On Tap: Drone Wars, Engineering Our World, & Momentum Conference

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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.

Feb. 19-25 is National Engineers Week, aka EWeek. It was started in 1951 by the National Society of Professional Engineers (NSPE)NSPE is a coalition of more than 70 engineering, education, and cultural societies, and more than 50 corporations and government agencies. EWeek is dedicated to raising awareness to the contributions to society made by engineers, promoting the importance of STEM education, and pursuance of engineering careers to provide a diverse and vigorous workforce for the future. As part of EWeek, Feb. 23 is Introduce a Girl to Engineering Day

Feb. 20-24 is National Entrepreneurship Week. Microsoft stores across the country, including NorthPark Center, will be hosting workshops with the goal of raising awareness about business opportunities and strategies for the next generation of entrepreneurs. 


THURSDAY, FEB. 16

DENTON WOMEN WHO CODE (WWC) MEETUP
7 – 8:30 p.m. at Stoke
608 East Hickory Street, Suite 128, in Denton

Mingle with other women who code at the Denton Meetup and get feedback and tips during the networking hour from 7-7:30 p.m. Following that, there will be a raffle, giveaways and career-building activities. 


FRIDAY, FEB. 17

CREATIVE MORNINGS: KRISTA NIGHTENGALE ON THE THEME OF MOMENTS 
8:30 a.m. – 10 a.m.
Better Block, 700 W. Davis, in Dallas

CreativeMornings is a breakfast lecture series for the creative community. The monthly events feature breakfast and a short talk by professional creators, designers, photographers, illustrators, and more. The global theme for February is Moments.

Register for free tickets. Go here for more information.

DRONE WARS IV: PRACTICE RUNS AND QUALIFYING
3 – 8 p.m. Qualifying continues on Saturday, Feb. 18.
Cavanaugh Flight Museum, 4572 Claire Chennault, in Addison

Head to head racing for cash prizes.

Cost: $25 for competitors, $10 for spectators. Call 972-380-8800×100 to register. For information, go to the website.

DREAM BIG: ENGINEERING OUR WORLD

IMAX film opens. Check hours and schedule here.
OMNI Theatre at the Fort Worth Museum of Science and History, 1600 Gendy St., in Fort Worth

Narrated by Academy Award® winner Jeff Bridges, Dream Big: Engineering Our World is the first film of its kind for IMAX that will transform how we think about engineering. From the world’s tallest buildings to underwater robots and a solar car race across Australia, Dream Big celebrates the human ingenuity behind engineering marvels big and small, and shows how engineers push the limits of innovation in unexpected ways. With its inspiring stories of human grit and aspiration and extraordinary visuals for the world’s largest screens, Dream Big reveals the compassion and creativity that drive engineers to create better lives for people and a more sustainable future for us all. Dream Big is a MacGillivray Freeman film in partnership with American Society of Engineers, presented by Bechtel Corporation.

For more information, go here.

16TH ANNUAL SMU BUSINESS PLAN COMPETITION
2 – 5 p.m.
SMU, James M. Collins Executive Education Center at Crum Auditorium, 3150 Binkley Ave., in Dallas

The SMU MBA Entrepreneurship Club hosts the annual competition where student teams pitch business ideas that they’ve been developing over the last six months. More than $74,000 in cash and in-kind donations will be awarded to the top three teams. Audience members will get to vote for their favorite team for the “People’s Choice Award.” The team that wins this award will receive $1,000, in addition to any other prize money won.

For more information, go here

 


SATURDAY, FEB. 18

DRONE WARS IV
Registration: 9 a.m.; Racing: 1 p.m. 
Cavanaugh Flight Museum, 4572 Claire Chennault in Addison

The fastest drone wins — cash prizes. Drones race against others through a hangar obstacle course. Awards presentation to follow.

Cost: $25 for competitors, $10 for spectators. Call 972-380-8800, ext. 100, to register. For information, go to the website.

AIA FORT WORTH AWARDS CEREMONY
10 a.m. – noon
The Kimbell Art Museum’s Piano Pavilion, 3333 Camp Bowie Blvd., in Fort Worth

The AIA Fort Worth Chapter will be presenting the 2016 Honor Awards as well as recognizing the 2016 Professional and Student Design Award recipients.Festivities begin with coffee or mimosas at the bar and presentations to follow. It is a celebration of the those who make possible distinctive works of architecture in our community.

Cost: $20 AIA FW members; $40 general public; Students free with student ID.

ENGINEERING EXPERIENCE AT THE MUSEUM

10:45 a.m. – 1:30 p.m.
Fort Worth Museum of Science and History, 1600 Gendy St., in Fort Worth

Join area engineers as the Museum celebrates the Dream Big IMAX experience with hands-on STEM activities to explore the wonders of engineering. Some of the activities planned for the Omni Lobby include:
Balance Challenges: Create a LEGO zip-line contraption and build intriguing balancing structures
Electrical Explorations: Create a popsicle flashlight and more
Building Challenges: Build bridges with paper, create structures with spaghetti and more

COOKIE, BEER, AND CUPCAKE PAIRING AT TUPPS BREWERY
Doors open 11 a.m.
721 Anderson St., in McKinney

For tickets and information, go here.


