Dallas Innovates’ 10 Most Popular Stories in April

Take a look back on the stories that grabbed our readers' attention amidst the COVID-19 outbreak last month. We've got learning in the living room, mask makers, how Vari is 'work spacing' the workspace, Jacobs' response to the pandemic, and more.

top 10 most popular stories on Dallas Innovates in March 2020

As we wrap up March, here are the stories of innovation and inspiration that grabbed our readers’ attention the most in the midst of the COVID-19 outbreak.

From the top story on how Jacobs responded to the pandemic, to a corporate relocation, to how Vari is ‘work spacing’ the workspace, our most-read stories highlighted what’s new and next in Dallas-Fort Worth.

Here’s a roundup of the top 10 most-read stories on dallasinnovates.com for April 2020.


1. COVID-19 Response: Jacobs Execs Take Pay Cut to Help Raise $1M, Company Realigns Federal Contracts

The engineering firm also has instituted a “maximum remote working environment” for its 55,000 employees worldwide.

Jacobs Demtrious COVID-19

Steve Demetrious [Photo: Courtesy Jacobs]


2. Tyler Technologies in COVID-19: Goes Live With Tech, Offers Virtual Internships, and Continues to Serve Texas

Though not entirely free of the economic effects caused by the pandemic, Plano-based Tyler Technologies has continued to serve government entities. In fact, it’s forging ahead. Tyler now serves Texas’ 20 largest counties and is moving forward with a four-stage plan to roll out one of its solutions across the U.S.

[Photo: Courtesy Tyler Technologies]


3. Fidelity Investments Hiring Hundreds of Employees in Dallas‑Fort Worth

The DFW positions are part of Fidelity’s plans to hire 2,000 nationwide.

Fidelity's 337-acre campus in Westlake, TX. [Courtesy: Fidelity Investments]

Fidelity’s 337-acre campus in Westlake, TX. [Courtesy: Fidelity Investments]


4. International Risk Management Solutions Firm to Relocate HQ to Plano, Plans to Hire Tech Talent

Flexibility for future growth—and a location that will help recruit tech talent—was key to Digital Matrix System’s decision-making. Hiring could center on business development, software engineering, and decision science.

Digital Matrix Systems expects to occupy its new headquarters in Preston Park Towers later this year. [Photo: Preston Park Financial]

Digital Matrix Systems expects to occupy its new headquarters in Preston Park Towers later this year. [Photo: Preston Park Financial]


5. When COVID-19 Struck, College District Shifted 60k Students to Online Learning in a Week

In less than a week, Dallas County Community College District moved entirely online. Here’s how they did it.

[Photo: Deagreez/iStock]


6. ‘Work Spacing’ the Workspace: Vari Renovates HQ, Develops New Products in Response to COVID-19

We spoke with Vari CEO Jason McCann about the Coppell-based workspace innovation company’s renovations, its new products, and how businesses can get ready for the new normal.

A rendering of Vari’s HQ renovations. [Image: Courtesy Vari]


7. North Texas Companies Make Masks Their Mission to Fight the COVID-19 Pandemic

This Saturday, anyone in Dallas County is required to wear a mask to essential businesses. The work these local companies are doing is more important now than ever.

[Photo credits (left to right): Envision Dallas, Kendra Scott, Rosewood Corporation]


8. A Fort Worth Molecular Lab is Now Offering COVID-19 Testing

CQuentia’s newly validated COVID-19 test can determine if a patient is infected or a carrier—even if they’re showing no symptoms.

[Image: via CQuentia]


9. Report: Dallas-Fort Worth Housing Market Ranks Among Least Vulnerable to Economic Impact From COVID-19

New Jersey and Florida account for nearly half of the 50 most-vulnerable counties in the country.

[Photo: TrongNguyen/istockphoto]


10. Learning in the Living Room: 13 Resources for Making Education From Home Easier

From Amazon’s EarSketch (learn to code music with Grammy award-winning artists) to the Girls Scouts’ Digital Do-Gooder Patch Program to IF/THEN’s virtual swimming pool, North Texas organizations have made educational resources accessible online.

[Photo: gorodenkoff/iStock]

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