On Tap: Buildathon, Engage Dallas, & Teen Book Festival

We've pulled together some of our favorite events to keep you informed, inspired, and entertained.

Reminder Calendar

North Texas is a big place, with plenty to do, see, hear, and watch. Browse our curated selection of events to plan your next two weeks — and beyond.  


THURSDAY, FEB. 23

MOMENTUM CONFERENCE 2017
5 p.m. – 10 p.m.
Magnolia Hotel Park Cities, 6070 N. Central Expressway, in Dallas

The Momentum Conference, or MOCO for short, is Dallas’ largest conference dedicated to millennial professionals of color, according to organizers. MOCO aims to bring together a diverse group of college students, young professionals, community advocates, and the business community for an evening of ideas, exploration, and collaboration.

The conference experience will include:
• The Innovation Lab featuring 20 local companies and organizations making an impact 
• Ideas That Inspire, the MOCO version of the popular TED Talks 
• Leadership Roundtable 

Learn more about MOCO here.

IT CAME FROM DALLAS
Doors open at 6:30 p.m.; program begins at 7:30 p.m. 
Alamo Drafthouse Cinema, 100 S. Central Expressway, Suite 14, in Richardson

The Dallas Producers Association will continue its signature fundraising event celebrating North Texas filmmaking after a year hiatus. The event features clips and behind-the-scenes stories into films made in the area. DPA will also present its Film Pioneer Award. 

Tickets: $10 suggested donation benefitting the Texas Motion Picture Alliance. Learn more about the event here.


FRIDAY, FEB. 24

UT DALLAS / US IGNITE / TECH TITANS-SMART GIGABIT CITY CHALLENGE ANNOUNCEMENT EVENT
11:30 a.m. – 3 p.m.
Charles W. Eisemann Center for Performing Arts (Bank of America Hall), 2351 Performance Dr, in Richardson

The University of Texas Dallas in Richardson, in partnership with Tech Titans, is one of the four US Ignite member cities/Universities that are hosting and participating in a “smart gigabit city” application development challenge. A total of $20,000 in cash prizes will be awarded to the top two developers/development teams that can come up with applications ideas that utilize gigabit bandwidth and or require extremely low latency. Program details will be announced at the event on February 24th. The program is open to all DFW-area entrepreneurs, university researchers, developers, start-ups, and early stage companies who can design new applications or adapt existing applications to meet the contest requirements, according to a release.

Requirements and timelines/milestones to win one of the two $10,000 awards will also be outlined at the event.

Free. For information and registration, go here.

ENGINEERS WEEK | FORT WORTH MUSEUM SCIENCE AND HISTORY

Runs through February 25.
February 24, 10 a.m. – 2 p.m.
February 25, 11 a.m. – 5 p.m.
Fort Worth Museum of Science and History, 1600 Gendy St., Fort Worth

A hands-on, STEM-filled festival with lots of activities designed to explore the engineering field. Engineering week activities will be offered, including:

  • Explore cognitive computing with IBM. Meet Pepper the Robot and Watson-powered Cognitoys.
  • Meet Lockheed Martin engineers and fly a Lockheed Martin flight simulator.
  • Test lego creations on ziplines.
  • Check out the latest in electronics with Mouser Electronics and build circuitry-powered balancing structures.
  • Take apart old electronics.
  • Use generators to make broken electronics come alive.
  • Build both paper and wooden structures and see if they withstand different stress tests.
  • Create simple and complex electrical circuits.
  • Construct roller coasters for marbles.
  • Develop your own flying contraption and test it in wind tunnels.
  • Meet practicing engineers from a variety of profession

Check hours and schedule here.


SATURDAY, FEB. 25

BUILDATHON 2017 
(Continues through Feb. 26)
8:30 a.m. Feb. 25 – 4:30 p.m. Feb. 26
Freeman Fabrication Facility, 2940 114th St., in Grand Prairie

HackDFW will host a free hardware hackathon for creators ages 18 and older to solve challenges ranging from reducing waste and lost productivity to designing new display environments. There will be more than $6,000 in prizes available.

Learn more about the event here.

TEXAS: IGNITE YOUNG WOMEN’S POLITICAL LEADERSHIP CONFERENCE
9 a.m. – 2:30 p.m.
Southern Methodist University, Mack Ballroom, 3300 Dyer St., in Dallas

State Representative Linda Koop will be the keynote speaker. There will be workshops on policy issues and skill building, and roundtable lunchtime discussions with elected women from across the state. 

Go here for more information.

FLEA STYLE SUMMIT
9 a.m. to 5 p.m.
6445 Cedar Springs Road, in Dallas 

The Learn Grow Create Summit for “makers and shakers.” The mission: To inspire creative thinkers, personally and professionally, through panelist talks, intimate conversations, educational experiences, meal, and more while linking them with like-minded people and tastemakers in their respective and relative artistic circles.

