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DATA 2014 FINALISTS ANNOUNCED: Register Now for Pittsburgh’s First National Creative Technologies Summit, Exhibition and Awards Gala

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DATA 2014:

DATA 2014 is a national celebration of creative technologies in Pittsburgh, PA.

Founded at the intersection of Design, Art and Technology, this two-day event is an opportunity to engage with folks from all around the country on the newest trends in creativity and innovation. DATA is an event like no other — a mash-up of networking, interactivity and new ideas — showcasing the year’s most innovative art and technology projects, experiments and achievements.


The DATA conference brings together artists, entrepreneurs, geeks, investors, makers, innovation leaders, students and regular ole folk to be inspired by each other, discover new opportunities, and find out what’s next. Topics span the creative tech gamut, including design, gaming, film & television, robotics, mobile applications, education, edutainment, new media advertising, industrial design, architecture, animation, social networks, music, fine art, and much more. This day-long think tank is packed full of workshops, panels and talks on the newest and most exciting innovations and ideas!


An array of the year’s newest debuts in Creative Technology will be exhibited on Thursday, May 8 at the DATA Interactive Exhibition.Over 50 DATA Award finalists will be demo-ing their latestcreations and innovations for DATA guests and participants!


This annual gala and awards ceremony is one of the signature art and technology events around. Each year, the Creative Technology Network honors the best and brightest creative tech innovators with a party like no other! Be inspired by our keynote speaker, Penelope Trunk. Meet the makers of some of the coolest new art and tech at the Interactive Exhibition. Eat, drink and make friends all night long to a backdrop of artwork, tech, live music, and mixing-and-mingling with all the people you want to know.


Willo O’Brien: Opening Keynote, Thursday, May 8, 9am

Entrepreneur and co-founder of the illustrious YXYY unconference, San Francisco-based Willo O’Brien cultivates magic at the intersection of art + tech + business. In the last decade, she has founded three creative businesses and served as co-founder of two startups. Empowering individuals and passionate entrepreneurs to stay connected to their creativity and passion, her work focuses on “creative sustainability,” and helping others to launch their dreams.

Penelope Trunk: Gala Keynote, Thursday May 8, 5pm

International career guru, entrepreneur and blogger, Penelope Trunk has molded a generation of the young minds that are shaping our workforce. She is the founder of three startups, and her career advice has appeared in more than 200 newspapers and magazines worldwide. Penelope’s unconventional writing has established her as one of the world’s foremost career bloggers and thinkers. She has been called the “world’s most influential guidance counselor” byInc magazine, with “advice that is practical, counter-intuitive and engaging” according to Wired magazine. She is the author of the best-selling book Brazen Careerist – The New Rules for Success, and blogs at

75 Finalists have been selected from around the world to compete for DATA awards in 9 categories, including a People’s Choice Award. Starting in April, you can vote for your favorite projects on our online voting sight!

2014 Design, Art and Technology Award Finalists

Design + Making
Project Lucidity: Open Source Lucid Dreaming Mask
R/GA New York: Smart Cigarette
University of Canberra Augmented Reality Gallery
Espacio Handmade
Shade of Wood: Code + Laser Lampshades
MyMixx Fragrance Technology
The Beck’s Edison Bottle: The World’s First Playable Beer
Casepops – Custom iPhone Cases with Changeable Charms

Entertainment + Games
Fred Rogers Company/Schell Games: Daniel Tiger’s Tea-Party for PBS Kids
Lemon Labs: Happy Barometer
Schell Games: Lionel Battle Train
Wing Ma’am: Mobile App for LGBT Women
Radiant Wolf: Alien Outcasts Mobile Game
Eric Singer: Rototron, Musical Instrument
Walking Thumbs: Blabcake Messenger
Lemon Labs: PLAY
Smith Micro: Sock Puppets
R/GA New York: Nike SB App for Skaters
So Communique: The Responsive Social Network

BHiveLab: Gatorboard™
MARC USA: Rite Aid’s Online Nail Extravaganza
R/GA New York: McCormick FlavorPrint
MarketSpace Communications: Fiesta’s Colorama
Group16: Green Building Alliance Open Source Website
Red Privet LLC: HMIG (Highmark) Multi-Channel Platform
Peerless design, inc: Kazanjian Drupal 7 Website How To Get to 300,000 Fans in One Year

Art + Technology
The Frank-Ratchye STUDIO for Creative Inquiry: CLOUDS
Data As Culture: The UK’s Open Data Institute Art Programme
Lightwave International: Talking Towers Seismic Laser Art
Justin Crow: Torso iPhone Charger
SUPER•BALL: A Multi-Media Exploration
No Fly Zone: Crowd-Activated, Crowd-Sourced Installation
Paul Zelevansky: IMAGINATION
Boston Math Designs: The Art Of Pi
Ecologic: One Vision
Boundary Investigations

Software + Apps
Best Bike Split: Faster Cycling Through Data
Smith Micro: Anime Studio
Hability: Patient Engagement Platform
R/GA Buenos Aires: Johnson & Johnson Medical Devices — Ethicon IP Tool Home Improvement Network
APositive: Think, Create, Innovate Augmented Reality App
Optimized Training Labs: Triathlon Training Model
Meograph: Content Marketing Platform
Social Business Index
TabletTours: Home-buying App
Matthews International: Evantage Memorial Designer
mBank: Mobile Banking Platform
Employyd: Social Recruitment App
MarketSpace Communications: DermatologistOnCall®

Chartiers Valley School District: Locomotion Lab
San Gabriel Valley K-8 Vector Inspectors
Blackhawk High School 3C Lab
Fine Art Miracles: Social Robot Therapy
Fox Chapel School District: Creativity and Literacy Program
West Allegheny’s Entertainment Technology Academy

Alpalab Gear: Accelerator for Hardware, Robotics and Physical Product Start-Ups
Pop Pop: A Living Pedestrian Signal in NYC
Gradient Labs: Palo Verde Nuclear Station Education Center
Net Health: Auld Lang Syne
UpTo: Pop Up Main Street Media Services
Phipps Conservatory: Center for Sustainable Landscapes
Pittsburgh Art Places
Assemble: Arts + Technology Community Space

Carnegie Mellon University: Socrates Jones: Pro Philosopher
Carnegie Mellon University ETC: Monetizing Inc.
Point Park University: Eyes Wide Open
Carnegie Mellon University ETC: Halububum
Carnegie Mellon University ETC: GameGrid: Water+
Texas A&M University Viz Lab: Dinner
Carnegie Mellon University ETC: Maze of Hearts
Carnegie Mellon University ETC: Speak with Purpose
Carnegie Mellon University ETC: Ice Couple
Point Park University: Movie Poster Designs
Carnegie Mellon University ETC: Where’s Miss Merry?
Carnegie Mellon University ETC: Locanimals
Point Park University: Me, Myself and I

Reserve your spot for this year’s big event now! Featuring dozens of the coolest new creative tech projects – and a full day of workshops and presentations by innovators from all around the world, this year’s DATA event  is an all-new mash-up of networking, interactivity and new ideas — showcasing the year’s most innovative art and technology experiments and achievements. Click here for full details.

The Creative Technology Network

The Creative Technology Network is part of the Pittsburgh Technology Council’s Art + Technology Initiative, presented in partnership with Carnegie Mellon University. Its mission is to foster the growth and sustainability of the intersections of creativity and innovation.


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