Third Annual Inclusive Innovation Week Set for April 2-8, 2018

PITTSBURGH, PA (February 13, 2018) - The City of Pittsburgh and Urban Redevelopment Authority (URA) have announced that Inclusive Innovation Week 2018 will take place Monday, April 2 through Sunday, April 8, 2018.

Now in its third year, Inclusive Innovation Week (IIW) is a citywide initiative dedicated to providing equal access to the products, services and people needed to solve complex challenges through the infusion of new ideas, people, and technology. Led by the Department of Innovation & Performance, IIW programming is designed to increase awareness of opportunities across the city, encourages cross-sector collaboration and serves as an interactive demonstration of Mayor William Peduto’s commitment to making Pittsburgh a city for all.

“Inclusive Innovation Week is an opportunity for the City of Pittsburgh to showcase the organizations, businesses and individuals who are generating progress and tackling tough challenges through inclusive, equitable an innovative solutions,” said Mayor Peduto. “It’s remarkable to see Pittsburghers unite in their efforts to eliminate barriers and create pathway to success through accessible, inclusive and welcoming programming.”

Highlights for IIW 2018 currently include the following events:

  • Inclusive Innovation Week Kick-Off, April 2 – Begin the week long celebration by learning from and problem solving with innovators across the city at the Inclusive Innovation Week Kick-off event, in partnership with Robert Morris University, UpPrize and BNY Mellon Innovation Center.
  • Facebook Live Stream, April 5 – Interact with a Facebook Live Stream from Point Park University's Center for Media Innovation, featuring Inclusive Innovation Week Ambassadors, elected officials, a live studio audience and several surprises. The event will bring together people from across the city to engage in a live, social media discussion about inclusion.
  • Silent Disco, April 7 – Dance the night away at a Silent Disco in partnership with organizations and individuals connected to Pittsburgh's disability community.

Inclusive Innovation Week 2018 will activate neighborhoods with programming and engage businesses, organizations and individuals through larger campaigns and collaborative events. Many events and partnerships created through the Inclusive Innovation Pittsburgh Meetups. Learn more about the planning process and the work of the team on Medium.

The City of Pittsburgh, URA and Inclusive Innovation Week partners invite all residents and visitors to attend events throughout the week. Follow the conversation on Social Media by using and searching #WeInnovatePGH.

Complete details and a full calendar of events can be found here. Additional resources and details are available at

For more information on how to get involved, host an event or volunteer for IIW 2018, contact:

Christine Marty, Civic Innovation Specialist, City of Pittsburgh