Archive for April, 2018

Booting Up an Immersive Experience at Plano USAA

Posted by Dave Moore

The nondescript exterior of USAA’s complex near the Shops of Legacy in Plano conveys little of what goes on inside.

A robot rolls about, sometimes dressed in ribbons, interviewing job candidates, zooming in to catch verbal and visual cues. A virtual reality lab simulates life on board warships.…

AccelerateDFW Foundation Unveiling Rebranding, New Programs for IDEA Works FW

Posted by Lance Murray

AccelerateDFW Foundation has unveiled a teaser campaign plugging new branding and new programs over the coming five weeks for its offerings, including the IDEA Works FW incubator.

Each Monday, the foundation will post a new feature on its website.

“That content will include the new programs we have coming on board,” Walker Lutringer, director of the foundation, told Dallas Innovates.…

Which Wich CEO Jeff Sinelli: ‘You Have to be on a Constant Journey of Innovation’

Posted by Nicholas Sakelaris

While most restaurants hide the test kitchen somewhere in the corporate office, Which Wich literally opens its research and development to Main Street in downtown Dallas.

From that kitchen, Which Wich experiments with new sandwiches, desserts, and drinks that could someday make their way to the hundreds of locations worldwide.…

Festival of Ideas: How Dallas Can Become a More ‘Connected City’

Posted by Katie Kelton

At the fourth annual Dallas Festival of Ideas, speakers and panelists discussed ways to make Dallas a more inclusive, integrated, and accepting city.

“Let us treat others with the same passion and compassion which we want to be treated.” 

Bishop Edward Burns

The festival, which is a collaboration between The Dallas Institute of Humanities and Culture and The Dallas Morning News, kicked off Saturday with an announcement about a new yearlong initiative designed to encourage the golden rule — “do unto others how you would have done unto you”– especially in regards to the influx of immigrants in the Dallas area.…

Dallas Company’s Aquaculture Tech Putting Shrimp on Plates Year Round

Posted by David Kirkpatrick

Do you enjoy fresh shrimp? The next shrimp you find on a plate just might have been raised indoors in Texas using leading edge tech.

Publicly traded, Dallas-based company NaturalShrimp has created a patent pending aquaculture technology that produces gourmet quality Pacific white shrimp year round.…

Common Desk Unveils New Portable Workspace

Posted by Katie Kelton

Local coworking concept Common Desk has been expanding across North Texas in recent years, and with it’s latest project, it wants to open members to working — well, anywhere. 

For the new offering, aptly named Common Desk-Anywhere, the company transformed a vintage 1972 Airstream into a small office space that can travel throughout the city.…

Dallas Startup Week 2018: Day 5 Roundup

Posted by Dallas Innovates | Staff Report

The final day of Dallas Startup Week is almost over, but before we put another year in the books let’s take another look at Thursday’s events and the panels held so far Friday.

In a Thursday afternoon session exploring philanthropists of color, Akilah Wallace, the director of development for Faith in Texas, highlighted local groups aiding people of color throughout North Texas including: The Orchid Giving Circle Fund, which gave $112,000 last year to nine organizations focusing on Asian Americans, and Hispanic 100, a network of Latina leaders who support opportunities for Hispanic women-owned businesses and Hispanic women leaders. …

Education Track DSW18: Scenes from Mac’s Southside & Wild Detectives

Posted by Dallas Innovates | Staff Report

The education track at Dallas Startup Week explored topics in human-centered design, entrepreneurship education, and activating youth for social change.

Martha Bujanda, principal at Dallas ISD’s Thomas C. Marsh Preparatory Academy, posed the question during a Thursday event of whether we as a society are “taking our democracy for granted?”…

How Large Corporations, Nonprofits Face Challenges of New Technologies

Posted by Nicholas Sakelaris

Innovation has never come easy to large corporations, and airlines are perhaps the biggest poster children for resisting change.

Fort Worth-based American Airlines has more than 400 people working on improving its digital channels, so it’s not for want of trying.

