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OpenArc Wins at CREATE Festival

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Data + Apps Project of the Year

OpenArc came away a winner at the 2016 CREATE Festival, taking the prize for Data + Apps Project of the Year. The festival, sponsored by the Pittsburgh Technology Council, was part of the Dollar Bank Three Rivers Arts Festival and featured a full-day lineup of art, tech, workshops, panels, performances, awards, parties and opportunities to experience the newest trends in creativity and innovation.

The OA team won for the design and build of Kindworks, a mobile application platform that encourages people to participate in daily acts of kindness – taking inspiration from the knowledge that others are committing such acts all around them. The client, humanitarian and entrepreneur George Blobe, was inspired by a random act of kindness to create an opportunity and a community space for others to experience the value and reach of the simplest deeds – and for them to participate themselves. He engaged No Typical Moments, a digital marketing and technology consultancy dedicated to solutions that positively impact humans and the planet, to assist with ideation and evangelization of the end product. Blobe and NTM then approached OpenArc to drive the design and technical build.

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“Projects like Kindworks are a joy to work on. To be able to combine the unique technical challenges of the project with the bighearted inspiration behind it is a rare treat, and we are extremely proud of the result,” says David Palmer, OpenArc’s Chief Marketing Officer.

We’re quite taken with Kindworks and what it represents, and we’re thrilled and honored to be a part of Pittsburgh’s thriving technology scene. Special thanks are due to George Blobe and No Typical Moments for their vision and partnership – we can’t wait for what the next year has in store!

Editor’s Note: Software Engineer Pete Mullins was notified in advance that he would be made an example of for wearing a Montreal Canadiens shirt two days after the Penguins won the Stanley Cup – and then appearing in said shirt for a picture for the blog. As of press time, the whereabouts of the shirt are unknown. Also, the picture of Marketing Coordinator Erin Remaley receiving OpenArc’s award is courtesy of the fine folks at the Pittsburgh Technology Council.

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