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

There are plenty of things to do with your physically distanced time. Here are a few from our curated selection.

Things to Do for innovators in Dallas-Fort Worth | Dallas Innovates Weekly Calendar

North Texas has plenty to see, hear, and watch. 

But in the midst of the COVID-19 pandemic, things to do are a little different. We’ve rounded up a few events and activities for innovators so you can stay involved from the comfort of your home or six feet away. You’ll also find a few drive-through experiences among the options. Here’s our selection of technology events, creative activities, and business inspiration for innovators this week.

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

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ONGOING

PEROT MUSEUM’S ORIGINS: FOSSILS FROM THE CRADLE OF HUMANKIND
Online

Although the Perot Museum may not be open for business, a virtual 360-degree tour of the Origins: Fossils from the Cradle of Humankind exhibition is. Guests can virtually explore real fossils and follow the journey of scientists actively working on and researching two new species.

Free.
Find more information 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.

WRITING WORKSHOPS DALLAS AND GEMINI INK PRESENT THE BIG TEXAS READ
Online

This statewide virtual book club is a collaborative effort from Writing Workshops Dallas and San Antonio’s Gemini Ink. Every two weeks, prose or poetry written by a Texas-based author will be discussed, featuring chats with the authors and Q&As.

Upcoming authors and titles include:

  • Oct. 28: Debut Novelist Fowzia Karimi, “Above Us the Milky Way”

 

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.

THE DALLAS HERITAGE VILLAGE OPENS FOR SUMMER ACTIVITIES
The Dallas Heritage Village in Dallas
Daily 9 a.m. – 2 p.m., Thursdays 6 – 9 p.m.

The Dallas Heritage Village has reopened to visitors. Although the buildings on site are closed, guests can enjoy fun and engaging summer activities like chalk drawing, scavenger hunts, and more for families eager to get outside and enjoy time together.

Tickets are $8 for adults and free for children
Find more information here.

PROTESTS HAPPENING ACROSS DFW
Multiple locations

For a running list of protests, vigils, and more in the Dallas-Fort Worth area, Central Track has rounded up a list of known gatherings here

CARBARET DRIVE-IN MOVIE NIGHTS
Brizo Bar in Richardson
Every Friday and Saturday evening

As movie theaters have closed due to COVID-19, Reid Robinson transformed his bar Brizo into a movie drive-in called CarBaret, along with curbside dining service from the Brizo kitchen and bar and a variety show. Films are announced on Facebook each week where attendees can RSVP for one of the 40 spots available each night.

Tickets are $15.
Find more information here.

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

Starting on August 5, 1 Million Cups will be 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.

HOW TO COPE WITH COVID: MAINTAINING EMOTIONALLY HEALTHY BUSINESSES FOR CEOS
Online
Every Tuesday at 11:30 a.m. – 1 p.m.

This series is meant to help female business owners continue to have emotionally healthy businesses during and after the pandemic. During these sessions, attendees may learn strategies for dealing with their own targeted stressors, strategies for being emotionally prepared, how to evaluate and assess their emotional needs to ensure healthy leadership, among other things.

Free
Find more information here.

1 MILLION CUPS FORT WORTH PRESENTATION
Online
Every Wednesday at 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.

PRESERVATION DALLAS PRESENTS 2020 SUMMER SIZZLERS
Online
Every Tuesday at 6 p.m.

This series of educational lectures will cover topics ranging from the ugliest building in Dallas to Apollo 11 to the destruction and resurrection of Dallas’ sportatorium. These lectures hope to offer insights into preservation, architecture, and history.

Tickets are $10 to $100
Find more information here.


UPCOMING

 

TUESDAY, AUGUST 18 – SUNDAY, NOVEMBER 1

A cabinet card photograph. [Image: Courtesy Amon Carter Museum of American Art]

ACTING OUT: CABINET CARDS AND THE MAKING OF MODERN PHOTOGRAPHY
Amon Carter Museum of American Art in Fort Worth
Check schedule for times

This Amon Carter Museum of American Art exhibition is the “first-ever in-depth examination of the photographic phenomenon of cabinet cards,” according to the museum. The cards were the main format “for photographic portraiture through the last three decades of the nineteenth century,” says the museum. 

