Award #82: Look Who’s Here! Carpool Karaoke Edition

Erin Gannon can be pretty fearless. One day she told Unabridged Press founder and longtime reporter Jennifer Szweda Jordan that her dream was to be on the radio, too.  Jordan didn’t hesitate and got to work teaching Gannon, who has Down syndrome, the ins and outs of the profession. Together their work planted the seeds…

It’s Pitch-burgh Time!

DATE: Monday, October 15, 2018 TIME: 6:00 p.m.-8:00 p.m. PLACE: The Hollander, 910 Braddock Ave, Braddock PA 15104 *Enter through back on Woodlawn St. FREE TICKETS: Eventbrite Come join us for our last live Pitch Party of 2018! Three of our favorite recent applicants will pitch their projects to our trustees, guest judges and you. There will be…

Special Award: “Breaking New Ground” with the Busnegie Museum of Art

It’s a good bet that riders who use the Port Authority shelters outside the Carnegie Museum of Art will catch much more than the bus in October. Instead, they may catch an art show. That’s because local artist Suzanne Werder plans to transform the two shelters on Forbes Avenue, highlighting the works of local artists…

Award #81: Giant Puppet Dance Party

When puppeteer Cheryl Capezzuti starts a project, she usually goes big, and by big, we mean giant. So it comes as no surprise that her next big idea involved 10 foot tall puppets. Capezzuti says it’s her latest experiment in community connection, laughter and delight. Best known for her work as creative director and master…

Awesome Pitch-burgh Party: Maker Edition!

DATE: Monday, June 18, 2018 TIME: 6:00 p.m.-8:30 p.m. PLACE: Protohaven, 214 N Trenton Ave, Pittsburgh, PA 15221 FREE TICKETS: Eventbrite Join Awesome Pittsburgh as we hear three passionate Pittsburghers pitch their maker projects to the Awesome Pittsburgh trustees, guest judges, and you! One winner will be awarded $1,000 to help carry out their vision. We’ll also…

Calling All Makers!

Have an awesome maker idea you’d like us to consider? Apply here: awesomepgh.com/how-to-apply/ and plan on joining us June 18th for our Maker Month Pitch Party. It’s going to be awesome!  

Announcing Our Next Event: Awesome Funders for Awesome Projects!

Calling all artists, innovators, entrepreneurs, dreamers… Do you have an out-of-this-world awesome idea that you need help funding? Learn about some of the nontraditional funding sources available to you at our next event! DATE: Monday, March 19, 2018 TIME: 6:00 p.m.-8:30 p.m. (Doors open at 6:00 p.m., panel discussion begins at 6:30 p.m. after the…

Award #72: White Oak EMS Search and Rescue K9 Team

Kristi Teklinski has an awesome project in the works, and surprisingly the only tools required are sealable jars, sterile cotton pads, gloves and a label. The project involves putting together human scent preservation kits, and for Teklinski, an emergency responder with the White Oak EMS Search and Rescue K9 Team (WOSAR), it’s all part of…

Award #71: Patina — The Art of Aging

When artist Suzanne Werder talks about the elderly, wisdom and beauty are characteristics often at the forefront of the conversation. She says these qualities, though, are the ones often overlooked in our society that’s centrally focused on its youth. So Werder is on a mission, intent on redrawing the way we see our aging population….

Award #70: YNGBLKPGH

Brian Burley can barely contain his enthusiasm when asked about YNGBLKPGH. That’s because the author, businessman, mentor and Pittsburgh son is eager to change society’s view about what it means to be young, black, and living in the city of Pittsburgh. Burley was spurred into action during one of his mentoring sessions. A student questioned…

Award #69: Trash Bubbles

There’s little doubt the onslaught of packaging this holiday season will bring about more than our fair share of waste. In fact, nationwide, we collectively throw out about 25% more trash from Thanksgiving through New Year’s than we do any other time of the year. Enter artist, Lynn Radford.  For the last five years she…

Award #68: TEDx Youth Blue Slide Park

Mark your calendar for November 19, 2017, when speakers, entrepreneurs, and inventors take center stage at Repair the World in Pittsburgh to share their ideas and spark conversation. There’s a twist—it will be kids who are mostly running the show. Going with the theme Create Your World, this independently organized TEDx Youth Blue Slide Park event is…