Smart Cities Talk, Hackathon in the Lineup for Earth Day Texas

The world's largest Earth Day exposition returns to Fair Park in April with an array of eco-friendly events.

Earth Day Texas

smart citiesEarth Day Texas will be the epicenter for discussion on smart cities with experts from around the country coming to the two-day conference.

While many in the tech world live and breathe the Internet of Things, many people don’t know how this shift to making everything from parking spaces to traffic lights smart will change everyday life.

And planning for that must start now.

Called the Smart Texas Revolution, topics will include smart traffic patterns, planning and cyber security, Launch DFW reported.

Leaders from Los Angeles, San Diego and Charlotte will be speaking at the event.

It’s part of the Dallas Innovation Alliance’s partnership with Earth Day Texas April 20-21 at Fair Park in Dallas.


Earth Day Texas itself has new initiatives planned for this year’s events, even extending its time frame to include events before Earth Day weekend. Billed as the world’s largest Earth Day exposition and eco-conference, the exposition and eco-conference will run April 19-23 at Fair Park. 

Included among the new initiatives are:

EARTHxFilm – The inaugural film festival will showcase films and emerging media that explore conservation, science, the environment and will honor people who are working to protect our planet. 

EARTHACK – This event is an environmental hackathon in partnership with HackDFW. Organizers said that EARTHACK will bring 1,200 college and high school “hackers” to Fair Park to solve real issues adversely affecting the world within 36 hours. EARTHACK will be April 21-23, and will include celebrity judges.

E-Capital Summit – This event is by invitation or application only, and will be April 20-23. It is co-produced by PRIME Coalition, Austin Technology Incubators and EDTx, E-Capital Summit, and will feature workshops, forums, networking, and an expo where mission-driven investors, foundations, family offices, incubators, national laboratories, and cutting-edge early-stage clean technology companies will join together to promote the growth of environmentally conscious technology.

Earth Day Texas organizers have partnered with the Smithsonian Institution for a special live simulcast of the Smithsonian’s Earth Optimism Summit from Washington, D.C., where more than 55 presenters will speak on the health of species, conservation, and sustainability.

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