Call for Proposals

Inclusive Innovation seeks to galvanize the community in advancing equitable access for all in tandem with Pittsburgh’s growing economy. Our team is seeking proposals that address this topic through a variety of perspectives at the Inclusive Innovation Summit. Businesses, individuals, nonprofits, and all are welcome to apply. Submissions are due by January 31st. No exceptions. Will notify everyone by February 14th with our decision.



We expect over 2,000 attendees at the Inclusive Innovation Summit. In previous years, the event has taken place across Pittsburgh at a range of venues over the course of a week. This year, all community-driven programming will happen over the course of two days, will be free to the public, and will happen in Downtown Pittsburgh at a campus-like environment alongside the Boulevard of the Allies.

The community-driven programming will take place on Friday, March 29th, and Saturday, March 30th. Due to the shorter and more structured nature of this year’s event, all  programs must either last for 45 minutes or an hour and a half. Community-driven programs will occur during the following times:

Friday (8:30 am – 4:00 pm)

Saturday (10:00 am – 4:00 pm)

Summit Themes

When planning your event and submitting your proposal, please consider the mission of Inclusive Innovation and how your event promotes inclusion, equity and opportunity. We are seeking events that follow one or more of the following themes:

• Active Learning – engage participants in meaningful learning that involves writing, talking, making, crafting,
problem solving, reflecting, etc.

• Knowledge Sharing – the intentional act of exchanging information or understanding to help participants be more adaptable.

• Capacity Building – guide participants on how to obtain, improve, and retain the skills, knowledge, tools, equipment and other resources needed to do their jobs competently or to a greater capacity.

• Empathy Training – teach participants skills to understand other people through training and experience.

***Due to capacity constraints, all proposals may not be selected. We will do our best to accommodate as many as possible. We encourage partners to collaborate on joint proposals.

Proposal Submission Form

Is this a joint proposal with other organizations?

Did you attend an Inclusive Innovation Planning Meetup? (Click all that apply)

How long is your program?

How much space do you need?

Do you need us to provide any of the following items? (Choose all that apply)

Do you need additional resources to execute your Summit programming?

Which themes will you address? (Click all that apply)

Describe your program's format

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Inclusive Innovation is a joint collaboration between the City of Pittsburgh, the Department of Innovation & Performance and The Urban Redevelopment Authority. Special thanks to the Richard King Mellon Foundation and the Hillman Family Foundations for their generous support to Inclusive Innovation.

© 2017 City of Pittsburgh, Department of Innovation & Performance


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