Last week, we introduced you to Silent Sukhasana, a silent-disco style yoga class, which takes place every Monday at Belvederes in Lawrenceville. Intrigued by the silent-disco concept? Take a pair of the signature noise-canceling headphones out for a spin on the dance floor at the All-In Silent Disco on Friday at the Children’s Museum.
Inclusive Innovation Summit + All-In Silent Disco
In April 2016, the City of Pittsburgh hosted the first Inclusive Innovation Week. The week featured over 60 events to celebrate and highlight innovation for all and to advance the Pittsburgh Roadmap for Inclusive Innovation.
From the Pittsburgh Roadmap for Inclusive Innovation:
The objective of the City of Pittsburgh Roadmap for Inclusive Innovation is to provide a vision for Pittsburgh’s future. By working together, the City and its residents can improve the quality of life for all the people of Pittsburgh. While authored by the Department of Innovation & Performance and the Urban Redevelopment Authority’s Center for Innovation and Entrepreneurship, its creation has been a collaborative effort between other City departments, as well as local innovators and partners. It is built on the belief that the way forward for Pittsburgh is through inclusive innovation that benefits all of its communities.
For 2019, Inclusive Innovation Week has been condensed to a three-day summit. Each day features events that are unique to the summit and some events that are special Inclusive Innovation Summit editions of existing Pittsburgh events. For example, there is a special Inclusive Innovation edition of Creative Mornings on Friday morning.
The Origins of the All-In Silent Disco
The idea for the All-In Silent Disco came out of one of the Inclusive Innovation MeetUps. The first All-In Silent Disco was held last year at the Ace Hotel.
We had an Inclusive Innovation Meetup last year and members of the disability community took the Silent Disco notion one step further.
They realized that, for example, even if you couldn’t hear the music you could feel the beat. And regardless of your disability, you could participate, and share the experience not only through headphones, but vibrating back packs and floor panels as well. And that’s how you make a dance event inclusive.
All-in Silent Disco: proof that #InclusiveInnovation can be as fun as it is impactful. Shoutout to everyone who made the past week awesome, and all those who contribute year-round to #Pittsburgh being an ever-more inclusive place to work, play, and make an impact. #WeInnovatePGH pic.twitter.com/mLSPHTMU77
— Kenny Chen (@knnychn) April 9, 2018
This year’s All-In Silent Disco moves to the Children’s Museum of Pittsburgh. Read more about the history of the All-In Silent Disco and some of the other work that the Inclusive Innovation team has done to make events like Thrival more accessible on the Department of Innovation and Performance Medium blog here.
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All-In Silent Disco Details – Even More Local Collabs
Not only is the All-In Silent Disco an inclusive event, but the organizers have partnered with some other great Pittsburgh organizations to make this a fun party.
- Food: Bea Taco Town.
- Beer: Fresh Fest Beer Festival is providing craft beer. Fresh Fest, the nation’s first beer festival featuring black brewers, was held in Pittsburgh last summer. Read our post about tickets for the 2019 Fresh Fest here.
- Music: some of Pittsburgh’s most sought after curators — DJ Mateo Mattos, Stephanie Tsong from the Jellyfish crew, and DJ Arie Cole — will be on the sticks.
Date: Friday, March 29
Time: 7:00 pm – 11:30 pm
Location: Children’s Museum
Ages: 21 and over
Tickets: This event is free, but you have to reserve a ticket on Eventbrite.
Inclusive Innovation Summit & All-In Silent Disco Social Media
Follow the Facebook Event for updates on the Silent Disco. The best hashtag to follow is #WeInnovatePGH; you can follow Inclusive Innovation PGH on Twitter @pghIP and Instagram @WeInnovatePGH.
Looking to learn more about the Inclusive Innovation Summit? We’ve put together a Twitter list of folks to follow here.
There is an app for the Inclusive Innovation Summit that is available on both the Apple App store and the Google Play store. You can also view an online version of the app here.
Our latest blog previews the All-In Silent Disco next Friday (3/29), and how last year's partner, @ThrivalFestival, built an accessibility stage at their event. 🎧♿️ https://t.co/gr93N15KZF #WeInnovatePGH pic.twitter.com/OOhiIYTCX8
— Pittsburgh I&P (@PghIP) March 21, 2019