Archive for August, 2019

Match is Marrying Humans and Algorithms to Take You Beyond the First Date

Posted by Alex Edwards

Like nearly every other day-to-day human activity, the world of dating lives in the palms of our hands. Mobile applications are now the number one way people form connections in the U.S., with one in three relationships starting over a smartphone.

‘Our Best Product Yet’: Hypergiant Has Futuristic Helmet in the Works

Posted by Lauren Hawkins

From partnering with Booz Allen Hamilton to announcing a star-studded advisory board to gaining funding from major companies, Hypergiant Industries has had a major year so far. Now, the Texas-based company is developing a new helmet prototype that’s earning comparisons to Iron Man, with features including a HUD, night vision, infrared imaging, and augmented reality-style overlays. 

Discovery: How AI May Aid Heart Assessments; UTA Highway Research Tapped as ‘Sweet 16’ Project

Posted by Lance Murray

Whats new, next, and reimagined in Dallas-Fort Worth ResearchEvery week, we do 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.

UNT Opens $12.6M Cutting-Edge Biomedical Engineering Building

Posted by Lance Murray

The new $12.6 million biomedical engineering building at the University of North Texas in Denton has opened, launching a new chapter in the university’s efforts to be a leader in cutting-edge research benefiting healthcare innovation.

Located at UNT’s Discovery Park campus, the building’s glassed-walled, open-concept labs and classrooms are intended to create a transparent and collaborative environment for research and learning, according to a statement.…

Entrepreneurs (and Those Who Want to Be): 5 Questions to Ask Before You Start a Business

Posted by Trey Bowles

Trey Bowles is the cofounder of the Dallas Entrepreneur Center, where he leads strategy and vision and drives the overall planning and development. Bowles also cofounded and launched the Dallas Innovation Alliance; is cofounder and chairman of the Mayor’s Star Council; and launched an entrepreneurship department at Southern Methodist University in the Meadows School of the Arts (where he still serves as an adjunct professor).

Digital Fight Club: Here’s Who Left the Ring a Champion

Posted by Alex Edwards

The crowd was electric at Dallas’ fourth annual Digital Fight Club, a no-holds-barred metaphorical “fight” that pits two technology gurus against each other. It could’ve been the cocktails, the networking, or founder and event host Michael Pratt’s scintillating commentary. But, most likely, it was the building anticipation of getting to see some of DFW’s most established experts battle it out on the most current hot-button topics.

Photo Gallery: See What Went Down at This Year’s Digital Fight Club

Posted by Michael Samples

Dallas’ fourth annual Digital Fight Club pulled out all the stops this year as two technology gurus were pitted against each other in five rounds of “fights” to talk out a topic. Some of DFW’s most established experts battled it out—see who was there.

Take a (Much) Closer Look at Digital Fight Club 2019 with DHD Films’ Gigapixel Photos

Posted by Lance Murray

The fourth-annual Digital Fight Club was held Wednesday at the Granada in Dallas, and plenty of fans attended the sold-out event. If you weren’t able to attend, you’re in luck—DHD Films captured 360-degree highlights. Interactive arrows allow users to navigate the theater to get a closer look.…

Hedera Hashgraph Announces Date for Open Access to Its Main Public Network

Posted by Lance Murray

Dallas-based Hedera Hashgraph has an important date to put on your calendar—Sept. 16.

That’s the date the public distributed ledger platform announced that the Open Access (OA) beta to its main public network—known as mainnet—will happen. Dallas Innovates first mentioned the Hedera Mainnet earlier this year when the company announced that IBM and Tata Communications were joining Hedera’s governing council. …

Follow the Money: Honeywell and Cisco Invest in Theatro, Satori Makes $30M Investment; SWK Buys Enteris BioPharma

Posted by Lance Murray

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

Have a deal we should know about?…

Testing Ground: Why North Texas is a Growing Hub for Self‑Driving Trucks

Posted by Alex Edwards

Earlier this month, we told you about a California-based startup that had made the decision to choose Texas, and particularly Dallas-Fort Worth, as its main base for testing its self-driving long-haul trucking technology.

From a new facility, Kodiak Robotics plans to pilot and grow its freight operations to eventually provide the first commercial application of autonomous driving at scale.…

Influx of New Residents Helps Hoist Dallas-Fort Worth Atop the Nation for New Apartments

Posted by Lance Murray

Dallas-Fort Worth is attracting new residents at a rapid rate—that influx has helped land DFW in the number one spot in the country for its number of apartment units that will come online by year’s end.

That’s according to a new report from RENTCafé, which put Dallas-Fort Worth ahead of Seattle in second place and New York City in third.…

‘Aparthotels’: Hotel Amenities Meet the Comfort of Private Residences

Posted by Lance Murray

Are they hotels or luxury residences? Actually, they’re both. Introducing: “aparthotels.”

Aimed at business and vacation travelers, aparthotels combine a mix of the amenities from a boutique hotel and an upscale apartment building to provide luxuries such as concierge services that travelers seek from a hotel and the privacy and comfort of a private residence.…

Setting Yourself Up for Agile Success

Posted by Catherine Burke

SenderoHave you ever had a great idea, but someone beat you to it? Software development can sometimes feel that way.

The traditional approach to building a new system is waterfall methodology, which leverages compartmentalized teams (think “Build Teams” and “Test Teams”) and long-term phases owned by each team. …

Dallas Invents: 153 Patents Granted for Week of Aug. 20

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 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. 

North Texas Cancer Researchers and Institutions Reap $36M in CPRIT Grants

Posted by Lance Murray

Dallas-Fort Worth researchers and healthcare institutions were awarded more than $36 million in funding from the Cancer Prevention and Research Institute of Texas (CPRIT).

CPRIT, a state agency funding cancer research in Texas, awarded 71 grants statewide totaling nearly $136 million, including 58 academic research awards, ten prevention awards, and three product development research awards.…

DI People: Crossmark Holdings, J.C. Penney, Work Shield Make Executive Announcements

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 the people moves tied to innovation and technology in the region.

Real Estate Tech Firms and Curbio Nail Down a New Partnership in Dallas

Posted by Lance Murray

Dallas-based digital real estate brokerage has announced a new partnership with Curbio Inc., a technology company that specializes in pre-sale home renovation, in an effort to make selling a home faster, easier, and more profitable. Founder Alex Doubet said that joining forces with another “innovative, tech-enabled business will ensure homeowners can maximize the proceeds of their sale.”…

Meet the Innovators: How Melbourne O’Banion and Bestow Are ‘Bringing Technology to an Antiquated Industry’

Posted by Alex Edwards

Dallas Innovators on DallasInnovates.comBecause of his exposure to business early on—he had his first summer job at 13—Melbourne O’Banion had the confidence to become an entrepreneur right out of college. He knew that he wanted to be an owner and investor, and went on to participate in a number of startups.

Education: TI Grants $7M for STEM, AT&T Foundation Donates to UTD, TSU Opens $40M Building in Fort Worth

Posted by Lauren Hawkins

Whats new, next, and reimagined in Dallas-Fort Worth EducationThere’s a lot happening in the education landscape in Dallas-Fort Worth.

From higher education initiatives and a new campus, to STEM education and funding, here’s some of what’s new and next.


AT&T Foundation grants $75K to UT Dallas

The University of Texas at Dallas has announced that it received $75,000 in funding for its Academic Bridge and Future Comets programs.