solve issues of clean energy and design? Come to TechShop Pittsburgh for a tour and to hear different perspectives from those working at the intersection of sustainability and creativity.




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Pittsburgh is one of only 9 U.S. cities lucky enough to have a TechShop, a community-based workshop and prototyping studio on a mission to democratize access to the tools of innovation. TechShop Pittsburgh is a 16,000 square foot workshop space offering local makers access to world class tools and equipment, computers, classes, and a supportive atmosphere of like-minded creatives. Located in Bakery Square, TechShop is just one local example of co-working spaces that offer a unique set of benefits to entrepreneurs in our area (and hey, shared resources means a smaller footprint!).

Guests will start the morning with a tour of TechShop, learning about the different machines and areas of the shop, while also discovering some of the items that can be produced there. Then we’ll head to the conference room for coffee, breakfast and discussion about the intersection of sustainability and the maker movement.

About our Speakers:

Kelly Henderson: Eden Hall K-12 Education Coordinator, Chatham University
Kelly leads K-12 Programs, including field trips and teacher professional development opportunities, at Chatham’s Eden Hall campus and helps kids discover connections between sustainability and creativity. Eden Hall has offered a range of K-12 and community programs around building school- or home-scale solar-powered ovens, vertical gardening systems, fermented foods, aquaponics systems and more. Kelly also works with Chatham’s undergraduate and graduate students to develop experiential activities to showcase Eden Halls’ innovative technologies, including renewable energy technologies, an onsite water treatment system, high performance buildings, and sustainable agriculture practices.

Matt Stanton: Co-founder, SolePower
SolePower is a great local example of how the maker movement in Pittsburgh can lead to amazing, sustainable technologies. Developed at Carnegie Mellon University, prototyped at TechShop, and supported through AlphaLab Gear and Innovation Works, SolePower is developing power generating insoles that turn your natural motion of walking into a source of renewable & portable power for your gadgets. Co-founder Matt Stanton will share his experiences as a product designer in Pittsburgh and what unique resources, challenges, and opportunities he encountered throughout his process.

Jeffrey McDaniel: Executive in Residence, Innovation Works
Jeffrey McDaniel works with the management teams of start-up, clean energy and manufacturing technology companies to identify and address critical business issues including intellectual property creation and protection, international product development, marketing, sales, fundraising, management recruitment and growth planning. Prior to joining Innovation Works, Jeffrey was in charge of business development and strategy for the emerging technology R&D portfolio for Westinghouse Electric Company, developing clean energy solutions and products, and providing organizational leadership for technology teams.  He also led the global implementation of new Sustainability technology and innovation design processes.



8:30 – 9:00 a.m. – Tech Shop Tour

9:00 – 10:00 a.m – Presentations and Discussion (breakfast and coffee will be available)


Learning Objectives:

1.Identify the links between the maker movement and sustainability.

2.Learn how a work space like Tech Shop can contribute to the shared economy and inspire our region’s next generation of innovators and product designers.

3.Discover how some Pittsburghers are addressing issues of sustainability and clean energy through innovation.

4.Learn about resources available in Pittsburgh that are helping to drive both creativity and clean innovation.

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This event is approved for 1.5 GBCI CEUs and 1.5 AIA HSW hours.

Partnering with USGBC and AIA, GBA makes it easy for our members to report continuing education credits. Please provide your GBCI and/or AIA number so we can auto-report your credits (for applicable events). Non-members can still earn continuing education credits but will need to self-report their GBCI CEUs.




April 26, 2016
8:30 am - 10:00 am
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Leslie Montgomery


Tech Shop
192 Bakery Square Boulevard
Pittsburgh, 15206 United States
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