Archive for February, 2018

Jenni Tooley to Highlight Dallas Creatives in New Web Series

Posted by Katie Kelton

From actress and birthing doula to cookbook writer and film producer, Jenni Tooley has held many titles. 

But, the one she prefers is businesswoman.

“It’s taken me a long time to realize that I’m actually a businesswoman,” Tooley said. “I’d always thought of myself as a flaky artist and that was a really bad story I told myself.…

Making the World a Better Place: The Power of One Conference

Posted by Katie Kelton

Highlighting changemakers who are making a difference in the world will be the purpose of a new event coming up next week in Grapevine. 

The Power of One Conference seeks to “encourage conscious living by celebrating those who are living consciously,” according to the event website.…

Digitized Race Cars: Plano’s Siemens PLM Software Joins Team Penske

Posted by David Kirkpatrick

Siemens PLM Software, a Plano-based division of the Siemens Digital Factory Division specializing in product lifecycle management, recently announced a partnership with professional auto racing’s Team Penske supporting the team’s NASCAR, IndyCar, and Supercar programs.

Through the partnership, Siemens PLM will create digital versions of Penske’s race cars — digital twins — through what a press release described as “an integrated virtual environment for digital modeling and simulation.”…

Dallas Invents: 76 Patents Granted for Week of Feb. 22

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. 

Pizza Hut Fundraising Campaign Targets Global Literacy

Posted by Lance Murray

Plano-based Pizza Hut is kicking off a new fundraising campaign for The Literacy Project, its global commitment to literacy intended to put more books in the hands of kids.

The fundraising campaign will run through April 15, supporting the company’s goal of transforming the lives of 100 million people in 10 years through reading.…

Leonardo DRS’ Dallas Division Contributes to NASA Mars Project

Posted by David Kirkpatrick

The Dallas-based division of Leonardo DRS, a global firm providing technology for government and civilian customers, played a major role in developing NASA’s first planetary wind lidar, according to a NASA Goddard Space Flight Center report.

The detector is the first photon-counting tech that is tuned to the mid-infrared wavelength band.

Dallas’ Transplace Joins Blockchain in Transport Alliance, Gains Board Seat

Posted by David Kirkpatrick

Transplace, a Dallas-based transportation management services and logistics company with offices across North America, announced it has joined the Blockchain in Transport Alliance (BiTA).

Its chief technology officer, Mike Dieter, will sit on the group’s Standards Council Board of Directors.

Transplace will be part of setting a standard for an emerging technology that has the potential to provide greater visibility to the entire supply chain, Dieter said in a statement.…

Tech in Real Estate: How 5G, Blockchain, AI Is Changing the Industry

Posted by Nicholas Sakelaris

Major disruption is coming to the real estate industry with the advent of 5G networks, blockchain, smart contracts, and artificial intelligence.

A panel of experts discussed how these technologies will change the industry at the Urban Land Institute breakfast last week at the Park City Club in Dallas.…

TREC Seeks Real Estate Proposals for 2018 Shark Tank: GrowSouth

Posted by Lance Murray

Proposals for commercial real estate projects from Dallas residents and area organizations are being sought by The Real Estate Council Community Fund as part of its second Shark Tank: GrowSouth event.

The event is scheduled for the fall. 

Interested individuals and teams must complete and return a letter of intent to TREC by March 15 to be eligible to participate.…

SMU Prof Receives Inaugural Art Entrepreneurship Award

Posted by Taylor Lowder

The Society for Arts Entrepreneurship Education recently announced Southern Methodist University’s James Hart as the first recipient of its Sharon T. Alpi Award for Innovative Arts Entrepreneurship Pedagogy.

The $500 Sharon T. Alpi Award is given to an innovative educator who has positively influenced arts entrepreneurship both at their own school and in the field as a whole.…

IOT: Jacobs Builds Predictive Partnership With Atos, Receives Industry Awards

Posted by David Kirkpatrick

Jacobs Engineering Group, a Dallas-based global provider of technical, professional, and scientific services, has announced a partnership with international digital transformation company Atos.

The deal will bring data capture and analysis through predictive, condition-based maintenance and field services optimization solutions to a number of industries including water, energy, transport, aviation, nuclear, and the built environment.…

Discovery: Aiding a Fragile Mussel, Trial Seeks Multiple Myeloma Patients, 3-D Universe

Posted by Lance Murray


A Dallas researcher is leading a team of Texas A&M AgriLife scientists working to better understand the ecology and taxonomy of the Texas hornshell mussel.

This month, the creature became the first among 15 state-threatened freshwater species to receive federal protection under the U.S.…

Blue Star Sports Rolls Out Youth Sports Management Platform

Posted by David Kirkpatrick

Frisco-based sports technology company Blue Star Sports announced the launch of Blue Star Sport Connect, a youth sports league management software platform, along with the acquisition of five companies: TEAMINN, Crazy Raise, Eclipse Timing, Skyhawks Sports, eCamps Sports Network.

Those deals bring Blue Star’s acquisition total over the last 10 months to 25.…

Tacky Box Hackathon to Focus on Anti-Cyberbullying Solutions

Posted by Taylor Lowder

Tacky Box, which offers a multi-sensory program to improve children’s treatment of their peers, is hosting an anti-cyberbullying hackathon beginning Friday at The Dallas Entrepreneur Center. 

“Hack the Bully,” is a two-day event calling upon hackers to create an online tool diminishing the power of cyberbullies by helping victims and raising awareness of the issue to bystanders in the community. …

Darwin Ecosystem Helps Improve Lives With Cognitive Technology

Posted by Kerry Curry

Cognitive technology innovator Darwin Ecosystem isn’t yet a household name, but the company’s groundbreaking partnership with IBM and others to help a quadriplegic woman with Rett’s syndrome communicate is capturing attention.

Dallas-based Darwin Ecosystem was recently named one of South by Southwest’s 21st annual Interactive Innovation Awards finalists for its work in artificial intelligence in the AI & Machine Learning category.…

Innovation Supports Care in the Home

Posted by Axxess

Axxess is a Dallas Innovates is Silver Founding SponsorNowhere is innovation improving lives more than in healthcare, where technological developments are enabling greater numbers of people to be treated in the comfort of their own home.

For instance, with rapidly emerging access to completely cloud-based, user-friendly home health software for tablets, phones, and laptops, caregivers can relay accurate real-time information and implement changes in care plans quickly.…

North Texas Startups Among MassChallenge’s 2018 Cohort

Posted by Lance Murray

MassChallenge has announced that 84 early-stage startups, including some from North Texas, will join together in Austin for its first Texas-based accelerator.

MassChallenge is a not-for-profit global network of zero-equity startup accelerators.

According to a release, the 84 startups come from a wide range of industries — agriculture, gaming, consumer, and medical devices.…

Follow the Money: Meritize Raises $6.8M, Shop Simply Nets $400K, Headington Buys TenOverSix

Posted by Lance Murray


Frisco-based student lending platform Meritize has raised $6.8 million in seed funding, the company announced. 

The round was led by Colchis Capital, Chicago Ventures, and Cube Financial Holdings, with participation from ECMC, College Loan Corp.,…

On Tap: Art in the Dark, Trade Vs. Tech & Social Innovation Luncheon

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. …

Dallas Startup Week Announces Ross Tower as Its 2018 Basecamp

Posted by Katie Kelton

Dallas Startup Week has announced its main hub for the 2018 celebration of North Texas’ entrepreneurial and innovation ecosystems.

While the April 2-6 event will take place in multiple venues across Dallas-Fort Worth in its fourth year, the basecamp will be in Ross Tower, 500 N.…