Dialexa Opens New Office In
by DIALEXA on December 9, 2013 in NEWS
Dialexa opens an office in Cambridge, Massachusetts near MIT/Kendall Square to help start-ups, companies and governments build custom technology solutions.
Dialexa is an international technology product design and development company based in Dallas, TX specializing in designing and building world-class products. The company serves as a one-stop firm for any company, organization or government experiencing problems that can be addressed by a technical solution; this may include mobile, software, web, hardware, embedded, M2M, wireless or robotics.
Dialexa co-founders, Mark Haidar and Scott Harper, appointed Jeanette Cajide, a graduate of Harvard University and an MBA from Northwestern University Kellogg School of Management, to lead business development efforts for the Cambridge office as the company seeks to establish and grow its presence on the East Coast. The company, based in the Cambridge Innovation Center, is also planning to make additional Boston area hires in 2014.
Dialexa already boasts an impressive list of clients from Fortune 100 companies to venture-backed start-ups and world government agencies, emerging from stealth mode at TechCrunch Disrupt in New York earlier this year. Business development efforts to date have largely been referral based.
“This is only the beginning of Dialexa’s office expansion strategy in the USA. There is a high demand for our services as we see an increase in companies and government agencies needing technology solutions that require both software and hardware development. This is our sweet spot, bridging the digital and physical world, and finding solutions to major problems that require mobile applications, embedded hardware, and sensor technology,” said co-founder and co-CEO Mark Haidar.
Dialexa has quickly immersed itself in the technology community in the greater Boston area becoming a member of the MIT Enterprise Forum, Mass Technology Leadership Council and MITX, and working with community leaders including the New England Venture Capital Association to create a better Boston for technology companies and entrepreneurs.
The company will begin ramping up business development efforts in New York City starting January 2014.
Dialexa and DVP Present 20over20 Hackathon
by DIALEXA on September 30, 2013 in NEWS
In early 2013, Dialexa cofounders Mark Haidar and Scott Harper along with Matt Himelfarb, Managing Partner of Dallas Venture Partners “DVP”, came up with an idea for a hackathon that would tackle 20 problems that have not been addressed by the internet revolution of the past 20 years. The result was the 20over20 hackathon, which lasted 72 hours starting Thursday September 19th at 12 noon. It was the first of its kind in the Dallas/Fort Worth area and was named by Startups FM as one of the top hackathons happening across the globe. The winning team had a choice between a $10,000 cash prize or a $10,000 investment from DVP as well as incorporation by 20over20’s in-kind sponsor, Strasburger and Price.
The 20over20 website received hundreds of problems from around the world. On Wednesday September 18th, Dialexa and DVP presented the top 20 problems to the seven competing teams. The teams would then have 18 hours to decide which problem they each wanted to tackle. The hackathon began the next day at noon and the teams had 72 hours to hack a solution to the problem.
Video includes highlights of 20 Over 20 Hackathon at Dialexa’s office in Dallas, Texas.
There were four academic teams and three open teams. The academic teams were Southern Methodist University advised by Greg Needel, the University of Texas at Dallas advised by Jey Veerasamy, the University of North Texas advised by Nancy Hong and Southern Methodist University’s Guildhall advised by Squirrel Eiserloh. The open teams were selected from an application process and the teams were assigned a seasoned technologist and/or entrepreneur as their advisor. The open teams were Delta Force advised by Jason Lochhead, Nerd Power advised by Alexander Muse and Black Hole advised by Lauren Hasson.
Each team was given a designated space to work at Dialexa’s headquarters in Dallas, Texas. Dialexa engineers and designers stood on-deck providing support to the teams and advisors. 20over20 sponsors Cloud Elements, Microsoft, Rockfish, Nokia and Taco Joint generously provided meals over the course of the event making sure nobody went hungry. Throughout the hackathon, leaders from the technology and startup community came to support the teams including leadership from the Dallas Entrepreneur Center, Digital Dallas, and Tech Wildcatters.
Overall, it was impressive to see what these teams, mostly made up of students including one high school team, were able to accomplish in 72 hours. The majority of the teams had a working prototype, some of which included both a hardware and software component.
Team Nerd Power decided to address the problem “How can two people sharing the same bed keep separate alarms without disturbing the other person's sleep?” The solution was quite clever. The team built and tested a wristband that a person could wear to bed and the wristband would vibrate or send an electric shock (don’t worry, nothing dangerous) at the time a person needed to wake up.
The SMU Guildhall team, which finished in 3rd place, took on one of the most ambitious problems: a new approach to our educational standard models particularly as it relates to STEAM education. They decided to tackle the problem by creating a dynamic educational engine that analyzed students based on the type of games they currently play. Once collected, this information would be used to determine their personality. The classes would then be customized to the individual’s personality.
