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The Thrival Innovation + Music Festival

 The Thrival Innovation + Music Festival
words and photos by Dan Locke
What do you get when you combine week of innovation-focused programs — featuring thought leaders, cutting edge technology, new ideas, and forward thinking approaches to 21st century challenges punctuated by a weekend concert featuring some of the best emerging national music acts and top-tier headliners?

Well - you get Thrival. As an initiative of Thrill Mill, Inc. — a Pittsburgh-based nonprofit that serves as an incubator and accelerator for early stage entrepreneurs.

The Thrival Innovation + Music Festival is a dynamic, inclusive platform for advancing forward-thinking ideas and showcasing groundbreaking musical talent in order to further establish a culture of innovation, entrepreneurship, and creative energy in the Pittsburgh region.

All proceeds from Thrival Innovation + Music Festival support the operations of Thrill Mill, Inc., its start-up teams, and its mission to build, foster, and sustain Pittsburgh culture of innovation and entrepreneurship.

The week event were free, Located at the newly debuted Alloy 26 on Pittsburgh’s historic North Side neighborhood (a 50,000 sq. ft. collaborative work space housed in a former Woolworths), Thrival Innovation will feature four keynotes, 30+ programs, and over 50 speakers. With thought talks hosted in the complex’s new amphitheater, the festival features an adjacent 20,000 square foot exhibit floor demoing dozens of startups, interactive art pieces, and activities. All daytime activities are free of charge and open to the public, although registration is required. The exhibit floor is open for anyone who desires to walk through.
Thrival Innovation takes place at several of Pittsburgh’s historic locations, including Nova Place and the original Carnegie Hall.  Here’s the lineup:
Tuesday, September 20
11:30 a.m. – Thrival Kickoff Lunch
1:30 p.m. – Real Talk: What Happens When We Put the Phones Away
2:45 p.m. – Radio Resurgence: The Rapid Rise of Podcast Communities
4 p.m. – Way Off Broadway: The Post-Industrial Squonk Phenomenon
5 p.m. – Lost and Found: Networking Happy Hour
6 p.m. – P.O.W.E.R. 2016: The Power to Protect: Technology, Science, and the Fight to Prevent Sexual Violence Against Women (Ticketed Special Event)
8:15 p.m. – Keynote by Dr. Bennet Omalu – Collision Course: Courage, Accountability, and Fighting for the Voiceless
9:30pm – After Party - James St. Gastropub

Wednesday, September 2110:15 a.m. – Shooting from Half Court: Public Education Reform and Why We Can Do Better
11:30 a.m. – Meeting You Where You’re At: Community Storytelling and the Value of Place
1:30 p.m. – Learning from Where You Live: Authenticity and Innovation in Changing Places
4:30 p.m. – Food City, USA: How to Build and Sustain a Food Culture for Everyone
5:30 p.m. – High Spirits: Food, Brew, and ‘Burgh-based Libations
7 p.m. – Keynote: The American Identity: Who Are We, and Where Are We Going? featuring Eugene Robinson and Meghan McCain
9 p.m. – After Party - City of Asylum

Thursday, September 22
8 a.m. – Breakfast of Champions: Griddle Masterpieces
9 a.m. – Winning Formulas: Sports Analytics, Performance, and Gaining the Competitive Edge
10:15 a.m. – #Hashtag: Crossing the Lines
11 a.m. – Precision Medicine: Health Care as Unique as You
12:10 p.m. – Modular Synthesis & Music: An ‘Old’ Technology Inspires a New Generation of Music Creators
1 p.m. How to Build an Art Town: Supporting & Sustaining Arts Communities in Post-Industrial America
2:05 p.m. – Machine Learning: Should Health Care “Tay” Away?
3:15 p.m. – How to Build a Music Town
4:30 p.m. – The Hero Box: Service, Street Medicine, and the Growth of a Movement
5:45 p.m. – Virtual Reality’s New Look: From Megatrends to the New Digital Realm
6:30 p.m. – After Party - Mattress Factory
7:00 p.m. – Straight Outta My Parent’s Basement: How to Be a “Differentist”

Thrival Music at Carrie Furnaces Lineup:

Friday, September 23
The Chainsmokers
The Chainsmokers

Sir The Baptist
 Sir The Baptist

Bastard Bearded Irishmen
Meeting Of Important People

Saturday, September 24
Thievery Corporation
Thievery Corporation

Hudson Mohawke

Hudson Mohawke


Wild Child
Wild Child

Cheat Codes
Cheat Codes

Cappadonna / Killarmy / Wulords / Ezekiel X1
Cappadonna / Killarmy / Wulords / Ezekiel X1

Beauty Slap
Beauty Slap
Brooke Annibale
Brooke Annibale

Chalk Dino
Chalk Dino



Balloon Ride Fantasy  but the weekend events had some cost to them.  You had general admission and VIP.  And the price range from $59 to $600.You asked that does $600 get you.

