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Calendar: Not-to-Miss Events for Innovators in Dallas-Fort…

Calendar: Not-to-Miss Events for Innovators in Dallas-Fort…

North Texas is a big place, with plenty to do, see, hear, and watch. So, we scour the internet every week to find events and activities for you. As always, things may change at any time, so be sure to check the official website or registration page for the latest details.

Don’t miss anything: Get Dallas Innovates Every Day. And, if you know of a great event, tell us about it. Event details courtesy of organizers.


Saturday, August 6, September 3, and October 1

Southwest Bluegrass Club Free Show and Jam Series

Hosted by Grapevine Convention & Visitors Club
Ted R. Ware Plaza at the Settlement to City Museums
noon to 4 p.m.

The Southwest Bluegrass Club will offer monthly free shows and jam sessions on the first Saturday of the next three months. This all-acoustic group is dedicated to preserving Bluegrass music and introducing others to the fun genre. The plaza includes a picnic area, porches, and shade trees. The band will play from noon to 1 p.m., followed by open jam sessions where folks are welcome to join in with their acoustic instruments.

For more information, go here.

Sunday, August 7

From the Ground Up: Dallas Startup Week Official Kickoff Party

Hosted by Frisco EDC
Baylor Scott & White Sports Therapy & Research Building, 6th Floor
3 to 6 p.m.

From the Ground Up brings together the entrepreneurial community to kick off Dallas Startup Week. Come enjoy refreshments and meet local founders as they demo the region’s newest tech. Get a sneak peek at the future of Frisco Innovation.

Go here to learn more or register for this free event.

Sunday, August 7 – Thursday, August 11

Dallas Startup Week

Hosted by The DEC Network
SMU Cox School of Business
Session times vary.

Billed as “5 Days, 100+ Events, 200+ Speakers,” this marks the eighth year for Dallas Startup Week sponsored by Capital One. North Texas’ largest event focused on driving entrepreneurial success, economic impact, and innovation runs August 7 through August 11 in person at SMU’s Cox School of Business and virtually. Networking possibilities will abound, offering both budding and seasoned innovators opportunities to meet and exchange ideas.

This year, DSW22 includes 21 tracks, from SaaS to Coding to Social Impact. Read about them here.

In addition, the three summits below, targeting specific groups, will be held during The DEC Network-hosted conference:

  • Disrupt Dallas: The summit on August 8—part of Dallas Startup Week’s multi-day event—offers education and programming from local entrepreneurs of color on how to help support and grow a business. The Disrupt Dallas summit will highlight “champions who are disrupting the entrepreneurial ecosystem and talent pipeline,” says The DEC Network.
  • Women of Innovation: Set for August 10, this daylong slate of seminars and speakers will recognize and advance women leaders who have the courage and passion to transform their ideas and ambitions into realities. Change makers across all markets and industries will provide women with greater insight and knowledge into trends and possibilities of the future. The event will be held in person at SMU and online. The list of speakers includes Tiffany Pham, founder of global diversity recruitment company Mogul; Anne Chow, CEO for AT&T Business; Nia-Tayler Clark, CEO and founder of BLACKLIT; Sarah-Allen Preston, CEO and founder at Afloat; and Emmy award-winning journalist Tashara Parker.
  • Corporate Startup Innovation: Leveraging and uniting the breadth and diversity of DFW’s corporations and dynamic startup ecosystem, this will feature DFW’s best and brightest innovators. They’ll share how their companies are shaping the future, resulting in new ideas, business models, investment trends, connections, and opportunities.


Plus, on August 11, Digital Fight Club is back IRL. A night of tech founder battles, raucous crowd roars, and BS-calling corporate refs will hit the Granada Theater on August 11. 

For updated details and to register, go here.

Wednesday, August 10

Dallas Startup Week Presents: The Future of Venture Forum

Hosted by the North Texas Angel Network
Crum Auditorium at Cox School of Business, SMU
4:30 to 7:30 p.m.

