Pittsburgh Technical Council

Pittsburgh Tech News Roundup 9/14-9/18

Pittsburgh Tech News Roundup 9/14-9/18

Article Published: September 18, 2015

Winding down another week at that Pittsburgh Technology Council, we are still stoked to have hosted Chris Roberts at our Cybersecurity event. If you don’t know Chris, just Google “hacking United Airlines” and see what comes up. This guy is a top expert on cybersecurity/hacking and gave some fantastic insight to our members. Key take away: people are your weakest link in security. You have to build a culture where security is a top priority, then technology can come into play.

Here’s what else our members were up to this week:

SDLC Partners, a provider of healthcare business and technology solutions, announced that it will be speaking with Gateway Health’s Chief Business Development Officer, Austin Ifedirah at the upcoming AHIP’s 2015 National Conferences on Medicare and Medicaid. The conference will take place in Washington D.C. on October 18th – 22nd. To register or for additional details on AHIP’s 2015 National Conferences on Medicare and Medicaid, visit the AHIP conference link at http://www.ahip.org/MCMCDuals2015/

On September 24th, ProfromGo is teaming up with Google and the Pittsburgh North Chamber of Commerce to host its "Let's Put Cranberry On The Map" workshop. In this workshop we'll teach businesses in the Cranberry and surrounding areas how they can best connect with their customers at the right time and right moment. Register for the event here. 

TiER1 Performance Solutions, a corporate learning and change management company, was named to Inc. Magazine’s Inc. 5000 list of the fastest growing private businesses in the U.S. for the ninth year in a row.Growing 64% over the last three years, TiER1 is ranked #4262 on the list. In addition to being ranked #4262 on the overall list, TiER1 is one of fewer than 100 companies to be on the list for more than eight consecutive years.

Keylingo Translations, one of North America’s largest providers of technology enabled language solutions for global business, was also named to Inc. Magazine's Inc. 5000 list. This is the second consecutive year that Keylingo has received this honor.

Jay Whitacre, Ph.D., a Materials Scientist and Professor at Carnegie Mellon University’s College of Engineering, is the recipient of the 2015 $500,000 Lemelson-MIT Prize. Whitacre is the inventor of the Aqueous Hybrid Ion (AHI™) battery, a reliable, environmentally-benign and cost-efficient energy storage system. Aquion Energy is commercializing the technology. This first-of-its-kind battery, often used in combination with solar and wind energy systems, stores significant amounts of energy at a low cost per joule and allows for around-the-clock consumption. Whitacre’s AHI™ battery, developed using abundant and inexpensive resources including water, sodium and carbon, can help reduce dependence on fossil fuels and make sustainable energy a viable alternative.

Congrats to Management Science Associates as the National Academy of Television Arts & Sciences has bestowed it the prestigious Emmy® Award in the area of Technology and Engineering for its GABRIEL® software application. GABRIEL was the first integrated ad sales, traffic, and billing system designed specifically for the national cable network industry.  It is being recognized in the category of “Pioneering Development of Data Driven Traffic Systems for Multichannel Environments.” 

Michael Baker International, a global engineering, consulting, planning, technical and professional services company, announced that it is one of the first in its industry to receive certification from the Federal Aviation Administration to operate several types of fixed-wing and vertical take-off and landing Unmanned Aircraft Systems (UAS) . By deploying UAS technology, Michael Baker can now capture robust, real-time aerial photographs and video as well as conduct aerial mapping for its clients that need surveys or inspections of a site.

“Our UAS capability builds upon the company’s full continuum of innovative solutions that immediately enhance timeframes for planning and executing projects in surface transportation, utilities infrastructure, land development, pipelines and many other markets,” said Robert Hanson, senior vice president and the firm’s Geospatial Practice leader.

Last, but not least, Matrix Solutions, a provider of media customer relationship management (CRM) and sales intelligence software, announced a new alliance with BIA/Kelsey, a leading research, consulting and advisory service company focused exclusively on local media. In partnership, BIA/Kelsey's knowledge and industry expertise, coupled with their Media Ad View solution, will deliver enhanced value to Matrix CRM & Sales Intelligence platform users.



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