COST: $195 for general admission, $295 for VIP. For more information or to purchase tickets, visit the Flea Style website


SUNDAY, FEB. 26

HIDDEN FIGURES SCREENING & PANEL
11 a.m. 
Alamo Drafthouse Cinema, 1005 S. Lamar St., in Dallas

The Dallas-Fort Worth chapter of the National Society of Black Engineers will host a free screening of the movie, Hidden Figures, which follows the plight of three black women mathematicians who made pivotal contributions at NASA during its early days in the 1960s. Following the movie, there will be a panel discussion on disparities in science, technology, engineering, and mathematics employment, specifically touching on the importance of diversity and gender equity in the private and public sectors. 

Learn more here


MONDAY, FEB. 27

FOLLOW THE BLUEPRINT: HOW TO SUCCESSFULLY NAVIGATE GOVERNMENT CONTRACTING
6 – 8 p.m. 
Bill J. Priest Institute for Economic Development,1402 North Corinth Street Road, Room 2002 in Dallas

Government contracting represents a 1.5 trillion dollar marketplace, making it an attractive target for small, medium and large businesses, according to Allied Supply Chain. Allied’s interactive “Follow the Blueprint: How to Successfully Navigate Government Contracting” class can provide you with the plan you need to get contracts from local, state and federal agencies.

Learn more and register for the event here


TUESDAY, FEB. 28

WAZE FOR PUBLIC AGENCIES: INTRODUCTION AND TRAINING SESSION
9 a.m. – Noon 
Southlake DPS North Training Facility 100 E. Dove Road in Southlake

IOT: Training session on the Waze Connected Citizens Program (CCP) and the Waze Map editing tool. Those who participate in the CCP get access to Waze map editing tools. These tools allow participants to input information about planned road closures and other events affecting traffic directly into the Waze map, thus communicating pertinent information to the many travelers who use Waze to guide their travel. Example here. The training will outline the CCP and focus on how communities can use the Waze map editing tools to improve travel in North Texas.

Learn more and register for the event here

INSIGHT FROM A VENTURE CAPITALIST
1 – 3 p.m. 
University of Texas at Dallas, 800 West Campbell Road, JSOM 1.508 in Richardson

Blackstone LaunchPad at UT Dallas will host a workshop on the elements of venture capital. Dallas-based entrepreneur and venture capitalist Jason Story will be on hand to discuss the most effective ways to position a startup for capital and what a VC looks for before making an investment.

Learn more and register for the event here


WEDNESDAY, MARCH 1

NAVIGATING U.S. IMMIGRATION IN 2017: VISA OPTIONS FOR COMPANIES, INVESTORS, AND STUDENTS
12 – 1:30 p.m. 
5080 Spectrum Dr Ste 1000E (10th floor, East tower) in Addison

Global Chamber Dallas “Lunch and Learn” event discussing immigration under the new administration as well as visa options for companies, investors and students.  Lunch provided.

Seating is limited. Learn more and register here.


THURSDAY, MARCH 2

MAYOR’S STAR COUNCIL: ENGAGE DALLAS LEADERSHIP SUMMIT 
9 a.m. – 3 p.m.
J. Erik Jonnson Central Library, 1515 Young Street in Dallas

Enjoy a conversation with Mayor Mike Rawlings and Mark Cuban on bold and fearless leadership, challenges they’ve faced, and their support for Dallas. Six hours of panel discussions and meetings to seek  “solutions into current issues facing our city,” according to the event announcement. Understand the structure of the city and learn from business, media and nonprofit leaders who envision a bright and collaborative future for Dallas, including A.C. Gonzalez, Rev. Larry M. James, Charlene Lake, Catherine Cuellar, Shawn Williams, and more.

Individual tickets start at $75. Go here for tickets and information.

LEADERS AND DAUGHTERS: CULTIVATING THE NEXT GENERATION OF WOMEN LEADERS 
6 p.m. – 9 p.m.
George W. Bush Presidential Center, 2943 SMU Boulevard in Dallas  

Egon Zehnder is hosting an event to commemorate International Women’s Day and remember the importance of empowering women to achieve their career potential. The event asks that you attend with your daughter or female mentee. Barbara Bush will be the keynote speaker and several panelists including David Holl, President and CEO of Mary Kay Inc., Nina Vaca, CEO and Chairman of Pinnacle Group, and Robert Isom, President of American Airlines Group and American Airlines, will all be in attendance with their daughters. 

Free. To register, go here


FRIDAY, MARCH 3

NORTH TEXAS TEEN BOOK FESTIVAL: Educator Day
Irving Convention Center at Las Colinas, 500 West Las Colinas Blvd. in Irving

One of the largest teen book festivals in the country, with more than 10,000 students, parents, and educators expected to attend, according to the website. Educator Day, March 3, is reserved for teachers, school administrators, and librarians. The festival will “teach the teachers” ways to get students excited about reading.

Free. For more information, go here.