Free
Find more information here.


MONDAY, OCTOBER 19 – FRIDAY, OCTOBER 23

2020 INC. 5000 VISION CONFERENCE
Online
Check schedule for times

This weeklong event hopes to “celebrate your wins, get the knowledge you need to survive these unprecedented times, and gain surprising insights into the future.” This year’s speakers include Mark Cuban, Shark Tank star and Dallas Mavericks owner; Michael Strahan, NFL Super Bowl champion and co-anchor on Good Morning America; Maria Sharapova, tennis champion, investor, and founder and CEO of Sugarpova; and many more.

Tickets are free to $699
Find more information here.


FRIDAY, OCTOBER 23

[Image: Courtesy Tech Titans]

TECH TITANS AWARDS GALA
Online
3:15 – 5 p.m.

This year, Tech Titans, the largest technology trade association in the Lone Star State, will recognize outstanding tech companies and individuals in North Texas in a virtual event that aims to be the bee’s knees. The virtual event will be a live, cinematic experience with a “Speakeasy Party To Go” feature for home watch parties.

Tickets are $25 to $75
Find more information here.

THE ART AND SCIENCE OF NAMING DRUGS AND MEDICAL DEVICES—PART 3
Online
8 a.m.

Jerry Phillips, president of Client Relations and former Director of DMEPA at the FDA, and Jacob Barnes and Matthew Filbert from Brand Institute’s Texas-based account team will be giving an overview of the company’s portfolio of naming services, when to begin naming projects, and why manufacturers should consider partnering with agencies with extensive expertise.

Free
Find more information here.


SATURDAY, OCTOBER 24

TRICKED: BONDING OF THE SEXES
Online
12 – 3 p.m.

J.Tillman, Founder and CEO of the Red Sea Project, will host this event, which will focus on healthy relationships, the building of a healthy community, and unifying family. This event hopes to give men and women the opportunity to understand one another better, communicate on a higher level, and process differences rather than persecute each other.

Free
Find more information here.

THE STARS AT NIGHT ARE BIG AND BRIGHT M1 VIRTUAL BALL
Online
7 p.m.

Gena and Chuck Norris will be presented with the Angel Award during the event, which will also have remarks, special presentations, and a live auction hosted by Glenn Beck. A 2020 Mercedes-Benz A220 Sedan or an all-expenses-paid trip are up for grabs through the event’s raffle. 

Tickets are $100 to $1,750
Find more information here.

PAPER FOR WATER VIRTUAL ANNUAL EVENT
Online
6:30 p.m.

This annual event is put on to support Dallas nonprofit Paper for Water’s cause to help clean water projects worldwide and celebrate a year full of challenges and successes. This year’s speakers include Shelly Slater, founder of Shelly Slater Strategies; George McGraw, founder of DigDeep; and Mike Mantel, CEO and president of Living Water International.

Find more information here.


SATURDAY, OCTOBER 24 – SUNDAY, OCTOBER 25

NO ORDINARY LOVE AT COYOTE DRIVE-IN
Coyote Drive-In Theater in Fort Worth
7:35 p.m.

Fort Worth filmmaker Chyna Robinson’s critically-acclaimed film “No Ordinary Love” will have a limited, theatrical release in honor of Domestic Violence Awareness Month. “No Ordinary Love” is a romantic thriller about two female protagonists plotting a potentially deadly escape from their manipulative and abusive partners. Ticket proceeds from this event will benefit SafeHaven of Tarrant County.

Tickets are $15
Find more information here.


MONDAY, OCTOBER 26 – TUESDAY, OCTOBER 27

FUTURE PLACE: THE FUTURE OF MASTER PLANNED COMMUNITIES
The Ritz-Carlton in Dallas
Check schedule for times

During this two-day event, land developers, builders, architects, and engineers will discuss the deliveries of master planned communities, evaluate the challenges ahead, and discuss solutions for the future. Event speakers include: 

  • Matt Blank, Principal, BB Living
  • Mollie Carmichael, Principal, Meyers Research
  • Larry Corson, President, Wilbow Corporation
  • Paul Doherty, President and CEO, The Digit Group

 

Tickets are $599
Find more information here.

