Schedule: Dallas Startup Week 2019

Entrepreneurs and change-makers will gather for the fifth edition of Dallas Startup Week, powered by Capital One, when it returns April 1-5 to North Texas. Roughly 10,000 are expected to attend the free, five-day event put together by The Dallas Entrepreneur Center, along with more than 100 industry leaders and volunteers. A special event on Sunday—Disrupt Dallas—will get things going with insider tips, a happy hour, and special panels.

Throughout the week, Dallas Innovates will have it all covered.

For starters, you must register to participate in DSW19. Then, you can plan your week with our lean-back guide—the complete list of the who, what, where, and when of Dallas Startup Week 2019. From all the special events to engaging panels to interactive showcases, make sure you don’t miss a thing.

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As always, event information is subject to change, so use the Attendify app to verify times and details.

Sunday, March 31

3 p.m. – 7 p.m.
Disrupt Dallas
RSVP Required, Special Event
Disrupt Dallas celebrates champions and disruptors and provides expert education and programming for minority entrepreneurs. Light bites and mimosas will be served, and music will be provided by DJ ASAP.
Location: SPACES

3 p.m. – 4 p.m.
Happy Hour and Networking – Disrupt Dallas
RSVP Required, Special Event
Presented by GigWage & Southwest Airlines.
Location: SPACES

4 p.m. – 5 p.m.
Building Your Seat AND The Table: Strategies for Success from Founders of Color
RSVP Required, Special Events
Local founders share their stories & insights on starting and growing a Dallas based business as well as their perspectives on how to build and nurture an ecosystem that’s supportive and poised for disruption from minority entrepreneurs.
Location: SPACES
Speakers: Craig Lewis, GiGi McDowell, Lincoln Stephens, Marty Martinez, Susy Solis

5 p.m. – 6 p.m.
Disrupt Dallas: Bourbon & BBQ on the Patio

RSVP Required, Special Events
Music by DJ ASAP Local Art Showcase
Location: SPACES

6 p.m. – 7 p.m.
Morgan DeBaun: Shifting the Culture Through Media, Tech and Beyond
RSVP Required, Special Events
Disrupt Dallas celebrates champions and disruptors and provides expert education and programming for minority entrepreneurs. Light bites and mimosas will be served with music from DJ ASAP.
Location: SPACES
Speakers: Jasmin Brand, JJ Ponce, Marcus Gilmore, Morgan DeBaun

 

Monday, April 1

9 a.m. – 10 a.m.
Leaders of Innovation #DSW19 Kick Off
General Sessions
Location: Basecamp, 14th Floor, Main Stage
Speakers: Alyce Alston, Dave Copps

10:00 a.m. – 11 a.m.
Towards Virtual Reality: Training Solutions for Robotic Operating Room Teams
AR/VR, Emerging Technology
Robotic operating room (OR) surgeons have many opportunities for training and practice. However, OR team members often receive limited training and rarely have opportunities to practice their skills. Consumer virtual reality (VR) technologies afford unique opportunities for cognitive and gross-motor skills development to remedy such training and practice issues. In this talk, we present the evolution of VR applications focused on training robotic OR skills. We discuss several research challenges, including mesh simplification of high-poly CAD models and realistic bimanual interactions compatible with the inverse kinematics of the robot. We present the results of a formative evaluation and describe how we addressed the identified issues with novel research contributions. Finally, we discuss research plans to further improve the solutions for commercialization.
Location: Basecamp, 13th Floor, Stage A
Speakers: Dr. Ryan McMahan

10 a.m. – 11 a.m.
The Tech Travel Innovators: Four Entrepreneurs Four Different Stories
Travel & Tourism
Location: Pacific Place
Speakers: Daniela DeStefano, Marina Shumaieva, Tori Gillium 

10 a.m. – 10:45 a.m.
Eat, Drink & Be Funded
Hospitality
Hospitality is our Business and Way of Life: Wende Stevenson & Aaron Grossman (Momo’s Italian Kitchen), Veronica Bradley (Vector Brewing) and Cynthia Nevels (SoulGood)
Location: SPACES
Speakers: Aaron Gross, Cary Broussard, Cynthia Nevels, Veronica Bradley

11 a.m. – 12 p.m.
The 2019 AR/VR Ecosystem
AR/VR, Emerging Technology
Join me as I take a look a back at 2018 and help set the stage for the primary platform and technology updates across the AR/VR spectrum that will bring us into 2020. We will cover everything from the demise of devices like Meta 2. The rise of the AR Cloud, MagicLeap, Oculus Quest, Kosmos, & the next generation of Hololens V2. We will discuss what hot spots are ripe for startups to investigate, as well as the cold areas. Is VR truly dead? Come to find out. You will walk out if with some new piece of knowledge you can carry back to your business.
Location: Basecamp, 13th Floor, Stage A
Speakers: Preston McCauley

11 a.m. – 12 p.m.
Duke AI: Reimagining the Life of Truck Owner Operators with AI
AI, Emerging Technology
The team at DUKE.ai, in partnership with Divergence Academy, have developed an automated bookkeeping and accounting software for owner operators in the transportation industry called DUKE. DUKE was created to provide a “no manual data entry” method for bookkeeping and accounting, using machine learning to extract detailed financial data from settlement reports, receipts, and invoices and then store them into electronic records. DUKE performs financial calculations and generates reports to provide insights into profit and loss, balance sheet, tax liability (IRS or IFTA), scheduled maintenance, and income and expense modeling so owner operators can make sound decisions based on data and analytics.
Location: Basecamp, 13th Floor, Stage B
Speakers: Marcus Cooksey, Viswanath Puttagunta

11 a.m. – 12 p.m.
Craig Hall: Democratizing Entrepreneurship
General Sessions, Keynotes, Marketing
From the perspective of an entrepreneur with more than fifty years of experience in diverse industries—from software to real estate and winemaking—Craig Hall provides his expert evaluation on the challenges facing entrepreneurs today and how our country can level the playing field to safeguard the American Dream.
Location: Basecamp, 14th Floor, Main Stage
Speakers: Alyce Alston, Craig Hall

11 a.m. – 1 p.m.
Capital One Business Bankers
Capital & Funding, Sponsored Content
Come to the Innovation Lounge every day for free banking advice from Capital One bankers.
Location: Basecamp, 13th Floor, Innovation Lounge

12 p.m. – 1 p.m.
The Past, Present & Future of Hospitality
Hospitality
“Cindy Estis Green, founder of Kalibri Labs will provide an overview of how her company has built and maintains the industry’s largest database of daily revenue, ADR and room night data from over 33,000 hotels in partnership with over 100 hotel brands.
Supporting owners, operators, brands and the hotel investment community, Kalibri Labs quantifies opportunities and costs for operating in the digital market improving on the tools and metrics traditionally used in the analog world. Kalibri Labs’ next-generation benchmarking, reports and Hummingbird PXM, Revenue Strategy platform, evaluate and predict the best a hotel can achieve in revenue performance on both a top line and on a flow-through basis.”
Location: SPACES
Speakers: Cary Broussard, Cindy Estis Green

12 p.m. – 1:30 p.m.
An Industry Crisis: Shortage of Cyber Talent
Cybersecurity, Emerging Technology
According to the 2018 (ISC)2 Cybersecurity Workforce Study, there is a massive gap between the level of available talent and the number of unfilled jobs in the global cybersecurity workforce—nearly three million across the globe. As a hub for cyber, IT, and emerging tech, what can DFW enterprises do to support job training, encourage students to participate, and differentiate itself as a leader of the pack.
Location: Capital Factory + The DEC
Speakers: Albert Shen, Eli Mercer, Elizabeth Caudill

1 p.m. – 2 p.m.
Dr. Michael Sorrell: Justice As The Inspiration For Innovation
General Sessions, Keynotes
Location: Basecamp, 14th Floor, Main Stage
Speakers: Dr. Michael J. Sorrell

2 p.m. – 3 p.m.
Driving Culture: A Fireside Chat
General Sessions
Location: Basecamp, 14th Floor, 2nd Stage
Speakers: Dave Copps, Molly Cain, Trey Bowles

3 p.m. – 4 p.m.
New Faces to Dallas Panel
General Sessions
Two of the region’s most important public entities, Dallas Fort Worth International Airport and the City of Dallas, have recently created new Chief Innovation Officers positions within their respective organizations. Their goals are the same: How to modernize operations, bring forward new ideas and collaborations, and provide a better experience for their clients – the citizen and traveler. These new roles can potentially provide a pipeline for startups to engage directly with local government through public-private partnerships or through direct selling of goods and services. Hear their vision for their work and how they are helping shape civic innovation in Dallas-Fort Worth.
Location: Basecamp, 14th Floor, Main Stage
Speakers: Duane Dankesreiter, Laila Ale, Paul Puopolo

3 p.m. – 4 p.m.
An MIT View of the Changes in the Dallas Entrepreneurial Ecosystem
General Sessions
The innovation initiative at MIT has a framework for assessing the changes in a region’s entrepreneurial progress/impact. By looking at five key pillars and system dynamics, we can understand what is very likely to happen in the future and what needs to be done to improve the chances of success for a region. One small change can have an enormous impact (as happened in London in 2007, and Tokyo in 2002).
Location: Basecamp, 13th Floor, Stage A
Speakers: Charles Lass