Come hear an all-star panel of entrepreneurs, including Dennis Cail, CEO and co-founder of Zirtue; Will Coleman, CEO of Alto; Sky Kelley, founder and CEO of Avisare; and Josh Stone, CEO of The panel discussion, moderated by Cheri Garcia, founder of Cornbread Hustle, will be followed by an investor discussion featuring Jim Adler, founding managing director and board member of Toyota Ventures; Clarence Bethea, founder and executive chairmen of Upsie; and Promise Phelon, founder and managing partner at Growth Warrior Capital. The keynote address will be given by Jason McCann, CEO and co-founder of Vari.

For more information or to register, go here.

At the Intersection of Infrastructure and Sustainability: The Future of Corporate Resilience

Hosted by ActivePure and the North Texas Commission
Free webinar on Zoom
1 p.m.CT

Join thought leaders in healthcare, business, public policy, and Environmental, Social and Governance (ESG) as they discuss what’s next, given that COVID-19 is not going away. Learn how public and private sector leaders can work together to find strategies to improve indoor air quality in their buildings and lead the way to a healthy, sustainable infrastructure.

For more information or to register for the webinar, go here

Perfect Your Pitch

Sponsored by Tejas 
Four Corners Brewing Co., Dallas
6:30 to 10 p.m.

If you are part of a brand seeking to perfect your story and pitch to investors or retailers, come hear a panel discussion for tips, angles and approaches to perfecting your brand story and your pitch. Panelists are Emily Kealey, managing director at SKU; Michelle Breyer, chief marketing officer at SKU; and Kat Weaver, founder of Power to Pitch. Tickets are $15.

For more information, go here

Blockchain Possibilities

Hosted by Texas Blockchain Council 
My Possibilities, Plano
5 to 8 p.m.

Come network with the Dallas area crypto community and members of the Texas Blockchain Council. The featured speaker will be Yusuf Nessary from Built With Bitcoin Foundation. Networking will be from 5 to 7 p.m., and the program from 7 to 8 p.m.

Go here to learn more.

Thursday, August 11

Startup Week’s Digital Fight Club

Hosted by DFC
Granada Theatre
6 p.m.

Digital Fight Club is part of Dallas Startup Week, which will be attended by founders, CEOs, techies, doers, movers and shakers. Here’s the fight card: 

  • Fight 1: The Metaverse
  • Fight 2: Brand/Consumer Transparency
  • Fight 3: Supply Chain
  • Fight 4: Sustainability, Profitability & Growth
  • Fight 5: Cybersecurity

Next up: We’ll be announcing the fighters (hint: startup disrupters). Sponsorship opportunities are available.

DFC is free to Dallas Startup Week attendees.

Find out more on the DFC website event page.

GDPC Annual Luncheon

Hosted by GDPC (Greater Dallas Planning Council)
OMNI Dallas Hotel
10:30 a.m. to 2 p.m.

Dallas Mayor Eric Johnson will lead an in-depth conversation on the management of unprecedented growth in North Texas. The discussion will focus on the challenges and opportunities of growth, including impacts on the economy, transportation, housing, water, law enforcement, and more.

For more information, go here.

The IQ® Brew: Raising Venture Capital as an Underdog

Hosted by The IQ®

The Drawing Board, hybrid event in person and virtual
8:30 to 10 a.m.

Featured speaker Clarence Bethea, founder and executive chairman of Upsie, has raised $30M in venture capital and is passionate about motivating other entrepreneurs in their journey, building relationships, and helping consumers. Come at 8:30 for breakfast tacos, coffee, and networking. The program is from 9 to 10 a.m.

Go here to register for either the in-person or virtual event.

Sunday, August 14

OpTic Day at Belong Gaming Arenas

Hosted by Belong Gaming and OpTic Gaming
Belong Gaming Arena, Grapevine Mills Mall
noon to 5 p.m.

