Best Week in Dallas

The week of October 11th is Idea Week and it's chock full of events to get you thinking and collaborating with others about great ideas!

Idea Week's mission is to showcase the interesting and innovative conversations happening throughout Dallas. This grassroots movement is centered around the community and our ideas. Every day for 7 days there are at least 3 events scheduled. There's really something for everybody - kids, students, professionals, artists, entrepreneurs and thinkers.

Thirty events are scheduled all over the city and over 22 of them are free to attend (some of those free events still require ticket reservations.) From volunteering with Americorps alumni to Speed Networking with Social Entrepreneurs, this is going to be the best week in Dallas. There. I said it twice, so you know I'm serious.

I am really excited about this week - Spark Club, Mobile Salon, Pecha Kucha, Digital Dallas and the Social Investment Bus Tour are just a handful of the events I'm looking forward to attending.

A BIG thank you and congrats goes out to the collaborators behind Idea Week. The organizers had an idea and took off sprinting with it just 3 months ago. Look at how much they have accomplished by checking out and attending some of the events below. Also, be sure to visit Idea Week's website for more information about Idea Week, follow them on Twitter and fan them on Facebook.

Without further ado, here are all the great events that are scheduled during the first ever Idea Week in Dallas. Hope to see you out at a few of them!

Monday, October 11

All Day | Net Impact DFW + DFW Green TV Present IdeaCasts for Idea Week Log on for the debut of a new webcast: Dallas Does Green. Really?! | Free & Available to the Public | More Info

11.30a | "TEDxTuesday" on Monday. Watch TEDTalk Wade Davis on Endangered Cultures with SMU students and faculty at SMU Lyle School of Engineering, Innovation Gym | Free & Open to the Public | RSVP required

6.30p | Spark Club hosts Speed Networking to Kick-Off Idea Week. Come meet other like-minded thinkers and do-gooders and learn about social enterprise at City Walk. | Free & Open to the Public | RSVP required

Tuesday, October 12

6.40a | AmeriCorps Alumni Volunteer Day. Join AmeriCorps volunteers to prepare and serve meals at Stewpot. | Free & Open to the Public | More info

11.30a | "TEDxTuesday" on Tuesday. Watch TEDTalk Gregory Stalk on To Upgrade is Human with SMU students and faculty at SMU Lyle School of Engineering, Innovation Gym | Free & Open to the Public | RSVP required

6p | CoHabitat + TEDxSMU host a Mobile Salon. Learn what’s going on in mobile technology at the co-working space CoHabitat | Free & Open to the Public | RSVP required

6p | Fashion 2.0 Dallas Launch at Kenichi in the W Hotel. Learn | A panel of Dallas fashion professionals will discuss: “Online Retailing and the impact of Social Media” | Not a public event | RSVP Required

Wednesday, October 13

All Day | Net Impact DFW + DFW Green TV Present IdeaCasts for Idea Week. Log on for the debut of a new webcast: The Peanuts, too? How Do You Green a Major Airline? | Free & Available to the Public | More Info

11.30a | "TEDxTuesday" on Wednesday. Watch TEDTalk Matt Ridley on When Ideas Have Sex with SMU students and faculty at SMU Lyle School of Engineering, Innovation Gym | Free & Open to the Public | RSVP required

5p | Carrotmob Dallas. Eat. Drink. Save the world. Your tab (81% of it) goes directly to improve the energy efficiency of LaGrange. (Attendees pay their own food/drink.) | Open to the Public, No RSVP required | More info

6p | Pecha Kucha Vol. 4. A grab bag of eclectic and diverse presenters - 20 slides for 20 second each at the Dee & Charles Wyly Theatre | Tickets - $7.50 | RSVP required

Thursday, October 14

8a | Big Thought Presents the Texas Imagination Conversation. A look at the importance of imagination across all sectors at the Dee & Charles Wyly Theatre | Invitation Only | More Info

9a & 3p | DSVP hosts Social Investment Bus Tour. Get on the bus and learn more about DSVP's portfolio of socially innovative nonprofits. Meet other like-minded philanthropists who value impact and engagement with their philanthropy. Meet at City Walk 511 Akard | Tickets - $30 for morning or afternoon / $45 for both | RSVP required

11.30a | "TEDxTuesday" on Thursday. Watch TEDTalk Majora Carter’s Tale of Urban Renewal with SMU students and faculty at SMU Lyle School of Engineering, Innovation Gym | Free & Open to the Public | RSVP required