3 p.m. – 4 p.m.
Bringing Innovation Into the Hospital
Healthcare
It’s no secret that one of the first places we want innovation to occur is in the hospital and laws and regulations meant to protect patients often slow this process. In this session hear from the areas top hospital networks about their own efforts to ensure their patients have the latest innovations available.
Location: Health Wildcatters
Speakers: Aaron Bujnowski, Jason Ickert, Ollie Chandhok, Matt Chambers

3 p.m. – 5 p.m.
Epic Office Hours
General Sessions
RSVP here
Epic Office Hours is 2 hours of rapid-fire mentoring sessions between you and a select number of entrepreneurs. Each session lasts exactly 15 minutes before it’s time to move on to the next appointment—like speed dating! Before the main event, participating Mentors and Founders receive a curated schedule with names, times and a brief bio for each meeting. Consider it speed dating with influencers! This is a great opportunity to network, get advice on fundraising, review your business model and more. All leading up to the official Kick-off party at Capital Factory + The DEC.
Location: Capital Factory + The DEC

4 p.m. – 5 p.m.
Matthew Myers: From Lab to Life: Business, University & Government Collaboration to Build Right-Fit Startup Economies
General Sessions
How can the interface between universities, cities, and the private sector help develop the best climate of innovation for a community and its economy? What is the right type of innovation growth for a community? We will discuss how the holistic collaboration between business, government, and academia can provide a better fit for comprehensive growth of an economic region, attracting new ventures from start-ups to multinational firms.
Location: Basecamp, 14th Floor, 2nd Stage
Speakers: Matthew Myers

4 p.m. – 5 p.m.
Socializing for Success: Networking, Partnerships and Collaborations
Fashion
This panel of experts will detail the ins and outs of profitable networking, how to collaborate appropriately with other businesses/business owners, area organizations to join to maximize your success, and how to forge partnerships that will create value for your business.
Location: Basecamp, 13th Floor, Stage B
Speakers: Bree Clarke, Holly Quartaro, Julie McCullough, Leah Frazier, Lila Smith, Rose Colarossi

6 p.m. – 9 p.m.
Official Launch Party & Startup Alley
RSVP Required, Special Events
Come celebrate the 5th anniversary of Dallas Startup Week! The Official Launch Party will be held at CF + The DEC Network and will feature Startup Alley, a showcase of Dallas startups.
Location: Capital Factory + The DEC

 

Tuesday, April 2, 2019

9 a.m. – 10 a.m.
Fast Track Your Financial Expertise by Frost Bank: Women In Business: Identifying Resources that will Build your Business
Sponsored Content
Discover and discuss the resources available to help women small business owners succeed.
Location: WeWork Thanksgiving Tower 1601 Elm St.
Speakers: Sheka Hart, Tarsha Polk

9 a.m. – 10 a.m.
Driving The Future Of Our City
AI, General Sessions, Social Good, Travel & Tourism
Location: Basecamp, 14th Floor, Main Stage
Speakers: Holly Reed, Jen Sanders, Kourtny Garrett, Trey Bowles

10 a.m. – 11:30 a.m.
Back to the Future: How Dallas Became an Impact City
Social Good
Master storyteller and Good Returns CEO Salah Boukadoum takes us 30 years in the future to look back on how Dallas became an impact city. This promises to be a visionary experience about what all of us can achieve. Keynote and brief Q&A.
Location: CENTRL, 750 N St Paul St, Suite 200
Speakers: Salah Boukadoum

10 a.m. – 11 a.m.
Accelerating Brain Health with Virtual Reality
AR/VR, Emerging Technology
The Center for BrainHealth leads scientific research to discover and implement proactive ways to build a stronger, faster, higher performing brain. We are establishing evidenced-based protocols to: measure the brain getting healthier; enhance brain resilience; protect brain performance; and rewire brain systems. Charisma is our VR platform which has been developed, tested and refined to enhance brain health and especially social cognition and social anxiety. Discouraged by ineffectiveness of traditional therapeutic offerings, the BrainHealth team of scientists, clinicians and game developers have exploited the rich opportunities of VR to allow repeated, but novel practice with real-time simulation of authentic, dynamically changing complex social interactions. Charisma offers a video-game like experience that helps individuals with social cognition or cultural adjustment challenges practice and improve skills through live, networked interactions with our expert clinicians in order to reduce vulnerabilities in both pediatric and adult populations. Research finds that Charisma achieves significant and rapid gains in neural health, social cognition and real-life function in children and adults in a variety of populations.
Location: Capital Factory + The DEC
Speakers: Dr. Lara Ashmore

10 a.m. – 11:30 a.m.
Ask An Investor
Capital & Funding
This panel brings together several of the most qualified and experienced investors and funding providers in the Dallas/Fort Worth area for a discussion on startup funding at all stages and through a variety of avenues. Audience members will have the opportunity to ask the panel their burning funding questions.
Location: Basecamp, 14th Floor, 2nd Stage
Speakers: Cindy Revol, Inobat Igamberdieva, Laura Baldwin, Ricky Tejapaibul, Venu Shamapant, Vik Thapar

10 a.m. – 11 a.m.
Pitch & Be Pitched: How to use PR to your start-up’s advantage
Marketing
Hear from the perspective of PR experts, journalists, and start-up executives on what PR tactics can grow your brand. With the speed and change of the digital landscape, even more competition exists to ensure your message is heard and the challenges can be even steeper for startups. Learn tips and tricks on how to cut through the noise from experienced professionals who pitch media and are content generators.
Location: Basecamp, 13th Floor, Stage B
Speakers: Christina Collins, Christiana Nielson, Krista Nightengale, Lauren Dugger

10 a.m. – 11 a.m.
Impacting Real Estate Investing with Blockchain
Real Estate
Location: SPACES

11 a.m. – 1 p.m.
Getting Past Startup: It’s Not Augmented. It’s Not Virtual. It’s Reality!
AR/VR, Emerging Technology, Marketing
900lbs is one of the most innovative tech-driven design agencies in Texas. Steve Deitz and his super-talented team have cultivated an incredible creative culture while overcoming countless obstacles. They have forged ahead through uncharted territory with clients like Pepsi, Royal Caribbean, Bell Helicopter, NTT Data, etc. With his persistent and passionate mindset, Steve will talk through a myriad of his wildly successful milestones along with some challenging moments he has overcome throughout his 10 year entrepreneurial journey.
Location: Basecamp, 14th Floor, Main Stage
Speakers: Steve Deitz

11 a.m. – 12 p.m.
Fashion Fails: Top Legal Issues in the Industry
Fashion, Legal
Fashion is big business and there’s an information gap between the “Knows” and the” Know-nots.” Come learn the basics about licensing and how to protect yourself through contracts and intellectual property. In addition, come learn about the latest Federal Trade Commission enforcement actions/regulations and how they apply to Fashion industry influencers.
Location: Serendipity Labs
Speakers: Sammetia Goodson

11 a.m. – 12 p.m.
Scaling High Growth Companies: A Fireside Chat with Jason McCann and Debra von Storch
General Sessions
Six years. That’s how long it took for VARIDESK to jump from officially becoming company with two founders and one innovative product, to one with nearly 300 employees that’s poised to turn the furniture industry upside down. But with rapid growth comes growing pains. In this session, VARIDESK Co-Founder and CEO Jason McCann and EY Partner Debra Von Storch talk about the three big lessons he learned along the way – and tips to help startups navigate as they grow and scale.
Location: Basecamp, 13th Floor, Stage A
Speakers: Debra L. von Storch, Jason McCann

11 a.m. – 12:30 p.m.
Art & Entertainment Law: Securing a financial future for Artists
“Arts, Music, and Entertainment”
Location: Basecamp, 13th Floor, Stage A

11 a.m. – 1 p.m.
Capital One Business Bankers
Capital & Funding, Sponsored Content
Come to the Innovation Lounge every day for free banking advice from Capital One bankers.
Location: Basecamp, 13th Floor, Innovation Lounge

11:30 a.m. – 12:30 p.m.
Investing in Cyber Technologies
Cybersecurity, Emerging Technology
2018 saw $5.3 billion worth of venture capital funding in cybersecurity companies, fueled in large part by a spike in the volume of high profile breaches across multiple industries. Most of this funding is headed to North America, and according to a report by Strategic Cyber Ventures, roughly $2 billion of those dollars ended up in California. What is the state of investment in cyber security in Texas? How can we foster a hospitable environment for entrepreneurs to get involved in cyber security, while promoting DFW area defense contractors to win contracts and bring cyber innovation to the region?
Location: Capital Factory + The DEC
Speakers: Helena Krusec, Richard Delgado, Ross Mandel

1 p.m. – 1:45 p.m.
The Future of Esports Streaming: Fireside Chat with Mark Candella
Gaming & Esports
Location: Mavs Gaming Center
Speakers: Mark “Garvey” Candella, Steve Guengerich

1 p.m. – 2 p.m.
The Business of Philanthropy
Arts, Music, and Entertainment, Sponsored Content
Location: Serendipity Labs
Speakers: Gillian Friedman Fox, Johnathan Brownlee

