By Caitlin Elizabeth Cesa | Photographs by Sarah Collins
WHO:500 guests, including Wiz Khalifa, John Battelle, Katie Stanton, Rasu Shrestha, Mickey McManus, Jory Des Jardins, Jordon Rooney, Joel Lunenfeld, Aneesh Chopra, Marc Ruxin, and Tal Heppenstall
WHAT: Thrival Innovation Marquee Event — “Intelligence: Humans X Tech” is part of the larger Thrival Innovation + Music Festival, the proceeds of which go to support Ascender, an independent 501 (c)(3) nonprofit that provides community programming, resources, and office space for entrepreneurs and start-ups.
WHERE:Carnegie Museum of Art
HIGHLIGHTS:In celebration of the work of world-renowned artist and technologist Ian Cheng, the event focused on interactivity and artificial intelligence, featuring more than 30 art presentations, exhibits, and demonstrations, which fit the theme. Keynote talks were given by national, influential thought leaders who have played an important role in shaping the global market.
“We couldn’t be more pleased with the outcome. It was a fantastic night that demonstrated to an audience from around the U.S. that Pittsburgh is a technology and culture leader.” — Dan Law, director at Thrival and vice president of business development at Ascender