Belong is partnering with OpTic to offer an afternoon of in-person gaming, a chance to meet members of OpTic, and buy exclusive merch and products. Grapevine is one of six U.S. locations participating in the event.

Learn more and pre-register here.

Monday, August 15

Young Entrepreneurs & Professionals: 75th Indian Independence Day Happy Hour

Hosted by U.S.-India Chamber of Commerce – Dallas/Fort Worth
UT Dallas Jindal School of Management Executive Dining Room
6 p.m. to 8 p.m.

Come celebrate India’s 75th anniversary of Independence the Young Entrepreneurs and Professionals Happy Hour on August 15 with beer, wine, and networking. Tickets are $20 for non-members. Chamber corporate members can receive a discount code for a free ticket.

For more information, go here.

Thursday, August 18

State of the Economy and Key Business Impacts

Hosted by Smart Business Concepts
Common Desk – Granite Park, Plano
2:30 to 4:30 p.m.

Financial experts will discuss current economic trends and share insights and strategies to help business owners be resilient and profitable in today’s challenging times. A panel discussion will be followed by a Q&A. The afternoon will wrap up with networking and refreshments. The event is free with registration.

Learn more and register here.

BrainHealth Presents How to Have a Thriving Mind

Hosted by Center for BrainHealth at the University of Texas at Dallas
Free Virtual Event with registration
4 to 5 p.m. CT

Neuroscientist, professor, podcaster and author Selena Bartlett will share how to retrain your brain to move forward in life through neuroplasticity. She will discuss how we can overcome things that create mental stumbling blocks, like the food we eat and the stress inherited over generations. Bartlett, the podcaster for Thriving Minds and author of Smashing Mindset, is Group Leader of Addiction and Obesity at the Translational Research Institute, Institute of Health and Biomedical Innovation, and Professor in Clinical Sciences at the Queensland University of Technology.

For more information, go here.

Friday, August 19

Sugar on the Brain: The Neuroscience of Stress and the Neuroplasticity of Resilience

Hosted by Center for BrainHealth at the University of Texas at Dallas
Free Virtual Event with registration
noon to 1 p.m. CT

Neuroscientist Selena Bartlett will discuss the science behind neuroplasticity, drawing upon the latest research on stress, resilience and the real-world value of neuroscience and brain plasticity. Bartlett, the podcaster for Thriving Minds and author of Smashing Mindset, is Group Leader of Addiction and Obesity at the Translational Research Institute, Institute of Health and Biomedical Innovation, and Professor in Clinical Sciences at the Queensland University of Technology.

Go here to register.

Tech Titans Industry Luncheon

Hosted by Tech Titans
Prestonwood Country Club – The Creek
11:30 a.m. to 1 p.m.

Neelu Sethi, SVP and CIO of Reddy Ice, will share her story of overcoming challenges to grow and thrive in the C-Suite while converting an old industry to the digital age and overcoming unconscious biases as a business woman of color. The chat will be moderated by Deborah Sawyer from The Dubrof Group.

For more information, go here.  

Saturday, August 20

Dallas Contemporary + Virgin Hotels Dallas Summer Series

Hosted by Dallas Contemporary and Virgin Hotels Dallas
11 a.m. to 3 p.m. at Dallas Contemporary and 4 to 8 p.m. at The Pool Club of Virgin Hotels Dallas, 8 to 11 p.m. at Dallas Contemporary

Families can bring kids to enjoy arts and crafts. From 11 a.m. to noon, enjoy yoga and a sound bath from Sanctum Med + Wellness. Find handmade items and food for purchase. After 4 p.m., Dallas Contemporary ticket holders can enjoy festivities at The Pool Club. After the pool party, visit the Dallas Contemporary for a performance and Q&A from artist and musician Lonnie Holley.

Learn more and register here.