STATE OF SEARCH CONFERENCE
Online
Check schedule for times

The Dallas-Fort Worth Search Engine Marketing Association is bringing together the region’s online marketing community through this two-day event. The conference’s speakers include Wil Reynolds, founder and director of strategy for SEER; Dave Davies, CEO of Beanstalk Internet Marketing; and Barry Schwartz, CEO of RustyBrick.

Tickets are $197
Find more information here.


MONDAY, OCTOBER 26 – FRIDAY, OCTOBER 30

[Image: Courtesy bigBANG!]

bigBANG! 2020 – EQUITY IN ACTION: THE NEXT 100 YEARS!
Online
Check schedule for times

bigBANG! says it’s North Texas’ longest social impact event, which brings together social innovators, community leaders, and business professionals. The theme of this year’s event is “Equity in Action: The Next 100 Years!” Through this theme, the event plans to explore racial, gender, and economic equity in our communities. It hopes to “lift up rightful disruption and its methods to dismantle injustice and intentionally build systems that provide equal opportunity for all people to participate with dignity in the economic life of our society.”

Tickets are $20 to $155
Find more information here.


TUESDAY, OCTOBER 27

SCORE FORT WORTH PRESENTS COMMUNICATING WITH CONFIDENCE IN A VIRTUAL WORLD
Online
1:30 – 3 p.m.

With in-person communications being postponed for the foreseeable future, the ability to communicate well virtually is more important than ever. Kim Barnes, an award-winning reporter and news anchor, and Mike Barnes, an award-winning sportscaster, will lead the workshop.

Tickets are $15
Find more information here.

QUESTIONS OF CULTURE: WORDS INTO ACTION
Online
6 – 7 p.m.

Fowzia Karimi, a writer and illustrator, and A. Kendra Greene, the author and illustrator of The Museum of Whales You Will Never See, will be discussing important issues and “how public discourse, stories, and images influence what we aspire to achieve in the realm of action,” according to the event description.

Free
Find more information here.

TECHNEST: INSIDE THE DEAL WITH THE DEALMAKERS
Online
4:30 – 5:30 p.m.

Frank Iannelli and Chris O’Shell of Whitley Penn plan to discuss the process to attain a valuation, tips to a buy or sale, factors and multiples that differentiate industries, and where and how to go shopping for a deal.

Find more information here.


WEDNESDAY, OCTOBER 28

UNITED WAY OF METROPOLITAN DALLAS PRESENTS THE PITCH
Online
6 – 8 p.m.

Five social entrepreneurs will compete for $235,000 in funding by pitching their ideas on education, income, and health. Virtual attendees along with a panel of judges will decide who wins it all. The Pitch is the annual culmination of United Way of Metropolitan Dallas and Accenture’s Social Innovation Accelerator. This year’s competitors are:

  • Better Block Foundation
  • Carson’s Village
  • EdCor Health
  • The Home Visit Project
  • Trey Athletes

Tickets are $15
Find more information here.


THURSDAY, OCTOBER 29

DFW CPG HALLOWEEN HAPPY HOUR
Online
4:30 – 6 p.m.

Stout will be hosting four breakout rooms during this happy hour for networking and casual conversations. The rooms will focus on four topics including emerging brands, marketing and ecommerce optimization, investment banking and other financial advisory services, and investors.

Find more information here.


THURSDAY, OCTOBER 29 – SATURDAY, NOVEMBER 14

SCIENCE IN THE CITY 2020
Online
Check schedule for times

This family-friendly public event series seeks to connect the Dallas-Fort Worth community with local researchers. Dallas Morning News members are able to get a first-hand look inside research labs and meet the men and women behind them. Events include:

  • Oct. 29: The Perot Museum of Nature and Science’s “From Discovery to Display!”
  • Oct. 31: UT Southwestern Medical Center’s “Spooky Science”
  • Nov. 5: Center for BrainHealth’s “Brain Health in the 21st Century: The Next Frontier”
  • Nov. 7: talkSTEM’s “Art, Medicine and Potato Chips: Finding Science Everywhere”
  • Nov. 14: Southern Methodist University’s “From a Trampoline to the Unseen: What a Rubber Sheet Can Teach Us About the Dark Universe”

 

Find more information here.


