Innovative Technology

Self-driving cars are only the tip of the iceburg.


Home to the first emoticon in 1982, Carnegie Mellon is now one of the top research universities in the world. Pittsburgh has since grown into a tech city with major companies such as Google, Uber and Facebook. Teaming up with CMU and the University of Pittsburgh, these tech companies have had much success in the Steel City. Creations like Uber’s self-driving cars have been developed, tested and launched. With its diverse environment and world-class engineering talent, Pittsburgh is changing the future of transportation and technology. It is also the first city to be featured in the architecture guide app known as Jaunt, which was designed to connect residents and visitors with information about Pittsburgh's historic and modern architecture.


With ground-breaking technology and medical advances, the University of Pittsburgh Medical Center (UPMC) puts Pittsburgh on the list as having one of the best hospitals in the nation. The city is filled with innovators and experts in the field such as Dr. Vonda Wright and Rory Cooper. Dr. Wright is an orthopedic surgeon, the medical director of the UPMC Lemieux Sports Complex and founding director of the Performance and Research Initiative for Masters Athletes (PRIMA) within the UPMC Center for Sports Medicine, which provides treatment for the Steelers, Penguins, Pitt Panthers and more than 60 high school, collegiate and regional teams. Cooper, director for the University of Pittsburgh's Human Engineering Research Laboratories, conducts research using cutting-edge technology to improve the mobility of people with disabilities.