The Countdown: Dallas Innovates’ 10 Most Popular Stories in October

Take a look back on the stories that grabbed our readers' attention last month.

It’s been a big year so far for North Texas, especially when it comes to innovation.

As we wrapped up October, we decided to reflect on the stories behind the people and places that had been grabbing our readers’ attention. From women in STEM (IF/THEN Summit), to cool streets (Deep Ellum), to innovative spaces (UNT’s College of Visual Arts and Design), 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 October.


10. Applications Open for Impact Ventures’ Minority-Focused Technology Accelerator

The nonprofit’s accelerator is intended to boost minority- and women-run startups in the tech sector. The deadline for startups to apply is Nov. 22, with the program set to kick off in March.

accelerator Impact Ventures

Benjamin Vann is the co-founder and CEO of Impact Ventures. [Photo: Courtesy Impact Ventures]


9. JPMorgan Chase invests $6M in TREC Community Fund for Neighborhoods

The investment—the largest ever awarded to the TREC fund—will go toward catalytic development and projects, as well as access to resources in the Forest District, The Bottom, and a West Dallas Census Tract.

TREC JPMorgan Chase

The Forest Theater in the Forest District. [Photo: Michael Samples]


8. IF/THEN Summit to Highlight Female Innovators and Promote STEM Careers

Coming to Dallas next week, the IF/THEN Summit will bring in “STEM Rock Stars” who have been selected as American Association for the Advancement of Science IF/THEN Ambassadors. Meet the ten from North Texas.

if/then STEM

[Photos: Courtesy IF/THEN]


7. STEM, STEAM, STREAM: ‘The World Doesn’t Work Without Technology Anymore, Nothing Does.’

STEM is cool, our experts agree. And it’s important. The challenge is translating that to students. Part Two of our series explores the state of STEM, STEAM, and STREAM education in Dallas-Fort Worth and the actions we need to take.

[Photos: Michael Samples]


6. Deep Ellum Among Top 20 ‘Cool Streets’ in North America, New Report Says

Deep Ellum’s ‘gritty, authentic feel’ lures everyone from small retailers to giant tech firms like Uber.

Deep Ellum Cool Streets

[Photo: Merissa De Falcis]


5. Innovative Spaces: UNT Unveils Its Newly Renovated College of Visual Arts and Design

The University of North Texas’ College of Visual Arts and Design—one of the best arts schools in the country—recently opened its new 238,000-square-foot, $70 million facility.

[Photo: Courtesy UNT]


4. Atos Launches Google Cloud Artificial Intelligence Lab in Irving

The new Google Cloud Artificial Intelligence lab—the only one in North America—is Atos’ ‘fourth and final’ lab in its global network. It joins AI labs in London, Paris, and Munich.

Atos artificial intelligence lab in Irving

[Photo: Courtesy Atos]


3. STEM, STEAM, STREAM: North Texas Experts Discuss Why Education Matters to Business

In this three-part series, experts talk about the state of STEM, STEAM, and STREAM education in Dallas-Fort Worth—and what it means to our future workforce. In Part One, these leaders tackle how to define STEM and also identify opportunities to come together to fuel the talent pipeline.

Left to right: Oswaldo Alvarenga (Dallas ISD), Hilary Jackson (Capital One), Drexell Owusu (Dallas Regional Chamber), Jennifer Sampson (United Way of Metropolitan Dallas), Dr. Koshi Dhingra (TalkSTEM), Dr. Stephanie Knight (SMU Simmons School of Education), Dr. Jason Treadway (DCCCD), Sorabh Saxena (AT&T), and Byron Sanders (Big Thought). [Photo: Michael Samples]


2. Klyde Warren Park Expansion Renderings Show its Westward Growth

In addition to adding 1.5 acres of green space, the expansion will include a three-story, enclosed special events pavilion.

Klyde Warren park view facing west

[Rendering: Courtesy Klyde Warren Park]


1. IF/THEN Summit Convenes Nationwide Female STEM Role Models in Dallas

At the summit, AAAS IF/THEN Ambassadors participated in a full-body scan. Each scan will be produced into a life-size 3D-printed statue to be displayed together in a monumental exhibit—the most statues of women ever in a single place.

[Photos: Erin Gilliatt]

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