Robots rule in hacker-friendly Pittsburgh (RFP)

Hackers have always been welcome in Pittsburgh, where engineers flood out of Carnegie Mellon University Hand the University of Pittsburgh, venture capital firms specialize in robotics startups, and it’s easy to find a member of a hardware hacking club.
But now, entrepreneurs building gadgets, robots or an “Internet of Things” startup have a new Pittsburgh hot spot. The five-year-old AlphaLab accelerator will host the first AlphaLab Gear class in downtown Pittsburgh this fall. The accelerator for hardware and robotics startups begins accepting applications May 15th.
Those accepted to the six-month program will choose between a $25,000 and $50,000 investment (each with different terms) from AlphaLab’s parent company, the 13-year-old venture capital firm Innovation Works.