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How might businesses, especially nonprofits, leverage both technology and social issues to drive their messages forward, and maybe even make money in the process?

Social Technovation 412 seeks to answer this very question. Both a networking event and community-building opportunity, the event features a panel discussion to be held on Wednesday, May 21, at TechShop.

Leading the discussion will be moderator Kit Mueller, co-founder of RustBuilt, who will engage a panel of some of the most forward-thinking innovators in the region. Attendees will be invited to join what should be a lively conversation.

“Social Technovation is an important way to highlight and showcase some of the unique ways social entrepreneurs in Pittsburgh are marrying creative use of technology toward community betterment,” says Andrew Butcher, co-founder of GTECH. “GTECH’s Social Capital Council is focused on cultivating social capital to fuel social innovation – and conversations like this help provide inspiration and connectivity for us all.”

Panelists will include:

Elwin Green, journalist, filmmaker and writer behind Luminaria Productions and Homewood Capital Partners;

Lacy Caric with Evive Station, the reusable water bottle cleaning and refilling station;
Josh Lucas, president and founder of Crowdasaurus, a crowd-funding application and part of the Hardware Store co-working space;

Tracy Certo, our own, founder and publisher of NEXTpittsburgh, the online magazine about people driving change in Pittsburgh;

Evaine Sing, the operations, policy and research director for GTECH Strategies and a registered Landscape Architect.

The event will be held from 5:30 to 8:30 at the TechShop in Bakery Square. Tickets are $30 through Eventbrite.

Deb Smit

Deb is an award-winning journalist who loves ancient places and cool technologies. A former daily newspaper reporter and Time-Life Books editor, she writes mostly about Pittsburgh. Her stories have appeared...