Tuesday, August 23 – Friday, August 26

Podcast Movement Dallas 2022

Hosted by Podcast Movement
Sheraton Downtown Dallas
Times vary

This event features more than 150 workshops, breakout sessions, panels and keynotes from successful podcasters, opportunities to network with thousands of podcasters and industry professionals, an expo/trade show and more. Featured speakers include Mark Cuban, Sophie Anderson from SXM Media, Falon Fatemi, co-founder and CEO of Fireside, and Laci Mosley, host of Scam Goddess. Attendees can choose from nine tracks, including creating a podcast, marketing, industry podcasts, monetization, culture and advocacy, and more.

Go here to learn more. The price goes up closer to the conference.

Wednesday, August 24 – Thursday, August 25

AI Manufacturing conference

Hosted by AR for Enterprise Alliance (AREA)
Westin Dallas Park Central
8 a.m. August 24 to noon August 25.

AI Manufacturing 2022 is a two-day event focused on providing in-depth discussions and solutions for manufacturing professionals who are transforming their operational systems. The 5th annual event will bring together senior-level decision-makers, digital transformation leaders, IT Directors and others tasked with evaluating new technologies and accelerating their digital transformation. The event will cut through the hype to provide a comprehensive program and plans for action, assisting manufacturers to decrease downtime, improve profitability and stay competitive.

For more information, go here.

Wednesday, August 24 – Thursday, August 25

eWomenNetwork International Conference (ICON 2022)

Hosted by eWomen Network
Embassy Suites Frisco Conference Center

Save the date. For more information, go here.

Thursday, August 25

The IQ® Brew: Setting Entrepreneurs up for Success

Hosted by The IQ®
The Drawing Board, Richardson; Hybrid event
8:30 to 10 a.m.

Featured speaker Trey Bowles, managing director of Techstars Physical Health in Fort Worth, will discuss how DFW entrepreneurs can set themselves up for success. Bowles has founded multiple companies, served as a board member and advisor to hundreds of companies, and has lots of lessons to share with early-stage founders. For the in-person event, come at 8:30 for coffee and networking. The program starts at 9 a.m. 

For more information, go here.

Thursday, August 25 to Friday, September 2

The Eatz: Get The Bites You Need to Scale Your Business

Hosted by The DEC and powered by Chase Bank
The [email protected] and Virtual option
2 p.m. August 25 to 4 p.m. September 2

This workshop is geared toward food entrepreneurs: restaurant owners, food truckers, and vendors. Learn about branding your business, creating culture for both customers and employees, the numbers you need to know to succeed, and solving problems.

For more information, go here.

Wednesday, August 31

2022 Social Innovation Luncheon

Hosted by Social Venture Partners (SVP) Dallas
DoubleTree by Hilton – Campbell Centre, Dallas
11:30 a.m. to 1 p.m.

Come learn how to help more communities in Dallas benefit from the region’s rapid growth. Dallas College has developed a new program called Workforce Scholars to give students paid real-world career experience while they earn their degree. A panel discussion moderated by Dallas College Foundation Executive Director Josh Skolnick, will feature Gloria Smith, Dallas College’s Associate Vice Chancellor, Career Connected Learning, as well as other partners and students who are benefitting from Dallas College’s new approach to workforce training.

Go here to learn more.

Thursday, September 8

D CEO’s Third Annual Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion Symposium

Hosted by D CEO
Renaissance Dallas Hotel
7:30 to 11:45 a.m.

Join D CEO for its third annual Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion Symposium. This half-day, in-person event offers opportunities for networking and engaging with key executives and top leaders who are walking the walk when it comes to diversity, equity, and inclusion. Panel topics include The Post-Pandemic Workplace and the Intersection of Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion; The Role of the Chief Diversity Officer: Organizational Integration, Accountability, and Building Buy-In; and Progress, Not Perfection: Lessons from 2020-21 Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion Efforts. 

Register now using the code EARLYBIRD and save $25. For more information, go here.

Thursday, September 22

2022 Ernie Kovacs Award Ceremony with recipient Al Franken

Hosted by Dallas VideoFest
Texas Theatre in Oak Cliff
7:30 p.m.

