Archive for June, 2021

Meadows Mental Health Policy Institute Is Named the Recipient of the $10M Lone Star Prize

Posted by Bella Pinera

Lyda Hill Philanthropies and Lever for Change have selected the Meadows Mental Health Policy Institute and its “Lone Star Depression Challenge” as the recipient of the $10 million Lone Star Prize, a Texas-based competition launched in early 2020 to improve the lives of Texans and their communities.

Solar Panel Breakthrough: UNT Researchers Inkjet-Print 2D Perovskites for Better Flexible Panels

Posted by David Seeley

Solar power could someday be a no-brainer. Most buildings in America may be powered by panels creating emissions-free energy, when tech advances make solar the clear, affordable, renewable alternative. Flexible solar panels are kicking that up a notch, enabling all kinds of applications including military defense uses.

A $4B Giant: Dallas-Based Worldwide Express Merges With GlobalTranz

Posted by David Seeley

The ultimate road warrior has been born. Dallas-based Worldwide Express—a global logistics provider that’s the largest authorized UPS non-retail reseller in the U.S.—has merged with GlobalTranz, a full-service third-party logistics provider based in Phoenix. The two companies have a combined revenue of nearly $4 billion. …

Texas Central Signs $16B Design-Build Contract for Its Historic High-Speed Train

Posted by Alex Edwards

Dallas-based rail developer Texas Central has signed a $16 billion contract with Webuild, an Italian industrial group, to lead the civil construction team that will build the proposed 90-minute bullet train between Dallas and Houston.

Webuild will operate in the U.S.…

Dear Giana: 12-Year-Old Dallas Creative Partners With Nike to Promote Its Global Air Max Accelerator Program

Posted by Bella Pinera

Dallas-based artist Dear Giana has formed a new partnership with Nike to bring her sketches to life—with the intent to revamp tomorrow’s sneaker culture.

Giana was one of three chosen to collaborate with the sneaker and apparel giant for its Air Max Accelerator program, which was created to “embody the inventive spirit of Air Max,” one of Nike’s iconic shoe styles.…

Get the Signal: Texas Instruments Unveils Industry-Leading Breakthrough in High-Speed Data Converters

Posted by David Seeley

Like speed limits on a highway, signal latency can slow down innovation—and put things like our electricity grid in catastrophic danger. But last week Texas Instruments (TI) accelerated what’s possible with a new family of SAR ADCs—a breakthrough in high-speed data converters with up to 80% lower latency than competitive devices at similar speeds.

‘Checkmate’ on Highway Congestion? Planning Agency, NASA Team Up To Introduce Airborne Drones, Taxis To Relieve DFW Traffic Jams

Posted by Dave Moore

When learning the game of chess, students are often thrilled with the knowledge that the knight — and only the knight — can jump over other pieces to move around the board.

Experts in North Texas are now working a traffic “knight” — vehicles capable of literally leaping over conventional traffic — into their long-term transportation plans.…

DI People: Argano, ZeOmega, TracyLocke, UNT, and More Make Moves

Posted by Alex Edwards

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.…

Electric Gamebox, an Immersive Group Gaming Platform With Locations in The Colony and the U.K., Raises $11M in Series A2

Posted by David Seeley

When people got together for fun, they used to play charades. Today’s real-life game players hunger for something a little more high-tech and experiential—and they’ve found it in Electric Gamebox. The immersive group gaming platform has locations in three U.K. cities and one just north of Dallas, in the Grandscape shopping center in The Colony.

Waymo Via Partners With J.B. Hunt to Run Robotically Driven Freight From Houston to Fort Worth

Posted by David Seeley

The future of trucking gets more futuristic daily—including today, with the announcement that Waymo Via is partnering with J.B. Hunt Transport Services to run robotically driven freight from Houston to Fort Worth on I-45.

