What’s Cool About Dallas Startup Week 2016?

Dallas is getting ready for its second annual startup week, with this year’s event expected to draw some 6,000 attendees, almost twice as many as last year’s edition. Taking place from April 12-16 in downtown Dallas, we’re looking forward to seeing more than 230 speakers giving talks across 20 venues, covering 14 different tracks, including Design & UX, Startups 101, IoT & Robotics, Gaming, Health and many more.

“Startups and established companies both play important roles in Dallas’ entrepreneurial ecosystem,” said Dallas Mayor Mike Rawlings in a statement. “Dallas Startup Week shows just how much our city supports innovation and entrepreneurship by engaging business and community leaders, whether in corporate offices or co-working spaces.”

What’s ahead?

Dallas Startup Week is taking place downtown, which means that all of the venues are located within walking distance from one another. What’s more, the weather forecast is bright, with fine, sunny weather expected throughout the week, so there’s really no excuse not to attend. Find out easy it is to get downtown using this simple guide “how to get downtown.”

Event wise, there will be loads of fun things to do, including a bike tour that’s happening as part of the Real Estate Track, a scavenger hunt from DART to DFW under the Travel Track, and the UTD Pitch Contest Finals. There’s also another HackDFW taking place at Gilley’s, Dallas, on April 16/17, under the auspices of founder (and Launch DFW friend) Adil Shaikh.

Other events include Expose UX, Brad Hunstable in Thursday’s Spotlight Session, and the Startup Crawl. Oh, and did we mention this year will see a repeat of the CoHabitat Startup Crawfish Boil?

The entire community is pitching in to ensure this year’s event is the best ever. An unbelievable number of people and organizations have chipped in, providing donations, sharing, hosting and generally helping out, including the City of Dallas, Downtown Dallas Inc., the Dallas Regional Chamber, and many more.

Dallas Startup Week is also using a local startup for its calendar, called Allcal, and the official website has been revamped with a fresh new design. Danielle from Allcal is offering webinars for anyone that would like to leverage the app to its fullest.

We’re expecting a significant number of attendees from Austin this year too, most of whom are curious to see why many Dallas entrepreneurs didn’t even bother going to SXSW this time around.

And don’t forget this year’s Wrap Party, where the entire Dallas startup community is welcome to unwind and celebrate what’s going sure to be its most exciting week ever, in the tallest building in the city.