SNL comedian and former Senator Al Franken is the 2022 recipient of the Ernie Kovacs Award, which recognizes television’s greatest visionary comedians. Franken will attend, along with Joshua Mills, son of Edie Adams, who was married to Kovacs until his death in 1962. Mills maintains archives for the pair. The award will be given by Dallas VideoFest founder Bart Weiss. Following the presentation, DVF will show the 2006 documentary, Al Franken: God Spoke. There will also be a VIP reception with Franken at the Oak Cliff Cultural Center.

Go here for more information.

Thursday, September 22 – Friday September 23

2022 iC3 Life Science and Healthcare Innovation Summit

Hosted by BioNTX
Gaylord Texan Resort & Convention Center
8 a.m. Sept. 22 to 2 p.m. Sept. 23

The BioNTX iC3 Life Science and Healthcare Innovation Summit is a two-day conference that serves as a forum where industry leaders come together to discuss strategy, exhibit the broad spectrum of bioscience research in North Texas, and where the latest products and services can be seen. Attendees range from the startup community to large multinational corporations and representatives in such sectors as biotech, pharmaceuticals, healthcare companies, academic researchers, innovators, business development executives, investors, and talent seeking new opportunities.

Tickets range in cost from $150 for members of BioNTX who purchase by Aug. 30 to $275 for non-members after Aug. 30. 

Learn more and register here.

Friday, September 23 – Sunday, September 25


Powered by Say Yes to Dallas
CityPlace Tower

More than 500 college students and recent grads in computer science and engineering will attend HackDFW to show off their skills. Companies sponsoring the event will get to meet potential hires and see them in action.

For more on sponsorship opportunities, go here.

Wednesday, September 28

MedCity Invest Digital Health: Transforming Health Through Tech 

In partnership with Health Wildcatters
Pegasus Park

MedCity Invest will bring its annual Digital Health Conference to Dallas for the first time in September. The event, which focuses on new and emerging trends in healthcare, will take a special look at the Metaverse along with trends in the employer and consumer worlds. Health Wildcatters partnering with MedCity Invest to bring their annual Digital Health Conference to Dallas. This year’s topic on new and emerging trends in healthcare will focus on the Metaverse, while also taking a closer look at the trends in the employer and consumer worlds.

Featured speakers include Alex Oshmyansky, CEO and founder of Mark Cuban’s Cost Plus Drug Company; Florian Otto, co-founder and CEO of Cedar; Melynda Barnes, chief medical officer at Ro; and Max Cohen, CEO and co-founder of Sprinter Health. Tickets start at $295 if purchased before June 3.

For more information and a preliminary agenda for the conference go here.

Friday, September 30

Chick Lit Luncheon

Hosted by Community Partners of Dallas and presented by Dr. Robert and Lara Tafe;
10:30 a.m. to 1:30 p.m., Hilton Anatole

Supermodel and entrepreneur Tyra Banks is the featured speaker at the 16th annual Chick Lit Luncheon. Community Partners of Dallas (CPD) also will celebrate the Crystal Charity Ball for 70 years of helping abused and neglected children. Dallas Mavericks CEO Cynt Marshall, the NBA’s first Black female CEO, will serve as honorary chair for the luncheon. Marshall’s memoir, You’ve Been Chosen: Thriving Through the Unexpected, releases in September.

Go here for more information.

Thursday, October 20 to Saturday, October 22

bigBANG! 2022 The Regenerative Economy

Hosted by Social Venture Partners Dallas
Thursday, 8 a.m. to 4 p.m. at Paul Quinn College; Friday, 8:15 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. at Pegasus Park; Saturday 10 a.m. to 4 p.m., Location to come

Speakers at big BANG! 2022 will explore how to transition to a regenerative economy that benefits everyone. Now in its 14th year, big BANG! 2022 will look at how to place human dignity at the center of planning for the use of goods, services, and assets. Discussions will feature principles and voices that offer solutions for modern living, valuing people, the planet, and prosperity. In addition to panel discussions, October 22 is Dallas Digital Inclusion Day to focus on how to help everyone in Dallas access the Internet and how it can be used for self-empowerment.