Powered by Waymo Driver autonomous tech, the Class 8 Waymo Via trucking unit won’t be rolling alone.…

Digital Fight Club’s First-Ever Virtual Event Was (Almost) a Perfect Knockout

Posted by Alex Edwards

Digital Fight Club is infamous in the Dallas tech scene for its raucous crowd, no-holds-barred commentary, and big-name guests. The annual event pits experts against each other in their respective industries to “battle it out” on hot topics. The cocktails flow, the audience rallies behind their favorites, and (sometimes) subtle digs are thrown.

Omnitracs’ New Technology Combats Inattentive Driving By Intervening Before a Disaster

Posted by Alyssa Mora

Dallas-based Omnitracs, a pioneer in transportation technology that provides SaaS-based fleet management and data analytics solutions, has released new technology that aims to detect and alert distracted or drowsy drivers.

Omnitracs, which was acquired by Solera, a local global leader in technology, has developed its next generation of SmartSense, a line of intelligent driver-assist sensors and IoT solutions that are meant to identify the most dangerous driving hazards and intervene with drivers before a catastrophic event occurs.

Plano-Based Fair Shot Network Launches Out of Stealth To Put U.S. Software Developers to Work—Affordably

Posted by Quincy Preston

The Fair Shot Network wants businesses to know they don’t have to go offshore to find affordable, talented software developers—they’re available right here in the U.S., and ready to get to work. 

The Plano-based startup announced today that it’s emerging out of stealth to launch an on-demand freelancer network, where businesses of all sizes from any industry can hire American talent to work on software development projects.…

Here’s How Amplifi’s CEO Used His Career Onstage to Build a Data-First Consultancy

Posted by Bella Pinera

In 2008, Corey Mellick started Amplifi, a data-driven management consultancy based in Addison, with the high hope of transforming the industry. With 123 employees in the U.S. and Europe, Amplifi set out to revamp information management strategies and how solutions are delivered.

DRC Launches COVID Vaccine Awareness Campaign (Free Cowboys Tickets, Anyone?)

Posted by David Seeley

If you haven’t had your COVID-19 vaccine yet, the Dallas Regional Chamber (DRC) would like a word with you. Lots of words in fact—on billboards, a microsite, and targeted social media. The DRC’s multimedia vaccine awareness campaign “Take Care of Business” launched today—encouraging 600,000 more North Texans to get vaccinated in the coming months.

Want To Collaborate With a Global Tech Company? Take a Shot at Murata’s 2021 Open Innovation Event

Posted by Dave Moore

Innovators looking to get a foothold with a global tech company can take their shot at Murata’s 2021 Open Innovation event, which is accepting applications for participants through June 20.

Following last year’s event, nearly one out of 10 applicants are still doing business with Murata, a global leader in the design, manufacture, and sale of ceramic-based passive electronic components and solutions, communication modules, and power-supply modules.…

Dallas Invents: 141 Patents Granted for Week of May 25

Posted by Quincy Preston

Dallas Fort Worth: U.S. Patents Granted in the Dallas Fort Worth region.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. 

HSC Awarded CPRIT Grant To Increase Diversity in Cancer Researchers

Posted by Alex Edwards

The Cancer Prevention and Research Institute of Texas awarded a $3.9 million grant to The University of North Texas Health Science Center (HSC) in Fort Worth to expand a program that aims to create more diversity in the medical and biomedical sciences fields.

Texas Women’s Foundation Teams Up With Lyda Hill Philanthropies To Distribute More Than $630K To Nonprofits

Posted by Alex Edwards

Two female-focused, Dallas-based organizations have partnered to boost STEM engagement in young women across the country: Thanks to a gift from Lyda Hill Philanthropies, Texas Women’s Foundation has awarded $638,844 in grant funding to 29 Dallas-Fort Worth nonprofits to increase the usage of the IF/THEN Collection.

Starbucks Chooses Local Nonprofits for Its Neighborhood Grants Program

Posted by Alex Edwards

In its latest round of Neighborhood Grants, a program that supports community-led nonprofits through small grants that range from $1,000 to $10,000, The Starbucks Foundation has awarded $2 million total to more than 1,000 organizations across the U.S. and Canada.