Ignite MODE: Startup Weekend Civic Edition

The Startup Weekend Civic Edition of NSR’s Ignite MODE workshop was held on September 19, 2015 at Work Hard Pittsburgh.  Over 20 mentors from diverse backgrounds, including business and community development, nonprofit, foundations, and technology development provided strategic guidance throughout the day. The 5 concepts were selected by at a pitch event on Friday night, worked on their solutions throughout the weekend, and pitched to a panel of judges on Sunday.

Special thanks to Ignite MODE coordinator Vivian Lee Croft and event host Work Hard Pittsburgh for making a positive impact on the current and future leaders in our region.



Video shoot + production courtesy of Mackenzie Stewart

Space Engagers

Developing vacant lots in blighted communities by using gaming to connect community ideas with resources to make them happen.


Creating social currency by connecting meaningful opportunities through volunteerism and a mobile app.

Fulfilling the Promise

Program to alert administrators, counselors, and service providers about students who have fallen out of the Pittsburgh Promise requirements and criteria.

Pittsburgh Kindness Project

Encouraging one on one experiences to build a kinder Pittsburgh.

iEarn Will

Creating more effective and engaging teaching tools by applying the principles of engineering.


Ignite MODE workshops are made possible by the funding and support of Neighborhood Allies