Calendar: Not-to-Miss Events for Innovators in Dallas-Fort Worth

North Texas has plenty to see, hear, and watch. Here are our editors' picks.

Plus, you'll find our selections to "save the date."

Reminder Calendar

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, things may change at any time, so be sure to check the official website or registration page for the latest details.

Don’t miss anything: Get Dallas Innovates Every Day. And, if you know of a great event, tell us about it. Event details courtesy of organizers.

Saturday, May 21

“Invisible Thread” Art Exhibit

Hosted by artists Erica Felicella, Delaney Smith-Vaughn, Fari Rahimi, and Melissa Turner Drumm
2508 Sylvan Ave., Dallas
6 p.m. to 9 p.m.

There is an invisible thread connecting us all and the past to the present to the future, connecting the mind and the body, and connecting the forces of man to the forces of nature. This connection is so profoundly idealistic that it can be inconceivable. To showcase this invisible thread, artists Delaney Smith-Vaughn, Erica Felicella, Fari Rahimi, and Melissa Turner Drumm are collaborating on a new exhibition, “Invisible Thread.” This exhibit includes both visual and performance elements. Another exhibit of the visual elements will take place Saturday, May 28 from noon to 4 p.m.

For more information, go here.


Saturday, May 21 – Monday, Sept. 5

Jane Goodall, Gombe National Park, Tanzania. Learn more about the life and legacy of Jane Goodall at “Becoming Jane: The Evolution of Dr. Jane Goodall,” an exhibition organized by National Geographic and the Jane Goodall Institute. [Photo: Michael Nichols, National Geographic]

Becoming Jane: The Evolution of Dr. Jane Goodall

Hosted by The Perot in partnership with the National Geographic Society and the Jane Goodall Institute
The Perot Museum of Nature and Science

Jane Goodall’s first article was published in 1963 and a second article was featured on the December 1965 cover of National Geographic magazine. [Photo: National Geographic]

In celebration of its 10th Anniversary and continued commitment to STEM workforce development, the Perot Museum of Nature and Science presents “Becoming Jane: The Evolution of Dr. Jane Goodall.” World-renowned conservationist and ethologist Dr. Jane Goodall – who has famously studied chimpanzees in the wild for more than 60 years – is celebrated in this special exhibition, produced in partnership with the National Geographic Society and the Jane Goodall Institute. Goodall dedicated her career to studying the lives of chimpanzees in their natural habitat in Tanzania. Rather than seeing the animals as subjects, she came to see them as individuals with personalities and emotions – an idea once rejected by the scientific world but later considered revolutionary. A woman ahead of her time, Dr. Goodall’s story has resonated with people around the world. “Becoming Jane” explores Dr. Goodall’s life, from her early years as a young woman dreaming of learning about animals in Africa to her present role as activist and mentor. Visitors can participate in several interactive augmented reality (AR) activities, including a hologram of Dr. Goodall narrating her story and one where they test their skills at matching the “chimp chat” of a chimpanzee. The exhibit ends with a call to action, encouraging visitors to conserve the natural world through positive changes in daily routines and contributing to the Tree of Hope.

Museum general admission is $25 for adults (13-64), $15 for youth (2-12) and $18 for seniors (65+). Museum general admission is free for members. Children under 2 are always free. “Becoming Jane” requires an additional ticket of $8 for adults (13-64) and seniors (65+), $6 for youth (2-12) and free for children under 2. Member tickets for “Becoming Jane” are $5 for all age levels. Tickets are timed entry and available on a first-come, first-served basis. To avoid sellouts, visitors are strongly encouraged to purchase advanced tickets at perotmuseum.org.


Tuesday, May 24

Transit Oriented Development: Emerging Projects & Lessons Learned

Hosted by Greater Dallas Planning Council’s Mobility Task Force
Virtual meeting
7:45 a.m. to 9 a.m.

A panel discussion on transit-oriented developments (TODs) with Doug McDonald, managing director for City of Richardson’s Office of Innovation & Placemaking Initiatives, with Richardson TOD’s Arapaho Center Station; Brad Lonberger, founder and chief strategist for Place Strategies, part of the team relocating Fort Worth Trinity Lakes TRE station; and Tim Glass, director of strategic planning for Las Colinas Association and Las Colinas Urban Center. They’ll explore what makes TOD projects successful and what grows the use of public transit and creates places people want to go. They’ll also discuss the role of DART and TRE in land acquisition and development. 

