Did you know that there are more than 20,000 jobs open right now across the 10-county Pittsburgh region? You can find them on the powerful job search engine of ImaginePittsburgh.com, which scrapes thousands of corporate websites and search engines nightly to help you advance your career in Pittsburgh.
In an effort to curb the January blues and encourage folks to venture out post-holiday spending extravaganzas, the concept of promoting a region’s independent restaurants during otherwise slow periods has caught on like wildfire throughout the United States– and Pittsburgh is no exception.
Pittsburgh Restaurant Week highlights 40 restaurants throughout the region that offer discount prices on meals through this Sunday, Jan. 19. It’s a great opportunity to try places that you haven’t yet been to, or couldn’t normally afford. Monday night we decided to dine at Paris 66. There is something so indulging, decadent and fancy about French food that we never think of it as an option during a typical weekend.
Walking into the cozy space on Center Avenue in East Liberty, I was immediately transported to Paris. Everyone spoke French. Our waiter was an apprentice sommelier from a tiny French town, and diners on the back patio were from France and Francophone Canada. It was nice experience to have in Pittsburgh. For an appetizer, they served Oeufs Meurettes — two poached eggs in a red wine reduction sauce with mushrooms. It was delicious diversion from the typical French starter of escargots. For our entrée they served Magret de Canard aux Chanterelles, Pommes Salardaises — sliced duck breast in a brown mushroom sauce with roasted potatoes. It was lovely and the mushroom sauce was a welcome extension from the mushrooms in the appetizer. Dessert was Galette des Rois — King Cake. It is a flakey flat cake, almost like a kringle, smothered in almond paste which is served at the Epiphany on January 6. Typically a fava bean is cooked somewhere within the cake and whoever is served the piece will have good luck in the upcoming year.
Still believe that tired old cliché that nothing gets made in Pittsburgh anymore, and no one wants to move here? Think again. We could, of course, point to dozens of demographic studies and news articles to the contrary, but take a human case in point, Nuno Ferreira.
He’s found the relocation across the Atlantic surprising easy, commuting to work from his home in Monroeville, seeming to make friends at every turn and digging into the community in many ways, including as a coach to a youth soccer team in Hempfield.
Pittsburgh’s got jobs — lots of them. There are tens of thousands of positions open today in the 10-county region on the ImaginePittsburgh.com job search engine, which aggregates — in one convenient place — career postings from thousands of corporate websites and search engines.
This week the tech spotlight was on Las Vegas, where the Consumer Electronics Show provided a sneak peek into the future, as new tech advances are unveiled.
Still, it’s forward-thinking to keep an eye aimed eastward – on Pittsburgh – where tech is a major driver of the region’s economy. With all the tech innovation – from places like Google and IBM and a spectrum of startups and more seasoned ventures that have a presence in our region – it will be no surprise to find the industry’s sun rising on the “next big thing” coming out of Pittsburgh.
Case in point: Duolingo, Apple’s choice for 2013’s free iPhone App of the Year. It hails from Pittsburgh where 34-year-old mega-tech entrepreneur Luis von Ahn and his team created the über-popular app (it’s had 10 million downloads) that combines free foreign language learning with the translation of the World Wide Web. It offers six languages — Spanish, French, German, Italian, English and Portuguese. It’s also available for Android. The app is game-like, using pictures, a smartphone’s microphone and video clips to help users learn words, recite them and write them out.
And while the honor of Apple’s App of the Year may be making von Ahn an even more of recognized name globally, it’s worth noting that he’s founder of the reCAPTCHA company, responsible for those ubiquitous, distorted text image codes used during web-based transactions. reCAPTCHA codes, simply put, stop spam while digitizing the texts of old books and newspapers. Lauched in Pittsburgh, the company was sold to Google in 2009.
And because we’re no “one-tech-wonder” town, we offer the following as examples of some of the other big things on the tech scene that have come out of Pittsburgh. Many more like them are sure to be on the horizon.
4moms – introduced personal robotics technology to the juvenile industry with innovative products including the mamaRoo® infant seat designed to move the way parents do and the origami® stroller, the world’s first power-folding stroller.
Jibbigo – state-of-the-art speech translation technology delivered to mobile device and tablets, built on two decades of the most advanced scientific research in speech and language processing. Translate speech or text into 20+ languages, including English, Spanish, French, German, Japanese and Chinese. A spinout of Carnegie Mellon University, Mobile Technologies was acquired by Facebook in 2013.
Bossa Nova Robotics – a developer of personal robots … “helpful” robots that make an emotional connection with consumers. Launched from Carnegie Mellon University’s Robotics Institute in 2005 and then focused on interactive play experiences for children, Bossa Nova Robotics has now broadened its portfolio to include personal robotics for the home.
Shoefitr – Using 3D scanning technology, Shoefitr’s software shows online shoppers how shoes will fit and recommends the best-fitting size – removing pain points associated with online shoe shopping for “runners, climbers, cyclists, skiers, curlers and fashionistas.”
YinzCam – Built by fans, for fans,” these mobile sports apps allow fans across the country to stay in touch with favorite s teams by providing real-time stats, multimedia, streaming radio, social media and much more. It has had more than seven million downloads. The company’s mobile-video technology is also being deployed within sports venues nationwide to allow fans to watch instant replays, live cameras (including the NFL RedZone channel) on smartphones, tablets or touchscreen computers.
The Pittsburgh region’s startups are creating new jobs all the time. Find a career you’ll love at ImaginePittsburgh.com.
For a break from our frosty weather, check out the sweeping but crisp views of the Golden Triangle as seen from Mount Washington in November. They come to us courtesy of the Pittsburgh Gigapanorama Project.
Gigapans are panoramic images comprised of a billion (“giga”) or more pixels. A robotic mount on a digital camera shoots thousands of high-resolution pictures, which GigaPan Stitch Software knits together into a single, zoomable image with incredibly vivid detail. The technology was pioneered by researchers from NASA and Carnegie Mellon University and commercialized in 2008.
From our little corner of the globe – Pittsburgh’s urban core and surrounding 10-county region – to yours, we wish you a happy and prosperous 2014. Whether you’re looking for a job, visiting friends or family or just seeking a great getaway, we hope that the Pittsburgh region will be on your radar this year.