IDEAfest Kick-Off: Featuring Keynote Lisa Song Sutton, Miss Nevada 2014 & Creative Entrepreneur
Jun
1
1:00 pm13:00

IDEAfest Kick-Off: Featuring Keynote Lisa Song Sutton, Miss Nevada 2014 & Creative Entrepreneur

Join us as we start up festival day with music, talks, performances, poetry, film screenings and so much more!

OPENING MUSICAL PERFORMANCE: Byron Nash, PITTSBURGH, PA
Byron Nash is an experimental guitarist who has performed with the Dave Matthews Band, Soulive, Pharrell Williams and N.E.R.D., Busta Rhymes, 50 Cent, De La Soul, Fantasia, Musiq Soulchild, George Clinton, Parliament-Funkadlic and many more. 

KICK-OFF KEYNOTE: Lisa Song Sutton, LAS VEGAS, NV
Entrepreneur | Forbes Business Writer | TV Host | Miss Nevada US 2014

"How to Utilize Your Personal Brand to Reach (and Make) Millions"
Lisa Song Sutton was recently named a 2017 Top 10 Social Entrepreneur to Watch by Inc. Magazine and was a nominee in the 2016 Las Vegas Women in Tech Awards. Lisa's work and writing has been featured in Forbes, Inc. Magazine, Fast Company and other business publications. Lisa is actively involved in her community as a former Miss Las Vegas (2013), Miss Nevada (2014) and serves on the executive board of the Asian Community Development Council. 

THE POWER OF CREATIVITY, by Jamin Olivencia, LOUISEVILLE, KY
Poet, Spiritual Motivator + Professional Wrestler

Jamin Olivencia is an American professional wrestler, actor, poet and spiritual motivator. Currently working for Global Force Wrestling, he is a former OVW Heavyweight Champion, and WWE television personality. Jamin performed stuntwork in the Dukes of Hazzard film, and, as an actor, appeared in The Elaborate Entrance of Chad Deity at the Actor's Theatre of Louisville. Jamin performs his poetry and motivational speaking all around the USA.

Art + Tech Talks
Jun
1
2:00 pm14:00

Art + Tech Talks

Cool ideas in 10 minutes or less, at the intersection of creativity and technology, featuring:

2017, THE REAL BREAKOUT YEAR FOR VIRTUAL REALITY
by Rick Gardinier, Partner & Chief Digital Officer, BRUNNER, PITTSBURGH, PA

Virtual reality technology continues to evolve at lightning speed.  How should your company start to play in this cutting-edge space?  In this session, we will take a rapid-fire view of current trends, where the future is headed, and how you can take advantage of today. For the past 18 years, Rick has led BRUNNER’s digital practice and has helped to position BRUNNER as a top independent technology, creative and analytics driven firm.  Five years ago, Rick spearheaded the launch of BRUNNER’s innovation lab, BHiveLab.  

THE ART OF SCIENCE / THE SCIENCE OF ART
by Ashley Cecil, Artist & Matt Webb, Carnegie Museum of Natural History, PITTSBURGH, PA

It’s estimated that up to 1 billion birds die annually in the US from colliding with windows, a enormous problem with direct consequences to our own health. In Pittsburgh, concerned artist Ashley Cecil and BirdSafe Pittsburgh coordinator Matt Webb have come together from seemingly disparate fields of art and science to collaboratively address the conservation problem through creative solutions.

SPECIAL PERFORMANCE: INTERSECTION*OLOGY
Jun
1
2:30 pm14:30

SPECIAL PERFORMANCE: INTERSECTION*OLOGY

Working at the intersection between art, gender, and technology, we are using light, sound, movement, and image to situate memories of the feminine past and corporeality in the natural world into new, technologically mediated locations and spaces. We insert sonic and image-based queries at particular points in how we process women’s pasts into future technological landscapes of digital information. In doing so, we explore how our physical, female selves are adapting, morphing, rejoicing and revolting to/in how we are perceived both physically and digitally, as our digital ecologies grow parallel to that of our physical ecologies in this new space.

