Archive for April, 2017

More Space, Employees Coming to Toyota Smart Car Startup

Posted by Julia Falcon

Toyota Connected is expanding its footprint at Plano’s Legacy West development. 

The smart car tech startup, launched by Toyota Motor North America last year, recently announced it’s adding 13,500 square feet to its already 20,000-square-foot office. It also will hire 100 more people than originally planned, bringing its total of new employees to 200, according to D CEO‘s Danielle Abril. …

Consortium, U.S. Census Partner on DFW Research Data Center

Posted by Lance Murray

The research community in North Texas received a major boost this week with the announcement of a partnership between the U.S. Census Bureau and a consortium of leading research institutions led by the Federal Reserve Bank of Dallas and the University of Texas at Dallas to establish the Dallas-Fort Worth Federal Statistical Research Data Center.…

Sweat for a Cause: FITWeek Brings Fitness, Philanthropy Together For Education

Posted by Julia Batlle

Local fitness studios are coming together to sweat for a cause during FITWeek, an annual event that is coming to Dallas May 1-6 to support education.  

All proceeds will benefit Reading Partners North Texas and She’s the First

Reading Partners North Texas has been providing one-on-one tutoring at low-income schools in the Dallas-Fort Worth area since 2012.…

The Need for Innovation:
Why Good Ideas Fail

Posted by Brad Ruiter

Universal MInd is a Dallas Innovates is Silver Founding SponsorIn conference rooms across the globe, teams are meeting to brainstorm, discuss, and evaluate new ideas that will drive organizations in new directions. From products, processes, and services, companies are inundated with ideas from not only their internal teams but external influencers such as customers, market experts, and consultants.

Pioneering Public-Private Partnership Funds $450M
Fort Worth Arena

Posted by Lance Murray

The city of Fort Worth is getting a new $450 million multipurpose arena thanks to a pioneering public-private partnership between the city, Tarrant County, the State of Texas, and a group of private-sector backers including individuals, foundations, and organizations.

The facility will be called Dickies Arena under a naming rights agreement between the Fort Worth-based apparel company and the Multipurpose Arena Fort Worth.

Meet Evie, SMU’s Mobile Greenhouse With a Mission

Posted by Julia Falcon

Students at Southern Methodist University have converted a camping trailer into a mobile sustainable garden. 

The redesigned trailer, named Evie, was introduced last weekend during Earth Day Texas at Fair Park in Dallas. 

After not being able to obtain permits for a community garden, SMU students decided to create a transient concept to grow healthy foods. …

On Tap: Festival of Ideas, Philanthroparty, Book Festival

Posted by Dallas Innovates | Staff Report

North Texas is a big place, with plenty to do, see, hear, and watch. So, we scour the internet every week to find events and activities for you. As always, events may change at any time, so check the event website or registration page for the latest details.…

High-Speed Rail Could Transform Dallas’ Urban Core

Posted by Lance Murray

Proponents of the proposed high-speed rail project that would turn a trip from Dallas to Houston into a scenic, 90-minute ride believe the project could help developers “build the newest part of downtown,” that could change the way people perceive the urban core.…

DFW High Schools Score Atop U.S. News’ Rankings

Posted by Lance Murray

Dallas-Fort Worth area high schools scored well in the U.S. News & World Report Best High School Rankings, with Dallas’ School for the Talented and Gifted leading the way, ranked No. 1 in Texas and No. 4 in the nation.

The school’s No.…

Group Bringing Focus on Tech, Innovation in Tarrant County

Posted by Nicholas Sakelaris

A rising tide lifts all boats.

The phrase commonly spoke by President John F. Kennedy is the guiding mantra for the Rising Tide Initiative, which hopes to showcase the technology, innovation, and entrepreneurship going on throughout Tarrant County. The goal is to shatter the siloed walls of the past in favor of working together, said co-founder Nathan Ryall.…

Kineticity Seeks Submissions for Interactive Public Art Project

Posted by Lance Murray

Kineticity announced last week that its place-making project is open for interactive public art concept submissions.

