Maker Faire Map is Out

Look up, see the purple Attend tab, hover over it – there’s your map!

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Meet Autodesk

Autodesk is a leader in cloud-based design and engineering software.  We are a global company with corporate headquarters in San Francisco, CA.  Our flagship product, AutoCAD, is used by millions of people around the world.AUTODESK

Our Pittsburgh office is focused on ReCap and Simulation, as well as some other products.  The office was opened in 2008 and we currently have about 50 employees.

Autodesk is collaborating with Carnegie Mellon University on a Reality Computing course as part of the University’s new IDEATE (Integrative Design, Arts and Technology Network) curriculum, which combines arts and technology disciplines with “maker” experiences.   The first course, Advanced Topics in Reality Computing: The Adaptive Home, is based around the collaborative development of reality computing applications within a residential prototype.  Students will create an actual “Adaptive Home” as their final project!

We’re committed to community involvement and being part of the maker community. We got involved with Maker Faire Pittsburgh because we have a close relationship with TechShop and it seemed only natural that we team up on a project.

It’s always great to see what’s happening throughout the city’s vibrant maker movement. We’re always excited to see the innovation on display at the Faire.  It also gives us a perfect opportunity to get a firsthand look at some of the things people are creating with our tools.

Meet the Autodesk team at their booth with TechShop on Nova Place Plaza.

Maker Spotlight: Reach

Get to know Reach, a device by LucidWare that allows a user to control a variety of technologies with motions and gestures. Experiment with their prototype at Maker Faire Pittsburgh. To learn more, visit LucidWare’s website.

Meet the Alcoa Foundation

by Ryan Kish, Program Manager, Alcoa Foundation
Alcoa Foundation is the sponsor of the Maker Faire Pittsburgh Education Zone

Alcoa Foundation is a passionate supporter of non-profit organizations here in Pittsburgh and in other Alcoa communities. As an organization, our mission is to advance the communities in which Alcoa IMG_6213operates. Alcoa Foundation is focused on investing in partners in STEM education, workforce development for advanced manufacturing, and environmental sustainability.

A lot of people in Pittsburgh are familiar with Alcoa, or at least the Alcoa of the past. People should know that the company has grown and transformed under its current leadership. A global leader in lightweight metals technology, engineering and manufacturing, Alcoa innovates multi-material solutions that advance our world. Our technologies enhance transportation, from automotive and commercial transport to air and space travel, and improve industrial and consumer electronics products. We enable smart buildings, sustainable food and beverage packaging, high-performance defense vehicles across air, land and sea, deeper oil and gas drilling and more efficient power generation. We pioneered the aluminum industry over 125 years ago, and today, our 60,000 people in 30 countries deliver value-add products made of titanium, nickel and aluminum, and produce best-in-class bauxite, alumina and primary aluminum products.

Alcoa and Alcoa Foundation are global organizations, but we were born right here in the Pittsburgh area – and Pittsburgh remains a critical part of who we are. Globally, Alcoa Foundation has invested over $600 million since 1952. Since 2011, we’ve invested $5.1 million in Alcoa communities in the Greater Pittsburgh area, advancing the mission of numerous non-profit partners.

We are involved with Maker Faire Pittsburgh because we can be confident in the proven model of the Maker Faire and the thoughtful implementation of the event by our trusted partner, Children’s Museum. The Maker Faire represents something different – something outside the classroom walls and I think that is what makes it special. The Maker Faire shows our youth such a wide array of creative projects that it helps open up their imagination through the lens of making and creating from their own mind and with their own hands. The Faire doesn’t just tell them that anything is possible – it shows them.

Of course I’m very excited to see all the great exhibitions on display at the Faire, but I think I’m most excited to see the faces of the parents! Events like these can open up the eyes of parents and show them the world of opportunity that exists when you steer your children to be engaged in STEM education and to be active in the Maker movement. Exciting, stable, and rewarding careers await the children who get involved in the Maker movement and STEM.