2nd place finisher UNT decided to create a solution for addressing the problem of helping people find their cars in a parking garage. The team developed an app that would drop a pin and remember where you parked. A simple mobile app would point to where you left your car. The biggest surprise of the evening was learning this team was actually several high school students ranging from 16 to 17 years old who were taking advanced courses at UNT.
The winning team was from SMU’s Lyle School of Engineering. They provided a solution for finding items you could lose easily. The team had originally picked another problem but the first night of the hackathon one of the team member’s lost his keys and spent an hour looking for them. The team then switched problems having experienced the pain point first hand. They researched the market thoroughly and found a competitor; however, the solution SMU crafted was less expensive and unique in its approach. The team is considering incorporating the solution into a company and continue working on the idea.
Over 70 people attended the final presentations. The judge’s panel included some of Dallas’s most highly accomplished entrepreneurs: David Bettner cofounder of Words With Friends, Lea Nesbit who sold her previous company to 3M, Derek Chapin the CFO of Woot! which sold to Amazon, Daniel Nelson cofounder of Datical and Mark Haidar cofounder of Dialexa. Dialexa and DVP are already in discussions to make this an annual event.
- Nibletz: 20 Over 20 - One Of The Coolest Hackathons We’ve Heard About - July 15, 2013
- Dallas Business Journal: Hackathon to solve 20 problems existing over 20 years - August 18, 2013
- StartupsFM : This September buckle up to be a part of top 5 Hackathons happening across the globe - September 10, 2013
- Dallas Morning News: 20over20 hackathon unveils crowdsourced problems for $10,000 challenge - September 18, 2013
- Dallas Business Journal: Hackathon winners create solution to track lost items - September 23, 2013
- Dallas Morning News: SMU’s Lyle School students win 20over20 hackathon and $10k prize - September 25, 2013
Dialexa Emerges from Stealth Mode at TechCrunch Disrupt
by DIALEXA on May 2, 2013 in NEWS
Dialexa has been invited to participate in Hardware Alley at this year’s TechCrunch’s Disrupt in New York. Startup and Hardware Alley is a semi-annual celebration of the best in hardware startups together with other influential startups, entrepreneurs, and venture capitalists from all over the world to showcase their projects, startups and ideas.
Dialexa emerged from stealth mode at TechCrunch Disrupt after two years of building innovative technology products for venture-backed startups, major corporations, and governments. Dialexa is also incubating its own ideas as part of Dialexa Labs and plans to launch several new products over the course of the year.
One internal project Dialexa debuted at TechCrunch Disrupt has caught the attention of many including journalists and oil and gas executives. This product is a solution using autonomous robots and systems to help authorities monitor the coast line and detect theft in real-time. A part of the solution Dialexa has designed includes unmanned aerial drones and unmanned mini-submarines that will aid in capturing data under water, detecting any unusual patterns and beaming that data to a aerial drone that will capture the activity above water. All the data feeds into a centralized command center that would allow the authorities, on a real-time basis to investigate and remedy potential threats by deploying crew immediately as soon as they detect a threat. A solution like this is very well suited for a country like Nigeria, for example, that loses approximately $6 billion in revenue from oil theft every year and the Nigerian Coast Guard does not have enough manpower to conduct surveillance across its entire shoreline.
The solution has captured the attention of many in the oil and gas industry who have considered pulling out of oil exploration and exportation in certain parts of the world due to the unmanageable problems oil theft causes. Dialexa hopes that the solution could be applied within the U.S. to help companies like Chevron, Shell, ExxonMobil, and BP along with the U.S. Coast Guard and Homeland Security to ward off threats to both our border and coastal lines.
This is one of the many projects Dialexa is developing in-house. Many of these projects will remain in stealth mode but some of the projects can be viewed under the Dialexa Labs tab on the company’s website. The company will continue to build innovative technology products for other companies and governments. Currently, the company has been recruited to help explore and implement projects ranging from the use of plug-and-play wireless sensors networks to creating a logistics and transportation system using complex algorithm development to creating native and hybrid mobile applications.
At TechCrunch Disrupt, Dialexa was interviewed by Kyle Sandler of popular startup news website Nibletz. For more information on Dialexa at TechCrunch Disrupt and to watch the interview with co-founder and co-CEO of Dialexa Mark Haidar on Nibletz, go to "No Really Dialexa Is the Most Bad Ass Startup in Dallas".
Dialexa Presents at Dell Tech Confab
by DIALEXA on JANUARY 28, 2013 in NEWS
Mark Haidar presenting Dialexa's Offerings to Stephen Felice and Dell's Executive Team
DIALEXA INVITED TO EXCLUSIVE TECH INNOVATOR’S DAY AT DELL
Dallas, TX – Dialexa was selected by Dell to meet with Stephen J. Felice, Dell’s President and Chief Commercial Officer, and other senior-level Dell executives within corporate development and Dell’s internal venture group at the company’s headquarters in Round Rock, Texas on January 23, 2013.
