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

Here are our editors' picks. Plus, you'll find selections to "save the date."

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.

 

Thursday, May 23

Health Supernova

Hosted by Capital Factory
3000 Pegasus Park Dr., Dallas
9 a.m. to 3 p.m.

Health Supernova brings the brightest minds in health and biotech together to drive meaningful change forward. From government to investors to entrepreneurs and more, featured speakers include Dr. Ramses Alcaide, President and CEO of Neurable; Dr. Claire Aldridge, Chief Strategy Offer of Form Bio; Dr. Amy Kruse, General Partner & Chief Investment Officer of Satori Neuro; and Dr. Renne Wegrzyn, Director of ARPA-H.

Learn more and register here.

AI Con 2024: Incorporating new tech & AI

Hosted by U.S. India Chamber of Commerce DFW
DFW Airport Headquarters, 2400 Aviation Dr., Irving

9 a.m. Tuesday to 3:30 p.m.

Registration is open for US India Chamber of Commerce DFW’s  9th Annual Technology Conference. This year’s theme is AI Con: Incorporating New Tech and AI. The keynote speakers are Chakri Gottemukkala, CEO and Co-Founder of o9 Solutions, and George Baker Sr., Founder and Chairman of Parkhub, who will share about their paths to success in the tech field. Attendees also will hear from top leaders on the CIO Panel and AI Panel. In addition to listening to engaging speakers, you will also get the chance to network and meet tech entrepreneurs and leading professionals in DFW.

Learn more and register here.


Wednesday, May 29

1 Million Cups

Presented by 1 Million Cups
Various North Texas locations and times

Every Wednesday, 1 Million Cups communities around North Texas and the country meet to give each other “support, encouragement, and feedback over a cup of coffee.” Entrepreneurs present their businesses to the group, but “it’s not a pitch; it’s a chance to learn, collaborate and grow,” organizers say. In North Texas, you’ll find multiple 1MC groups in locations including Dallas, Fort Worth, Irving, Frisco, Northeast Tarrant County, and Wichita Falls. Some have Zoom live feeds.

Find your community here.


Thursday, May 30

Trinity Park Update

Hosted by Dallas Architecture Forum
Trinity Park Conservancy, 1444 Oak Lawn Ave., Suite 200, Dallas
6:30 p.m.

The Trinity Park Conservancy, formerly called the Trinity Park Trust, is leading plans to activate the Trinity River between the Margaret McDermott and Margaret Hunt Hill bridges, making it a place for the public to engage with the Trinity River. For one of the first major projects, the Conservancy, working with Michael Van Valkenberg Landscape Architects and Lake | Flato Architects, is implementing the design for large portions of the Harold Simmons Park between the two bridges. The Park will connect neighborhoods through a series of elevated overlooks and gateways to the river and its natural habitats for plants and wildlife. In addition, it will provide easy access via additional trails and river crossings, uniting the two sides of the river.

Tony Moore, Trinity Park Conservancy President and CEO, will discuss the plans that have been developed and now are beginning to be implemented. Attendees can see the large-scale models for the various areas of the park. Learn how the Conservancy, building on the landmark projects in the areas, including the Margaret Hunt Hill Bridge, the Margaret McDermott Bridge, and the Ronald Kirk Pedestrian Bridge, is working with citizens of Dallas to re-imagine the Trinity River as a great natural environment and place to visit.

The event is free and open to the public, but seating is limited, and registration is required.

Learn more here.

Open Source AI with Hugging Face

Hosted by Dallas AI
Virtual program (in-person in Austin)
6 p.m. CDT

In this session, you’ll learn how open-source models can help you build high-quality AI applications, generative or otherwise, while giving you more flexibility, control, and ROI than closed-model APIs. We’ll show you how to get started in minutes. Along the way, you’ll also learn about the technical ecosystem that Hugging Face is fostering, from models and datasets, to cloud integrations and hardware acceleration. The featured speaker is Julien Simon, Chief Evangelist and Field CTO, Hugging Face.

Learn more here.