SUNDAY, FEB. 19

FREE CODE CAMP WORKSHOP
2 – 4 p.m. at NoD Coworking
17290 Preston Road, in Dallas

Meet fellow coders, work on your own or collaborate with others. This camp is free and open to the public. RSVP here


MONDAY, FEB. 20

WOMEN IN BUSINESS
8 – 9:30 a.m. 
Microsoft Store, NorthPark Center, 8687 N. Central Expressway, Suite 1612 in Dallas

This session will feature female regional entrepreneurs discussing their experiences, advice, and lessons from the startup world. The event is open for both men and women, current entrepreneurs, or those interested in learning about the community. Breakfast will be served.

For information, go to the website.

 


TUESDAY, FEB. 21

THE PULSE BREAKFAST: HEALTHCARE INNOVATION BREAKFAST SERIES
7:30 – 9 a.m. 
Health Wildcatters, 1910 Pacific Avenue, 20th Floor in Dallas

Networking starts at 7:30 a.m., program begins at 8 a.m. TOPIC: “How Blue Cross and Blue Shield of Texas is Embedding Innovation in its Customer-First Culture.” Coffee and continental breakfast will be provided.

COST: $15 – $99. For information and registration, go to the website.

INNOVATING FOR SUCCESS
8 – 9:30 a.m. 
Microsoft Store, NorthPark Center, 8687 N. Central Expressway, Suite 1612, in Dallas

Attendees will hear from a mix of entrepreneurs who have used innovative and creative methods in their own business. This session will focus on advancing innovative and novel ideas for entrepreneurs ready to make an impact. Breakfast is included.

For information, go to the website.

ENGINEERS WEEK | FORT WORTH MUSEUM SCIENCE AND HISTORY

Runs through February 25. Engineering week activities will be offered:
February 21-22, 10 a.m. – 2 p.m.
February 23, 10 a.m. – 4 p.m.
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.
Check hours and schedule here.

NATIONAL ENTREPRENEURSHIP WEEK PANEL DISCUSSION: THE BEST TIME IS NOW
6 – 8 pm 
Irving-Las Colinas Chamber, 5201 N. O’Connor Blvd. Suite 100 in Irving

A variety of different topics will be covered during the evening – from “The Cloud”, Resources to startups, the Innovative Community and more. We invite you to be a part of the conversation to learn from leaders of startups, small, medium and big businesses. Hosted by Microsoft, the Irving-Las Colinas Chamber of Commerce and representatives from the Irving Technology Leadership Council. Heavy appetizers, beer and wine will be provided.

Free. For information, go to the website.

THE TEENAGE BRAIN: HARNESSING THE POWER OF CHANGE
“The Brain: An Owner’s Guide” lecture series
6:15 p.m. – 8:15 p.m.
The Center for BrainHealth, 2200 W. Mockingbird Lane, in Dallas

Ever find yourself baffled by the teenage brain? Join Dr. Adriana Galván, assistant professor in the Department of Psychology and Brain Research Institute at the University of California, Los Angeles, as she examines, in detail, the strangely excitable, often impulsive, and constantly changing adolescent brain. Dr. Galván makes a compelling case that the continued maturation and plasticity of the teen brain –- so often blamed for poor decision-making –- can actually enact learning, independence, and emotional well-being. As director and principal investigator of UCLA’s Developmental Neuroscience Laboratory, Dr. Galván is leading a new wave of research that promises to deepen our understanding and respect for the teenage brain.

Cost: $50-70. For information and tickets, go here


WEDNESDAY, FEB. 22

IGNITE YOUR IDEAS
12 – 1:30 p.m.
Microsoft Store, NorthPark Center, 8687 N. Central Expressway, Suite 1612 in Dallas

This event is geared toward entrepreneurs ready to kick-start their business ideas or in the early stage of their startup. Attendees will hear from Scott Duffy, a nationally recognized speaker, author, and entrepreneur. They will also have the opportunity to ask questions and hear success stories from a panel of entrepreneurs. The session will also cover the fundamentals of how to launch business ideas and offer time for networking with local startups and entrepreneurs. Lunch is included.

For information, go to the website.

DAN PITCH MEETING

5:30 pm – 8:30 pm
The DEC, 311 N. Market St., in Dallas

Free. Dallas Angel Network

THE ECONOMICS OF INVESTING IN SOCIAL IMPACT | Andrea Levere
Kickoff of the 2017 Social Innovation Luncheon Series
11:30 a.m. – 1 p.m.
Magnolia Hotel Dallas Park Cities, 6070 N Central Expressway in Dallas

Andrea Levere, President of Corporation for Enterprise Development, will discuss how businesses can intentionally contribute to reducing poverty and expanding economic opportunity. Levere will further explore how better economic opportunities for low-income or disadvantaged communities are better for all of us.

Cost: $40-$180 (series). For tickets and information, go to the SVP Dallas website.


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.


SATURDAY, FEB. 25

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


SAVE THE DATE

SATURDAY-SUNDAY, FEB. 25-26

BUILDATHON 2017 

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.

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.


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


[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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