The Silicon Bayou has been buzzing with tech and entrepreneurial news. Here are the most popular stories published on Silicon Bayou News in the past week.
New Orleans selected as 2012 Code For America city; Fellows to address 311 reporting system: Code for America announced that the City of New Orleans has been selected as one of eight cities for its 2012 national fellowship program. Fellows will work on a project that includes developing a “Batch 311 Reporting System” where neighborhoods can submit lists of complaints and get back results that show the status of each, sending those that are not already being worked to the appropriate department to fix the problem.
Tulane Business Plan Competition Offers Chance to Win $70,000: The Tulane Entrepreneurs’ Association (TEA) is gearing up for the 12th annual Tulane Business Plan Competition to take place on April 13, 2012. With a unique focus on Conscious Capitalism, Tulane’s competition challenges entrepreneurs to develop businesses that align all stakeholders’ interests in order to create a truly sustainable business model. TEA will begin accepting business plan summaries on December 1, 2011 through January 22, 2012.
Introducing NOLAbound: a new program to augment entrepreneurial growth in New Orleans: NOLAbound, a collaborative effort of GNO, Inc, the Downtown Development District, and the Idea Village, is a program that will offer 25 entrepreneurs, innovators, and professionals with broad networks from across the country an all-expenses paid experience in New Orleans. As part of the unique program, the recruits will document, share and broadcast their experience in New Orleans to their social networks, focusing on entrepreneurship within four sectors specifically: technology, bioscience, sustainable, and arts-based industries.
Are you censoring your online community?: This week on Conversations with Megan, Megan talks to small business owners and customers about Facebook-wall interactions. Specifically, she addresses the debate on whether or not it’s okay to delete negative feedback on your business Facebook wall.
Sparkhound Among Top 100 Fastest Growing Tech Firms in U.S.: Sparkhound, a Baton Rouge headquartered business and technology consultant, has landed on Lead411′s 2011 Tech 200 list of the fastest-growing tech companies. From 2008 to 2010, Sparkhound almost doubled its revenue from $8.8 million to $14.9 million and now has almost 130 full-time and part-time employees in Louisiana and Texas.
Tech Park U Accepting Applications for Sixth Class: Louisiana Technology Park‘s class for rising entrepreneurs, Tech Park U, is accepting applications until December 9th for the limited number of seats in its 2012 class. The eight-week program begins January 10, 2011 and provides promising technology entrepreneurs the education and facilities to jump-start their ideas into a business.
Post Production Company FotoKem Expands to New Orleans: FotoKem, the Burbank-based post-production company, has opened a new office in New Orleans to support local productions and provide quick deployment of its award-winning nextLAB services and expertise.
All About You: Peter Bodenheimer: Peter Bodenheimer is a New Orleans native living in Bayou St. John. He’s involved in ten different corners of the Silicon Bayou including being a partner of Flatstack, Launch Pad Ignition, and as a former co-producer ofTribeCon. He’s known to be more of a “behind the scenes” guy, but he makes a big impact in the community and we thought it was about time to put him front and center.