Archive for October, 2018

Creating Preeminent Experiences for the Connected Lifestyle

Posted by Bottle Rocket

Bottle Rocket Dallas Innovates Silver SponsorThe millennial and the centennial cohorts are digital natives, and they live the Connected Lifestyle. They have clear expectations for what constitutes a superior experience, and in their minds, that equals a good brand. For brands to succeed with this powerful group of consumers, they must understand the Connected Lifestyle and build Preeminent Experiences that support this lifestyle.…

Dollars for Good: Hall Commits $1M for Entrepreneurs; Good Returns & ORIX Name Recipients

Posted by Lance Murray

Hall notes 50th business anniversary by committing $1M for entrepreneurs

Well-known Dallas entrepreneur and real estate developer Craig Hall is marking the HALL Group’s 50th anniversary by committing to provide $1 million in grants from the Craig and Kathryn Hall Foundation to help nonprofit partners invest in and support entrepreneurs impacted by the nation’s “opportunity gap.”

Meet Sally: A New Salad-Making Robot Has Landed in Dallas

Posted by Blair Welch

Dallas, meet Sally — the world’s first fresh-food making robot that has now found a new home in Dallas, its maker says.

The device was invented by Chowbotics, a company that works on creating robots for food-based products in order to bring freshness into places where it otherwise wouldn’t exist.…

O Canada: Dallas-Based Dickey’s Barbecue Pit is Going Global

Posted by Blair Welch

Founded 77 years ago in Dallas, Dickey’s Barbecue Pit has officially made itself an international name.

With nearly 600 stores, Dickey’s Barbecue pit is the “world’s largest barbecue chain,” and they are on a mission to make sure that the world tastes Texas barbecue done right.…

Dallas Invents: 120 Patents Granted for Week of Oct. 23

Posted by Quincy Preston

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.

Building With Data: How HKS’ LINE Innovation Team Drives Change Using Algorithms, Creativity, Nature

Posted by Dave Moore

How does one fabricate an NFL stadium to resemble colliding ice floes? HKS Architects, the world’s sixth-largest-earning architecture firm, according to Architectural Record, illustrates the answer in U.S. Bank Stadium in Minneapolis.

But that’s just one of many riddles and unconventional solutions that have passed through the minds of the designers and architects on HKS’ LINE team.…

McKinney Game Developer Playful Corp. Raises $5M in Venture Round

Posted by David Kirkpatrick

McKinney-based game development studio Playful Corp. raised $5 million in a venture capital round, according to Crunchbase.

The capital raise joins a $25 million private round from October 2015, according to Crunchbase, totaling $30 million in funding for the 6-year-old company.…

Travelocity App Launches Augmented Reality Experience With Roaming Gnome Feature

Posted by Payton Potter

Whether on the beach, in the mountains, or miles from the nearest cell tower, Dallas-headquartered Travelocity is using an augmented reality mobile app to make one of the most memorable aspects of travel — taking vacation photos — more exciting.

The recently unveiled technology now allows travelers to take photos alongside the Travelocity Roaming Gnome, which uses AR to drop into your mobile phone’s frame, along with a host of other plugins like weather filters, 3D props, sound effects, geotags, and photo frames.…

DI People: Penney Names Interim CFO, Ebby Halliday Taps New CEO, Jacobs Appoints 3 Execs

Posted by Lance Murray

Across North Texas, companies are promoting and hiring people to take on leadership positions within their organizations. Dallas Innovates covers prominent personnel moves in Dallas-Fort Worth businesses and nonprofits — from the newest startups to well-established companies. Here are people moves tied to innovation and technology in the region. 

‘So Cute, it Hurts’: Blingsting Founder Wants to Keep Women Safe With High-Fashion Pepper Spray

Posted by Blair Welch

Dallas Innovates Q+A (Images: Istockphoto)Those who think they have to sacrifice style for protection haven’t met Andi Attebury, the 38-year-old entrepreneur behind Blingsting.