THURSDAY, NOVEMBER 5

CODELAUNCH 8 STARTUP EXPO AND SEED ACCELERATOR
Comerica Center in Frisco
5 – 11 p.m.

This one-day event features a startup pitch competition, entrepreneur networking conference, and startup expo. During the pitch competition, seven finalists will compete for more than $100,000 in seed services. Although this is an in-person event, it will be limited to only 500 attendees this year with additional health and safety precautions.

Tickets are free to $99
Find more information here.


THURSDAY, NOVEMBER 5 – FRIDAY, NOVEMBER 6

2020 iC3 LIFE SCIENCES SUMMIT
Online
Check schedule for times

This annual event is a showcase of North Texas life science products and services with networking as a cornerstone of the event. The event serves to help grow business through collaborative efforts and is designed as a forum for leaders to discuss strategic issues and network with each other. Although the event will be virtual, people can still participate in conversations through a new conference platform.

Tickets are $40 to $225
Find more information here.


TUESDAY, NOVEMBER 10

DALLAS REGIONAL CHAMBER PRESENTS STATE OF THE WORKFORCE
Online
Noon – 1:30 p.m.

Texas Workforce Commissioner and Chairman Bryan Daniel will be speaking with regional leaders on workforce-related issues such as the impact of COVID-19, trends and economic recovery, and how to address local employment needs. There will also be a special announcement on a new community vision supporting students, workers, and businesses in economic opportunity.

Free
Find more information here.


THURSDAY, NOVEMBER 12

[Image: Courtesy SharpHeels]

SHARPHEELS VIRTUAL SUMMIT 2020
Online
Check schedule for times

Career planning, managing obstacles, being an impactful leader, and executive skills are all among the topics that will be addressed during this day of leadership development training. This year’s speakers include:

  • Alicia Kockler, VP, Life Time Fitness
  • Tanya Dreesen, VP, Partnerships, Minnesota Vikings
  • Hilary Cook, VP, Client Partner, Epsilon
  • Peggy Elsrode, President, Americas, Dyson
  • Cherie Axelrod, SVP and Chief Auditor, Western Union

 

Tickets are $225
Find more information here.

DALLAS REGIONAL CHAMBER PRESENTS YEAR AHEAD
Online
Noon – 1 p.m.

David M. Solomon, Chairman and CEO of The Goldman Sachs Group, Inc., and Stacey Cunningham, President of The New York Stock Exchange, will come together for a virtual fireside chat on the tumultuous times in the economy, what we might expect in the year ahead, and what it means for businesses and the country.

Tickets are free for members and $10 for non-members
Find more information here.


THURSDAY, NOVEMBER 12 – SATURDAY, NOVEMBER 14

VC UNIVERSITY LIVE – SMU
Online
Check schedule for times

This three-day certificate program has the goal of democratizing access to education on venture finance in startup ecosystems nationwide. Those interested can apply for a scholarship here with general registration opening on September 21. Speakers include:

  • Joe Beard, Venture Dallas
  • Dana Settle, Greycroft
  • Jaclyn Hester, Foundry Group
  • Song Pak, Revolution
  • Bobby Franklin, NVCA
  • Arlan Hamilton, Backstage Capital

 

Tuition is $1,200
Find more information here.


MONDAY, NOVEMBER 16 – FRIDAY, NOVEMBER 20

GLOBAL ENTREPRENEURSHIP WEEK FORT WORTH
Online
Check schedule for times

Global Entrepreneurship Week is back for its third year with a week full of events, activities, and competitions. This year’s events will include the GEW Opening Party, The State Of Entrepreneurship in Fort Worth, and the UNTHSC Startup Speaker Series.

Find more information here.


THURSDAY, NOVEMBER 19 – FRIDAY, NOVEMBER 20

2020 CITYLAB SUMMIT
Online
Check schedule for times

This two-day event hopes to bring together students, teachers, families, and business professionals to have a design discussion on Dallas. Elizabeth Silver, principal at Michael Van Valkenburgh Associates, will kick off the event with a keynote speech, with design proposal presentations happening on the following day.

Find more information here.

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