Comcast executives were among those speaking June 1 at the Pittsburgh Technology Council’s CREATE Festival, which included free workshops, panels, performances and opportunities to experience the newest trends in creativity and innovation.
Supported by ComcastNBC Universal and Comcast Business, the CREATE Festival at the August Wilson Center in downtown Pittsburgh brought together Creative Industry leaders from the around the country.
The day-long event included an IdeaFest talk from Jon Moore, chief software architect and senior fellow at Comcast, who discussed the company’s ongoing evolution from a cable operator to an innovative technology and product company.
Michael Soileau, vice president of planning and strategy at Comcast, participated in a panel discussion, “Empowering the Creative Industries.” The panel, which discussed funding strategies and best practices in collaboration, was moderated by James V. Denova of the Claude Worthington Benedum Foundation and included Harley Baldwin, VP, Schell Games (Pittsburgh); Bonnie Fahoome, Detroit Creative Corridor Center; Germaine Williams, CEO, Pittsburgh Center for the Arts/Pittsburgh Filmmakers; and Jeanne Nathan, Founder and executive director of the Creative Alliance of New Orleans.
Among those displaying their work at the event was Module, a Pittsburgh-based startup developing affordable, adaptable housing solutions. One of Module’s homes, installed with Comcast’s Xfinity Home product to provide a wide range of home security, automation, and energy management controls in one seamless platform, will be on display at the plaza at Nova Place on the North Side beginning later this month.
At an awards celebration to close the event, Comcast joined the Claude Worthington Benedum Foundation and Dollar Bank in receiving a Creative Industries Champion Award for exceptional support.
Michael Soileau, vice president of planning and strategy at Comcast, participated in a panel discussion, “Empowering the Creative Industries.”