Recap and Next Steps: DIA Community Meetups

Thank you to everyone who has made it out for the Dallas Innovation Alliance’s meetups in May and June! With a combined 225+ in attendance, and some palpable energy and excitement in the room, it’s clear Dallas is ready to work as a community to become a smart city.

 Breakout groups at May event at Tutta's 

Breakout groups at May event at Tutta's 

Attendees were able to participate in breakout sessions on key topics defining a smart city, thank you to our facilitators for driving great discussions around:

Data, Data, Data

Internet of Things

Quality of Life/the Citizen Experience

Startup Ecosystem Involvement

STEM/Workforce Development

Team Green/Sustainability

Transportation and Mobility

 900lbs CEO Steve Dietz demo'ing the iPad 360 experience of the living lab in the West End. Photo courtesy of Jana Pruitt, Dallas Innovates

900lbs CEO Steve Dietz demo'ing the iPad 360 experience of the living lab in the West End. Photo courtesy of Jana Pruitt, Dallas Innovates

How to Get Involved?
Engage, Educate and Spread the Message

Volunteer on a Committee, or other capacities (it takes a village!)
--Dates and details to come on dates in August, and through the end of the year

Become a Member/Partner with the DIA
--Please visit the Join Us page to submit information

Nonprofits and Civic Organizations: Join the Smart City Community Council
--Please visit the Join Us page for more information and to download the membership form, or email to submit information

High Level Themes from Breakout Groups

This is likely of no surprise to the community, but the through-line for smart city strategies is the use of data to improve efficiency, operations and quality of life, as well as to measure outcomes for initiatives.

 Providing an open data platform for citizens, entrepreneurs and students to build off of is a core competency, leveraging both public open data (see the City of Dallas' at and other data sets to gain new insights. Data standardization, security, storage and APIs were key areas of discussion.

Improving access to information is key to improving the citizen experience. How that information is aggregated and services delivered is where innovation can occur.

Smart cities is a marriage of green space, sustainability and livability with technology, data and internet of things. A combination and balance must be achieved in all tactics.

A big piece of success of these initiatives will involve a perception shift or behavior change – i.e. how can citizens contribute to resource conservation or how do we shift perception (and experience) of public transit to increase ridership and access?

STEM and Workforce Development improvement can be achieved in a number of ways, but central themes of access, collaboration with existing programs and bootcamps, and getting to kids early were prevalent in discussion. Hands on, experiential learning, as well as expanding technical certification programs were also key themes.

Startups and entrepreneurs are a core asset in Dallas – the question is how to best leverage and fold-in these innovators? The open API/platform is key, as are events like Hackathons and potential smart city-focused accelerators. How can we partner established corporations with startups to catalyze proof of concept and commercialization?

Transportation & Mobility was a high-energy, passionate conversation – the use of technology and sensors to improve everything from mass transit arrival time, a universal multi-modal pass, pedestrian safety, alerts/rerouting regarding street closures and congestion points, among others, are key areas to explore.

The DIA is going to establish core community committees around these topics, to cement ideas and action plans. If you are interested in serving on a committee, or leading, please email and stay tuned for dates to come in August and beyond.

The presentation from our June 29th event can be accessed below, for those interested or who missed the event.

Thank you for your passion and enthusiasm for the future of Dallas!

--Dallas Innovation Alliance