Friday, May 31 through Sunday, June 2

Dreamhack Dallas 2024

Presented by Dreamhack
Kay Bailey Hutchison Convention Center, Dallas

8 a.m. to 7:30 p.m. Friday and Saturday, 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. Sunday

DreamHack is an immersive gaming experience where the community comes to life. At this festival, you come to experience professional esports tournaments, amateur and high school gaming tournaments, world-famous bring-your-own-computer (BYOC) LAN party, cosplay, art, activities, expo, screenings and more.

Learn more here.


Wednesday, June 5

1 Million Cups

Presented by 1 Million Cups
Various North Texas locations and times

Every Wednesday, 1 Million Cups communities around North Texas and the country meet to give each other “support, encouragement, and feedback over a cup of coffee.” Entrepreneurs present their businesses to the group, but “it’s not a pitch; it’s a chance to learn, collaborate and grow,” organizers say. In North Texas, you’ll find multiple 1MC groups in locations including Dallas, Fort Worth, Irving, Frisco, Northeast Tarrant County, and Wichita Falls. Some have Zoom live feeds.

Find your community here.


Thursday, June 6

AI in McKinney Celebration – MEDC/ Intelligage / Plug and Play

Hosted by AI in McKinney Meetup
District 121, 6731 Alma Rd., McKinney
3 to 6 p.m.

Join AI in McKinney Meetup to hear about the top AI Startups in McKinney and explore the latest trends in this leading space. For $10, you get a beer, soda, or water from Betty the Food Truck Van, and every hour you’ll hear from local speakers in Mckinney about why AI is the catalyst and pitches from local AI startups on their contributions. Relax as the Fleetwood Mac acoustical cover band clears the air!

This event is perfect for those interested in the intersection of AI and Business. Whether you are a seasoned Business owner, corporate citizen or just starting out in the tech industry, this meetup is a great opportunity to connect, learn, and be inspired.

Learn more and register here.

1st Thursday IoT Happy Hour: Fundraising Panel for Entrepreneurs

Hosted by IoT Texas
Hybrid event; online and in-person at Springhill Suites by Marriott Dallas Richardson/University, 18180 Highland Springs, Dallas
6 p.m. to 7:30 p.m.

Come join IoT Texas at their next 1st Thursday IoT Happy Hour at SpringHill Suites to hear an illustrious panel of fund-raising specialists talk about the various approaches to early fund raising and the many twists and turns entrepreneurs encounter along the way. More details coming soon.

Learn more here.


Friday, June 7

North Texas Food Bank’s Taste of the Cowboys Fundraiser 

Hosted by North Texas Food Bank
Ford Center at the Star in Frisco – Dallas Cowboys World HQ, 9 Cowboys Way, Frisco
6:30 to 10:30 p.m.

The North Texas Food Bank and the Dallas Cowboys will host the 20th Annual Taste of the Cowboys fundraiser, presented by Ashley, on the field at Ford Center at The Star in Frisco – home of the Dallas Cowboys World Headquarters – on Friday, June 7. The event will feature live entertainment by country star John Michael Montgomery and gourmet tailgate food stations from some of DFW’s favorite restaurants, led by Taste of the Cowboys Founding Chef, Kent Rathbun.

All proceeds from the Taste of the Cowboys provide critical funds to support the North Texas Food Bank’s Nourish the Future programs that directly target child hunger.

Learn more here.


Friday, June 7 through Sunday, June 9

FAN EXPO Dallas

Presented by FAN EXPO
Kay Bailey Hutchison Convention Center, Dallas

4 to 9 p.m. Friday, 10 a.m. to 7 p.m. Saturday, and 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Sunday

If you’re into comics, sci-fi, horror, anime, gaming, or cosplay, come to FAN EXPO and find your fandom family.  From discussions, debates, comics, and gaming, there is something for everyone. Panel discussions cover everything from fabrication to acting, with a lineup of pros to show you how to take your skills to the next level. Attend a panel, check out a demo, or meet them one-on-one. Talk with comic legends, writers, and artists, check out movie props, and meet up with fans from many different genres, series, and crafts. Shop thousands of retailers. Celebrity guests include William Shatner, Marisa Tomei, Susan Sarandon, and Geena Davis.

Learn more here.


