TechHub: Google Pledges $1B for Tech Education, Additive Manufacturing News & More

Google Pledges $1 Billion for Tech Education, Training

Google’s CEO, Sundar Pichai unveiled an initiative for a $1 Billion program for tech education and training on Thursday at the company’s Pittsburgh office – noting the city’s transformation from an industrial manufacturing center for steel to a hub of robotics and artificial intelligence engineering.

Sundar Pichai, the chief executive of Google, announcing the Grow With Google program in Pittsburgh.

The new program, Grow With Google, will create an online destination for job seekers to get training and professional certificates and for businesses to improve their web services.

It will allow anyone with an Internet connection to become proficient with technology and prepare for a job in areas like IT support and app development, according to The New York Times.

“We understand there’s uncertainty and even concern about the pace of technological change, but we know that technology will be an engine of America’s growth for years to come,” Pichai said. “The nature of work is fundamentally changing, and that is shifting the link between education, training and opportunity.”

This announcement comes shortly after Apple announced in May that it was creating a $1 Billion fund to invest in advanced U.S. manufacturing, and Amazon in January announcing plans to hire 100,000 new employees over the next 18 months.

Additive Manufacturing: Possibility Meets Reality Through Generative Design

What we know of products and their manufacturing, distribution, assembly and maintenance processes may be obsolete in the not too distant future, according to Forbes.

Massive disruption, thanks to new technologies such as additive manufacturing and generative design, are already having a profound impact on the industrial space.

An example of a 3D printed gear. The gears inside the part can rotate. It would be virtually impossible without a 3D printer. Image credit: GE Reports/Chris New

GE recently shared how additive manufacturing, also known as 3-D printing, has changed turbine frame assembly from a process requiring 300 parts and 60 engineers to one that requires one digital file and eight engineers, as well as an assembly of only 50 source parts down to one.

If this sounds dramatic, that’s because it is.

“There is a seismic shift occurring in manufacturing, fueled by the fourth industrial revolution and shaped by digital transformation.”

Traditional manufacturing processes are giving way to new technologies, with additive manufacturing and generative design transforming supply chains and facilitating the innovation and customization buyers seek.

The effects of these technologies will be felt from the factory floor to the boardroom as their role expands to end-use parts. Rethinking the supply chain as well as how to effectively leverage generative design and additive manufacturing is now imperative for companies seeking to build sustainable brands and products in this new manufacturing paradigm, according to Forbes.

CRN’s 2017 IoT Innovators Awards

The Internet of Things is beginning to truly take off as companies recognize the benefits of IoT solutions in terms of data insight, predictive maintenance and improved customer service.

But customers are still facing hurdles as they figure out how to integrate complex solutions while also taking security and return on investment into consideration.

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Co-innovated smart drinking fountain by GrayMatter & DC Water.

From systems integration to managed services, solution providers are key to filling in the gaps when it comes to helping customers set up and implement IoT projects. Solution providers with the necessary vertical market expertise and critical relationships with multiple vendors and customers are expressing interest in IoT,  but some are taking it to the next level by successfully deploying solutions with their clients, according to CRN.

GrayMatter is proud to have made the list as an IoT Innovator for our work with DC Water on co-innovating a smart sensor drinking fountain.

The new tech fountains have sensors that use real-time data and analytics to monitor both water quality and flow levels, sending that information to the cloud and back, alerting when water quality measurements begin to deteriorate.

By measuring water quality and flow in real time, they give users more confidence in the water they are drinking while saving money spent on maintenance and testing.

“This project redefines public water consumption, putting people and clean water first,” said Jim Gillespie, GrayMatter CEO.

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TechHub: P&G Finishes Renewable Energy Plant, Pittsburgh Top Contender for Amazon HQ2 & more

Pittsburgh is emerging as a top contender for Amazon’s new headquarters, HQ2, that has cities across the US competing.

Areas of consideration include a 15-acre riverfront industrial property on the North Side near Rivers Casino, the 28-acre former Civic Arena site in the lower Hill District, the 195-acre World Trade Center site at Pittsburgh International Airport and various places such as Lawrenceville and Cranberry, according to the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette.

“It’s not us dictating sites. It’s us partnering with [Amazon] to help them achieve the maximum opportunity. We have a lot of good sites that could fit that bill,” said county Executive Rich Fitzgerald.

HQ2 could bring as many as 50,000 jobs over 10 to 15 years and $5 billion in investment to the city.

The requirements for the city Amazon is looking for is in a metro area with a population of more than 1 million people, with a stable and business-friendly environment with the potential to attract and retain strong technical talent.

Pittsburgh is at an advantage due to the booming tech industry in recent years.

Retaining more tech talent than ever due to big tech firms moving offices here such as Google, Apple, Facebook and Uber, neighborhoods are transforming into younger and more diverse communities.

East Liberty is turning into a tech hub, according to the New York Times, with Google Pittsburgh’s 500 employees stationed there alongside Duolingo and start-up AlphaLab.

One of the main attractions? Oakland’s Carnegie Mellon University, which features a prominent school of computer science. Students are researching the field of artificial intelligence and machine-learning, robotics, programming and more — and they’re staying due to the huge employment opportunities.

Maya Design, a Pittsburgh based company, was recently hired to help craft a proposal to lure Amazon.

“I feel very optimistic about where things are headed right now,” said Fitzgerald.

P&G Finishes Renewable Energy Plant

After committing to reduce energy consumption and obtain 30% of its energy from renewable resources by 2020, Procter & Gamble announced its completion of their 50-megawatt biomass-fueled combined heat and power plant at one of its largest U.S. facilities, located in Georgia, according to Industry Week.

Steam from the plant will be used to power a generator at the Marine Corps Logistics Base nearby, helping them increase its energy security and utilize renewable sources.

source: P&G

In addition to P&G’s wind energy project in Texas, this plant doubles the company’s use of renewable energy, getting them two-thirds of the way to their goal.

“By powering our Bounty and Charmin plant with renewable energy, consumers can feel good about putting these products in their carts,” said Stefano Zenezini, P&G Vice President Product Supply and Sustainability. “We are using our innovative capabilities and those of our external partners to drive meaningful change that is good for the environment and good for business.”

Biomass is made up of wood, crops and more that would otherwise be burned or end up in landfills.

The plant’s fuel supply will come from local biomass that would otherwise be burned or sent to a landfill, including tree tops, limbs, branches and scrap wood, crop residuals such as pecan and peanut shells, and sawdust.

Pittsburgh Post-Gazette People on the Move: People Doing Big Things in Pittsburgh

The Pittsburgh Post-Gazette’s “People on the Move” segment featured GrayMatter CEO Jim Gillespie as a newly appointed board member of the Carnegie Science Center in the nonprofit section.

The Carnegie Science Center provides valuable scientific experiences and engages in outreach programs to reach the local community, blending the line between learning and fun to inspire children to explore careers in STEM.

This comes right before the Pittsburgh Technology Council’s Tech 50 awards, recognizing the most successful and innovative companies in the Pittsburgh area.

Companies range from health IT, life sciences, manufacturing, consumer products, consulting services and more.

GrayMatter is a finalist for Solution Provider of the Year, Innovative Technology, with CEO Jim Gillespie a finalist for CEO of the Year.

The award ceremony will be Thursday, October 12 at the Wyndham Grand Hotel.

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