Afternoon Keynote: Dan Alarik, Founder + CEO, GruntStyle Apparel
Jun
1
3:10 pm15:10

Afternoon Keynote: Dan Alarik, Founder + CEO, GruntStyle Apparel

Dan Alarik, known far and wide to vets around the nation, comes to Pittsburgh to share his story of his post-deployment venture: starting one of the coolest apparel companies for Americans.

To accommodate his family and his fellow veterans, Alarik, a former Army drill sergeant, came up with a unique idea that eventually became Grunt Style, a military-themed clothing and apparel company of which 75 percent of employees are veterans. In addition to providing a place where veterans can work together, Alarik also operates Grunt Style much the way a military infantry unit is run, with headquarters, sergeants and platoons.. www.gruntstyle.com

Confessions of the Creative Entrepreneur
Jun
1
3:30 pm15:30

Confessions of the Creative Entrepreneur

Techvibe Radio presents an hour of insight from 4 amazing Creative Entrepreneurs who tell their stories about how risks and potential failures have lead them to entrepreneurial success. 

Emmai Alaquiva, Emmy Award-winning Film Director, Composer and Mentor
Once homeless, Alaquiva shifted the trajectory of his life's path to become one of the most multifarious trailblazers in the arena of creative arts. A five-time Telly Award-winner, Emmai has been recognized as Pittsburgh Magazine’s “40 under 40”, The New Pittsburgh Courier’s “FAB 40”, WHIRL Magazines “50 Finest” along with a proclamation from City of Pittsburgh Mayor, William Peduto. Alaquiva was recently awarded as a 2016 national BMe Community Leader and recognized by President Barack Obama.

Nina Barbuto, Founding Director, Assemble + Co-Founder of I Made it! Market
Nina's passion for art, new media and social learning led her to found Assemble, a community space for arts + technology, in 2011. Nina co-founded I Made It! Market in 2007. An idea based on urban acupuncture, this nomadic market partners with community, arts and non-profit organizations to raise funds and awareness to assist in improving their communities while allowing local artists and crafters to sell their wares.

Phil Laboon, Entrepreneur, Eyeflow, WUDN
As an entrepreneur, Phil started his first company in his parent’s basement in 2001. Now, alongside his handpicked team of industry experts, Eyeflow provides hundreds of clients with consulting and digital marketing services that help their business stand up and be heard by audiences both on and off the web.  As an avid investor into tech start ups, Phil  is involved in the day to day operation for several rapid growing companies such as into the Young Entrepreneurial Council (YEC), WUDN, Visibl, YAERD Group, and Tres Bonitas Holdings).

Hollywood in Pittsburgh: New Film Teasers, by Penn Film Group
Jun
1
4:00 pm16:00

Hollywood in Pittsburgh: New Film Teasers, by Penn Film Group

Get a sneak peak at some of the upcoming blockbusters being made right here in Pittsburgh, with The Penn Film Group, specializing in the development, production and marketing of independent feature films, as well as in technology focusing on areas of animation and gaming components. PFG is headquartered in Pittsburgh, with satellite offices in New Orleans and Toronto.

Empowering the Creative Industries: Expert Panel
Jun
1
4:15 pm16:15

Empowering the Creative Industries: Expert Panel

Join us for a special conversation on the Creative Industries, and how they are growing world-wide. We are delighted to bring together a national panel of Creative Industry experts to discuss the impact the Creative Industries are making on the world.

MODERATOR: James V. Denova, The Claude Worthington Benedum Foundation
PANEL: Harley Baldwin, VP, Schell Games; Bonnie Fahoome, Detroit Creative Corridor Center; Dr. Patrick Fuery, Dean, Chapman University, Orange, CA; Germaine Williams, CEO, Pittsburgh Center for the Arts/Pittsburgh Filmmakers