When Attebury was a child, her father always bought her pepper spray, but she never carried it simply because she though it was ugly.…

Last-Mile Tech: Click-to-Door Service Delivers for Total Wine & More

Posted by David Kirkpatrick

Thanks to Carrollton-based Delivery Solutions, when it comes time to pour your favorite glass of red, you don’t have to wait long before uncorking a bottle from Total Wine & More — and you don’t even have to leave the house to do it.

Dallas To Host National Restaurant Innovation Summit

Posted by David Kirkpatrick

Dallas’ national reputation as a leader in the food and beverage sector has earned the city a major prize. For the first time, the city will host the National Restaurant Association’s 2018 Restaurant Innovation Summit Nov. 7-8 at various venues.

Some of the biggest brands in the country will be on-hand — Yum!,

Global Kitchen: UNT Students Take Culinary Journey In Chef-Led Class

Posted by Lesa Roe

University of North Texas Dallas Innovates Silver SponsorA new class at the University of North Texas is teaching students about the world’s vast variety of foods in a unique way.

The Department of Hospitality and Tourism Management’s “Global Kitchen: A Culinary Journey” course takes UNT students through the cuisines of different cultures.…

ICYMI: What’s New in Augmented Reality, Social Impact Making Headlines, Women in Tech, and What We’re Reading

Posted by David Kirkpatrick

Interested in augmented reality at scale? Head downtown and check out the Dallas Mavericks installation on the back of the Downtown YMCA at 601 N. Akard. The 68’ x 193’ mural, created by Groove Jones, featuring Dennis Smith Jr. was put up last Saturday for the Mavs home opener, and is visible from the Field Street/Ross Avenue intersection.…

Health Wildcatters Ranks Among Nation’s Top Accelerators for 3rd Year

Posted by Lance Murray

Dallas-based seed accelerator Health Wildcatters is ranked for the third year among the top accelerators in the nation by the Seed Accelerator Rankings Project, a study conducted by the Massachusetts Institute of Technology, the University of Richmond, and Rice University.

“We’re elated to be ranked again and we feel it validates the effectiveness of our 12-week accelerator program for startups in the health-care industry,” Health Wildcatters CEO Hubert Zajicek, MD, MBA, said in a release.…

Take a (Photo) Tour of The World’s Largest Digital Festival Coming to Dallas, DreamHack

Posted by Alex Edwards

For the first time, DreamHack is combining its digital festival and esports arena experiences to create the biggest North American event gamers have ever seen — and, it’s going to be held in Dallas.

From May 31 to June 2, 2019, the three-day event will be feature all the fan favorites from worldwide DreamHack events.

First Look: The ‘World’s Largest Digital Festival’ DreamHack is Coming to Dallas in 2019

Posted by Alex Edwards

Esports. Live music. Cosplay competitions. Hackathons. BYOC LAN parties. Super-fast Streaming. DreamHack — which bills itself as the “world’s largest digital festival” — has it all. But, for the first time, it is going to have even more, combining its digital festival and esports arena experiences to create what it calls its biggest North American event gamers have ever seen — and, it’s going to be in Dallas.

R&D: UNT Shines Light on Quasars; UTA Profs Get $460K Grant for Research to Lower Dementia Caregivers’ Stress

Posted by Lance Murray

Whats new, next, and reimagined in Dallas-Fort Worth ResearchEvery week, we pore through press releases and websites doing a little research of our own. We’re looking for scientists, professors, engineers, entrepreneurs—anybody, really—engaging in research and development across North Texas.

There’s plenty of good work being done. If you want to put R&D under your microscope, sign up for our e-newsletter.

Sneak a Peek at Esports Stadium Arlington to Open in November

Posted by David Kirkpatrick

From Mavs Gaming to OP Live, esports in Dallas-Fort Worth has been making headlines. Now, Esports Stadium Arlington is stealing the spotlight with its grand opening — in what is being described as “the largest gaming and esports events facility in North America.”

Follow the Money: Impact Shares Gets $1M from Rockefeller Foundation, Phynd Adds $4M in VC round

Posted by Lance Murray

What companies are finding funding or having a big exit? From startup investments to grants to acquisitions, Dallas Innovates tracks what’s happening in North Texas money every Thursday. Sign up for our e-newsletter to stay in the loop.

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