Origin Story: A People Accelerator

One notable characteristic about Dallas is our sense of community. People are willing to collaborate with and motivate each other. Chalk it up to Southern charm or good manners, but when there’s a need for support or education, we seem especially fortunate to have leaders that step up to the challenge.

John Keehler and Dean Terry are two such leaders. Keehler is a a digital strategist and educator here in Dallas, and Dean is the founder of the emerging media program at UTD.

“There’s a hunger for digital training here in Dallas — people want to understand more about it,” says Keehler. “That kind of education isn’t always provided at universities, and we wanted to address that.”

He and Terry recently formed Origin Story, a “people accelerator” dedicated to providing opportunities for collaborating and experiencing new technologies.

“We create immersive events around emerging technologies and creative practices, with a focus on collaborative environments and inspiring experts who guide participants towards the future they want to create for themselves,” reports the website.

The first event that Origin Story is hosting is a 3D Printing Lab workshop, led by Jordan Williams of Captured Dimensions. “The goal is immersion — that’s why we’re bringing in experts like Jordan to lead the event,” says Keehler.

jordanreplicasDuring the 3-hour event, Jordan will provide an overview of the 3D printing landscape today, and where it’s headed. Attendees get a chance to see a variety of printers and have the opportunity for some hands-on experience with printed objects in a variety of materials. The event will be up at the DEC, on Saturday, September 13.

“Bringing this kind of learning to the startup community in Dallas is key — entrepreneurs are all about disruption, and we’re providing an environment to discuss and experience that,” says Keehler.

Learn more about Origin Story and their future events by visiting their website. You can register for the 3D printing event at this link — use the code “LaunchDFW” and you’ll get a sweet discount!

“This is first of our events, and we’ve got some exciting technologies that we’ll be exploring in the months to come,” says Keehler.


Rachel Winstead

Rachel is a freelance writer and works at Soap Hope in downtown Dallas. She hates the term "disrupt," tweets about startups, and appreciates a well-crafted hashtag.