1 p.m. – 2 p.m.
Microsoft Extreme Labs for Startups
AI
Come and discover what Microsoft is doing in the local Startup Community. Our team organized specifically for Dallas and surrounding communities to demonstrate entrepreneurial enthusiasm. The event is designed to create a unique experience of how Microsoft intends to Partner with the DFW community, furthermore sharing ideas that inspire, stories of building businesses and communities and identifying problems and the potential innovative solutions to address them. It’s also a way to make connections with active and empowered entrepreneurs, venture capital firms, university solution design programs etc
Location: Capital Factory + The DEC
Speakers: Dean Jones, Sandhya Kapoor

1 p.m. – 2 p.m.
The Anti-Blogger: Innovating your business through community-building and diversifying
General Sessions, Marketing
A fireside chat with Dani Austin.
Location: Basecamp, 13th Floor, Stage A
Speakers: Dani Austin

1 p.m.-2 p.m.
Apartment Tech: Meet the Companies Changing the Renting Experience
Real Estate
A panel discussion with some of the companies adding value to the apartment experience. We will cover a broad range of topics will be relevant for apartment owners looking for ways to add amenities that benefit renters to founders looking for insight into how these companies have been successful in breaking into the multifamily market.
Location: SPACES
Speakers: Cameron Johnson, Michael Patton, Todd Parks

1 p.m. – 10 p.m.
EmTech Summit
Emerging Technology, Gaming & Esports
Presented by UTD.
Location: Mavs Gaming
Speakers: Brandon Tompkins, Chris Chaney, Geoff Novak, Joe Clemko, Jonathon Oudthone, Justin Varghese, Kyle Bautista, Leemon Baird, Mark “Garvey” Candella, Matt Hooper, Molly Slusher, Steve Guengerich, Tim Hayden, UT Dallas Faculty

1 p.m. – 2 p.m.
Opportunities in the Luxury Travel Market 
Travel & Tourism
Location: CENTRL, 750 N St Paul St, Suite 200
Speakers: Barbara Joseph

1 p.m. – 2 p.m.
What I Wish I Knew Before My Series A
Capital & Funding
In 2018 alone, Dallas saw dozens of follow on funding rounds. With a bevy of resources for early stage startups, this sessions focuses on what comes next. Hear from founders who have recently fundraised, and find out what it takes to close the deal. What you wish you knew then that you know now?
Location: WeWork Thanksgiving Tower 1601 Elm St.
Speakers: Alex Doubet, Steve Hebert, Will Coleman

1:45 p.m. – 3 p.m.
The Esports Ecosystem
Gaming & Esports
Location: Mavs Gaming Center
Speakers: Brandon Tompkins, Justin Varghese, Jonathon Oudthone, Kyle Bautista

2 p.m. – 3:30 p.m.
Visualizing Actionable Intelligence with Power BI and Cognitive Services
AI, Emerging Technology
Are you a startup that is struggling to gain actionable insights from data across spreadsheets, Excel and other databases? May be you want to prioritize the prospects you want to reach out based on income and demographics. May be you want to get a quick insight into what your customers are saying about your new restaurant on Google and Yelp.
In this session, Raja Mansoor and Sree Ram from Microsoft Xtreme Startup Labs team will show you how fast you can visualize data and derive actionable intelligence. They will also go through how to connect Power BI to off-the-shelf Cognitive services from Microsoft without needing to hire expensive Data Scientists yourself.
Location: Capital Factory + the DEC
Speakers: Raja Mansoor, Sree Ram

2 p.m. – 3 p.m.
What It Takes Now to Join and Disrupt the Travel Tech Ecosystem
Travel & Tourism
Location: CENTRL, 750 N St Paul St, Suite 200
Speakers: David Chestler

2 p.m.-3 p.m.
Venture Capital Fundraising Overview
Capital & Funding, Legal
This is a panel of lawyers, investors, and founders discussing the Pre-Seed, Series Seed, and Series A fund raising process.
Location: WeWork Thanksgiving Tower 1601 Elm St.
Speakers: Cindy Revol, Lindsey Altmeyer, Maija Benincasa, Ryan Robets, Sammy Abdullah, Starlett Carter

2 p.m. – 3 p.m.
Local AR/VR Startups
AR/VR, Emerging Technology
VR/AR startups and innovations are all the rage these days, but what exactly do they look like? What kinds of applications are out there? What challenges do they run into? Which initiatives do we have locally? In this panel, local VR/AR leaders will share the stories, inspirations, hurdles, and lessons learned from their companies.
Location: Basecamp, 13th Floor, Stage B
Speakers: Andrew Strickland, Brian Hoang, Emily Austin, Jason Hoover, Kevin Hart

2 p.m. – 3 p.m.
Fireside Chat: Future of Work
General Sessions
Location: Basecamp, 14th Floor, 2nd Stage
Speakers: Alyce Alston, Emily Keeton

2 p.m. – 3 p.m.
How to Write Words that Resonate with Humans: A Talk for Engineers and
Founders Who Think They Can’t Write Good
Marketing
We’ll cover several simple, cheap, and fast tools and processes that you can put to use tomorrow (particularly if you’re not a magical creative unicorn):

  • One tool that will transform how even the least creative person talks about your business
  • Five questions that will have you talking like your customers think internally
  • Two dirt cheap tools to cut the grunt work out of transcribing interviews
  • Fifteen blocks of content that stop you wondering what to put on a page
  • One script to help determine when you wrote something poorly
  • Where I spent $17.79 on to up my game in all of this

Location: Basecamp, Lobby, Board Room

2 p.m. – 3:30 p.m.
Streaming/Big Data (The Numbers Game): Spotify, Apple Music, YouTube, TuneCore, SoundCloud
Arts, Music, and Entertainment
Location: Serendipity Labs

2 p.m. – 3 p.m.
RE Tech Recruiting
Real Estate
What attracted a top exec to this real estate tech startup and why some top executives make the change from high level corporate jobs to emerging businesses.
Location: SPACES

2:45 p.m.-3:45 p.m.
Mobile Gaming: Fireside Chat
Gaming & Esports
Location: Mavs Gaming Center
Speakers: Dale MacDonald, Paul Bettner

3 p.m. – 4 p.m.
The in’s and out’s of leading a startup to success: launch, investment to Scale
General Sessions
Leveraging over 20 years of experience as a Founder, CEO, Board Member, and venture investor, Joel gives the three simple rules that all successful start-ups should follow to have the best odds of building a valuable company.
Location: Basecamp, 13th Floor, Stage A
Speakers: Joel Fontenot

3 p.m. – 4 p.m.
Growing Companies while Growing Humans
General Sessions
As an entrepreneur, the demands on your time are great. As a female founder and mother, the time constraints are extraordinary. Female executives are often asked “how do you do it all?” while their male counterparts don’t get asked the same questions. With women creating businesses at five times the rate of men, it’s important to address this difference and provide a community of support for women who are making it all work. Amy Nelson, founder and CEO of The Riveter, will talk about how shifting certain priorities and perspectives can provide a more equal footing for mothers at all career stages. She’ll also discuss why building community and spaces for mothers to integrate their work and life are important in driving change, and the importance of providing women access to resources to accelerate their businesses and professional lives.
Location: Basecamp, 14th Floor, Main Stage
Speakers: Amy Nelson

3 p.m. – 4 p.m.
The Healthcare Startup’s Path to Funding
Healthcare
A tell-all session from the perspective of the angel investor, family office and VC about healthcare investing and what they look for at each stage. Plus a breakdown of some of the largest healthcare deals over the last year.
Location: Health Wildcatters
Speakers: Carl Soderstrom, MBA; David Orlandella; Hubert Zajicek, MD, MBA; Ken Nelson

3:30 p.m. – 4:30 p.m.
The Esports Investment Landscape
Gaming & Esports
Location: Mavs Gaming Center
Speakers: Chris Chaney, Eric Griffin, Joe Clemko, Joe Pimmel, Molly Slusher, Tim Hayden

4 p.m. – 4:30 p.m.
3 Ways to Manifest More Abundance in 2019
Healthcare
Have you ever set an intention for money, a relationship, or success? How long did that intention take to manifest? Most people set intentions and struggle to bring them to reality. They ultimately give up or forget about what they wanted to manifest in the first place. If you are setting intentions and not quickly experiencing your intentions coming into reality, or seeing the inspired action that wants to happen so that you can manifest your desires, you are not using your conscious manifestation power to its fullest extent. Speaker and Coach Michelle J.Lamont will discuss her three steps to access your full manifestation power and attract your desires faster. She went from growing up in an orphanage to interviewing Oprah and says, you can too!
Location: Basecamp, 13th Floor, Stage A
Speakers: Michelle J. Lamont

4 p.m. – 5 p.m.
How Technology Impacts Art and Music Today
Arts, Music, and Entertainment, Sponsored Content
How are artists using new technology to further their art and music? The Dallas Symphony’s SOLUNA Festival acts as an annual platform to showcase cutting edge artists and musicians in interdisciplinary and genre-bending works. Meet and connect with leaders in their field who are finding ways to embrace technology as a way to bring their art and music into the 21st century.
Location: Basecamp, 14th Floor, 2nd Stage
Speakers: Andrew F. Scott, Erica Felicella, Gillian Friedman Fox, James Talambas

