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Big Brothers Big Sisters of Greater Pittsburgh holds STARTup SOMETHING event at SolePower

Big Brothers Big Sisters of Greater Pittsburgh holds STARTup SOMETHING event at SolePower

Article Published: September 17, 2014

Mentors and youth will be “blown away” on September 27 from 11:30 a.m. to 2:30 p.m. at a workshop hosted by SolePower to learn about renewable energy. The event takes place at the Techshop located at 192 Bakery Square Blvd in Pittsburgh.

The BBBS matches will create a fully-functional mini wind energy kit.

The workshop is the first in a new year of STARTup SOMETHING events, the agency’s initiative that introduces youth to the concept of entrepreneurship and career options in the technology sector while also providing a means for startup companies to “give back” to their community.

“These energetic Carnegie Mellon-educated engineers are terrific role models for our youth and can help them realize that creative ideas can come to fruition and even help make our world cleaner and greener,” said Jan Glick, CEO of Big Brothers Big Sisters of Greater Pittsburgh.

SolePower was founded in 2012 by Matt Stanton and Hahna Alexander, who took their class assignment to improve the lives of students on campus and created what is now known as the SolePower EnSole shoe insert.  The EnSole harvests energy from walking and converts it into into electric power, which is then stored in a battery. The battery can be used to charge portable electronic devices like cell phones or GPS.

SolePower is the winner of the 2014 Popular Science Invention Award and Steve Case’s Rise of the Rest Tour.

Big Brothers Big Sisters of Greater Pittsburgh provides children facing adversity professionally supported one-to-one relationships that change their lives for the better, forever. The agency’s evidence-based programs empower these children to achieve educational success, avoid risky behaviors, set higher aspirations and develop greater confidence. BBBS of Greater Pittsburgh serves about 1,200 children annually in Allegheny, Greene and Washington counties and has earned national recognition for program quality and organizational excellence.

STARTup SOMETHING is supported in part by a grant from Google.

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