For more information, go here.


Tuesday, May 24

Webinar: Transforming Smart Infrastructure With Lidar Intelligence

Hosted by Cepton, Inc. and Lidar News
Virtual meeting
12:30 p.m. CDT

San Jose-based Cepton, an innovator of lidar-based solutions for automotive, smart cities, smart spaces, and smart industrial applications will offer a free webinar on how lidar can enable higher levels of accuracy and efficiency of smart infrastructure applications, with examples of real-world deployments. They will provide an overview of worldwide projects including smart intersections, traffic analytics, electronic tolling, intelligence, security, crowd analytics and more and how these applications can be used in hotels, stores, stadiums, airports, corporate campuses, and other venues.

For more information or to register, go here.


Wednesday, May 25

Social Innovation Luncheon: Freedom

Hosted by Social Venture Partners Dallas
African American Museum of Dallas – Fair Park
11:30 a.m. to 1 p.m.

The event will feature Jorge Baldor, founder of the Latino Center for Leadership Development and of the Latino Arts Project, and U.S. Rep. Marc Veasey and a conversation about freedom as the cornerstone of innovation and entrepreneurship and the role everyone plays to guarantee freedom. An introduction to the exhibit “Yanga, Journeys to Freedom” will be presented and tours of the collection will be available after the session. Baldor is curator of the Yanga exhibit.

To register for the luncheon, go here. For more information on the exhibit, go here.


Wednesday, May 25

Tech Titan’s Innovation Showcase

Hosted by Tech Titans
University of Texas at Dallas Jindal School of Management
Starts at noon

Tech Titan’s Innovation Showcase on May 25 aims to connect investors and emerging companies. Venture capital, private equity, corporate venture, M&A firms and family investors from around the United States are invited to hear business pitches from technology companies in various industry sectors. Candidate technology companies meeting the criteria and selected to present will have 10 minutes to pitch their business and answer questions from the investor audience.

The half-day event will be held at the University of Texas at Dallas Jindal School of Management. Starting at noon, it includes a lunch and panel discussion on the status of innovation in Dallas/Fort Worth and trends in North Texas and around the country. Presenting companies will then have the opportunity to introduce their business to investors and network with other attendees. The showcase will conclude with a networking reception.

For event information and registration, go here.


Wednesday, May 25

BioNTX Talent Network Meet & Greet

Hosted by BioNTX
Maple Branch Craft Brewery, Fort Worth

5:00 to 7:00 p.m.

This Life Sciences Meet & Greet is meant to raise awareness about jobs in the industry and about the BioNTX Educational Career Fair in July.

Go here for more.


Thursday, May 26

Dallas Trails Today and Tomorrow: The Katy Trail, North Haven Trail, and The Loop

Hosted by the Greater Dallas Planning Council
Park City Club, Dallas 

7:30 a.m. to 9:30 a.m.

The Dallas trail system is renowned for planning and placemaking. Please join the May GDPC Membership Breakfast to learn about three new important trail initiatives – progress of the Katy Trail enhancements program, construction of the North Haven Trail bridge over US-75, and construction of the 50-mile trail “The Loop.”

For more information, go here.


Thursday, May 26

Annual Technology Conference

Hosted by the U.S. India Chamber of Commerce
Renaissance Dallas Hotel 

9 a.m. to 2:30 p.m.

The U.S. India Chamber of Commerce’s Annual Technology Conference will feature Aparna Khurjekar, president of Verizon Business Markets, speaking on how 5G is revolutionizing every industry, and Peter Vogel, attorney at Foley & Lardner LLP, an expert in blockchain and cryptocurrency. A CIO Panel of Anurag Gupta, CIO of Signature Aviation; John Gigerich, CIO of Keurig Dr Pepper; and Joe Longo, CIO of Parkland Health, will discuss tech trends in their industries. Aabid Ali, CEO of Sumn, Tina Mani, CEO of Unthink, and Amit Patel, CEO of Oros Health, will talk about their entrepreneurial journeys.

Since 2016, the Chamber’s Technology Conference has hosted more than 100 tech companies, technology investors, and more and aims to examine what’s next in technology and educate and inspire North Texas tech entrepreneurs.

For more information or to register, go here.


Saturday, May 28

“Invisible Thread” Art Exhibit

Hosted by artists Erica Felicella, Delaney Smith-Vaughn, Fari Rahimi, and Melissa Turner Drumm
2508 Sylvan Ave., Dallas
12 p.m. to 4 p.m.

