Cirque du Soleil to host the Pittsburgh Technology Council’s 2011 Design, Art and Technology Awards (DATA)

The Pittsburgh Technology Council is proud to present the 2011 DATA Awards, Pittsburgh’s signature Art + Technology event, hosted by Lyn Heward, international Creative Director and Executive Producer of Cirque du Soleil. Joining the Pittsburgh Technology Council from Canada, Ms. Heward will present “The Spark: Igniting the Creative Fire That Lives Within Us All” while honoring the region’s leading edge intersections of tech and creativity. With a new venue, new award categories, new creative tech — and a partnership with the The Pittsburgh Entertainment Technology Project, this year’s event promises to be the biggest and best DATA Awards ceremony yet.

>> Enter your work NOW to be part of this year’s DATA Awards!<<



Thursday, April 28, 2011

5:00-6:00PM: Exclusive VIP RECEPTION
6:00-7:00PM: Cocktail Reception & Networking
7:00-8:30PM: Presentation and Awards Ceremony

The Pittsburgh Opera
2425 Liberty Avenue in the Strip District

General Admission: $75
Student: $40
Group of Five Tickets: $350
Click here to register.

Presented in Partnership with the THE CONSULATE GENERAL OF CANADA
Media Sponsor: Pittsburgh Magazine
Beverage Sponsor: Clique Vodka
Award Partner: Kessler Studios

The 2011 DATA Award Event is part of the Pittsburgh Entertainment Technology Project, and is made possible with support from the Benedum Foundation and the Greater Oakland Keystone Innovation Zone.

The Pittsburgh Technology is now accepting entries for this year’s Design, Art and Technology Awards. This year features new categories, new prizes and a new venue Downtown Pittsburgh! Click here to download a 2011 DATA AWARD ENTRY FORM.


The Pittsburgh Technology Council is currently accepting entries for the 2011 DATA Awards in following categories:

The Maker Award:
The company or individual who has created the most creative and innovative marketplace design. Including, but not limited to, product design, industrial design, interface or related applications.

The Icon Award:
The company or individual who has used emerging technologies to create visibility through innovative user experiences. Including but not limited to web and mobile applications, video, flash or any other new media marketing strategies.*

The Joy Stick Award:
The company or individual who has created the most compelling electronic game. Including but not limited to video games, animation, edutainment or gaming crossover technology.

The Art + Technology Award:
The company or individual who has created the most innovative work of art incorporating technology or technology-themed content. Finalists in this category will be invited to participate in the New Media Exhibition that accompanies the awards ceremony, and to show their work at an exhibition at the 15 Minutes Gallery in 2011/12. All media will be considered, including visual arts, music, video, sculpture, etc.

THE CRIB (Creative Rooms in Business) Award:
Pittsburgh’s most creative workplace. This award celebrates creative work environments, incorporating non-traditional design, unique methods of company community, artwork or space that encourages creativity.

The Pittsburgh-to-Hollywood Awards: The region’s top entertainment technology companies are going to Hollywood! As part of the Pittsburgh Entertainment Technology (PET) Project, several of the region’s most creative tech companies will be awarded an opportunity to pitch their work to leading film industry professionals on the West Coast in July 2011. This trade mission will include the opportunity to showcase regionally-created products that interface with the national film industry – including, but not limited to, gaming, product design, mobile applications, robotics, new media advertising, merchandising, web and video.

Finalists: A list of finalists will be announced by March 30, 2011.The number of finalists will be determined by the scope of applicants. Not all applicants will become finalists.

Finalists will receive:

  • The opportunity to win a 2011 DATA Award, announced during the 2011 Awards Ceremony on April 28.
  • One ticket to the exclusive VIP event with Cirque du Soliel prior to the event, and one complimentary main event ticket.
  • The opportunity to showcase products and artwork during the 2011 DATA Awards Event and New Media Exhibition on April 28.
  • Coverage in TEQ Magazine
  • All Pittsburgh-to-Hollywood Award winners will receive an expense-paid pitch trip to Los Angeles and will be guests of honor at a Hollywood mixer.

Click here for full details and to download a 2011 DATA AWARD ENTRY FORM.

For more information, visit the Art + Technology Website.