4 p.m. – 5 p.m.
Health Startup Showcase and Happy Hour
Healthcare
Come check out the healthcare startups here in the DFW area and learn about the innovations taking place right here in our community. Stay for the snack, drinks and networking. Want to have a booth at the Health Startup Showcase? Act soon as booth space is limited.
Location: Health Wildcatters

4:30 p.m. – 5:30 p.m.
Future of Infrastructure/Gaming Payments
Gaming & Esports
Location: Mavs Gaming Center
Speakers: Leemon Baird

5 p.m. – 6 p.m.
Mixed Reality & Virtual Worlds: Fireside Chat with Matt Hooper
Gaming & Esports
Location: Capital Factory + the DEC
Speakers: Dr. Anne Balsamo, Geoff Novak, Matt Hooper

6 p.m. – 9 p.m.
Mark Cuban Keynote Event
General Sessions, Keynotes, RSVP Required, Special Events
Join Dallas Startup Week’s keynote event featuring the legendary Mark Cuban speaking about “New ideas for entrepreneurs to pay attention to.”
Location: The Hall on Dragon
Speakers: Mark Cuban, Mike Grayson

6 p.m. – 9 p.m.
Emerging Tech Summit
Emerging Technology, Gaming & Esports
The gaming industry contributes over $260 billion to the U.S. economy, according to statistics provided by the University of Texas at Dallas. Globally, the esports audience will reach 380 million this year. And, by 2021, esports is projected to have more viewers than every professional league (besides the NFL). The digital gaming ecosystem is clearly flourishing nationwide—and UTD intends to build on that. In a partnership with Dallas Startup Week, the UT Dallas Institute for Innovation and Entrepreneurship has announced its plans for the second annual Emerging Technologies Summit.
Location: Capital Factory + The DEC

8:30 p.m. – 9:30 p.m.
Reception & Interactive Gaming Startup Showcase
Gaming & Esports
Food and drinks, holocryptic DJ, Beat Saber competition, and interactive gaming showcase.
Location: Capital Factory + The DEC

Wednesday, April 3, 2019

8 a.m. – 9 a.m.
Health by Women for Women
Healthcare
This session is all about women helping women. We’ve assembled a panel of female founders and startup execs whose services benefit other women. They’ll share about the etiology of their startup, the path to success and the lessons they’ve learned along the way.
Location: Health Wildcatters
Speakers: Gail Page, Kerry Rupp, Lauren West, Lyndsey Harper, MD

8 a.m. – 5 p.m.
Women of Innovation Summit
RSVP Required, Women of Innovation
Featuring a dynamic group of leading visionaries, the Women of Innovation Summit will celebrate, inspire and connect change-makers across markets and industries to provide all women with greater insights and knowledge into the trends and possibilities of the future. The Women of Innovation Summit will mark the launch of this momentum-building initiative and challenge female leaders to reimagine our organizations, communities and our future.
Location: Basecamp, 14th Floor, Main Stage

8 a.m. – 9 a.m.
Women of Innovation Breakfast
Women of Innovation
Location: Basecamp, 14th Floor, Main Stage

8 a.m. – 9 a.m. 
Breakfast Badass Showcase
Women of Innovation
Location: Basecamp, 14th Floor, Main Stage

Beauty, fashion, and jewelry vendors will showcase their wares while badass women dine and network.

9 a.m. – 10 a.m.
A Culture of Innovation: The Secret Sauce to Growth
General Sessions, Sponsored Content
Ever since Fortune named Salesforce the #1 Best Company to Work For, one question keeps coming up: What makes it such a great place to work? The answer’s easier than you think: It’s our culture. A company’s culture is a fingerprint, a unique identifier that can be a fantastic competitive advantage. Join us to hear from Salesforce and a few celebrated culture evangelists as they discuss how fostering a culture of innovation fuels growth.
Location: Basecamp, 13th Floor, Stage B
Speakers: Andrew Napper

9:15 a.m. – 10:05 a.m.
Nina Vaca: Raise Your Hand and be Crazy Good
General Sessions, Keynotes, Women of Innovation
Since founding Pinnacle Group on the living room floor of her Dallas apartment, Nina Vaca has built it into one of the largest and fastest-growing workforce solutions providers in the country. Vaca is also one of the few Latinas in the nation serving on corporate boards. In addition to her business leadership, she is a mother of four, a triathlete, and a dedicated advocate for minorities and women in business, especially in STEM fields for women and girls. Vaca never lets a challenge stop her and wants to show every woman that she has the power within herself to overcome roadblocks and reach her goals, all while helping others along the way. She believes it’s not enough to want something in life—you must also prepare yourself to receive it. Vaca encourages women to raise their hands, find a platform to make their own, and to be crazy good at whatever it is they do!
Location: Basecamp, 14th Floor, Main Stage
Speakers: Nina Vaca

9:30 a.m. – 11 a.m.
Exploring the Game Development Community
Gaming & Esports
Location: Capital Factory + The DEC

10:00 a.m.-10:45 a.m.
Getting Physical with Machine Learning: What We Learned From Sign Language to Create Advanced Human Movement Recognition Technology
AI, Emerging Technology
LinedanceAI is a machine learning software company with a suite of human movement & gesture recognition APIs that give human movement digital meaning. linedanceAI’s founder and system architect, Mohamed Elwazer, will talk about his experience over last 6 years in designing a machine-learning, human body movement and gesture recognition technology and platform, beginning with his personal quest to solve communication between hearing and Deaf sign language users. From deep passion to hard process requirements that mandated significant business changes, Mohamed will share personal and technical insights about his journey.
Location: Basecamp, 13th Floor, Stage A
Speakers: Mohamed Elwazer, Viswanath Puttagunta

10 a.m. – 10:45 a.m.
Startup Your Wellness Round Table Discussion
Healthcare, Legal
Lawyers often suffer from mental health conditions and addiction, and the high stress legal industry is a large part of the problem. This is an attorney round table to discuss ways to maintain your wellness and career.
Location: Basecamp, Lobby, Board Room
Speakers: Jessica Vittorio

10 a.m. – 11 a.m.
Fast Track Your Financial Expertise by Frost Bank: Growth Hacks: Is your Game Plan Ready?
Sponsored Content
Identify and discuss 8 key growth hacks that are essential to your small-business growth strategy.
Location: WeWork Thanksgiving Tower 1601 Elm St.
Speakers: Heather Hurd, Sheka Hart

10 a.m. – 11 a.m.
Ready for an Office?
Real Estate
A panel discussion about office search options, setting expectations, deciding what type of office your company is ready for and the differences in each.
Location: SPACES

10:10 a.m. – 11:10 a.m.
Tilt Brush: Creating art in Virtual Reality – Live Demonstration
AR/VR, Emerging Technology
Virtual Reality is offering artists a new way to express themselves in immersive environments.Join Karen as she discusses her inspiration and creative process for creating art in virtual reality. She will demonstrate some of her tips and techniques in a live Tilt Brush session.
Location: The DEC West End
Speakers: Karen Vanderpool

10:10 a.m. – 11 a.m.
The Women Disrupting The Status Quo
General Sessions, Women of Innovation
Join moderator Jasmin Brand and a panel of Dallas game-changers for an unforgettable conversation on breaking through industry barriers, blazing new trails of innovation and believing in yourself despite all odds. We’ll also explore bold growth and funding strategies. You’ll leave this session with the tools and inspiration needed to build your own plan for disruption this year.
Location: Basecamp, 14th Floor, Main Stage
Speakers: Jasmin Brand, Keisha Whaley, Laura Baldwin, Mandy Price, Michelle Lemmons-Poscente, Monica Shortino

11 a.m. – 12 p.m.
Suzy Batiz: Rich As Shit
General Sessions, Keynotes, Women of Innovation
Poo-Pourri Founder and CEO Suzy Batiz ignored her instincts and played by the “rules” for the first four decades of her life. It was her second bankruptcy at 40 that propelled her on a spiritual quest, where she discovered the lost art of tapping the body for stored creativity and ideas. So, she threw the rulebook out for good and founded Poo-Pourri in a way that was, well, radical.She built the 300M+ business using what she calls the Radical Resonance System™, a body wisdom method that combines somatic training, quantum physics and interpersonal evolutionary processes. The company is a top place to work, play and profit for dozens of employees she lovingly calls her “poo crew.”
Location: Basecamp, 14th Floor, Main Stage
Speakers: Suzy Batiz

11 a.m. – 12 p.m.
Press + Funding
Capital & Funding
Press is an essential part of the startup ecosystem. When it comes to fundraising, reporting on rounds can bolster a community. Join the fireside chat with Dallas Innovates and TechCrunch as they offer insight into local, national, and international startup publications.
Location: Basecamp, 13th Floor, Stage B
Speakers: Jonathan Shieber, Quincy Preston

11 a.m. – 12 p.m.
Speed Netweaving: Connecting for Social Good
Social Good
Brief panel discussion with social innovation influencers will address mastering social good innovation, making an impact and becoming a change agent. The session will end with speed netweaving to learn about innovative programs, resources, technologies and more.
Location: Capital Factory + The DEC
Speakers: Courtney Echols, Crystal Victoria, James McGee, VR Small

