Friday, November 7th featured CLP’s first ever installment of Show Your Work, a partnership between the public library and local entrepreneurs and innovators in the fields of commerce, art, and technology. This amazing event, held at our East Liberty branch, included over fifty attendees and featured four presentations from local innovators in various fields. These folks gave five minute lightning talks about their current projects and then took questions and feedback from the audience and an esteemed panel of experts.
The presenters included:
- Todd Medema — CMU alum and serial entrepreneur working on a new way to view the passage of time
- Shannon Miller — co-founder and Chief Gift Officer at giftbug
- Alexandra Oliver — creator of the Collective Archive project to document and archive Pittsburgh culture
- Allison Plummer & Ethan Plummer — creators of the Sentinel Box bicycle safety mapping device
The panelists included:
- Nick End — entrepreneur and leadership team member at Shoefitr
- Rabih Helou — co-founder of the coworking space at The Beauty Shoppe
- Chris Millard — Program Coordinator at AlphaLab Gear
Part cocktail party and part networking session, Show Your Work represents the first of a new type of programming venture for CLP. We saw a need for more common space where Pittsburgh innovators could meet up and share their energy and ideas. As we move forward into 2015, we’ll continue to address that need with more Show Your Work events and with our new Work Nights series of programs.
Debuting at the South Side branch Thursday, December 12 from 5:00 PM – 12:00 AM (yes, that’s right, the library will be open until midnight), CLP Work Nights will offer entrepreneurs and innovators a clean, well lighted space with amenities like free wi-fi, photocopies, coffee, and snacks. While these comforts are all good things, the atmosphere a Work Night offers is what really counts. A gathering of like-minded innovators carries a special energy all its own, and we hope folks can harness that creative power to drive their own projects to completion.
Programs like Show Your Work and Work Nights allow us to further our mission as a community facilitator and economic incubator. We measure the impact of our service in the success stories our patrons tell us. As the new year dawns think about joining us for these special new programs. Work nights. Then tell us about it.