3p | Cyclesomatic Presents "Kiddical Mass Kids' Bike Ride." Bike Friendly Oak Cliff kicks of Cyclesomatic, a four-day bicycle festival, with a family-friendly ride ending at Eno's Pizza. Meet at Rosemont Elementary. | Free & Open to Public; No RSVP Required

6p | Digital Dallas Launch. A showcase of local talent and idea exchange for the local technology community at La Grange | Free to technology/creative professionals | RSVP required

6:30p | Wokai Dallas Presents: Drinks for a Better World 2.0. Wokai Dallas is just starting up. Our bi-monthly “Drinks For a Better World” events bring together socially conscious and visionary individuals who share a common interest in microfinance, entrepreneurship, and social causes. | Free & Open to the public; Space is limited | RSVP required

7p | Death of a Penalty: The Decline & Fall of Capital Punishment.Free lecture and conversation is part of a fall series presented by SMU’s Embrey Human Rights Program with the Cary M. Maguire Center for Ethics & Public Responsibility at SMU Hughes-Trigg Forum | Free & Open to the Public; Space is limited | RSVP required

7:30p | State of the Arts: Kevin Moriarty and Anne Pasternak. Hear Dallas’s key artistic leaders and special guests in thought-provoking conversations about the arts and the cultural landscape of the Metroplex. | Price included in the general admission to the DMA | Reservations recommended

Friday, October 15

All Day | Net Impact DFW + DFW Green TV Present IdeaCasts for Idea Week. Log on for the debut of a new webcast: Just Add Water | Free & Available to the Public | More Info

8a | Cyclesomatic Presents Bike to City Hall. Bike Friendly Oak Cliff continues Cyclesomatic with a trip to City Hall. Several City Council members will ride and present the Dallas Bike Plan draft, which spotlights the future citywide Complete Streets Initiative. Depart at 8am; Arrive at City Hall at 8:30am | Free to public; No RSVP required | More Info

11.30a | "TEDxTuesday" on Friday. Watch TEDTalk Martin Rees asks Is This Our Final Century with SMU students and faculty at SMU Lyle School of Engineering, Innovation Gym | Free & Open to the Public | RSVP required

12.30p | TEDxKids. The explosion of what happens when you put TED speakers in the room with 410 middle + high school students at the Dee & Charle Wyly Theatre | Applications Closed; Sold Out

5.30p | AmeriCorps Alumni Volunteer Day. Prepare and serve meals at Stewpot with Dallas Americorps alumni volunteers | Free & Open to the Public | More Info

Saturday, October 16

6a | TEDxSMU Morning Run with Ray Zahab. Want a challenge to start your Saturday? Join extreme athlete & runner Ray Zahab for a Saturday morning run with the Dallas Running Club. | Free & Open to the Public | More Info

9a | TEDxSMU Intellectual Circus of Ideas at the Dee & Charles Wyly Theatre | Applications Closed; Sold Out

6p | Cyclesomatic Presents Bicycle Block Party on Bishop. With Beer, BBQ, Bands, Gold Sprints, and more! | Free and Open to public; No RSVP required | More info

6.15p | Woodbox Beats and Balladry. TEDxSMU, TITAS and the Meadows School of the Arts at SMU are joining forces to present a free concert featuring Daniel Bernard at the Reflecting Pool of the Winspear Opera House | Free & Open to the Public | More info

7p | Dallas Film Society and the AT&T Performing Arts Center present CASABLANCA, part of D Magazine’s FrontRow Presents: A Film Series. James and Dacia King will perform at 7 pm; CASABLANCA starts at 8 pm at the Annette Strauss Artists Square | Free & Open to the Public; Space is limited | Reservations required

Sunday, October 17

10a | Cyclesomatic Presents Photopolus’ Polaride Scavenger Hunt. Teams of four compete in a “shoot and ride” city-wide scavenger hunt on bikes where proof of found items is documented on camera. Meet at 408 N. Bishop Ave, Suite 103 | Free & Open to Public | More info

2p | Cyclesomatic Presents Bike Friendly Oak Cliff Group Bike Ride: On the Trail of Lee Harvey Oswald. The ride starts at Sixth Floor Museum in Downtown Dallas, passes the infamous residences of JFK’s alleged assassin and stops at pivotal spots from that fateful day in 1963. The ride passes through the Bishop Arts District and stops for drinks at Eno’s. | Free & Open to the Public | More info

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