Wednesday, June 12

1 Million Cups

Presented by 1 Million Cups
Various North Texas locations and times

Every Wednesday, 1 Million Cups communities around North Texas and the country meet to give each other “support, encouragement, and feedback over a cup of coffee.” Entrepreneurs present their businesses to the group, but “it’s not a pitch; it’s a chance to learn, collaborate and grow,” organizers say. In North Texas, you’ll find multiple 1MC groups in locations including Dallas, Fort Worth, Irving, Frisco, Northeast Tarrant County, and Wichita Falls. Some have Zoom live feeds.

Find your community here.


Thursday, June 13

D CEO Women’s Leadership Symposium 2024: Redefining Ambition 

Hosted by DCEO
Reanissance Dallas Hotel, North Stemmons Freeway, Dallas
7:30 a.m. to noon

D CEO’s Women’s Leadership Symposium is a half-day event that goes beyond the conventional boundaries of ambition, acknowledging a new era of possibility and work. Hear from dynamic speakers who are paving new paths for themselves and generations to come. The theme “Redefining Ambition” addresses the nuances of the word ambition, recognizing that for women this can take various forms and paths. This symposium will dismantle the oft-associated stereotypes and reframe the narrative around female ambition, exploring and articulating what ambition means on their own terms. It’s an opportunity to collectively shape the future while addressing the needs of women in the workplace today.

Registration, breakfast, and networking are from 7:30 to 8 a.m., with the program beginning at 8:15 a.m.

Learn more and register here.

A Bio Future Exploring Innovation in Biotechnology

Hosted by MassChallenge
3000 Pegasus Park Dr., Dallas
4 p.m. to 6 p.m.

Join MassChallenge for a fireside chat that explores innovation in biotechnology. From revolutionizing healthcare to powering sustainable energy solutions, biotechnology is paving the way for transformation across various sectors and industries. Featured speakers include Janet Wu, business and innovation reporter at Bloomberg; Travis McCready, Head of Life Sciences at JLL and former President & CEO of the $1.6 billion life sciences funding agency Massachusetts Life Sciences Center; and Michael Langer, Co-Founder and Managing Partner of T.Rx Capital, a Venture Capital firm focused on creation, seed, and series A investments at the intersection of technology and biology.

Whether you’re a corporate partner, entrepreneur, researcher, or simply passionate about biotechnology, this event offers a unique opportunity to: 

  • Gain insights into how biotechnology is reshaping various sectors and industries. 
  • Access industry leaders and learn about the BioTech landscape, including emerging trends, challenges, and opportunities.
  • Understand the unique advantages Texas’ has in advancing biotechnology innovation.

Learn more and register here.

Venturing Beyond Borders: Exploring Entrepreneurship for Impactful Changes

Hosted by The IQ Brew
IQ HQ, 1302 E. Collins Blvd., Richardson
8:30 to 10 a.m.

Rene Larrave talks about taking the entrepreneurial journey across borders to take advantage of arbitrage opportunities while applying conscious capitalism principles to fast track positive social and environmental change. As an entrepreneur, Larrave has launched, managed, and sold a number of businesses. Some of Mr. Larrave’s entrepreneurial ventures include: CommandHound, a business process management and accountability software company; Koios Works, a predictive inference data mining company; Calatestra Partners, an advisory, consulting, and private equity investment firm; Neptune Wave Power, a wave power engineering company; Avvantica, a national business and technology outsourcing company; Tactica Technology Group, a business and technology consulting company; Motopia, a restaurant and business center with a European motorcycle theme in the process of expanding to other locations around the world.

Learn more here.

 

Thursday, June 13 to Saturday, June 15

Good Soil Forum 2024 

Hosted by the Good Soil Movement and the T.D. Jakes Foundation
AT&T Performing Arts Center, Dallas
Networking event Thursday at 7 p.m., 10 a.m. to 10 p.m. Friday, and 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. Saturday

Good Soil plans to increase generational wealth and employment by supporting and nurturing under-resourced entrepreneurs. Connect with like-minded entrepreneurs across the globe, breaking down geographical barriers and restrictions. Good Soil will include a $500K Seed Capital Competition, in partnership with Wells Fargo, an opportunity designed to guide entrepreneurs through the crucial stages of business planning and pitching.