For more information, go here. Purchase tickets, from $125 to $295, here.


Friday, September 23

Wellness & Workplace Conference

Hosted by U.S.-India Chamber of Commerce – Dallas/Fort Worth
Details to come

Keynote speaker Dr. Vivek Murthy, U.S. Surgeon General, will be featured in discussions on mental health and the business of healthcare.

Save the date.

Thursday, October 6

Texas Women’s Foundation Luncheon

Hosted by Texas Women’s Foundation
11:30 a.m., Hilton Anatole

The 37th Annual Texas Women’s Foundation Luncheon highlights those working to create equitable and inclusive communities for women and girls. The featured speakers at this year’s event are authors Angie Thomas and Cleo Wade. Thomas’s debut novel The Hate U Give has spent more than three years on the New York Times Bestseller List, where it was joined by her second novel, On the Come Up, and now her third, Concrete Rose. Blockbuster books and two major film adaptations have highlighted #BlackLivesMatter protesters, igniting real change in the fight for racial justice, and shone a spotlight on a global pandemic that is disproportionately hurting people of color.  Wade wrote Heart Talk: Poetic Wisdom for a Better Life, Where to Begin: A small book your power to create big change, and Heart Talk: The Journal, 52 weeks of self-love, self-care, and self-discovery. She has been called the poet of her generation by Time Magazine and one of the 100 most creative people in business by Fast Company.

For more information, go here.

Impact Dallas Gala

Hosted by the Dallas Chapter of the American Institute of Architects and the Architecture Design Foundation
6 to 11 p.m., The Thompson Hotel, Dallas

Save the date for this black-tie event celebrating the role design plays in solving problems and improving people’s lives. The event will honor recipients for the AIA Dallas Lifetime Achievement Award and the AD EX Community Cornerstone Award.

Find out more here.

Monday, October 24 to Tuesday, October 25

The State of Search

Digital Marketing conference presented by the Dallas/Fort Worth Search Engine Marketing Association
Hybrid Event

Learn actionable tips and tricks from some of the top digital marketing experts to make 2023 your company’s best year ever..  Go here for more information.

Save the date.

Wednesday, November 2

George W. Bush Presidential Center in Dallas

Save the date.

Thursday, November 10 – Saturday, November 12 


Hosted by The Dallas Regional Chamber
Fort Worth, TX

Save the date. 

Go here for more.

Sunday, November 13 – Friday, November 18 

SC22: International Conference for High Performance Computing, Networking, Storage, and Analysis 

Sponsored by IEEE Computer Society  
Kay Bailey Hutchison Convention Center, Dallas 

Save the date. For more information, go here.

Wednesday, April 19 – Friday, April 21, 2023 

EarthX E-Capital Summit 2023

Sponsored by EarthX

Save the date. For more information, go here.


Saturdays through August 6

Sculpture Scavenger Hunt: AURORA’s Art Quest

Hosted by AURORA 
Neighborhoods in Dallas

Dallas arts organization AURORA commissioned 3D-printed sculptures that will be hidden in “secret locations in five Dallas neighborhoods. Clues for finding hidden artwork will be revealed on the morning of each Art Quest. The first finder wins it and can collect it on the spot. 

Remaining date:

Aug 6: Artwork by Victor Enam at Vickery Meadow Neighborhood

For more information or to get clues, go here.

Through Wednesday, August. 31

Apple Camp for Kids and Parents

Hosted by Apple
Local Apple stores, times vary

Kids ages 8 to 12 and their parents are invited to attend a free weekly Apple Camp at their local Apple Store. Led by Apple Creative Pros, campers will dream up a story about protecting the planet and then take an Apple-provided iPad Pro and Apple Pencil outside to find inspiration in their surroundings. They will take photos and add drawings, speech bubbles, and stickers to design their very own heroic stories.