11 a.m. – 12 p.m.
Investor Session: A discussion about raising funds locally for Real Estate Tech
Real Estate
Location: SPACES, 1919 McKinney Ave
Speakers: Cindy Revol

11 a.m. – 1 p.m.
Capital One Business Bankers
Capital & Funding, Sponsored Content
Come to the Innovation Lounge every day for free banking advice from Capital One bankers.
Location: Basecamp, 13th Floor, Innovation Lounge

12:30 p.m. – 1:30 p.m.
Rise of Regulation: How Data Privacy Will Affect You
Cybersecurity, Emerging Technology, Legal
With the growing public interest in the collection and use of user information, the United States and global community have seen a sharp increase in the frequency and severity of data privacy regulation. From GDPR to CCPA, industries across the country are bracing for the financial and reputational impacts of this legislation. What can DFW companies expect to see in the next five years of implementation and execution? How should they best prepare, and what should budding data entrepreneurs do to bulletproof the legality of their products?
Location: Capital Factory + The DEC
Speakers: Dennis Dayman, Elaine O’Gorman, Katherine Britton, Ladar Levison

12:30 p.m. – 1:15 p.m.
Using AI & Self-Driving Programs to Solve Real World Transportation Challenges: Keynote with drive.ai
AI, Emerging Technology
Drive.ai was founded in 2015 by a team of technologists from the Stanford Artificial Intelligence Lab, driven by a mission to create safer roads with self-driving cars. Using deep learning from the ground up, Drive.ai is reimagining the relationship between people and transportation with a full stack self-driving solution and publicly available programs that solve communities’ transportation challenges today. In this talk, Co-Founder Brody Huval will talk about Drive.ai’s deep learning-first approach to self-driving, the path to launching safe, public self-driving programs in the Dallas/Fort Worth region, and the company’s work to promote public trust and adoption of this technology.
Location: Basecamp, 13th Floor, Stage B
Speakers: Brody Huval, Viswanath Puttagunta

12:30 p.m. – 1:30 p.m.
Meet the Trademark Experts
Legal
The USPTO Texas Regional Office will be hosting an interactive question and answer session with the Trademark Assistance Center, located in Alexandria, Virginia. The Trademark Assistance Center will provide general information about the trademark registration process, including the Trademark Electronic Search System (TESS) and the Identification of Goods and Services Manual. During this virtual meeting, participants will be able to ask questions through our video teleconferencing capability.
Location: U.S. Patent & Trademark – Texas Regional Office Terminal Annex Federal Building – 207 S. Houston Street Suite 159 Dallas, Texas 75202

12:30 p.m. – 1:30 p.m.
The Branding Game of Sports: presented by Phase Global Management
Gaming & Esports
Location: Capital Factory + The DEC, Minecraft

1 p.m. – 2:30 p.m.
From the Marketing Mouths of Babe: Lessons to Learn
Marketing
Come listen to experts who have led their brands into the battle and won with retailers and consumers. They are ready to share what worked, what didn’t and how to look at things differently. You don’t want to miss great advice and insight from this group!
Location: WeWork Thanksgiving Tower 1601 Elm St.
Speakers: Eric Hundelt, Rita Egland, Tim Millison, Veeral Rathod

1 p.m. – 2 p.m.
Meet The Founder: Alex Doubet
Real Estate
An informative session with Alex Doubet, founder of Door.
Location: SPACES
Speakers: Alex Doubet

1 p.m. – 2 p.m.
Is an accelerator right for you?
Capital & Funding
This panel brings together the heads of DFW’s most well-known accelerator programs for a discussion on incubators, accelerators, venture studios, and other types of accelerator programs. Attendees will learn the benefits of each and how to select the right one according to the stage of your startup and your specific needs.
Location: Basecamp, 13th Floor, Stage A

1:10 p.m. – 1:40 p.m.
Emerging Tech Changing Lives
Emerging Technology, General Sessions, Women of Innovation
Location: Basecamp, 14th Floor, Main Stage
Speakers: Kim Keating, Michelle Williams, Teresa Anaya, Veena Somareddy

1:10 p.m.- 1:40 p.m.
Change Makers
General Sessions, Women of Innovation
Location: Basecamp, 14th Floor, 2nd Stage
Speakers: Beverly Davis, Jennifer Bartkowski, Kim Noltemy, Roslyn Dawson Thompson, Summer Wright Collins

1:15 p.m. – 2 p.m.
Reimagining Education in the Age of AI
AI, Emerging Technology
As AI and technology evolves at a breakneck pace, companies are struggling to hire talent that is ready to be productive on Day 1. Learn how educational institutions like UTD, SMU and Divergence Academy are helping bridge the gap between Industry and Academia.
We’ll deep dive into the emergence of “Design Programs” from these institutions that offer credits to students for working with local companies and getting mentorship from industry leaders.
Location: Basecamp, 13th Floor, Stage B
Speakers: Dr. Anna Sidorova, Rod Wetterskog, Sravan Ankaraju, Viswanath Puttagunta

1:50 p.m. – 2:20 p.m.
Karen Katz: Innovation From Within
General Sessions, Keynotes, Women of Innovation
Location: Basecamp, 14th Floor, Main Stage
Speakers: Alyce Alston, Karen Katz

2 p.m. – 3 p.m.
Meet the Copyright Experts
Legal, Space is Limited
Join us at the USPTO Texas Regional Office where we will be hosting an interactive Q&A session with the Copyright Experts. Attend this informational session to learn the fundamentals of copyright law, the role of copyright in everyday business, and the importance of copyright registration in protecting creative works. If you have questions about your current copyright application, or if you are looking to get one, or you are just interested in the topic, please join us. During this virtual meeting with the Copyright Office, participants will be able to ask questions through our video teleconferencing capability. The Copyright Office, located in Washington D.C., Virginia, provides general information about the copyright application process. This event is free and open to the public. Space is limited. Please check back for further details about updated material.
Location: Texas Regional Office USPTO
Speakers: Whitney Levandusky

2 p.m. – 3 p.m.
Digital Marketing For Entrepreneurs – 3 Keys Every Entrepreneur Needs to Know about Digital Marketing
Marketing
There are plenty of articles on the internet that inform Entrepreneurs about “Key Trends” that need to be implemented in your digital marketing campaign for 2019 which are mostly click bait and/or vendor pitches. You can learn all you want about Artificial Intelligence, Chat Bots, and Augmented Reality but MOST small businesses need to go back to basics and build a Digital Marketing Strategy and Plan that fits their business today and is scalable based on their individual growth objectives. Brad will talk about 3 main topics and help provide overall direction on what you need to know today to grow your business.
Location: WeWork Thanksgiving Tower 1601 Elm St.
Speakers: Brad Koetell

2 p.m. – 3 p.m.
Impacting the Home Buying Experience
Real Estate
Location: SPACES
Speakers: Alex Doubet, Kevin Shtofman

2 p.m. – 2:45 p.m.
How To Utilize Your Attorney
Legal
Please join us to discuss common issues within the attorney client relationship, and how you can build a great relationship with your attorney.
Location: The DEC West End
Speakers: E. Aaron Cartwright III, Esq., Jessica Vittorio, Lara Bubalo Manor

2:25 p.m. – 2:55 p.m.
Speaking With Your Authentic Voice
General Sessions, Women of Innovation
Join us for the discussion of Women and Leadership and the Power of an Influential Voice. Gertrude G. Van Horn is the CIO for a $1B privately held, global corporation and has spent years as a member of the C-Suite and Executive Teams at corporations across the US. Frequently the only woman in the room, she offers advice and perspective from the front line in developing an influential voice. She’ll cover the Challenge, the Opportunities, the Obligation and the Homework. Do you want to develop and leverage an influential voice? Join us for the discussion!
Location: Basecamp, 14th Floor, 2nd Stage
Speakers: Trudy Van Horn

2:25 p.m. – 3:30 p.m.
Reach The One Million Mark
General Sessions, Women of Innovation
Location: Basecamp, 14th Floor, Main Stage
Speakers: Mahisha Dellinger

2:30 p.m. – 3:15 p.m.
Partnering with IBM to monetize your data
AI, Blockchain
IBM is a recognized leader in key capabilities needed to monetize data including AI and machine learning, IoT, blockchain and analytics. Hear how IBM partners are leveraging these capabilities to deliver solutions that differentiate them in the marketplace. Also, discover the programs IBM has that make it easy for solution providers to get started and build unique business models which help them maintain critical margins to build their businesses.
Location: Basecamp, 13th Floor, Stage B
Speakers: Christopher Tyler

3 p.m. – 4 p.m.
How to Start a VR/AR Company
AR/VR, Emerging Technology
Starting your own company can be daunting, especially for emerging technologies like VR/AR. Our panelists in this session will discuss the resources, technical and art talent, business models, target markets and everything required to create a VR/AR product or service company. If you are an aspiring entrepreneur or in the early stages of forming your own company, bring your VR/AR ideas and questions!
Location: The DEC at West End
Speakers: Marwan Kodeih, Mike Christian, Stephen Giangrosso, Veena Somareddy

