IEEE N3XT® Frontiers

IEEE N3XT® Frontier Tech & Startup Summit

18 April 2018 | Pittsburgh, USA

The name IEEE N3XT® embodies the spirit of future technological development by using the root of the word “next,” and the numeral “3” to represent the three event pillars of ideasinnovation, and inspiration.

The IEEE N3XT® Flagship event is an exciting opportunity to learn, network and collaborate with the frontier tech and engineering-driven startup community. 

Pittsburgh Skyline Panorama At Night


“Pittsburgh stands as a bold example of how to create new jobs and industries while transitioning to a 21st century economy.”
~ President Barack Obama, on naming Pittsburgh as host city of the 2009 G-20 Summit

Pittsburgh is one of the top contenders for becoming the next Silicon Valley. Frontier tech startups are launching here, perhaps unsurprisingly, due to its history as the Steel City. Reclaiming old warehouses and factories, startups are setting up shop to advance their visions in the East Coast.

Since Entrepreneur Magazine listed Pittsburgh as one of the top US cities for entrepreneurship in 2010, the city has leveraged that status by scaling its local startup ecosystem through a growing number of incubators, accelerators and university activity.

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Partnered with AlphaLab Gear Hardware Cup

The AlphaLab Gear International Hardware Cup is a global competition for early-stage hardware startups with a ready-to-market product. IEEE Entrepreneurship is excited to partner with AlphaLab Gear and host the International Hardware Cup Finals as the capstone event of IEEE N3XT® on 18 April 2018.

In the months leading up to IEEE N3XT®, several regional event competitions worldwide will culminate with the winners traveling to Pittsburgh for the International Finals.

The winning team will receive a $50,000 Startbot Grand Prize Investment. Second and third prize International Finalists will each receive cash prizes.

AlphaLab Gear is a nationally ranked hardware accelerator in Pittsburgh, PA. They guide early-stage physical product companies through a 21-week customer discovery module and a 15-week manufacturing module, with up to $125,000 in funding.