It started in November of 2013 with six teams; five minutes to present, and five minutes for questions and answers with the audience. We had nearly 70 attendees at the first event – not a bad start for something new to the area.
To date, we’ve had about 700 people come through the doors for Dallas New Tech (#BigDNT), with nearly a dozen sponsors. We’ve had a wonderful event venue, thank you for that Bruce! Sweet Moses Brands is one of the highlights… homemade food makes a real difference at a startup event.
Most importantly though is the teams. We’ve had 42 teams present at Dallas New Tech. From home automation to virtual clothing measurement, and financial management. We’ve had teams from accelerators, incubators, and from all around the globe—though all had a connection to the Dallas area.
Here is an alphabetical list of every presenting team:
Airvirtize, Avyn, Cariloop, Charade Date, Connect 5, Crowd Feed, Dream Machine Association, fiveOH, Gestures, Guideally, Haul Studios, Hedge Chatter, ink my cause, inProximity, iPal, Kids in Touch, Kinesio, MakeMyPlate, Match My Golf, Mizzen + Main, My Dealer Service, NEED Lifestyle Company, Newline Interactive, Order my Gear, passbeemedia, PerfectKISS, Ravesy, Realfolio, Remind Technologies, RENT Eval, ScribeSense, Secret Happy Hour, Spotagory, TapSpaces, ThereNow, True Mileage, Trusted Riding, uChilla, uGotta, WatchTags, YoBelly, and YOOLOD.
We’ve had great support from the local Dallas media – both the Dallas Business Journal and the Dallas Morning News. We’ve had wonderful support from the community as well, both in individuals tweeting and retweeting, volunteering, and organizations that understand the value of community; looking at you The DEC, Tech and Health Wildcatters, The Grove, and many more.
So what’s next for Dallas New Tech? We’re taking a couple of months off to absorb the lessons learned—to build something new. It’ll be the same format, with much more attention to detail, with a dedicated team, and with a new home. It’ll be easy to get to, and easy to leave. But most of all – it will be the premier place to see new technology—before anyone else.
Enjoy your summer – and if you would like to help with the remodel, please reach out. I’m everywhere you are: http://friendmichael.com. See you in August. 🙂