Thrival Innovation Marquee Event

Carnegie Museum of Art

$15 (Festival Passes Available)


Thrival Innovation, an annual event featuring multiple days of immersive, innovation-focused programming, concludes with a one-night-only event at Carnegie Museum of Art to recognize Pittsburgh’s unique and evolving role within the Fourth Industrial Revolution.

With a focus on interactivity and AI, this marquee event will celebrate the work of world-renowned artist and technologist, Ian Cheng, while featuring more than 20 technology demonstrations, art presentations, and keynote talks from thought leaders shaping the world around us.

Schedule of Activities

Interpretation: AI-Inspired Exhibits, Demos, and Art Presentations
6–10:30 p.m.

  • CMOA's Forum Show: Ian Cheng
  • CMOA's 20/20: The Studio Museum in Harlem and Carnegie Museum of Art
  • Hall of Architecture Artists: Ian Brill, Jeremy Boyle, and Francisco Souki
  • Hall of Sculpture Artists: Astrobotic, Frederik De Wilde, Lori Hepner, Golan Levin, Kyle McDonald, Moon Ark, Cris Orfesco, Christine Sugrue, and Benjamin Snell
  • Grand Staircase Living Room: CEEMI (Collaborative Experiential Electronic Musical Instrument)
  • Music Hall Foyer Exhibitors/Artists: AlphaLab, AlphaLab Gear, Ascender, Bombyx Collective, CREATE Pittsburgh, Idea Foundry, University of Pittsburgh Innovation Institute, UPMC Health Plan, and XPRIZE

Pathfinding: Four Talks on the Future
7–8:30 p.m.

Hosted by John Battelle, co-founder of NewCo and founding editor of WIRED

  • "The Nature of Things"
    Mickey McManus, Senior Advisor - Boston Consulting Group; Former President, Chief Executive Officer, & Chairman of MAYA Design
  • "Facts & Fake News"
    Joel Lunenfeld, Vice President of Global Brand Strategy, Twitter
    Jordon Rooney, Founder and Chief Executive Officer, Never Fear Being Different (NFBD)
    Jory Des Jardins, Co-Founder & President Emeritus, BlogHer
  • "Dr. Robot"
    Aneesh Chopra, Chief Executive Officer, CareJourney; 1st U.S. Chief Technology Officer
    Rasu Shrestha, Chief Innovation Officer, UPMC
    Katie Jacobs Stanton, Chief Marketing Officer, Color Genomics
  • "High Road"
    Wiz Khalifa, Founder, Taylor Gang
    Marc Ruxin, Chief Executive Officer, Landseye, Privateer

This event is co-presented by UPMC Enterprises and PNC Bank.