Week in Review: March 26, 2012

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 seven days:

LA Tech Park hosting iOS App Workshop for Professionals in April: The Louisiana Technology Park and LSU Center for Computation & Technology will host for the first time the iOS Application Workshop for Professionals, April 23-27, 2012. This new educational experience offers professionals the opportunity to gain knowledge while enhancing their entrepreneurial spirit.

Cajun Code Fest 2012 offers $25,000 Grand Prize in LafayetteThe Cajun Code Fest 2012 is a free two-day coding competition focusing on transforming “data” into health care solutions on April 27th-28th, 2012. This year the competition aims to specifically address childhood obesity.

New Orleans Entrepreneur Week succeeds with local engagement and more: Adriana Lopez recaps NOEW from speakers, to the Tulane Challenge, to the BeNOLAbound crew. She touches base with the important concepts and entrepreneurs from the week of festivities, which ended with a bang– The Big Idea, won by SolArchitects.

Louisiana’s First Virtual Charter School Set to Expand:  Louisiana Connections Academy is a free public virtual charter school that serves students in grades K–12 throughout the state. Student enrollment has been approved to increase from 600 to 1000 for the upcoming academic year.

LA Tech Students Aim to Defend and Surpass Fuel Efficiency Record of 646.7 MPG: More than 1,000 high school students will compete this weekend to design, build, and test energy efficient vehicles for the Shell Eco-marathon. The LA Tech team is competing in the “UrbanConcept/Diesel” competition with a vehicle called, “HotRod,” and in the “Prototype/Gasoline” area with the one and only, “Thunderdawg.”

It’s Our Birthday! Celebrating One Year On The Bayou: On the 22nd, Silicon Bayou News turned 1! We’ve now grown to over 15 team members, posted over 590 times, presented the 2011 Silicon Bayou 100, shot a pilot episode of SBTV, and launched a job board. There’s so much more to come this year!

Loyola Student Chooses Unique Approach to Expand Physics Programs in NOLA Schools: Douglas Alexander has created the nonprofit, “Climbing Kilimanjaro for the Physics of Tomorrow.” He plans to climb in July, meanwhile raising money to purchase and distribute packages of physics demonstrations to 27 schools across 3 parishes.

Facebook Interests: The ultimate news feed filter: In the latest post from @heyitsmegan, the new Facebook Interests feature is explained. The concept is similar to Twitter lists, and allows the user to create a list of brands or companies under titles such as “health,” or “social media.”

New Orleans RTA Releases First Round of Transit Data: The RTA has released the first round of transit data available for download and use by software developers via norta.com. The information is currently available through a GTFS feed and will continue to improve over time.