Archive for September, 2016

United Way Launching Digital Campaign for GroundFloor Fellows

Posted by Rachel Hawkins

For the United Way of Metropolitan Dallas’ upcoming OneUp The Vote campaign, it’s about securing digital awareness rather than fundraising dollars.

In the OneUp campaign, 14 social enterprises in the United Way’s GroundFloor program will vie for digital votes. 

Beginning Tuesday through Oct.…

Recap: Tech Wildcatters Fall Pitch Day

Posted by Heather Noel

Tech Wildcatters held its second Gauntlet pitch day Wednesday at the House of Blues in Dallas. 

Selery Fulfillment and Tech EdVentures were the first startups to reach graduate status in the Dallas-based accelerator’s milestone-driven Gauntlet program, which launched earlier this year. …

Dallas-based Nawkr Adds ‘Groups’ to its App

Posted by Lance Murray

Nawkr, the Dallas startup founded by Angel and Eric Armendariz, has expanded to include groups.

The smartphone app, which uses location-based technology to browse the profiles of people nearby who are similar to you. You can then browse those profiles and build a network with those people that you find interesting.…

Cracked Highways: UTA Prof has System to Fix ‘Em

Posted by Lance Murray

We’ve all seen them, cracked pavement on highways that make unsightly and hard to drive on.

A civil engineering professor at the University of Texas at Arlington has received a $1.2 million contract from the Texas Department of Transportation to implement a system that would improve the sub-base repair of roadways, reducing cracking and improving maintenance in the process.…

Universal Mind to Host Leading SAFe 4.0 Workshop

Posted by Universal Mind

Success in today’s digital world requires many things. Having the right mission, vision, and ability to deliver on that vision is imperative.

But, that’s not enough.

In the digital space, it takes more than just code. To create a truly high-quality, consistent product, you’ve got to work across an organization, uniting and inspiring teams in the process, to create a product that provides value to end users and to your organization.…

Innovative Football Helmet Aimed at Reducing Concussions

Posted by Lance Murray

Legendary Cowboys Quarterback and DFW real estate executive Roger Staubach knows about concussions first hand from his playing days in high school, college and with the Cowboys.

Concussions have become a major issue for football players, as the NFL has had to pay a settlement with former players, many of whom suffered from chronic traumatic encephalopathy (CTE).…

J.C. Penney Mixes Tradition, Tech in Retail Resurgence

Posted by Nicholas Sakelaris

Appliances, wood floors, salons, and French makeup counters have fueled a turnaround at J.C. Penney, according to Mike Amend, executive vice president of Omnichannel at the Plano-based retailer.

It’s been a rollercoaster ride in recent years, but these changes plus rapid growth in cyberspace have the company prepared for the future, Amend said during his keynote talk at Retail’s Digital Summit in downtown Dallas, this week.…

Julie’s Real Brand is a Real Hit at Ryder Cup Tournament

Posted by Jana J. Pruet

Dallas entrepreneur Julie Fox, and her husband Mike, are pretty popular among the golfers at the Ryder Cup golf tournament in Chaska, Minn. And it’s not because they’re such big golf fans, which they are, but rather the carload of Julie’s cinnamon-vanilla bean and cacao-coconut treats they toted up there for the players, this week.…

Allen ISD STEAM Center Project Expands Plan

Posted by Heather Noel

Allen ISD students will have even more space to explore science, technology, engineering, art, and math in the district’s new facility than originally planned.

On Monday, the district’s board of trustees voted to permit the purchase of almost 10 acres of land adjacent to the 16-acre STEAM center site, according to the Allen American. …

Editor’s Picks:
Calendar for Sept. 29 – Oct. 6

Posted by Jana J. Pruet

From learning how to weave creativity into your company’s culture at Signposts of Innovation to browsing pieces at the Cottonwood Art Festival, here are events to enjoy the fall weather and boost your career in the next week. 