There is an invisible thread connecting us all and the past to the present to the future, connecting the mind and the body, and connecting the forces of man to the forces of nature. This connection is so profoundly idealistic that it can be inconceivable. To showcase this invisible thread, artists Delaney Smith-Vaughn, Erica Felicella, Fari Rahimi, and Melissa Turner Drumm are collaborating on a new exhibition, “Invisible Thread.”

For more information, go here.


Thursday, June 2

Nucleate Intro Virtual Meeting

Hosted by Nucleate
Virtual Meeting

6 p.m.

Nucleate is a collaborative student-run organization with chapters around the country that facilitates the formation of pioneering life sciences companies without taking equity. The organization is for all current advanced degree trainees who want to launch a life-science venture. Members get access to a virtual educational curriculum that helps them turn ideas into viable biotech ventures.  In addition to the virtual meeting, interested grad students can come to the first Dallas social gathering June 3 at 6 p.m. at Redfield’s Neighborhood Tavern, 2213 Butler St, Dallas,

For more information, go here.


Thursday, June 2 – Friday, June 3

Texas Volunteer Management Conference

Hosted by VolunteerNow
Virtual event
11 a.m. to 7 p.m. June 2 and 9 a.m. to 4:40 p.m. June 3

The 2022 Texas Volunteer Management Conference (TVMC), powered by VolunteerNow, will be held virtually on June 2-3. The conference’s theme, “Brave New World: Leaning into Challenges,” will examine how to reengage volunteers in a post-COVID-19 world. The two-day national conference includes 20 breakout sessions, a keynote presentation, two plenaries and three networking opportunities for volunteer management professionals. Tickets are $50 for general admission and $25 for students and AmeriCorps members.

For more information, go here.


Thursday, June 3

Nucleate Social

Hosted by Nucleate
Redfield’s Neighborhood Tavern, Dallas

6 p.m.

Nucleate is a collaborative student-run organization with chapters around the country that facilitates the formation of pioneering life sciences companies without taking equity. The organization is for all current advanced degree trainees who want to launch a life-science venture. Members get access to a virtual educational curriculum that helps them turn ideas into viable biotech ventures.  Come to the first Dallas social gathering June 3 at 6 p.m. at Redfield’s Neighborhood Tavern, 2213 Butler St, Dallas,

For more information, go here.


Saturday, June 18

Juneteenth Screening of “BOSS: The Black Experience in Business”

Hosted by Impact Ventures, COSIGN Magazine, and Community Partners

Cedars Alamo Drafthouse, 1005 S. Lamar, Dallas
2 to 5 p.m.

Join Impact Ventures, COSIGN Magazine, and Community Partners for a free Juneteenth celebration and community screening of “BOSS The Black Experience In Business.” Hosted at the Cedars Alamo Drafthouse, food will be available for purchase during the exclusive screening, and a panel discussion featuring local business owners and community leaders will follow. Directed by award-winning filmmaker Stanley Nelson, the film brings the largely unknown stories of enterprising African Americans to the forefront.

For more information, go here,


SAVE THE DATE

Wednesday, June 29

Women’s Leadership Symposium

Hosted by D CEO
Hilton Anatole Hotel

7:30 a.m. to 12 p.m.

The event, “Reframe. Reset. Reconnect,” features dynamic executives, entrepreneurs, and nonprofit leaders who champion women in the workplace. Topics include how we can reframe our thinking, reset our behaviors, and reconnect with what’s important — both professionally and personally.

General admission tickets are $165. Save 10% with the code EarlyBird during checkout. For more info, go here.


Tuesday, July 12

BioNTX Regulatory 101

Hosted by BioLabs

Pegasus Park, Building 6
8:30 a.m.

Learn about regulatory affairs and how it could help your business flourish and avoid unnecessary obstacles. Bobbi Drais from Drais REgulatory Consulting, LLC will talk about regulatory function, the history of the FDA, and oversight of the biotech and life sciences industry.

To learn more, go here.


Friday, July 15

Cloud of Things – Make Products Smart/Keep Customers Close

Hosted by IoT Texas, Third Friday Breakfast

HEXA Coworking, 2100 N. Greenville, Richardson
7:30 to 9:30 a.m.

