Archive for April, 2017

DFW Will Be Test Site for Uber’s Flying Car Initiative

Posted by Heather Noel

Flying cars in Dallas-Fort Worth? It may not just be a pipe dream anymore. 

Uber announced Tuesday that DFW would be a testing site by 2020 for the flying vehicles it’s currently developing in its Elevate initiative, according to D CEO‘s Danielle Abril.…

Free Tickets: Learn How To Build
Your Billion Dollar Idea

Posted by Dallas Innovates | Staff Report

The U.S. India Chamber of Commerce (USICOC) hosts its annual technology conference on Friday. The 2017 conference, Entrepreneurs Teaching Entrepreneurs, will bring together a lineup of investors and entrepreneurs from  Fortune 5000 companies who will share their insights on what it takes to build the next great entrepreneurial idea.

Inc. 5000 Application Deadline Draws Near

Posted by Lance Murray

Applications are being accepted for the Inc. 5000 list which ranks the nation’s 5,000 fastest-growing companies based on the percentage of revenue growth over a three-year period.

But don’t dawdle, the deadline is May 1. In 2016, nearly 200 Dallas-Fort Worth companies qualified for the list.…

ORIX Foundation Invests $3 million in DFW Nonprofits

Posted by Lance Murray

Dallas-based ORIX Foundation recently announced a $3 million investment into four North Texas nonprofits for their innovative, workforce-related solutions to affect community challenges such as poverty and unemployment, to child abuse and neglect.

The foundation is led by employees of ORIX USA, the Dallas-based financial services company.…

Texas’ First Smart City Traffic Signal System Coming in May

Posted by Dave Moore

smart citiesSystems are “go” for a mid-May launch of Texas’ first Smart City system that will allow drivers to anticipate stop lights, and tell them how long they’ll have to wait for them to change.

Highway engineers got a firsthand peek at the technology during the spring meeting of the Texas District of the Institute of Transportation Engineers last week in Frisco.…

Study Looks at Wrist Device to Diagnose Sleep Apnea

Posted by Lance Murray

People with traumatic brain injuries often develop sleep apnea, and researchers at the Peter O’Donnell Brain Institute at UT Southwestern are participating in a national study to determine if wristwatch-like sensors can be an effective diagnostic tool for the condition.

UT Southwestern said the the $2.68 million study will compare the accuracy of the devices versus formal sleep laboratories commonly used in the diagnosis of sleep apnea.…

Photo Gallery: Earth Day Texas

Posted by Dallas Innovates | Staff Report

Visitors to Earth Day Texas activities last week at Fair Park took in exhibits, discussions, films, and cutting-edge technology to help preserve the Earth.

Earth Day Texas is the largest Earth Day celebration in the world, and its strategy is aimed at channeling brain power into solving the world’s pressing environmental issues.…

Innovation Expo Features
Eco-Friendly Inventions

Posted by Nicholas Sakelaris

New innovations in solar, wind, and urban farming  were highlighted during the seventh annual Earth Day Texas event at Fair Park last weekend.

As part of the E-Capital Innovation Expo, startups, national laboratories, and universities showcased their latest clean technologies. …

New Technology Enables Real-Time Embryo Monitoring

Posted by Lance Murray

A Frisco fertility clinic is using new technology to allow embryologists to view embryo development in real time.

The Frisco Institute for Reproductive Medicine said the technology is proving to be successful for couples using in-vitro fertilization at the clinic.

“It ended up being a very special moment.”

Dallas-Based Artist Spreads Love Through Murals

Posted by Julia Falcon

Love is the inspiration behind the quirky murals seen on the side of Cultivar Coffee, Davis Street Espresso, Trinity Strand Trail, and more recently the Plaza of the Americas rooftop.

“Inspiration just appears — it’s a force that exists all along.”

TWU Professor’s Research Inspiration for Upcoming Film about Female WWII Pilots

Posted by Heather Noel

Fox 2000, the company behind the recent Oscar-nominated film Hidden Figures, is planning to shed cinematic light on another group of women largely lost in history — and this story has North Texas roots.
The Women Airforce Service Pilots of World War II were the first female pilots to fly for the U.S.…

Dallas Billionaire Touts Digital Philanthropic Fundraising

Posted by Julia Falcon

Today, 6 percent of donations to charities are done digitally or online, and a Dallas billionaire is touting that method of giving. 

Todd Wagner, the 56-year-old founder and CEO of Dallas-based Charity Network, is creating a one-stop shop for philanthropic fundraising. …

Dallas-Fort Worth is Creative Jobs Capital of Texas

Posted by Julia Falcon

If you think that Austin has cornered the market on the creative economy in Texas, you’d be wrong.

A new study by the University of North Texas’ Economic Research Group shows that it’s Dallas leading the state in creative economy and it isn’t even close.…

Dallas Filmmakers Shining Light on Food Insecurity

Posted by Heather Noel

Oak Cliff resident Daniel Nanasi had no idea about the food access issues in his own city, but a meetup group changed his perception forever.

Attending the Food Desert Solutions gatherings, Nanasi learned some sobering facts about food deserts just miles from his home and that Dallas has the highest child poverty rate among big cities — in the nation.…

Whereon Will Paint Mural at Inaugural Doer Pop-up Event

Posted by Julia Batlle

A unique modern meeting venue is hosting a monthly series to introduce Dallas to the “doers” of the community. 

HOWDO, an event space in the Trinity Industrial District created by the greenlight advertising agency, is hosting a new pop-up event series called The Doers.…

Dallas Hotel Makes Room For Earth Day Every Day

Posted by Westphall PR

Saturday is Earth Day and Facebook feeds across North Texas will be flush with posts about the environment, statistics about pollution, and tree emojis galore.

Then, Saturday will be over.

And Facebook feeds will go back to the usual political posts, NBA playoff scores, and puppy photos.…

How do You Feel? Gensler’s Robot, Jack, Wants to Know

Posted by Julia Falcon

Jack the robot is all about emotions, eager to know how you’re feeling and answer back.

Cube-shaped Jack is the creation of a team at the architecture and design firm Gensler. It’s a tool to obtain data about how people feel about the space they are in.…

On Tap: Earth Day Texas, Women in Tech Summit, The Doers

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 event website or registration page for the latest details.…

Carvana’s 7-Story Frisco Tower Open for Deliveries

Posted by Nicholas Sakelaris

Carvana officially opened its car vending machine tower Thursday in Frisco, giving online shoppers a fun new way to pick up their vehicle.

The seven-story glass tower holds 32 vehicles that already have been purchased online. But the used-car startup actually pulls from an inventory of more than 7,400 vehicles from all around the country.

Nature-based Preschool on Wheels Rides into Dallas

Posted by Julia Batlle

A new preschool in Dallas is following a nature-based curriculum that teaches students about sustainability and the ecosystem in a colorfully refurbished school bus. 

Seed Preschool, which launched last week, is the brainchild of Jennifer Stuart, a certified Texas Master Naturalist who hopes to teach children to understand nature and how they can use it, The Dallas Morning News reported.…