Contact your local Apple store or go here for more.

Through Sunday, September 4

Disney Art from Private Collections

Arlington Museum of Art

The Arlington Museum of Art exhibition, which just got a $149,500 grant from the Arlington Tomorrow Foundation, is a partnership with the former Disney animator Andreas Deja, whose personal collection of sketches is a main source of creative for the exhibit. The Legends of Disney exhibit includes transformative galleries with an interactive set, sweeping vistas of animation backgrounds and interactive 3-dimensional aspects of the animation of Disney.

The extensive private collection of Deja includes decades of work by three of Disney’s most talented and prolific animators: Frank Thomas, Ollie Johnston, and Deja himself, who oversaw the creative development of characters including the villainous Gaston in Beauty and the Beast, Jafar in Aladdin, and Scar in The Lion King.

For more information, go here.

Through Monday, Sept. 5

Jane Goodall, Gombe National Park, Tanzania. Learn more about the life and legacy of Jane Goodall at “Becoming Jane: The Evolution of Dr. Jane Goodall,” an exhibition organized by National Geographic and the Jane Goodall Institute. [Photo: Michael Nichols, National Geographic]

Becoming Jane: The Evolution of Dr. Jane Goodall

Hosted by The Perot in partnership with the National Geographic Society and the Jane Goodall Institute
The Perot Museum of Nature and Science

Jane Goodall’s first article was published in 1963 and a second article was featured on the December 1965 cover of National Geographic magazine. [Photo: National Geographic]

In celebration of its 10th Anniversary and continued commitment to STEM workforce development, the Perot Museum of Nature and Science presents “Becoming Jane: The Evolution of Dr. Jane Goodall.” World-renowned conservationist and ethologist Dr. Jane Goodall – who has famously studied chimpanzees in the wild for more than 60 years – is celebrated in this special exhibition, produced in partnership with the National Geographic Society and the Jane Goodall Institute. Goodall dedicated her career to studying the lives of chimpanzees in their natural habitat in Tanzania. Rather than seeing the animals as subjects, she came to see them as individuals with personalities and emotions – an idea once rejected by the scientific world but later considered revolutionary. A woman ahead of her time, Dr. Goodall’s story has resonated with people around the world. “Becoming Jane” explores Dr. Goodall’s life, from her early years as a young woman dreaming of learning about animals in Africa to her present role as activist and mentor. Visitors can participate in several interactive augmented reality (AR) activities, including a hologram of Dr. Goodall narrating her story and one where they test their skills at matching the “chimp chat” of a chimpanzee. The exhibit ends with a call to action, encouraging visitors to conserve the natural world through positive changes in daily routines and contributing to the Tree of Hope.

Museum general admission is $25 for adults (13-64), $15 for youth (2-12) and $18 for seniors (65+). Museum general admission is free for members. Children under 2 are always free. “Becoming Jane” requires an additional ticket of $8 for adults (13-64) and seniors (65+), $6 for youth (2-12) and free for children under 2. Member tickets for “Becoming Jane” are $5 for all age levels. Tickets are timed entry and available on a first-come, first-served basis. To avoid sellouts, visitors are strongly encouraged to purchase advanced tickets at

Through Saturday, Sept. 3

Kongo Astronauts: Congo Gravitational Waves // A Metadigital & Tantalean Tale

Presented by the University of North Texas College of Visual Arts and Design
CVAD Gallery, Room 160 of UNT Art Building, Denton
Gallery open Tuesday-Saturday from noon to 5 p.m., plus a later closing on Thursdays of 8 p.m. 