Avner Ziv, CEO of Cloud of Things, will discuss how to create and manage smart products and keep customers close. Cloud of Things, based in Tel Aviv, provides IoT solutions for manufacturing, smart cities and buildings, smart energy and utilities, and more. IoT Texas hosts monthly meetings to discuss developments in IoT and to network. Bottled water and coffee are provided, but attendees bring their own breakfasts due to Covid.

For more information, go here


Saturday, August 7 – Thursday, August 11

DALLAS STARTUP WEEK

Hosted by The DEC Network
SMU Cox School of Business
Session times vary.

Billed as “5 Days, 100+ Events, 200+ Speakers,” this marks the eighth year for Dallas Startup Week, which is North Texas’ largest event focused on driving entrepreneurial success, economic impact, and innovation. The event is scheduled for August 7 through August 11 both virtually and in person at SMU’s Cox School of Business where—for five days—experts will inform and engage participants on topics that include how to market your business, how to obtain seed money, and how to leverage corporate relationships. In addition, networking possibilities will abound, offering both budding and seasoned entrepreneurs opportunities to meet and exchange ideas.

In addition, the three summits below, targeting specific groups, will be held at the DEC Network-hosted conference:

  • Disrupt Dallas: Through speakers, discussions, networking, expert education and programming, this will celebrate entrepreneurs of color and help them support and grow their businesses. It will take place in person at SMU.
  • Women of Innovation: This daylong slate of seminars and speakers will recognize and advance women leaders who have the courage and passion to transform their ideas and ambitions into realities. Change makers across all markets and industries will provide women with greater insight and knowledge into trends and possibilities of the future. The event will be held in person at SMU and online.
  • Corporate Startup Innovation: Leveraging and uniting the breadth and diversity of DFW’s corporations and dynamic startup ecosystem, this will feature DFW’s best and brightest innovators. They’ll share how their companies are shaping the future, resulting in new ideas, business models, investment trends, connections, and opportunities.

For more information, go here.

Thursday, August 11

Startup Week’s Digital Fight Club

Hosted by DFC
Granada Theatre
6 p.m.

Digital Fight Club is part of Dallas Startup Week, which will be attended by founders, CEOs, techies, doers, movers and shakers. Here’s the fight card: 

  • Fight 1: The Metaverse
  • Fight 2: Brand/Consumer Transparency
  • Fight 3: Supply Chain
  • Fight 4: Sustainability, Profitability & Growth
  • Fight 5: Cybersecurity

Next up: We’ll be announcing the fighters (hint: startup disrupters). Sponsorship opportunities are available.
DFC is free to Dallas Startup Week attendees.

Find out more on the DFC website event page


Thursday, September 8

D CEO’s Third Annual Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion Symposium

Hosted by D CEO
Renaissance Dallas Hotel
7:30 to 11:45 a.m.

Join D CEO for its third annual Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion Symposium. This half-day, in-person event offers opportunities for networking and engaging with key executives and top leaders who are walking the walk when it comes to diversity, equity, and inclusion. Panel topics include The Post-Pandemic Workplace and the Intersection of Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion; The Role of the Chief Diversity Officer: Organizational Integration, Accountability, and Building Buy-In; and Progress, Not Perfection: Lessons from 2020-21 Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion Efforts. 

Register now using the code EARLYBIRD and save $25. For more information, go here.


Thursday, September 22 – Friday September 23

2022 iC3 Life Science and Healthcare Innovation Summit

Hosted by BioNTX
Gaylord Texan Resort & Convention Center
8 a.m. Sept. 22 to 5 p.m. Sept. 23

The BioNTX iC3 Life Science and Healthcare Innovation Summit is a two-day conference that serves as a forum where industry leaders come together to discuss strategy, exhibit the broad spectrum of bioscience research in North Texas, and where the latest products and services can be seen.

Learn more and register here.


Wednesday, September 28

MedCity Invest Digital Health: Transforming Health Through Tech 

In partnership with Health Wildcatters
Pegasus Park

MedCity Invest will bring its annual Digital Health Conference to Dallas for the first time in September. The event, which focuses on new and emerging trends in healthcare, will take a special look at the Metaverse along with trends in the employer and consumer worlds. Health Wildcatters partnering with MedCity Invest to bring their annual Digital Health Conference to Dallas. This year’s topic on new and emerging trends in healthcare will focus on the Metaverse, while also taking a closer look at the trends in the employer and consumer worlds.

For more information and a preliminary agenda for the conference go here.


