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IEEE N3XT® Keynote Event & AlphaLab Gear International Hardware Cup

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IEEE N3XT Keynotes: “A Discussion on Culture, Diversity, Inclusion & Successful Scaling within the Startup Environment”

The 2018 AlphaLab Gear Hardware Cup International Finals At IEEE N3XT® 2018 In Pittsburgh

A Discussion on Culture, Diversity, Inclusion & Successful Scaling within the
Startup Environment

Check out Highlights from Pittsburgh 2018!


Kelly Hoey Headshot

Kelly Hoey

Serial Entrepreneur, Investor & Author | Build Your Dream Network
Judith M Williams Headshot

Judith M. Williams

Founder | Magic Deer Consulting & former Global Head of Diversity | Dropbox
Dillan DiGiovanni Headshot

Dillan DiGiovanni

Integrative Health Coach, Speaker, and Writer
Alicia Varughese Headshot

Alicia Varughese

Executive Associate | Pittsburgh Life Sciences Greenhouse
conor russomanno

Conor Russomanno

Co-Founder & CEO | OpenBCI
Greg Horowitt Headshot

Greg Horowitt

Co-Founder | T2 Venture Capital

Gitte Pedersen

CEO & Co-founder | Genomic Expression

April 18th, 2018

Registration & Welcome

5:30pm – 7:00pm
Keynotes & Fireside Chat

7:00pm – 8:30pm
AlphaLab Gear Hardware Cup International Finals

IEEE Entrepreneurship & AlphaLab Gear host
IEEE Young Professional Meetup &
Kickoff Party of the IEEE Entrepreneurship Network Pittsburgh Section!


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.

IEEE N3XT® events are exciting opportunities to learn, network, and collaborate with the frontier tech and engineering-driven startup community.

2018 AlphaLab Gear Hardware Cup Logo
AlphaLab Gear Hardware Cup International Finals is a global competition for early-stage physical product companies. IEEE Entrepreneurship partnered with AlphaLab Gear to host the AlphaLab Gear Hardware Cup International 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 culminated with the winners traveling to Pittsburgh for the International Finals.

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

1st Place: SomaticLabs

2nd Place: Lilu

3rd Place: Lumir

AlphaLab Gear is a US nationally ranked hardware accelerator in Pittsburgh, PA – USA.
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.

Thank You to our Event Partners! Logo
Mercer Logo. Make Tomorrow, TodayInnovation Works LogoStartbot Logo

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Free childcare was provided by Flexable

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,
when 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.

Ace Hotel Pittsburgh makes its home in a century-old former YMCA building at the heart of East Liberty. They are surrounded by a community that, through grassroots support, has helped to create a place both by the neighborhood and for the neighborhood.