The selected works highlight what the artists describe as “inter-zones of digital globalization, where past, present and future collide with the politics of privacy and the realities of urban and rural life.” Founded in 2013 by Michel Ekeba and Eléonore Hellio, Kongo Astronauts works across disciplines, media, political borders, restrictive artistic and cultural boundaries, and temporal thresholds to reimagine shared futures and elicit thoughts of refusal and renewal. The artists’ performative responses to the postcolonial environment in the Democratic Republic of the Congo result in work that can be difficult to categorize. Kongo Astronauts’ creative forms are often ephemeral or unstable, and this absence of fixed physical objects is integral to many projects carried out by the artist collective. The exhibit features a short film, a series of large-scale photographic prints, and one of the astrosuits Ekeba wears when he performs in Kinshasa and elsewhere.

Go here for more information.

Through 2022

Stomping Ground Comedy Theater
Every Fourth Tuesday of the Month 12:30 – 2 p.m.

Caregiving for someone with Alzheimer’s or dementia is a heavy burden with daily responsibilities that can feel overwhelming, depleting, and unappreciated. That’s why Stomping Ground Comedy started Improv for Caregivers, a workshop that blends therapeutic techniques and improvisational comedy activities to help caregivers cultivate ease, joy, and flexibility in their relationships and feel more hopeful. In their interactive workshops, you’ll have fun developing a skill set that helps you communicate in new ways, understand your loved one’s changing perspective, diffuse challenging behavior, and cope with the stress of it all. When you learn improv skills for caregiving, you’ll worry less, laugh more, and find joy in the everyday with your loved ones. 

Pay what you want.
Find more information here.

Four Day Weekend Theaters in Fort Worth and Dallas
Classes offered on various days

Four Day Weekend is offering free classes for folks to learn the art of improvisation. Classes available for beginners, seasoned performers, and even aspiring comedy writers. Note that classes may be cancelled due to low signups or if the theater gets booked for a private event.

For more information, go here.


The Dallas Museum of Art is offering virtual museum experiences with a new virtual exhibition and gallery experiences, behind-the-scenes stories from around the museum, guides and activities to use at home, and art from around the world and from the local community.

Find more information here.

Fort Worth (drive-by, not a virtual event)
Daylight hours only

The idea behind this drive-by art gallery was thought up three years ago, but was finally activated this spring due to the ongoing pandemic. The gallery is currently featuring TCU MFA students’ pieces that were originally canceled due to COVID-19. “Each individual exhibition represented ideas that would have been addressed in each student’s thesis exhibition while responding to the exhibition space itself,” writes Gila Espinoza for Art&Seek. Currently, Hector A. Ramirez’s “Entre Piedras y Copia” is on display. Upcoming artists include British artist Richard Wentworth and sculptor Gene Owens.

Find more information here.

Every Wednesday at 9 a.m.

1 Million Cups is kicking off its Education for Entrepreneurs series. 1 Million Cups says it helps first-time entrepreneurs get connected to the startup community and experienced entrepreneurs take the next step through feedback and resources.

Find more information here.

Every Wednesday from 9 – 10 a.m.

Each week, 1 Million Cups Fort Worth plans to feature two presenters who will discuss their business’ services and needs, followed by a Q&A during which the presenters can offer helpful suggestions. One of the upcoming presenters is Michael Wilson of Processology, Corp. He plans to discuss what business process management, documentation, and improvement is, as well as why every business needs to actively practice it.

Find more information here.

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  • ICYMI 2021: The Q3 Archive

    You’ve found Dallas Innovates’ archive of news briefs from July to September 2021.

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    Nonprofit BUiLT is hosting the event to highlight the success and possibilities of Black tech talent in the region. “There is no talent pipeline problem,” says Peter Beasley, co-founder of the Blacks United in Leading Technology International. “Black tech talent is widely available, especially in North Texas.”

  • With Dallas ranked as one of the top cities in America for tech pros, UT Dallas and Fullstack have launched four skills training bootcamps focused on coding, cybersecurity, data analytics, and DevOps. The online bootcamps begin in November with tuition at $11,995 each.