Archive for September, 2017

Gaming Goldrush: Is Frisco Poised to Become an Esports Capital?

Posted by Jewels Clark

Esports has everyone scrambling to find their niche inside the rapidly growing market, but industry leaders agree that Frisco ranks high on the scoreboard for a gaming capital.

On Thursday, Frisco’s LaunchPad City hosted a panel of North Texas leaders representing the current pillars in esports.…

Esports: Scenes from Panel & Play at LaunchPad City

Posted by Jewels Clark

Frisco ranks high on the scoreboard for a gaming capital, said panelists at a Panel & Play event hosted by LaunchPad City on Thursday. North Texas leaders gathered to talk about the rise of esports — and how the region fits into the mix.

UTA’s Diane Jones Allen Named to Resilient Design Panel

Posted by D'Anzia Robertson

University of Texas at Arlington’s Diane Jones Allen has been selected to a national panel looking at what urban design policies can help cities better withstand natural disasters.

The American Society of Landscape Architects panel includes experts across disciplines, according to an ASLA release.…

Plano-based OpenKey Expands Global Reach With Partnership

Posted by Amy Wolff Sorter

Plano-based hospitality tech company OpenKey has teamed up with Worldhotels to roll out new smart phone technology. 

The agreement with the Frankfurt, Germany-based services provider to independent upscale hotels worldwide, boosts OpenKey’s reach from eight countries on four continents, to 350 hotels in 50 countries on six continents.…

Astrapi Collects Another Award at Paris Satellite Conference

Posted by Amy Wolff Sorter

Astrapi Corp. has been recognized once again on the international stage for its efforts in boosting satellite communications.

Earlier this month, the Dallas-based company was named one of the most promising startups at the annual Euroconsult Summit for Satellite Financing in Paris, France.…

Discovery: Aircraft Composites, BRIT & TCU, Retail Discounts, Math Assessment

Posted by Lance Murray

$600K Boeing Grant Backs Aircraft Composite Research

Boeing Co. has given the University of Texas at Arlington a $600,000 grant to test composite components with the goal of creating longer-lasting aircraft and to help identify components that could fail.

The project — Advanced Inspection and Analysis of Common Feature Test Component for Composite Airframe Life Extension Program — will be led by Andrew Makeev, professor of mechanical and aerospace engineering and director of the Advanced Materials and Structures Lab at UTA.…

Teladoc Looking to Boost AI, Tech With Former Pandora CEO

Posted by Amy Wolff Sorter

Lewisville-founded Teladoc has appointed digital media expert Brian McAndrews to its board of directors.

McAndrews, who is the former CEO of digital radio pioneer Pandora, will serve on Teladoc’s audit and compensation committees.

McAndrews also sits on the board of Amplero, a company that leverages artificial intelligence marketing to grow customer bases and loyalty on behalf of its client companies.…

Local Companies Display Latest Security Tech at ASIS Expo

Posted by Nicholas Sakelaris

From fully autonomous robots to a crime-fighting app, companies with local ties had a strong presence at the ASIS 2017 conference in downtown Dallas this week.

The multi-day conference hosted by the organization for professional security professionals at Kay Bailey Hutchison Convention Center included keynotes by former President George W.…

Meet Rover, Texas Instrument’s First Educational Robot

Posted by D'Anzia Robertson

North Texas students recently had the opportunity to test drive Texas Instruments’ newest educational robot. 

TI-Innovator Rover is the Dallas-based semiconductor company’s first robotics solution for middle and high school students. 

It can connect to the TI-Innovator hub, a classroom tool introduced last September to extend functionality of graphic calculators and can be powered by either a TI-84 Plus CE or TI-Nspire CX graphing calculator. …

UTD to Open New Complex for Visual Arts This Weekend

Posted by D'Anzia Robertson

The University of Texas at Dallas will debut its new visual arts complex this weekend. 

SP/N Gallery officially opens Sunday with its inaugural exhibit, “Critical Mass,” which features work from 45 renowned artists who received their visual arts degree from the Richardson university.…

On Tap: Nick Kennedy at Dallas New Tech, eSports Panel, Infinity Mirror Room
& Cyber Future Summit

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. …

Jacobs Wins $1.12B Services Contract at NASA Flight Center

Posted by Lance Murray

Business continues to take off in big ways for Jacobs Engineering Group Inc. after the announcement this week that the Dallas-based company was awarded a contract from NASA with a potential value of $1.12 billion.

The Engineering Services and Science Capability Augmentation (ESSCA) contract is for engineering, science, and technical services at NASA’s Marshall Space Flight Center in Huntsville, Alabama, the company said in a release.…

Going Green: DFW a Leader in
LEED-Certified Construction

Posted by Jewels Clark

When it comes to Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design-certified (LEED) projects, North Texas is a bright spot in the state.

Dallas, Fort Worth, and Arlington have more than half of the 6,945 LEED-certified residential construction projects in Texas, according to an ABODO analysis.

Dallas Architecture Studio ‘Bakes’ Marketing Into Physical Design

Posted by Heather Noel

With social media so deeply ingrained in our lives, it’s hard to believe a time before it existed.

It’s a constant lifeline into the world around us. For businesses, it’s a must-have in terms of marketing presence.

In 2009, Dallasite Shama Hyder started the Marketing Zen Group as one of the first social media digital agencies in the world.…

MarketScout Starts $25M Fund For InsurTech Ventures

Posted by D'Anzia Robertson

Dallas-based MarketScout is looking to give a boost to insurance-focused tech startups with a new venture fund. 

The insurance distribution and underwriting company runs the MarketScout Exchange and more than 40 other online and traditional underwriting and distribution venues, according to its website. …

Dallas Invents: 91 Patents Granted for Week of Sept. 19

Posted by Dallas Innovates | Staff Report

Dallas Invents is a weekly look at U.S. patents granted with a connection to the Dallas-Fort Worth-Arlington metro area. Listings include patents granted to local assignees and/or those with a North Texas inventor. Patent activity can be an indicator of future economic growth, as well as the development of emerging markets and talent attraction. 

Avocados From Mexico Opens Innovation Center in Irving

Posted by Jewels Clark

Avocados from Mexico has opened a new center in Irving where culinary professionals can learn more about and receive inspiration for preparing the creamy green fruit. 

The marketing subsidiary of the Mexican Hass Avocado Importers Association carved out space in its Irving headquarters at Urban Towers for the Culinary Innovation Center. …

Gems by the Foot Aids Refugee Women, Families

Posted by Lance Murray

A new venture by a Highland Park entrepreneur and social philanthropist uses some of its proceeds to benefit a refugee resettlement program.

Elizabeth Carlock Phillips launched Gems by the Foot this month. It’s a jewelry collection that distributes 10 percent of its proceeds to North Texas women and families of the International Rescue Committee, PaperCity Magazine reported.…

One Man Drives Council of Government’s Autonomous Vehicle Efforts

Posted by Lance Murray

smart citiesAutonomous cars are coming to North Texas roadways, and a one-man department at the North Central Texas Council of Governments is at the vanguard of planning for that day.

Thomas Bamonte, senior program manager for the autonomous vehicles department, is at the controls of NCTCG’s efforts to make the region a national leader in driverless technology and the public policies that will address it, according to Government Technology magazine.…

Kibo’s New Omnichannel Software Enables Manufacturers to Sell Direct

Posted by Nicholas Sakelaris

E-commerce is constantly changing the retail game and Dallas-based Kibo has shifted the paradigm again with its latest invention.

The omnichannel commerce platform obtained a new patent for software that collects inventory data from retailers and provides it to manufacturers, allowing the brands to sell directly from their websites for the first time.…