Kineticity describes itself as a “series of interactive, pedestrian-scale, art installations that will be placed between neighborhoods to entice visual interest and curiosity that can only best be appreciated through human interaction.” …

UTSW Team Aids in Infectious Disease Breakthrough

Posted by Lance Murray

Pioneering research by an international team including researchers from the UT Southwestern Medical Center could help in the battle against the world’s most deadly infectious diseases.

The Center for Structural Genomics of Infectious Diseases announced that it achieved a significant milestone in understanding pathogens that are responsible for some of the most-feared diseases such as the Ebola virus, the Zika virus and antibiotic-resistant bacteria.…

Survey: How U.S. CEOs Plan to Grow in 2017 and Beyond

Posted by PwC

PwC is a Dallas Innovates is Gold Founding SponsorU.S. CEO confidence has picked up and CEOs around the world are pinning their hopes for growth on the U.S. economy, according to the 2017 Global CEO Survey.

At the same time, CEOs face a new policy environment as President Trump prioritizes U.S.…

MedStar, Lyft Partner to Offer Transport For Low-Risk Patients

Posted by Julia Batlle

Fort Worth-based MedStar Mobile Healthcare has teamed with Lyft to provide non-emergency patients with another transport option to the hospital. 

The partnership between the ambulance service and ride-sharing company is one of the only ones of its kind in the country, according to D CEO Healthcare.…

NASA, TI Partner to Launch Virtual Scavenger Hunt

Posted by Julia Falcon

NASA and Texas Instruments recently launched “The Search for STEMnauts,” a virtual scavenger hunt to help fuel kids’ desire to learn more about science, technology, engineering, and math (STEM).

Challenges in the course range from beginner to intermediate, all showcasing problems that National Aeronautics and Space Administration employees use in their jobs every day. …

Startup Internship Fair:
A Matchmaker for UTD Students

Posted by UT Dallas Naveen Jindal School of Management

UTDallas_University of Texas at Dallas_ Dallas Innovates is a Gold Founding SponsorStartups: Off the charts on ideas and experience; needing talent to implement awesome visions.

College students: Off the charts on skills and abilities; seeking experience to prepare them for a future career.

Put them together in one room: Matches made in innovation heaven.

Dallas Nonprofit Takes First Place at Earth Day Texas Pitch

Posted by Julia Batlle

Editor’s note: updated to include winners in academic, veteran, and civic divisions of EarthxPitch. 

A nonprofit based in Dallas and Nicaragua took first place at the Earth Day Texas EarthxPitch event this weekend in Fair Park.

The Nicaragua Initiative for Community Advancement, or NICA was announced the winner in the nonprofit division Sunday and awarded a $15,000 cash prize for its efforts to revitalize rural communities in the Central American country. …

BRIT Opens Applications for Sustainable Winegrowing Competition

Posted by Julia Falcon

The Botanical Research Institute of Texas’ International Award of Excellence in Sustainable Winegrowing competition is back for its eighth year, and the Fort Worth-based institute is ready to begin accepting applications.

The award was created to recognize the bond between botany and wineries that display “ground to glass” sustainability, BRIT said in a release. …

Connex: Shipping Containers Become Office Building

Posted by Lance Murray

A unique three-story office building soon will occupy a lot near downtown Fort Worth that will be built from shipping containers and targeted at the micro-office user.

The project, called Connex, will be at 1201 Evans Ave. near Rosedale Avenue, and is the work of Matthijs and Jie Melchiors, partners and founders of the MEL/ARCH architecture studio.…

Is Your Company’s Marketing Strategy Prepared for Digital Transformation?

Posted by Paul Buckley

Let’s imagine digital transformation as a huge asteroid hurtling toward your business — regardless of whether you’re following its forecasted path or not, it’s going to leave a mark. (Unless, of course, you have Bruce Willis and Ben Affleck on your team of experts, in which case Armageddon is canceled, and you can go on your merry way.)…