Archive for June, 2018

Coworking, Community,
and Cocktails

Posted by WeWork

You are cordially invited! WeWork Clearfork is celebrating the grand opening of their first Fort Worth location on Thursday, June 28, from 6 to 9 pm, and they want you to join them.

The face of business is changing. People entering the workforce do not rely on—or even want—to retire after 35 years with the company they first worked for with a gold watch and a cake.

SMU, LIFT Team Moving On in $7M Literacy XPRIZE Contest

Posted by Heather Noel

A literacy app for adult learners developed by Southern Methodist University and Dallas-based Literacy Instruction for Texas is moving forward in the $7 million Barbara Bush Foundation Adult Literacy XPRIZE competition.

XPRIZE named the Dallas team, People ForWords, one of five finalists in the competition Friday.…

Discovery: UTA Aids in International Physics Experiment; Tech Mahindra, UT Dallas Collaborate on R&D Center

Posted by Lance Murray

UTA TEAM HELPS BUILD PROTOTYPES FOR INTERNATIONAL PHYSICS EXPERIMENT

Whats new, next, and reimagined in Dallas-Fort Worth ResearchA team of researchers from The University of Texas at Arlington has played an important part in an international physics experiment. 

The researchers helped build prototypes for an aluminum electric field cage inside a particle detector for a experiment conducted at the European Organization for Nuclear Research in Geneva, Switzerland, according to UTA.…

DI People: New Hires in DFW Startup Scene, NTT Data Promotes Pryor to CEO & Texas A&M Names New Law Dean

Posted by Meredith McGrath

THE DEC HIRES NEW CEO, UTD’S BRYAN CHAMBERS ADDING ROLES AT CAPITAL FACTORY

The Dallas Entrepreneur Center named Alyce Alston as its next CEO earlier this week. 

Alston, who has experience in for-profit and nonprofit leadership as well as being a mentor and advocate for startups, took over the reins Wednesday from co-founder Trey Bowles who announced plans to step down in April.…

Dallas Law Firm, Raytheon Share History with USPTO Patent No. 10 Million

Posted by David Kirkpatrick

U.S. Patent No. 10,000,000 was issued to Raytheon and principal engineering fellow Joseph Marron and was prepared and prosecuted by Texas-based law firm Munck Wilson Mandala. The firm has a Dallas office along with offices in Austin and Marshall, and Raytheon has a major presence in North Texas.

4 Ways Community Leaders Say We Can Better Prepare the STEM Workforce of Tomorrow

Posted by Heather Noel

Jobs requiring science, technology, engineering, and math skills are on the rise, but in 2018 millions of these positions are expected to go unfilled in the U.S.

It’s an economic dilemma that can be traced back to the types of knowledge and experiences students get in the classroom.…

On Tap: Improv to Improve, Reunion Lawn Party & WeDallas: Top Women in Tech

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. …

Follow the Money: CoinFlip Gets Seed Funding, Goff Seeks $350M for Fund; Match Buys 51% of Hinge

Posted by Lance Murray

COINFLIP SECURES SEED ROUND FUNDING FROM 3 INVESTORS

Plano-based financial services company CoinFlip Solutions announced that is has raised seed funding with the participation of Shoreline Venture Management, JetBlue Technology Ventures, and Heads or Tails Investments.

CoinFlip is a cloud-based platform that enables electronic points and benefits to be applied as payments.…

Robotic Delivery Devices Could be Knock, Knock, Knocking on Arlington Doors

Posted by Lance Murray

Think about this — you’re sitting in your living room when there’s a visitor at your door bringing you a set of important papers for your signature, or your much-anticipated pastrami sandwich from the deli.

For Arlington residents, some day soon, that special delivery could arrive not via a human, but by robot.…

Fort Worth Startup Harnessing Nanotech to Increase Crop Yields

Posted by Nicholas Sakelaris

Greenhouses have always been a pretty low-tech endeavor, growing plants under a plastic cover that has to be replaced every few years.

That means the industry is ripe for innovation.