SATURDAY, MARCH 4

NORTH TEXAS TEEN BOOK FESTIVAL
Irving Convention Center at Las Colinas, 500 West Las Colinas Blvd. in Irving

Third annual North Texas Teen Book Festival: The festival’s keynote panel of authors includes R.L. Stine, the author of “Goosebumps,” the acclaimed series known all over the world. Also among the authors set to attend, Chris Grabenstein (“Welcome to Wonderland”) series, Jason Reynolds (“Ghost”) and Maggie Stiefvater (“The Raven Cycle” series). Fans can meet and hear from authors at book signings and panel discussions.

Free. Full list of authors and event schedule here.


MONDAY, MARCH 6

COMMUNITAS
6:30 – 8:30 p.m. 
Dallas Institute, 2719 Routh Street in Dallas

Communitas is a monthly intellectual retreat for school teachers and campus administrators. Its purpose is to enliven educators’ minds with higher levels of discussion and thought than are typically available in the school day. No preparation is required. The group will read together and discuss poems and excerpts from works about teaching, learning, and education. CPE credit is awarded for this program.

COST: $10 members, $20 nonmembers. Learn more here. 


THURSDAY, MARCH 9

OFF THE WALL: ET TU, BRUTE?
5 – 9 p.m. 
Dallas Museum of Art, 1717 North Harwood in Dallas

Off the Wall takes a unique and unexpected look at the Museum’s collection with a pop culture twist:  Beware the Ides of March and take a closer look at classical art, historic betrayals, and everyone’s favorite Roman import—wine:

• Find out which artworks pair well with your favorite wine with our self-guide.
• Ask local psychic Valentina Burton what your future holds. 
• Watch the classic slapstick comedy Carry On Cleo and follow along with “pop-up” trivia. 
• Learn to draw the human form like artists from the past through classical sculpture with artist Riley Holloway. 
Stabbed in the back: There’s danger around every corner during this tour about betrayal.
• Themed cafe and cocktail menu

Cost: $10, FREE for DMA members. Learn more here

 

SAVE THE DATE

TUESDAY, MARCH 21

THE FESTIVAL OF IDEAS FORUM: THE ENTREPRENEURIAL CITY 

The Festival of Ideas community forums focus on issue of social equity from five different perspectives: The Physical City, Healthy City, Educated City, Cultural City, and Entrepreneurial City. The Entrepreneurial City is the final in the series of these five forums leading up to and culminating in the Dallas Festival of Ideas on April 29.

Go here for more information.


THURSDAY, MARCH 30

ENTREPRENEUR SUMMIT/DALLAS 
7:30 a.m. – 5:30 p.m.
Embassy Suites & Convention Center, 7600 John Q. Hammons Drive in Frisco

Keynote speaker: Shark Tank’s Robert Herjavec. Pre-conference intensive workshops and a VIP happy hour will be held on March 29.

Tickets: $249/$349. Go here for more information.


WEDNESDAY, APRIL 19

DIGITAL DALLAS STARTUP COMEDY ROAST 
6 – 9 p.m.
Dallas Comedy House, 3025 Main St., in Dallas

Five startups roasted by the DCH improv troupe,
Early Bird Tickets: $20. Go here for more information.

Want to be one of the five startups?  Submit your startup to be roasted.


WEDNESDAY – SUNDAY, APRIL 19 – 23

EARTH DAY TEXAS 
Fair Park


THURSDAY & FRIDAY, APRIL 20 – 21

IGNITING A SMART TEXAS REVOLUTION 
Dallas Innovation Alliance, Fair Park 


SATURDAY, APRIL 29

THE FESTIVAL OF IDEAS
Dallas City Hall and Plaza  

This year, the Festival has expanded with a partnership with the Dallas Book Festival to co-locate events in the Dallas Central Library and Dallas City Hall and Plaza. Community forums from November 2016-March 2017 focus on issues of social equity from five different “City” perspectives — the Physical, Healthy, Cultural, Educated and Entrepreneurial — all leading up to and culminating in the Dallas Festival of Ideas April event. The Festival’s goal is to create a lasting, equitable impact for the city of Dallas and its citizens.

Go here for more information.

THE THIRD ANNUAL PHILANTHROPARTY: A LITTLE NIGHT MUSIC
6 – 11 p.m.  
Dallas Marriott City Center in Dallas

SVP Dallas’ third annual Philanthroparty is black tie optional. The theme, A Little Night Music, brings hidden musical talents from the nonprofit community to the stage for a night of performances, dining, dancing, and celebration. 2017 musical performances include:

Dallas Street Choir & Jonathan Palant
Laura Bennett Cameron, Principal Bassoon at Dallas Winds
Jim Garner, Pianist
Jordan Kahn Band

Individual tickets start at $125. Go here for more information.


[Dallas Innovates feature illustration: Photos courtesy of the organizations, iStock, and iconfinder.com ]

Events may be updated or canceled at any time. Please check their website or registration page for the latest details.

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