THURSDAY, SEPT. 29
 
LEATHERWORKING BASICS  7 to 8:30 p.m.…

American Retains Bank in Quest for Alternative Jet Fuels

Posted by Lance Murray

Fort Worth-based American Airlines on Thursday announced that it has retained the boutique investment bank, Ocean Park, to assist it with evaluating alternative jet fuels and to identify which companies and technologies are most promising.

In a release, American (Nasdaq: AAL) said that Ocean Park will bring its expertise in the renewable fuels industry.…

Expert: Managing Sales Pipeline Critical to Success

Posted by Jeanne Spreier

Jason Jordan, an author and recognized expert on sales management, will be speaking on topics covered in his book, the groundbreaking Cracking the Sales Management Code (McGraw-Hill, 2012). The free Oct. 13 forum at The University of Texas at Dallas Naveen Jindal School of Management will cover metrics that matter when managing a sales team.…

New Photography Convention
Celebrates Instant Film

Posted by Heather Noel

Smartphones are kind of like photo mausoleums. Well, at least the camera part. 

We take photos by the dozens, OK, probably hundreds, but what happens to them?

The best ones are posted to social media accounts for all to see, but the rest just clog up the storage on our phones or remain as a digital file suspended forever in time on our cloud accounts. …

Will AT&T Eliminate DirecTV Dishes Within 5 Years?

Posted by Lance Murray

Dallas-based AT&T Inc. (NYSE: T) intends to make its online streaming service, DirecTV Now, the main video platform within three to five years, Bloomberg reported.

Citing sources, Bloomberg said that AT&T, the largest pay-TV provider in the U.S., has been working for more than a year to construct as video-delivery system capable of carrying multiple live feeds to its broadband-connected customers.…

For Social Impact, Build Financial Sustainability into Your DNA

Posted by Salah Boukadoum

What do you think of this mission statement? “To organize the world’s information and make it universally accessible and useful.”

Does it sound like it belongs to a for-profit or a nonprofit?

Some of you may recognize it, yet, others may be surprised to know it belongs to Google.…

UTD: VR Curbs Social Anxiety for Children on Autism Spectrum

Posted by Heather Noel

From movie experiences to real estate showings, virtual reality is being integrated across an array of industries. Now, researchers at the Center for BrainHealth at the University of Texas at Dallas have found the technology can help children with high-functioning autism improve social skills. …

Groove Jones Shows Virtual Reality’s Potential

Posted by Nicholas Sakelaris

The latest in virtual reality technology was on full display at the Retail Innovation Lounge event this week.

Strapping on the HTC Vive goggle and ear phones immediately placed users inside a fully interactive digital kitchen.

Then, they grabbed the hand controllers and, with a little practice, could start picking up an apple or grab a beer that’s on the counter.…

More Tech Advances will Spur Retail Evolution

Posted by Nicholas Sakelaris

Brick and mortar stores have been at odds with e-commerce for a decade or more but recent technological advances could change the retail sector.

That’s not to say that the pain for major retail stores will end. The evolution could be painful for many as the new reality sets in, but retail will survive.…

Archeio Technologies Raises $1 Million Seed Capital

Posted by Jana J. Pruet

On Tuesday, Dallas-based Archeio Technologies unveiled its oil and gas software that gives oil and gas operators access to search, manage, and analyze oilfield data for thousands of wells across North America.

The software startup company, founded by Rex Womble and Chetan Chouhan in 2015, said it recognized the critical need for a new generation of well file software in the petroleum industry and has spent the past year developing and raising $1 million through seed funding and VC backing, according to a news release. …

RoboKind Robot Aims to Help Bridge Diversity in STEM Education

Posted by Nealie Sanchez

Dallas-based RoboKind has designed a new humanoid robot, named Jett, with African-American likeness to help bridge the diversity gap in K-12 STEM education and the projected STEM employment deficit. 

“Our mission is to enable students, no matter their age or background, to take full advantage of opportunities in STEM,” CEO and founder of RoboKind Fred Margolin said in a news release.…