Fort Worth startup SolGro, which was founded last March, has created a special greenhouse material that uses nanotechnology to convert incoming sunlight from all colors of the spectrum into red and blue light.…

Bell to Collaborate with French Company Safran on Air Taxi

Posted by Lance Murray

Fort Worth-based Bell announced that it will collaborate with the French company Safran to develop hybrid electric propulsion solutions for Bell’s vertical take-off and landing (VTOL) concept aircraft.

“Bell is at the forefront of on-demand mobility — ushering a new era of flight where the benefits of aviation are accessible to more people in more places,” Bell’s Director of Innovation Scott Drennan said in a release.…

UPS Will Add 2 CNG Stations, Test Electric Vehicles in DFW

Posted by Lance Murray

United Parcel Service, which has one of its largest hubs in Dallas-Fort Worth, has announced two major deals that will increase the package delivery company’s presence in alternative fuels and electric vehicles.

First, UPS said Tuesday that it will spend $130 million to buy 730 compressed natural gas vehicles as well as build five more domestic CNG fueling stations, including one each in Fort Worth and Arlington.…

Dallas Invents: 85 Patents Granted for Week of June 12

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 assigned patents granted to local entities or those with a North Texas inventor. As of June 12, 2018, unassigned patents with a local inventor are included.

Toyota Honored by Boys & Girls Clubs for Placing Service Above Self

Posted by Toyota Motor North America

Toyota was recently awarded the Boys & Girls Clubs of America’s prestigious Chairman’s Award, presented annually to recognize a corporation or foundation that has placed service above self and made a positive difference in the lives of children.

Mike Groff, Toyota Financial Services’ President and CEO and BGCA National Trustee, accepted the award for Toyota on June 11 at the annual Southwest Youth of the Year Celebration.…

VIVO Realty Brings Coworking Model to Real Estate Agents

Posted by Lance Murray

Taking a queue from the coworking industry, the North Texas family-owned residential real estate brokerage VIVO Realty has launched what it said is the first real estate brokerage coworking membership model.

“Looking at other flourishing coworking spaces we wondered, why is no one doing this for Realtors?”

The W Source Launches First Networking Chapter in Texas

Posted by Meredith McGrath

The national network of female professionals and service providers, The W Source, is making its first foray into Texas with a new chapter based in Collin County. It’s the first of seven groups expected to open up throughout the state during 2018.

The DEC to Welcome Entrepreneurial ‘Rock Star’ Alyce Alston as CEO

Posted by Heather Noel

Alyce Alston has always brought a pioneering spirit to her work whether it was launching O, The Oprah Magazine, or De Beers Jewellers, the first new luxury diamond retailer in decades.

As the newly named CEO of The Dallas Entrepreneur Center she’ll soon be shepherding North Texas entrepreneurs in their journey to create transformative ventures.…

Chili’s Augmented Reality Game Uses New Tech Created by 2 Dallas Companies

Posted by Nicholas Sakelaris

Two Dallas companies have teamed up with Chili’s Grill & Bar to launch a “first-of-its-kind” augmented reality soccer game that patrons can play at the table.

The Chili’s Stadium app breaks new ground because it allows iOS and Android users to play each other seamlessly using their own phones.…

STEM-focused Walking Tours Pick Up Stride in Dallas Area

Posted by Meredith McGrath

The walkSTEM program, an initiative launched by education nonprofit talkSTEM last year, has expanded to reveal the breadth of math and science found in more everyday environments throughout the city.

The Dallas nonprofit’s first docent-led walks in 2017 navigated groups to find examples of science, technology, engineering, and math in the Dallas Arts District. …

Building Tomorrow Together: 15 Things Mike Rosa Learned From the Amazon Bid

Posted by Mike Rosa

I’ve learned a lot about DFW, like anyone with my job would, in my many years of responding to corporate recruitment opportunities, compiling site and community information to satisfy presentations or proposals, and hosting and touring with corporate visitors.

Just being out and about all over DFW in the company of expert community economic developers has been a tremendous education.…