Home to Carnegie Mellon University, the University of Pittsburgh, Duquesne University and more, Pittsburgh brings together young, bright minds from all over the world. This is nothing new – with over 200 years of innovation in Pittsburgh’s history, this city has become nationally recognized for its contribution to modern technology, medical advancements and more. Throughout 2016, Pittsburgh was featured on a number of national lists, such as Livability’s Most Livable Cities in the U.S., Worth’s 15 Most Dynamic Cities in the Country, Huffington Posts’ 10 Cities Techies Should Consider Moving, BizBash’s 5 U.S. Cities on the Rise for Meetings and Events, and more. Harper’s Bazaar recently added Pittsburgh to their list of The 17 Best Places to Travel in 2017, an article that included destinations from all over the world. These recognitions come as no surprise to the city’s residents, who are more than familiar with both the comfort and excitement of being a part of such a vibrant city.
The Pittsburgh region is growing faster than the nation as a whole, due in part to the influx of millennials that are attracted to the culture and opportunities in the Steel City. Because of that, the growing population of young adults is better educated and holds more advanced degrees than many other cities throughout the country. As the headquarters to major healthcare, engineering, software and energy companies, Pittsburgh not only offers lots of job opportunities but has become widely renowned as a catalyst for innovation.
Former President Obama recently spoke at a Frontiers Conference in Pittsburgh, and said, “Pittsburgh has been revitalizing itself through technology for a very long time…this is how Pittsburgh came back – by doubling down on science, doubling down on technology and doubling down on innovation.”
Pittsburgh’s tradition of innovation began in 1758 when the city was founded. Since then, it is responsible for the launch of the oil industry and served as the starting point for Meriwether Lewis and William Clark’s famed expedition. The first Ferris Wheel was invented by a Pittsburgh-based engineer and the Army Jeep was invented by a small manufacturer based just outside the Steel City. Pittsburgh also served as the birthplace for the iconic “Rosie the Riveter” image and is the hometown for famous artist Andy Warhol. Additionally, Pittsburgh has been known over the years as a leader in the iron, glass, tin, brass, and steel industries. In more recent years, Pittsburgh’s diverse culture, rich infrastructure and booming economy has contributed to its title of one of America’s most “livable cities.” Now home to a number of innovation organizations and seed accelerators, Pittsburgh has continued to be on the forefront of new technologies and the headquarters to new start-ups.
Continuing with the tradition of innovation, Pittsburgh is also the home to INPEX, America’s largest invention show. This annual show has been held in Pittsburgh for 32 years and has continued to grow year after year. INPEX brings hundreds of inventors of new products from all over the world to meet with licensors, marketers, manufacturers, and any other company looking for new products. Past attending companies include Rubbermaid, Procter & Gamble, Cuisinart, Brookstone, QVC, Telebrands, Hasbro, Reckitt Benckiser and more. The upcoming INPEX show will be held on June 13-15, 2017 at the David L. Lawrence Convention Center in Downtown Pittsburgh, PA.