Archive for January, 2016

The People Making Us a Well-Read City

Posted by Tara Nieuwesteeg

The Dallas literary renaissance is upon us—and it has arrived quickly.

“There was a huge gap here even just two and a half years ago,” says Will Evans, founder of Deep Vellum Publishing. “It’s happened really fast that Dallas …

Dallas Fort-Worth: A Call To Innovate

Posted by Trey Bowles

The term “innovation” is often thrown around, a catchall term used to fill in a gap. If something is different or new or controversial or expensive, or if we don’t have another buzzword to use, we call it innovative, and …

Reel FX and Polyphonic Spree Present: A Live-Action Virtual Reality Concert

Posted by Krista Nightengale

At first, it looks like any other video. Tim DeLaughter, frontman of the Polyphonic Spree, begins singing a Christmas song. The multiple-member band strikes up. People in costumes come through, and then the video cuts to a scene in the …

Why We Need to Grow our Eco-System, not an Echo Chamber

Posted by Clarisa Lindenmeyer

All industries have badges of honor. In the startup world, the badge consists of working on software, raising capital, chatting on Slack, keeping up with the latest tech trends, attending hackathons, preparing pitches, working at co-working spaces, and, sometimes, it’s …

Texas Instruments Honors Its History of Innovation via Kilby Labs

Posted by Dan Koller

If you think of Texas Instruments as a calculator company, you’re not alone; its employees hear that all the time, thanks to the brand’s dominance in the elementary calculators market for young students.

“That’s where you first come across the …

With Director Aboard, Regional Patent Office Buzzing With Activity

Posted by Dan Koller

After the United States Patent and Trademark Office announced plans to establish three regional outposts beyond its first one in Detroit, more than 50 cities were considered as potential locations. When all was said and done, Dallas was one of …

How North Texas Helped Discover the God Particle

Posted by Patrick Kobler

In July 2012, two teams of the world’s leading scientists discovered the Higgs boson (also known as the God Particle), a manifestation of the field that all particles interact with to acquire mass. The discovery of the Higgs boson—a particle …

The Great Seed Bomb: One Woman’s Idea for Saving the Planet

Posted by Tara Nieuwesteeg

Pollinators are important. Not just because it’s crucial that we preserve our planet’s biodiversity and undo the environmental harm we’ve caused, but because our food sources need pollinators. There are 90 commercially grown crops that depend on honeybee pollination. Thirty-five …

Cloud Storage: 5 Things To Know About Storing Digital Content

Posted by Verizon

The digital content we consume has become increasingly richer and of higher volume, taking up more space on our computers, phones, and tablets than ever before. To avoid running out of valuable storage capacity, many have turned to cloud services …

Alcon Experience Center Helps Eye-Care Company Share Its Vision

Posted by Dan Koller

Alcon has grown exponentially since Robert Alexander and William Conner slapped the first syllables of their last names on a Fort Worth pharmacy in 1945. What started out as a two-man operation is now a global company with 25,000 employees …

Uplift Education Uses Data To Go Beyond the Tests

Posted by Patrick Kobler

Uplift Education has developed a data-centric culture that goes beyond teaching kids to pass standardized tests. As Dallas-Fort Worth’s largest public charter school network, Uplift is utilizing more relevant, holistic, and accessible measures of academic performance in a collaborative fashion …

Series: Dallas-Fort Worth’s Innovation Economy

Posted by Duane Dankesreiter

Not so long ago, the most important consideration in a headquarter relocation or expansion project was real estate. Today, it is all about labor. Where can I find it, what are the costs, and what is the quality? At the …

Organization Aims to Ignite Creative Spirit in Richardson

Posted by Tara Nieuwesteeg

Arts Incubator of Richardson (AIR) knows the importance of art—to creators and admirers of the arts, to businesses and organizations, to the community as a whole. With Kitty Goddard at the helm, AIR is on a mission to ignite creative …

Beyond Books: Dallas Public Library Answers Inventors’ Questions

Posted by Dan Koller

When Meesha Robinson moved to Dallas last fall, she had an important deadline looming. Nearly a year earlier, she had filed a provisional application for a patent on her idea for making hospitals’ triage processes more efficient and universal. But …

Tax Tips for Startups and Entrepreneurs

Posted by Jeanne Spreier

You’ve read the stories about corporations such as Time Warner, Qualcomm, and Prudential Financial not paying a dime in taxes. These companies have armies of accountants and tax lawyers to figure out the fine details of the tax code. You, …

Finding the Innovation Zone

Posted by Geoffrey Orsak

North Texas is home to some of the most important and influential businesses on the globe, the envy of even the most high-tech communities. From energy, telecommunications, and consumer goods to aerospace, industrial/manufacturing, and life sciences, we seem to have …

SMU Luminary Awards Celebrate Educational Innovations

Posted by Patrick Kobler

Follow #DallasInnovatesEdu for live updates from the awards starting at 7 PM.

The Annette Caldwell Simmons School of Education and Human Development at Southern Methodist University will hold its 2016 Simmons Luminary Awards this evening. The event will recognize Dallas …

Fixing Our Bilingual Teacher Shortage Crisis

Posted by Miguel Solis

What if I told you that one of the largest challenges to Dallas’ future success can only be solved by children speaking English as a second language? And what if I told you that the key to unlocking the potential …

High School Student Takes Grain From Brewery to Dog Dish

Posted by Tara Nieuwesteeg

Spent grain is just what it sounds like—beer-making leftovers that serve no real purpose and often go to waste. According to CraftBeer.com, spent grain can account for up to 85 percent of a brewery’s total by-product.

Kyler Ashley is pretty …

History of Innovation: The Fashion Industry

Posted by Sarah Bennett

While taking a drive along Dallas-Fort Worth’s major highways, it’s not hard to be taken in by the sumptuous models gracing billboards for fashion powerhouses such as Neiman Marcus, NorthPark Center, and Stanley Korshak. Their extravagant dresses, dramatic makeup, and …