3 p.m. – 4 p.m.
Is Venture Funding Broken? A Discussion From Both Sides of the Negotiation Table
Capital & Funding
In this panel discussion we bring together highly experienced investors from across the funding spectrum as well as seasoned entrepreneurs who have had to fight for resource, to debate: Which mistakes from the rest of the world can Dallas avoid, and how can we create a funding structure that is unique to Texas?
Location: Basecamp, 13th Floor, Stage A
Speakers: Charles Lass

3 p.m. – 3:30 p.m.
Empowered Women Empower Women
General Sessions, Women of Innovation
Tips and advice from women who are rocking it.
Location: Basecamp, 14th Floor, 2nd Stage
Speakers: Bina Palnitkar, Jamie O’Banion, Yasmeen Tadia

3 p.m. – 4 p.m.
The Future of Education from a College Dropout
General Sessions
Avi Flombaum was a mediocre student that never really enjoyed school. After a year at University of Wisconsin, he decided to drop out and pursuit a career in code. Avi spent his early twenties as the Director of Information Technology at a Hedge Fund in NYC. He then started DesignerPages.com at 24 and left his company at 28. Unsure what to do next, Avi began teaching people how to code, mentoring them, and getting them jobs. His passion for teaching led him to start Flatiron School, a vocational school in Design, Data Science, and Software Engineering with 9 Campuses around the world, over 2,000 alumni, and a 97% Employment Rate for graduates. Hear the story of how a college dropout created an innovative school that has helped so many change their lives. Learn about how a side-hustle of teaching created a multi-million dollar education institution that was acquired by WeWork in 2017. See what Avi thinks the future of education needs to look like.
Location: WeWork Thanksgiving Tower 1601 Elm St.
Speakers: Avi Flombaum

3:15 p.m. – 4 p.m.
Using blockchain & AI to bring fresh & safe food to the table
AI, Blockchain
IBM Blockchain, built on Hyperledger Fabric, is recognized as the leading blockchain for business as a service. Many IBM Partners, across industries, are building trusted business networks which are revolutionizing their industry processes. The food supply industry has partnered with IBM Blockchain to create the IBM Food Trust. This solution addresses the complexities of the food supply chain in areas such as food safety, reducing waste, food freshness and sustainability. Come hear how businesses are benefiting by partnering with IBM in various ways around IBM Blockchain and IBM Food Trust.
Location: Basecamp, 13th Floor, Stage B
Speakers: Christopher Tyler

3:30 p.m. – 4:30 p.m.
Jennifer Sampson: Innovating Social Enterprise
General Sessions, Keynotes, Women of Innovation
Location: Basecamp, 14th Floor, Main Stage
Speakers: Brittany Merrill Underwood, Jennifer Sampson, Kimberly O’Neil

4 p.m. – 5 p.m.
Beauty, Business & Brains: A Fireside Chat with Julian Addo of adwoa beauty
Fashion
Join us for a lively conversation with Julian R. Addo, founder and owner of adwoa beauty and moderator Marion A. Marshall. adwoa beauty is the real. adwoa beauty is the true. adwoa beauty is the portrayal. merging an obsession with african hair + african beauty + design + marketing + arts, all-in-one. clean + transparent + ever evolving = adwoa beauty.
Location: Basecamp, 13th Floor, Stage A
Speakers: Julian Abbo, Marion Marshall

4 p.m. – 4:30 p.m.
Blockchain & AI in Food Traceability: What’s in it for the suppliers?
AI, Emerging Technology
Walmart’s mandate to enforce traceability is not new. Over a decade ago, Walmart put out a mandate to track it’s supply chain with RFID. However, the mandate eventually failed as suppliers did not see much benefit with complying with this mandate and just saw it as cost. Now comes the “Walmart Food Trust” blockchain. Come learn about the benefits and challenges associated with blockchain and AI from supplier’s perspective.
Location: Basecamp, 13th Floor, Stage B
Speakers: Alexander Bromage, Cijoy Olickal, Dennis Gerson Ph.D, Sandhya Kapoor

6 p.m. – 9 p.m.
Mayor Mike Rawlings: State of Entrepreneurship
General Sessions, Keynotes, RSVP Required, Special Events
The DEC Network is proud to host The State of Entrepreneurship at Dallas Startup Week, powered by Capital One. This night has become a tradition for celebrating the people, places, and passions that keep the DFW startup ecosystem thriving. Join us on the evening of Wednesday, April 3rd as the entire community comes out to cheer on the launches, fundings, exits and overall wins in the entrepreneurial community from the past year. There will be drinks, food, awards, plenty of networking, and a lively presentation with special guests. Be sure to register for the biggest night of the year for entrepreneurship in North Texas. See you there!
Location: Majestic Theatre
Speakers: Alyce Alston, Craig Hall, Joe Beard, Josh Baer, Leah Frazier, Mandy Price, Mayor Mike Rawlings, Sanjiv Yajnik, Shelly Slater, Trey Bowles

 

Thursday, April 4, 2019

9 a.m.- 9:45 a.m.
Incubation, growth and launch – what start-ups can learn from a legacy of innovation
Social Good, Sponsored Content
Fidelity Labs, Fidelity Investments’ incubator for fintech start-ups, recently launched the successful Student Debt Program, enabling employers to provide a benefit for their employees to pay down student debt—one of the most crushing concerns of Americans today. In an engaging Q&A, Sterling Ingui, Head of Go To Market for Fidelity Labs, will review the process for developing the Student Debt Program and discuss how Fidelity Investments creates start-ups, lessons for North Texas start-ups and tips on how to work with large corporations.
Location: Basecamp, 13th Floor, Stage A
Speakers: Sterling Ingui

9 a.m. – 10 a.m.
Texas Today and Beyond
General Sessions
Texas currently ranks at the top or near the top of every state in the US for economic development but what does the future hold?
Location: Basecamp, 14th Floor, 2nd Stage
Speakers: Robert Allen

9 a.m. – 10 a.m.
The Hotel Company Portal: A Fireside Chat with Dave Johnson
Fashion, Hospitality
Natalie White will interview entrepreneur Dave Johnson, Founder, Chairman and CEO of the largest hotel management company in the country.
Location: Basecamp, 13th Floor, Stage B
Speakers: Dave Johnson, Natalie White

10 a.m. – 11 a.m.
Largest VC Rounds in VR/AR
AR/VR, Emerging Technology
At the height of the Gartner hype cycle, VR/AR companies brought in multi million dollar investments before a product market fit was established. In this talk we’ll take a look at the largest VC rounds, acquisitions in the past few years and the recent shutdowns. Discuss if VR/AR is in a nuclear winter or has reached the Slope of Enlightenment on the Gartner Cycle.
Location: Basecamp, 13th Floor, Stage A
Speakers: Veena Somareddy

10 a.m. – 10:30 a.m.
Fashionably Frank: A Candid Conversation on Entrepreneurship, Grit, and Success with Rachel Sipperley of Rent My Wardrobe
Fashion
This fireside chat with Rachel Sipperley, CEO and Founder of Rent My Wardrobe, will discuss the ups and downs, successes and failures, obstacles and triumphs of being a fashion tech entrepreneur. From self-funding to innovation to sacrificial strategies, Rachel gets candid and real on what life looks like after the entrepreneurial leap, and what lies in the near future for her inspirational brand.
Location: WeWork Thanksgiving Tower 1601 Elm St.
Speakers: Rachel Sipperley

10 a.m. – 12 p.m.
The Art of Hello: How to be Remembered in the Age of Personal/Professional Branding
Marketing
As professionals we all deserve to be known for our achievements, and to be understood for our value proposition. Often called personal branding, the core is introducing yourself to people in a way that the listener understands the essence of your professional life. Once scripted and perfected, your branded introduction is a durable asset. It will serve as your networking introduction, as your LinkedIn profile summary, the opening to your bio, as the professional summary of your resume, and for internal meetings with new partners or executives.It is useful for emerging professionals, for senior leaders, for business owners, for those seeking positions on boards, and job seekers. A well-conceived professional brand introduction is the old-fashioned elevator pitch polished up to a professional level with a memorable impact. It differentiates you from others. So simple to recognize when done well, and so hard to make one your own. Paula provides a three-step method and a set of frameworks that results in you having a professional brand introduction of your own to use, that day.
Location: Basecamp, 13th Floor, Stage B
Speakers: Paula Calise

10 a.m. – 12 p.m.
Founders Academy: Strategy & Planning Tools For Startups
General Sessions, RSVP Required
Startups are taught to “move fast and break things” but that doesn’t mean time spent planning and setting strategy is a waste. A totally out of control startup will eventually crash and burn. The key is to impose just the right amount of discipline to keep the machine moving at warp speed but without spinning out of control.This supplement to the quarterly Founders Academy boot camp focuses on strategy and planning tools that are appropriate for startups. The topics covered include the following:

  • Evolutionary Paths to Startup Greatness
  • Tools for Planning
  • Tools for Focus & Priority
  • Growth & Scalability
  • Tools for Assessing Progress
  • Establishing a Management System

