It’s been a big year so far for North Texas, especially when it comes to innovation.
As we wrap up August, we reflect on the stories behind the people and places that had been grabbing our readers’ attention. From major corporate projects (Toyota) to new hubs (Uber) to event recaps (CodeLaunch), our most popular stories certainly highlighted what’s new and next in Dallas-Fort Worth.
Here’s a roundup of our top 10 most-read stories on dallasinnovates.com for the month of August.
10. Toyota’s CEO on its New Experience Center: ‘It’s Really the Exclamation Point of Our Move Here to Texas’
The 44,000-square-foot Toyota Experience Center at the auto manufacturer’s Plano headquarters is now open, complete with actual cars, virtual reality, an innovation gallery, and even human support robots. It’s a representation of teamwork, company culture, talent, and the spirit of “One Toyota.” For now, it’s for employees and their guests, but get an inside look here.
From Southern Dallas’ Redbird Mall to Plano’s Collin Creek, traditional retail malls are being reinvented. The Urban Land Institute North Texas poses the question, “What’s in store for aging retail?” Here’s what these two developers had to say.
The majority of Lu’s career has been at TI. Now, she spends her time at Kilby Labs—which touches every area of TI—to turn projects into products.
From sleeping pods to luxury showrooms, Event Architecture has done it all when it comes to portable event structures. Get a look at the mobile, easy-to-assemble modular components—and see where you might’ve spotted one in North Texas.
As the 2019 CodeLaunch 7 winners, 3GStrong will receive over $44K in product design, general startup consultation, legal services, and more. See what startups it went up against to take the top spot.
The 26,500-square-foot facility has labs for research in exoskeleton technology, optics, and a bio 3D printer for printing cells that mimic human tissue.
From interactive kiosks and a motorsports gallery to virtual test drives and robots, get an inside look at the new Experience Center at Toyota’s Plano headquarters.
Dallas was the first city in Texas where the Uber app was available in 2012. Now, the city will host the second largest Uber hub outside of its headquarters in San Francisco.
2. Role Play: “Indoor City” KidZania Announces Lineup of Industry Partners for First U.S. Location in Frisco
KidZania will give kids a chance to experience more than 100 careers sponsored by nationally recognized locals like MOOYAH, SMU, Texas Health Resources, WFAA, and more. The 75,000-square-foot kid-sized city is designed to educate and entertain children ages 4-14, “bridging the gap between school and their future.”
From shrimp donuts to Cheetos sandwiches, Kentucky Fried Chicken doesn’t cook inside the lines. That’s largely due to the Food Innovation Team at its global headquarters in North Texas, who are responsible for maintaining the other teams (and their menu concoctions) across the world.
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