Discovery: Scientist Creating 3D Motion Microscope to Examine Heart, New Surface Redirects Water Faster Than Living Organisms

Posted by Lance Murray


Whats new, next, and reimagined in Dallas-Fort Worth ResearchA University of Texas at Arlington researcher is creating a 3D motion microscope to examine how blood flow and cardiac muscle contraction affects gene development which leads to ventricular chamber development in the heart.

AFS Grants to Support North Texas Filmmakers, EECU Scholarship Recipients

Posted by Lance Murray


Austin Film Society and Oak Cliff Film Festival have announced that the society will administer a new cash grant of $30,000 for filmmakers who live in Dallas-Fort Worth as part of the AFS Grant program. 

Art, Heart, and Smarts:
Our Creative Tech Future in DFW

Posted by Sanjiv Yajnik

It’s been a year since Capital One launched a report highlighting the economic, technological and social developments that are shaping our region. We are entering a time of unprecedented change that will impact every area of our lives. No one is immune.…

Dallas Startup Week 2018: Day 4 Roundup

Posted by Dallas Innovates | Staff Report

It’s Day 4 already?

Before we dive into today’s happenings, let’s take a look back at Wednesday including the big night at the Majestic Theatre.

Shama Hyder, founder and CEO of Zen Media, emphasized marketing in the digital age in her Wednesday afternoon session and how to get information across to the connected consumer that is already inundated with information. …

On Tap: Tech & The Brain, Dallas Festival of Ideas & Deep Ellum Arts 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. …

Q+A: ‘FashionPreneur’ Leah Frazier Helps Make ‘Other People’s Dreams Come True’

Posted by Heather Noel

Dallas native Leah Frazier went to school to become an attorney, but that’s not what gets her out of bed every day now. 

She’s the founder of three fashion-related businesses — Diamond Icon Consultants, Think Three Media, and Inspire N Style Magazine. …

Dallas Finalists Named for Rise of the Rest Pitch

Posted by Heather Noel

Eight startups with Dallas area ties will be vying for $100,000 in the Rise of the Rest pitch competition May 7. 

The pitch contest will culminate a day of programming addressing startup growth challenges and opportunities in Revolution’s Rise of the Rest tour with Steve Case.

Q+A: UNT Junior Wins $100K in Disney’s ‘Next Visionary Filmmaker’ Contest

Posted by Taylor Lowder

Dallas Innovates Q+A (Images: Istockphoto)Ciara Boniface was recently named the world’s “Next Visionary Filmmaker,” chosen by the makers of Disney’s film, A Wrinkle In Time.

The 19-year-old junior in University of North Texas’s Media Arts program bested 1,200 filmmakers who entered the contest. 

She won a Nissan Leaf and $100,000 toward her next film project after submitting a short video of what makes her a warrior.…

Dallas Startup Week 2018: Day 3 Roundup

Posted by Dallas Innovates | Staff Report

We’re getting information overload over here in a good way. So many inspiring and insightful moments so far in Dallas Startup Week and there’s still plenty of things left to come. 

In an education session at Wild Detectives yesterday afternoon, the conversation turned to our future entrepreneurs and how to activate them for change. …

Startup Week Launch Party: Scenes from the Longhorn Ballroom

Posted by Dallas Innovates | Staff Report

The startup community gathered Monday night at the historic Longhorn Ballroom for drinks, dancing, and live music by Raised Right Men during the official Dallas Startup Week launch party.

Scroll through some snapshots from the event. 


Photos by Sarah Verstegen/DSW18



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E-Commerce Software Startup OrderMyGear Receives $35M Investment

Posted by David Kirkpatrick

Dallas-based group e-commerce software startup OrderMyGear announced a $35 million investment from Susquehanna Growth Equity (SGE). As part of the deal, Ben Weinberg and Aaron Flack — both with SGE — will join the OrderMyGear board of directors

The genesis of OrderMyGear was a software tool co-founder and CEO Kent McKeaigg built for his father, who was a youth team sports apparel and equipment dealer in Oklahoma, as a way to simplify a paper-based ordering process.…