Location: Capital Factory + The DEC, Minecraft
Speakers: Gordon Daugherty

10 a.m. – 11 a.m.
Blockchain Killed the Legal Star: How Blockchain Is Affecting The Legal Industry
Blockchain, Emerging Technology, Legal
Blockchain technology and smart contracts have the potential to disrupt the legal industry. This session will explore the future of the legal industry and the role blockchain will play.
Location: Basecamp, 13th Floor, Stage B
Speakers: Cole Davis, “E. Aaron Cartwright III, Esq.”, Lacey Shrum, Ronald Smith

10 a.m. – 11 a.m.
Power Forward: Corporate Community Transformance
Social Good
Community-focused banks are partnering with entrepreneurs to move cities forward in unique ways.
Location: Basecamp, 13th Floor, Stage A
Speakers: Alfreda Norman, Denise Mason, Dora Zapata, Michelle Thomas

10 a.m. – 11 a.m.
Perspectives on Coworking Spaces from Newbies to Veterans
Real Estate
Location: SPACES, 1919 McKinney Ave
Speakers: Airion Watkins-Clark, Gustavo Hinojosa, Jared Merves

10:30 a.m. – 12 p.m.
Content Marketing Interactive Workshop
Gaming & Esports
Location: The DEC West End

11 a.m. – 11:40
IBM Blockchain Platform 2.0
Blockchain
This session will explore the next generation of the IBM Blockchain Platform, which provides users with ultimate deployment flexibility, scalability & control over network components. Realize the promise of decentralization with a blockchain platform that not only allows users to deploy networks across multiple infrastructures, but also fosters consortium growth.
Location: Capital Factory + The DEC
Speakers: Paige Krieger

11 a.m. – 12 p.m.
The Employee Experience: How data is driving the location and functionality of the workplace
Real Estate
A presentation and demonstration showcasing how data is being used to transform the workplace into a tool for employee recruitment and retention.
Location: WeWork Thanksgiving Tower 1601 Elm St.
Speakers: Keith Perske

11 a.m. – 12 p.m.
The Connected Lifestyle is here….Are you WITH your Connected Customers?
Marketing
By now, we all know that the digital revolution is in full swing. New engagement technologies can unlock tremendous value, for your business and for those you serve. But are you ready to be WITH it? Do you have the mindset to truly transform your processes and experiences? And if not, what is the right mindset? What technologies are a “must have” and what experiences will garner deep loyalty? And how do all of your digital experiences fit together into a cohesive ecosystem that exceed the ever-changing wants and expectations of your customers? At the intersection of business and the connected user’s goals lies opportunity. We call this intersection the Connected Lifestyle and those companies that embrace it will thrive while others will be left behind. The digital experiences that your company creates are already being compared to the likes of Starbucks, Uber, Netflix, and Facebook, among others. These brands are your competition whether you realize it or not. This is the new normal. For Connected Consumers (or employees) digital experiences are as important if not more so than the product or service your company makes or sells. And they expect these experiences to be seamless across all digital touchpoints from websites, to apps, to voice skills, chat bots, virtual reality, augmented reality, and beyond.Join Calvin Carter, Founder & CEO of Dallas-based Bottle Rocket, as he highlights his experience building an award-winning experience-based technology company in North Texas. Bottle Rocket is leading many of the world’s most distinguished brands head on into The Connected Lifestyle using a philosophy we call Withness. He will take a deeper dive into The Connected Lifestyle and share how companies can overcome the challenges that they will face as they move toward success in this turbulent, and ever-changing world of technology.
Location: Basecamp, 14th Floor, Main Stage
Speakers: Calvin Carter

11 a.m. – 12 p.m.
Capital One Business Bankers
Capital & Funding, Sponsored Content
Come to the Innovation Lounge every day for free banking advice from Capital One bankers.
Location: Basecamp, 13th Floor, Innovation Lounge

12 p.m. – 12:45 p.m.
The Business of Show Business: The Business of Film Financing
Arts, Music, and Entertainment, Capital & Funding, Sponsored Content
Location: Basecamp, 14th Floor, 2nd Stage
Speakers: Johnathan Brownlee

12 p.m. – 1 p.m.
DFW: Global IoT / Smart City Hub
Cybersecurity, Emerging Technology
The Metroplex is steadily working to position itself as a thought leader in the Internet of Things (IoT) and Smart City space. With regional efforts like the Smart City integrations in Dallas’ West End, to local Security Summits and meetups and the DEC’s newly announced Innov8te Accelerator gaining momentum, DFW’s profile is on the rise. Listen to subject matter experts from enterprise, academia, and government discuss ongoing progress, new initiatives, and opportunities to get involved in this effort to put Dallas on the map for IoT and Smart Cities Innovation.
Location: Basecamp, 13th Floor, Stage A

12:30 p.m. – 1:30 p.m.
Can People Be Trained to Be Hospitable?
Hospitality
For people who Train/Educate/Manage in the Hospitality Industry.
Location: WeWork Thanksgiving Tower 1601 Elm St.
Speakers: Cary Broussard, Diane Meisenhelter, Gretta Brooks, Lisa Welch

1 p.m. – 2 p.m.
Why Your Marketing Strategy Isn’t Working?
Marketing
Accurately measuring the return on your marketing efforts can be a struggle for any company big or small. Often times company’s are so quick to take action that they inhibit their ability to effectively monitor the impact of those efforts for the sake of speed. Join us as I lay out the foundational framework that is applicable to any startup or established business when it comes to implementing a digital strategy.
Location: Basecamp, 13th Floor, Stage B
Speakers: Marty Martinez

1 p.m. – 1:40 p.m.
Adding Trust and Value to Data
Blockchain
Factom helps enterprises around the world make their data tamper resistant. This delivers value in terms of detecting and reducing costs associated with audit and fraud. The vision is that one day all data will, by default, become tamper resistant resulting in far less friction for all types of data exchanges and interactions.
Location: Capital Factory + The DEC
Speakers: Jay Smith

1 p.m. – 2 p.m.
Tech Titans Innovation Showcase Panel
RSVP Required
Please register, space is limited.
Location: You will receive location information when registration is confirmed.

1 p.m. – 2 p.m.
Philosophy as a Business
Social Good
Location: CENTRL, 750 N St Paul St, Suite 200

1:50 p.m. – 2:30 p.m.
Building an Enterprise-Grade Network for Decentralized Applications.
Blockchain
Distributed ledger technology offers hope for creating a more secure digital online future as it brings transparency and accountability to an otherwise unprotected medium. What pieces need to be created and how must they work together? This talk looks at who and what must come together to build a global decentralized network with strong governance.
Location: Capital Factory + The DEC
Speakers: Mance Harmon

2 p.m. – 2:45 p.m.
Pitching 101: For Brands, Sponsorships, Influencers and Press
Fashion
In this keynote presentation, PR pro Erica Anderson will discuss the fundamentals of pitching to brands, for sponsors, to influencers and to press. She will detail the ins and outs of a great pitch, how to get a good response from the pitch, and other elements for the art of the pitch, such as cold pitches and telephone pitches.
Location: Basecamp, 13th Floor, Stage B
Speakers: Erica Hicks Anderson

2:30 p.m. – 4 p.m.
Careers In Gaming, Esports & Entertainment
Gaming & Esports
Location: Basecamp, 13th Floor, Stage A

2:40 p.m. – 3:20 p.m.
Analytics on Food Trust Blockchain
Blockchain
IBM Blockchain, built on Hyperledger Fabric, is recognized as the leading blockchain for business as a service. Many IBM Partners, across industries, are building trusted business networks which are revolutionizing their industry processes. The food supply industry has partnered with IBM Blockchain to create the IBM Food Trust. This solution addresses the complexities of the food supply chain in areas such as food safety, reducing waste, food freshness and sustainability. Come hear how businesses are benefiting by partnering with IBM in various ways around IBM Blockchain and IBM Food Trust.
Location: Capital Factory + The DEC
Speakers: Dennis Gerson Ph.D

3 p.m. – 4:30 p.m.
Business Plans and Who to Hire
General Sessions
Have you ever wondered if you have what it takes to own your own company? Have you ever worked with someone that you thought was a terrible employee? Merrilee Kick, CEO & Founder of BuzzBallz Southern Champion explains some of the things to look for in FINDING TALENT. She also discusses what ELEMENTS OF THE BUSINESS PLAN and creative ways to get FINANCING to start your business.
Location: Basecamp, 14th Floor, Main Stage
Speakers: Merrilee Kick

3 p.m. – 4 p.m.
Less is More: How to Make Your Funding Go Further with Market Focus
Capital & Funding
When going up against larger competitors, the temptation is to try to measure up, but the best strategy may be to pull back. Startups shouldn’t be too quick to forfeit the advantages of being small, namely the ability to thrive in smaller sub-markets. Small companies can “cheat” efficiencies of scale by defining their target market narrowly enough that they are the leader. In this session, Kate will share lessons learned from Mainsail’s portfolio of bootstrapped software companies on how focus can make every dollar go further, and tricks for assessing whether you’re focused enough.
Location: WeWork Thanksgiving Tower 1601 Elm St.
Speakers: Kate Hopkins