VIP tickets allow two full-days of access to Thrival's outdoor live music
experience at the Carrie Furnaces. Only 250 of these tickets are being sold.

Ticket benefits include:
•  Full access to the VIP tent and FREE parking

•  Premium viewing area
•  Complimentary alcoholic and non-alcoholic beverages

•  Complimentary food

•  Unlimited bar access and lounge area
•  Outdoor relaxation areas

•  Private deluxe restroom accommodations
Now if you decided to go the cheaper route you got the following:
General Admission (2-Day and Single Day) Details
2-Day General Admission tickets and Single-Day tickets allow access to Thrival's outdoor live music experience at the Carrie Furnaces. Ticket benefits include:

•  Food trucks

•  Alcoholic and non-alcoholic beverage sales

•  Free interactive activities

•  Free demos and art installations

•  Relaxation areas and restroom facilities

•  Unfettered access to both Thrival stages

•  Access to curated inside tours of the Carrie Furnaces

Along with this VIP got everything that general admission were entitled to.  So of the other events beside the concert were Luxe Creative, The Mobile Sculpture Workshop, Rivers of Steel Arts (ROSA), Squonk, The Wheel Mill and 412.

Luxe Creative - They are the geniuses behind Thrives artistic lighting and site design, integrating forward-thinking, cutting edge technology, and innovation design concepts, LUXE creative showcase one of the region’s most treasured historical assets.

The Mobile Sculpture Workshop-  a community outreach program of The Industrial Arts Cooperative, is a summer workshop aimed at demonstrating the techniques of safe and proper welding and metal fabrication while producing a large-scale sculpture for public display. This program is an effort to inspire the youth of Pittsburgh and its neighbors with an opportunity of design, conception and completion of public art.Rivers of Steel arts (RoSA)- Supports artistic projects that further the interpretation of local history and re-imagine the future of familiar places.

The program is based in the Carrie furnaces National Historic Landmark but offers creative projects throughout the entire eight-county heritage area of southwestern Pennsylvania.

As the creative wing of the Rivers of Steel Heritage Corporation (ROSHC), RoSA supports the greater ROSHC mission of becoming a nationally recognized brand that not only celebrates our past but also embraces our future, by connecting people to their environs. Through a range of exhibitions, performances and educational experiences, RoSA promotes novel partnerships to enhance the lives of community members, build local pride and attract renewed public interest in Pittsburgh’s Monongahela River Valley.

Creative programs produced by RoSA fall under the two headings MATERIAL and PROCESS. Understood metaphorically, these headings represent a range of approaches to art making and learning opportunities that draw inspiration not only from the historical function of the Carrie Furnaces, but also the cultural traditions of its workforce; the alchemical processes involved in creating Iron; and the site’s ongoing transformation.
Squonk - Brings festival goers for the first time ever, a collaborative presentation of two visually stunning art pieces that serve a portals the live music experience. Cycle Sonic welcomes attendee
through the gates as they first open, and Pneumatic fills with night sky after the final on stage performance of each respective evening, ushering attendees safely exit off of the site.

The Wheel Mill- Pittsburgh’s first indoor bike park.  Spanning over a city block, their 80,000 square foot facility has something for all skill levels and bike riders.  Courses are world renowned for their
flow and authenticity.  Open year round with classes and rentals to fit any rider.  What they are doing for Thrival. They had “The Wheel Mill Stunt BMX Team” to bring their live action to the crowd.  The Pittsburgh-based team is stacked with legends from the BMX world offering the crowd an unforgettable show.

Both partners who had either VIP or general admission were very happy for what they got.  All members were able to get free beer, vodka and other stuff to enjoy during there time at the event.

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