Wednesday, November 2

Texan by Nature Annual Conservation Summit

George W. Bush Presidential Center in Dallas

Save the date.


Thursday, November 10 – Saturday, November 12 

2022 LONE STAR FILM FESTIVAL 

Hosted by The Dallas Regional Chamber
Fort Worth, TX

Save the date. 

Go here for more.

ONGOING

Through May 21 

DELIGHT: SELECTIONS FROM THE TEXAS FASHION COLLECTION

Hosted by the University of North Texas
CVAD Gallery, Room 160 @ UNT

Housed in the College of Visual Arts and Design, the Texas Fashion Collection has nearly 20,000 historic and designer pieces that are typically only accessible to academic researchers. Included in the collection are personal design archives from elite designers such as Victor Costa, Texan Todd Oldham and UNT alum Michael Faircloth, who have entrusted the fashion collection with preserving their fashion legacies. “Delight” will run through May 21 in the CVAD Gallery in the UNT Art Building with a series of special events throughout the spring semester. Exhibition signage and materials will be available in English and Spanish.  

Go here for more.


June 10 through June 24

Threads: Inaugural MADI Showcase 

Hosted by SMU
The Hamon Arts Library @ SMU

Join the SMU Master of Arts in Design and Innovation Program in the Hamon Arts Library this June for an inaugural MADI Showcase, featuring Human-Centered Design and research projects by SMU Master of Arts in Design and Innovation students from the 2021-22 academic year.

Go here for more.


 

Through 2022

IMPROV FOR CAREGIVERS
Stomping Ground Comedy Theater
Every Fourth Tuesday of the Month 12:30 – 2 p.m.

Caregiving for someone with Alzheimer’s or dementia is a heavy burden with daily responsibilities that can feel overwhelming, depleting, and unappreciated. That’s why Stomping Ground Comedy started Improv for Caregivers, a workshop that blends therapeutic techniques and improvisational comedy activities to help caregivers cultivate ease, joy, and flexibility in their relationships and feel more hopeful. In their interactive workshops, you’ll have fun developing a skill set that helps you communicate in new ways, understand your loved one’s changing perspective, diffuse challenging behavior, and cope with the stress of it all. When you learn improv skills for caregiving, you’ll worry less, laugh more, and find joy in the everyday with your loved ones. 

Pay what you want.
Find more information here.

FOUR DAY WEEKEND’S 4U
Four Day Weekend Theaters in Fort Worth and Dallas
Classes offered on various days

Four Day Weekend is offering free classes for folks to learn the art of improvisation. Classes available for beginners, seasoned performers, and even aspiring comedy writers. Note that classes may be cancelled due to low signups or if the theater gets booked for a private event.

For more information, go here.

DMA AT HOME
Online

The Dallas Museum of Art is offering virtual museum experiences with a new virtual exhibition and gallery experiences, behind-the-scenes stories from around the museum, guides and activities to use at home, and art from around the world and from the local community.

Free.
Find more information here.

BLIND ALLEY PROJECTS
Fort Worth (drive-by, not a virtual event)
Daylight hours only

The idea behind this drive-by art gallery was thought up three years ago, but was finally activated this spring due to the ongoing pandemic. The gallery is currently featuring TCU MFA students’ pieces that were originally canceled due to COVID-19. “Each individual exhibition represented ideas that would have been addressed in each student’s thesis exhibition while responding to the exhibition space itself,” writes Gila Espinoza for Art&Seek. Currently, Hector A. Ramirez’s “Entre Piedras y Copia” is on display. Upcoming artists include British artist Richard Wentworth and sculptor Gene Owens.

Free
Find more information here.

1 MILLION CUPS FRISCO VIRTUAL PROGRAM
Online
Every Wednesday at 9 a.m.

1 Million Cups is kicking off its Education for Entrepreneurs series. 1 Million Cups says it helps first-time entrepreneurs get connected to the startup community and experienced entrepreneurs take the next step through feedback and resources.

Free
Find more information here.

1 MILLION CUPS FORT WORTH PRESENTATION
Online
Every Wednesday from 9 – 10 a.m.

Each week, 1 Million Cups Fort Worth plans to feature two presenters who will discuss their business’ services and needs, followed by a Q&A during which the presenters can offer helpful suggestions. One of the upcoming presenters is Michael Wilson of Processology, Corp. He plans to discuss what business process management, documentation, and improvement is, as well as why every business needs to actively practice it.

Free
Find more information here.

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