3 p.m. – 4 p.m.
Get Sponsored: Working with Brands (Dallas Interactive Partnership)
Arts, Music, and Entertainment
Location: Fat Bear Networking at 211 N. Ervay

3:30 p.m. – 4:30 p.m.
Artificial Intelligence Project Examples & Technology Trends of the Future
AI, Emerging Technology
This presentation will provide an overview of Artificial Intelligence (AI) as well as examples of various projects across different industries, user engagement types and technology for deeper insights. In addition, we will provide a perspective on technology of the future.
Location: Basecamp, 13th Floor, Stage B
Speakers: Romelia Flores

3:30 p.m. – 4:30 p.m.
Your Best Ideas: Should You Patent Them or Keep Them as Trade Secrets?
Legal
At some point, all entrepreneurs have to decide how to protect their ideas and whether to patent them or to keep them as trade secrets. We will discuss the difference between patents and trade secrets, what factors influence the decision, and how some of the big companies, such as Apple, Tesla, and Google have approached the patent v. trade secrets decision.
Location: CENTRL, 750 N St Paul St, Suite 200
Speakers: Jason Blackstone, Leiza Dolghih

3:30 p.m. – 4:30 p.m.
Dallas Universities & Blockchain
Blockchain
Location: Capital Factory + The DEC
Speakers: Cijoy Olickal, James Scott, Michael Lewellen, Simon Mack

3:30 p.m. – 4:30 p.m.
Removing Barriers: Transforming Social Determinants of Health in our Communities
Healthcare, RSVP Required
Food deserts affect millions of Americans. These are areas where getting fresh, nutritious and affordable foods is difficult. The health care industry is increasingly recognizing the importance of incorporating non-traditional approaches in our local communities. Learn how health care organizations are evolving to impact the social determinants of health.
Location: C1 Innovation Labs 603 Munger Ave Dallas, TX 75202

4 p.m. – 5 p.m.
Capital & Funding Happy Hour
Capital & Funding
Location: WeWork Tech WIldcatters
Speakers: Ricky Tejapaibul

4 p.m. – 6 p.m.
Founders Live
Special Events
Founders Live is an unforgettable happy hour competition sweeping the world where up to five handpicked companies take the hot seat, with only 99 seconds to pitch their company and describe their value proposition in front of an eager audience. After the pitches and audience Q&A, the crowd will vote on a winner who will not only receive an award, but recognition from the crowd and also the opportunity to talk more about their product or service. So bring your friends and coworkers, grab some food and drink, get to know your local entrepreneurs and vote for what you think will be the next big thing…built in Dallas.
Location: Basecamp, 14th Floor, 2nd Stage

4:20 p.m. – 5 p.m.
Building Banking Solutions with Blockchain
Blockchain
Location: Capital Factory + The DEC

6 p.m. – 9 p.m.
Community Party
Special Events
Location: Four Corners Brewery

7 p.m. – 9 p.m.
Dallas Startup Week x Rent My Wardrobe App Launch Party
Fashion
Rent My Wardrobe is launching a brand new app in Dallas and wants to celebrate with you! Together with Kameron Westcott, join in to mix and mingle with your favorite Real Housewives of Dallas, fashion influencers and more during this Dallas Startup Week fashion track party!
Location: Circo, 2619 McKinney Ave #120, Dallas, TX 75204
Speakers: Rachel Sipperley

 

Friday, April 5

7:45 a.m. – 9 a.m.
Check-In & Networking Breakfast
Corporate Startup Innovation Summit
Location: Capital One Conference Center, Plano

9:15 a.m. – 10 a.m.
Scaling without Stagnating
Corporate Startup Innovation Summit, Speaker Series
How can corporations stay on the bleeding edge of recognizing and integrating entrepreneurial talent within their organization? What does success look like once the relationship has been established.
Location: Capital One Conference Center, Plano
Speakers: Scott Emmons Tarek Hoteit, Sterling Ingui, Charles Lass, Sean Minter, Dalia Powers

10 a.m. – 10:40 a.m.
Kara Swisher: Bringing The Future Forward
Corporate Startup Innovation Summit, General Sessions, Keynotes
Our renowned speaker Kara Swisher illuminates the importance of innovators—large and small—working together for our collective prosperity.
Location: Capital One Conference Center, Plano
Speakers: Kara Swisher

11 a.m. – 12 p.m.
Do Shows Sell Clothes
Fashion

This panel will explore the effects that technology, influencers, and digital mechanisms have had on the fashion industry. Specifically, do traditional fashion shows still have the same effect as they did once before or are they merely entertainment? Are designers better off launching collections strictly via social media or online OR do pop-ups and trunk shows fare better and prove more profitable than fashion shows? The panel will also address whether New York Fashion Week has lost its overall appeal and how emerging and independent designers can successfully access their target audiences through alternative mediums.
Location: Serendipity Labs
Speakers: Daniel Mofor, Lisa Petty, Ruby Bhandari, Venny Etienne

11 a.m. – 4 p.m.
Intercollegiate Esports Tournament
Gaming & Esports
UT Arlington, UT Dallas, SMU, Texas Wesleyan and UNT face off in Overwatch.
Location: Mavs Gaming Center

11:10 a.m. – 11:55 a.m.
The Intersection of Corporate, Arts and Entrepreneurship
Corporate Startup Innovation Summit, Speaker Series
How Corporations can accelerate innovation by connecting the dots between organizations. Capital One shares their vision of driving success and momentum thru innovation, economic and community impact though partnership
Location: Capital One Conference Center, Plano
Speakers: Johnathan Brownlee, Kim Noltemy, Sanjiv Yajnik

12:25 p.m. – 1:05 p.m.
Partnerships In Practice
Corporate Startup Innovation Summit, General Sessions
What happens after Founders and corporates find their dream partnership. We’ll speak to the startups that have navigated the waters of big business, as well as the corporations who have successfully integrated them in!
Location: Capital One Conference Center, Plano
Speakers: Beth Comenat, Chris Harkness, Michelle Lemmons-Poscente, Puon Penn, Steve Gilman, Vishy Gopalakrishnan

1:55 p.m. – 2:15 p.m.
The Startup Inside the Establishment: Building an Innovation Mindset in Unexpected Places
Corporate Startup Innovation Summit, General Sessions
Establishing a culture of true innovation, creativity and fluidity may come natural to a startup—but is uniquely challenging within an established, legacy corporate enterprise. Especially in corporations where “established” equates to 100 years of heritage or half a million employees. Russell Bertwell shares two connected stories of organizations where the game is changing, where startup mentality and innovation culture are growing inside an unexpected industry…and within Accenture itself. Together, we’ll explore the evolution that corporate enterprises are making to shift from a focus on stability and procedure to one on fluidity and innovation.
Location: Capital One Conference Center, Plano
Speakers: Russell Bertwell

1:55 p.m. – 2:15 p.m.
Mastering the Relationship
Corporate Startup Innovation Summit, General Sessions
When corporations and startups try to work together, both often conclude that the other is hard to work with – and it’s true. This session shines some light on the most common issues corporations encounter while working with startups and covers some tips, tricks and best practices to help foster a healthy relationship that yields mutual benefit.
Location: Capital One Conference Center, Plano
Speakers: Gordon Daugherty

2:20 p.m. – 2:40 p.m.
Reducing The Noise
Corporate Startup Innovation Summit, General Sessions
A Corporate Venture Capitalist’s take on reducing the noise and double clicking on the most important success factors for startups and corporate relationships to focus on.
Location: Capital One Conference Center, Plano
Speakers: John Bjornson

2:20 p.m. – 2:40 p.m.
Breaking In And Spreading Out
Corporate Startup Innovation Summit, Speaker Series
Texas-based Wearable AI Startup Founder shares lessons learned from breaking in to national and global enterprises via pilot engagement and spreading out via global and national roll-outs.
Location: Capital One Conference Center, Plano
Speakers: Abe Minkara, Chris Todd

2:45 p.m. – 3:30 p.m.
When Disruption Strikes
Corporate Startup Innovation Summit, Speaker Series
As companies scale, the innovation flame becomes more challenging to spark. Innovation Directors from across our great city expound upon the work their doing to ignite change within their respective industries.

Location: Capital One Conference Center, Plano
Speakers: Ray Bajaj, MVP technology, Head of the Garage, Capital One; Summer Wright-Collins, Blue Cross Blue Shield of Texas; Scott Lovejoy, TopGolf; Paul Puopolo, DFW Airport; Marisa Bertha, 7–11

3 p.m. – 4 p.m.
Closing Remarks
Corporate Startup Innovation Summit, Speaker Series
Location: Capital One Conference Center, Plano
Speakers: Sanjiv Yajnik

4 p.m. -5  p.m.
Disrupting Fashion Retail: Navigating Consumer Trends & Innovation for Success
Fashion
This session will explore the theory that “retail is dying” and “people just aren’t excited about shopping anymore.” With many shopping destinations closing and more consumers purchasing digitally, many are left confused as to where fashion retail lies. Come hear from area experts and founders as they discuss consumer buying habits, trends, and the creative/innovative strategies it takes to be successful in fashion retail today.
Location: Serendipity Labs
Speakers: Leah Frazier, Matt Alexander, Nicole Pokorny Foster, Victoria Snee

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