Good Soil Forum will feature educational fireside chats, breakout sessions and hands-on workshops in which business leaders can learn and participate in key conversations on a variety of topics from business planning and marketing strategies to financial management and leadership development, equipping them with practical skills and knowledge to elevate their business. The Good Soil Forum will also feature a vibrant marketplace with a diverse array of vendors, from tech startups to artisanal craftspeople, a unique opportunity to network, discover new products and services, and gain inspiration for attendees’ entrepreneurial ventures.

Speakers include Pinky Cole, founder and owner of Slutty Vegan; Emmy Award winning actress, author, and entrepreneur Tabitha Brown; Charles King, founder and CEO of MACRO; Arian Simone, co-founder and CEO of the Fearless Fund; Gina Paige, CEO of AfricanAncestry.com; and Richelieu Dennis, founder and CEO of Sundial Brands

Learn more here.


Friday, June 14 to Sunday, June 30

2024 Parade of Playhouses 

In support of Dallas CASA
NorthPark Center
On display inside the mall during normal business hours

The 29th annual Dallas CASA Parade of Playhouses, presenting imaginative children’s playhouses to help child victims of abuse or neglect will take place June 14-30 at NorthPark Center. For this annual fun-filled community event, generous architects, builders, organizations, corporations and individuals design, build and donate extraordinary children’s playhouses to raise funds so that Dallas CASA can provide more volunteer advocates to help children experience safe childhoods and grow into resourceful, healthy adults. During the 17-day event, raffle tickets for the opportunity to win a playhouse are sold and all proceeds from raffle ticket sales and sponsorships benefit the children served by Dallas CASA.

Learn more here.


Wednesday, June 19

1 Million Cups

Presented by 1 Million Cups
Various North Texas locations and times

Every Wednesday, 1 Million Cups communities around North Texas and the country meet to give each other “support, encouragement, and feedback over a cup of coffee.” Entrepreneurs present their businesses to the group, but “it’s not a pitch; it’s a chance to learn, collaborate and grow,” organizers say. In North Texas, you’ll find multiple 1MC groups in locations including Dallas, Fort Worth, Irving, Frisco, Northeast Tarrant County, and Wichita Falls. Some have Zoom live feeds.

Find your community here.

ONGOING

Through May 30

Dinosaurs Around the World: The Great Outdoors

Hosted by Fort Worth Botanic Garden
3220 Botanic Garden Blvd., Fort Worth, TX, 76107
Regular garden hours

Travel back to a prehistoric world right in the heart of Fort Worth at the Botanic Garden’s latest exhibit, “Dinosaurs Around the World: The Great Outdoors,” available from January 26 through May 30. The unique outdoor experience, created in collaboration with renowned dinosaur paleontologist Gregory M. Erickson, showcases advanced animatronic dinosaurs from every continent. Embark on a journey through the Age of Reptiles and discover a narrative enriched with the latest research.

Get ready to have your ‘Passport to Pangea’ stamped as you encounter these awe-inspiring animatronic dinosaurs in their naturalistic outdoor settings. This exhibit educates and entertains, offering a perfect blend of adventure and learning for visitors of all ages.

Go here for admission and more information.


Through July 14

Walk this Way: Footwear from the Stuart Weitzman Collection of Historic Shoes

Presented by the Dallas Holocaust and Human Rights Museum, with supporting sponsor Neiman Marcus
Dallas Holocaust and Human Rights Museum, 300 N. Houston, Dallas
Timed entry tickets available. Museum hours: 10 am. to 5 p.m. Closed Tuesdays and on Easter, March 31

From silk boudoir shoes created for the 1867 Paris Exposition to leather spectator pumps signed by the 1941 New York Yankees, Walk this Way features more than 100 striking pairs of shoes. This exhibition presents footwear – spanning nearly 200 years – from the collection of iconic shoe designer Stuart Weitzman, and businesswoman and philanthropist Jane Gershon Weitzman. An integral part of our everyday lives, shoes not only protect our feet, but tell stories centered around women’s labor activism, the fight for suffrage and equal rights, the sexual revolution, and more.