Ingrid Vanderveldt, Dell’s first entrepreneur-in-residence and creator of Dell’s $100 million Innovators Credit Fund and organizer for Tech Innovators Day at Dell, said she “wants the company to host such events twice a year to stay up-to-date with the latest technologies being developed.” The event is an opportunity for Dell’s executives to have one-on-one meetings with some of the most promising and innovative technology companies across the USA. Dell hopes to use some of these discussions a beginning point for potential acquisitions, partnerships, or investments from Dell’s venture group.
The visit included a tour of Dell’s state-of-the-art facilities including their support and command center and insightful meetings with founders whose companies have been acquired by Dell such as Tarkan Maner, CEO of Wyse, leading manufacturer of cloud client computing. Wyse was acquired by Dell in 2012 and is now a unit within Dell.
Mark Haidar, the cofounder and co-CEO of Dialexa, who represented the company in the meeting with Dell said, “Dell exceeded all my expectations in terms of how they support entrepreneurs and view innovation within the Company. A lot of large companies have a similar vision but they have failed to build a successful process. I think Dell’s vision, entrepreneurial beginnings, and the dedication from their high level executives to this mission will position their innovation platform to be a success.”
The following morning, Dell’s President Felice tweeted:
Dell Inc. (NASDAQ: DELL) listens to customers and delivers innovative technology and services that give them the power to do more.
For more information, please visit www.dell.com
Dialexa and IST Break Ground in Oman
by DIALEXA on NOVEMBER 7, 2012 in NEWS
Mark Haidar, co-CEO (left) and Soubhi Abdul Karim (right) on a site visit to Oman's New Parliament Building
DIALEXA PARTNERS WITH INTEGRATED SMART TECHNOLOGIES (IST) IN OMAN TO BUILD INNOVATIVE TECHNOLOGY PRODUCTS IN THE MIDDLE EAST
Dallas, TX – Dialexa, a global technology product development company based in Dallas has formed a partnership with Integrated Smart Technologies based in Oman to jointly implement technology projects in the Middle East.
Dialexa co-founder, Mark Haidar, said of the partnership, “Dialexa and IST share the same vision of building state of the art technology solutions that have a major impact on government and society. With the diverse expertise of both companies, Dialexa’s technology development capabilities and IST’s strong presence in the Middle East, as well as a shared vision and values, the partnership will be key for bringing innovative technologies to the Middle East ranging from building infrastructure for governments and solutions that help businesses compete on a global, international level.”
The partnership, which was established in August 2012, has led to several collaborations on projects for governments and companies located in Oman and the Middle East where Dialexa and IST worked as a coherent entity serving as the technology product development provider leading design, engineering and implementation of technology products.
Integrated Smart Technologies is an independent, privately owned solution provider founded in 2011 in Muscat, Oman. It has a network of Technology and business development professionals to ensure sound project implementation. We do that by utilizing our knowledge with the latest technologies, practices, and global legislations to make it possible for individuals, companies of all sizes, and governments to implement advanced technical solutions and become greener in the most economical ways. IST plays a key role in delivering additional value to its clients. We leverage our unparalleled technology expertise and industry insight to create best-in-class custom solutions that consistently deliver measurable business results.
For more information, please visit www.istoman.com
Dialexa Acquires Design Firm 39Argyle
by DIALEXA on DECEMBER 7, 2012 in NEWS
DIALEXA ACQUIRES MOBILE DESIGN FIRM 39ARGYLE
Dallas, TX – Dialexa, a global technology product development company based in Dallas acquires boutique mobile design firm 39 Argyle for an undisclosed amount. As part of the acquisition, Steven Ray will be joining Dialexa where he will be spearheading the UI/UX design efforts for all of Dialexa’s technology products and Dialexa Labs.
39 Argyle is one of the most talented mobile design firms in the USA, with a reputation for excellence, and an impressive list of clients such as Amazon, Evernote, Zipmark, Jibe, Outbox Mail, and GroundLink.
Dialexa co-founder, Scott Harper, said of the partnership, “Dialexa is primarily a technology development company and design is such an important component of creating world-class products that we needed a world-class design team. We think 39Argyle is a great addition to Dialexa and positions us to serve our customers with the highest quality products.”
About Dialexa Labs
Dialexa Labs is an internal innovation and development incubator for new, bold ideas. This is a self-funded venture lab and we use our own resources, team and time to solve complex and interesting problems. The idea behind Dialexa Labs is that we develop a handful of internal products or services that could spin out new companies. All employees can participate in Dialexa Labs according to their ideas and interests. The process to incubate an idea internally is very democratic as we decide as a team, which ideas are worth pursing and spending our time, energy and resources on.
For more information, please visit www.dialexa.com/labs
39Argyle is a boutique mobile design studio with a passion and reputation for creating beautiful mobile user experiences and visual design for all devices. The company was based in Dallas with offices in Brooklyn, Austin and New Jersey.