Awards by Sandy Kaminski
Awards by Sandy Kaminski
CREATE awards by Sandy Kaminski.

Wyndham Grand Hotel & Downtown locations

June 10 – 12
Various times

We should dub June the Cultural District month, given the wide array of festivals, farmers markets, concerts and happenings taking place throughout the downtown arts hub over the next three weeks.

Miki Agrawal

A first-of-its-kind art and tech mashup is the latest event to add to your must-do list for June. Running for three days at multiple downtown venues, the much-buzzed-about CREATE 2015: Pittsburgh’s Art + Technology Festival, which boasts more than 50 events, workshops, exhibits, talks and interactive sessions.

Teaming up with the Dollar Bank Three Rivers Arts Festival—which runs downtown through June 14th—The Pittsburgh Technology Council is presenting CREATE as a way to showcase regional innovation while also connecting Pittsburgh with a global community of leading creatives.

The inaugural event is expected to draw a broad mix of artists, entrepreneurs, geeks, investors, makers, industry leaders, students and general creative tech enthusiasts. For the first time this year, national heavy-hitters will showcase their innovative products—such as AT&T’s Virtual Reality Goggles and Hewlett-Packard’s Sprout, which is the world’s first immersive computer.

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Plume by Ian Brill.

Featured presenters from Silicon Valley and beyond include Denise Jacob of Creativity Revolution, and Miki Agrawal, author of Do Cool Sh*t: Quit Your Day Job, Start Your Own Business and Live Happily Ever After.

Representing Pittsburgh will be top creatives from local art, tech and community scenes. Festival-goers can experience a 22-foot immersive dome created by multimedia artist Ian Brill, attend Heather Knight’s robot comedy, enjoy music by Tracksploitation, see live painting sessions by Easelywatch and watch game jams with PIGDA.

CREATE will also include maker workshops led by TechShop, The Sprout Fund’s Digital Corps, Paul Michael Designs, ZeGo bots and PeiceMaker; mobile sculptures by the Industrial Arts Co-op; screenings of the Carnegie Museum of Art’s Invisible Photograph and much more.

See a complete CREATE Festival schedule and view information about registration, tickets and passes.

Jennifer BaronArts & Entertainment / Jobs Editor

Jennifer has worked at the Mattress Factory, Brooklyn Museum of Art and Dahesh Museum of Art and is co-author of Pittsburgh Signs Project: 250 Signs of Western Pennsylvania. She also is co-coordinator of Handmade Arcade. Musically, she is in a band called The Garment District and is a founding member of Brooklyn's The Ladybug Transistor.