Several special programs will be offered during the exhibition’s run:

  • From Heel to Toe: Behind Walk This Way (March 19) – A panel with a look behind the exhibit, featuring Valerie Paley, Walk this Way exhibition curator, and Edward Maeder, author of the exhibition’s catalog.
  • 9to5: The Story of a Movement (May 23) – A special documentary screening of the previously untold story of the fight that inspired a hit and changed the American workplace, featuring interviews with 9to5’s founders and actor and activist Jane Fonda.
  • Immigrants, Innovators, and Icons: Jewish Americans and the Fashion Industry (July 11) – Annette Becker, curator and director of the University of North Texas’s Texas Fashion Collection, will share stories of Jewish change-makers in twentieth-century dress history.

Tickets are timed entry. Learn more and get tickets here.


Through September 1

Seward Johnson Sculptures in the Garden

Hosted by the Fort Worth Botanic Garden
Fort Worth Botanic Garden, 3220 Botanic Garden Blvd., Fort Worth
Open daily 8 a.m. to 5 p.m.

Twenty-one life-size sculptures by the late artist Seward Johnson will be on display throughout the Garden, Mar. 1 – Sept. 1,  2024. This head-turning exhibit of “living” art will take Garden guests by surprise as they encounter sculptures that fool the eye and beg for double takes. Strategically placed to blend with their surroundings, Mr. Johnson’s unique creations strive to make everyday occurrences special and bring classic art to life. Experience the joy of discovering these lifelike sculptures placed unexpectedly, yet harmoniously in the Garden’s landscape.  The exhibit is included in general admission.

Learn more and get timed entry tickets here.


Through September 22

T.rex: The Ultimate Predator

Hosted by Perot Museum of Nature and Science
Perot Museum of Nature and Science, 2201 N. Field St., Dallas
11 a.m. to 4 p.m. Daily

T. rex: The Ultimate Predator explores the remarkable features that allowed T. rex to dominate its competition, examines the sensory abilities and social behaviors of this powerful hunter, and reveals how the world’s most iconic dinosaur evolved from a superfamily that included more than two dozen species and spanned 100 million years. Explore our evolving understanding of this theropod, learn about a number of recent tyrannosaur discoveries, and find out how paleontologists study fossil specimens to understand the biology and behavior of T. rex.

Learn more here.

 


SAVE THE DATE

Reminder Calendar

Save the Date image: istockphoto


 

Tuesday, August 27

Future of DFW Life Sciences Summit 

Hosted by Bisnow and presented by Mansfield Texas Economic Development
Location TBD, Save the date
8 a.m. to 11 a.m.

Embark on a journey into the heart of Dallas-Fort Worth’s burgeoning life sciences sector at the Bisnow Future of DFW Life Sciences Conference. Throughout the event, you’ll delve into the latest trends and innovations shaping the region’s biotech landscape, gaining invaluable insights from industry pioneers and thought leaders. From a deep dive into the current state and future trajectory of the DFW life sciences market to exploring cutting-edge design and construction trends in biotech facilities, each session promises to offer actionable intelligence to propel your business forward. Discover the driving forces behind DFW’s rapid growth in life sciences, uncover strategies to attract investment and talent amidst increasing competition, and explore the unique advantages the region offers for biotech enterprises. Don’t miss this unparalleled opportunity to connect, learn, and chart the course for success in DFW’s dynamic life sciences ecosystem.

Learn more here.


Tuesday, September 19

North Texas Tech Connect Conference 

Hosted by North Texas Tech Connect
Gaylord Texan Resort and Convention Center, 1502 Gaylord Trail, Grapevine
8 a.m. to 5 p.m.

The North Texas Tech Connect Conference, the region’s premier single-day event for the IT executive community, provides a unique opportunity for IT leaders to gather and explore ways to maintain a competitive edge in the global economy. Attendees will learn strategies for driving innovation and efficiency in their organizations. The conference aims to support the growth of the IT industry in North Texas.

Learn more and register here.


Thursday, October 3 to Friday, October 4

iC Life Science Summit 

Hosted by BioNTX
Loews Arlington Hotel & Convention Center, 888 Nolan Ryan Expressway, Arlington
Save the date, 7:30 a.m. Thursday to 5 p.m. Friday

The BioNTX iC³ Life Science Summit provides a dynamic platform for the North Texas bioscience community to engage in insightful discussions, share cutting-edge research, and explore emerging technologies that have the potential to revolutionize the future of healthcare and biomedicine. Early registration is now open, as of March.

Learn more here.

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