Week in Review: April 2, 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:

LSU Celebrates 2nd Annual LSU 100: Fastest Growing Tiger Businesses: The LSU 100 celebrates the success of former LSU students and recognizes the impact of LSU on the local, regional and national economies. Homeland HealthCare of Allen, Texas was honored as the No. 1, 2012 LSU 100: Fastest Growing Tiger Business.

JavaScript Course in New Orleans April 16-May 23, 2012: George Mauer will be instructing the new course, Js Nola, focused on introducing JavaScript programming to participants through discussion and a hands-on approach. Js Nola will run Mondays, Tuesdays, and Wednesdays April 16th – May 23rd, 2012 from 5:30 – 6:45 pm.

Louisiana Technology Park News:In addition to LSU’s CxC Digital Media Fest April 2-4, the Baton Rouge chapter of the SQL Server User Group will hold its monthly meeting at the Tech Park on April 11, 2012. LA Tech Park also announced that it has added law firm Baker, Donelson, Bearman,Caldwell & Berkowitz, PC to its network of strategic partners.

Speakers Announced for Launch Fest 2012: Launch Fest will be held on May 3rd, 2012 and will include seven speakers: Andy Weismann, Noah Kagan, Paul Singh, Galia Benartzi, Richard Mumby, Dan Parham, and Andrew Yang. In addition to the speakers, the event will also feature the first public pitches by the Launch Pad Ignition 2012 class: Kinobi,  VoteIt, Red Ticket Games, Giftmeo,Unawkward, Lawyerfy, and Connect for a Cause.

Social entrepreneurs plan a global revolution from New Orleans: Adriana Lopez explores social entrepreneurs Kendra Morris and Amy Barad who founded Rural Revival, a company that uses the sale of hand-crafted jewelry to support empowerment, for the women who create the pieces and the women who wear them.

LSU CxC’s Digital Media Fest: The event celebrates LSU undergraduate students who produce intellectual and creative work through digital media. LSU CxC helps students improve vital skills such as writing, speaking, visual presentation, and technological communication.

Tulane Highlights Social Entrepreneurs, NOEW, and FIRST Robotics Competition: Companies founded by Tulane staff, students or alumni won three of the five major contests at NOEW, each winning a $50,000 cash prize, while many more participated as contestants throughout the week. Johnny Arthurs, a former Green Wave player, joined the FIRST Robotics Bayou Regional on March 16.

Apply Now For the 2013 New Orleans Regional Leadership Institute Class: NORLI, a program dedicated to fostering and connecting current and future leaders within the community, is currently accepting applications for the 2013 class.

Is your business on Pinterest?: @heyitsmegan shares the latest social media tool for businesses: Pinterest. Pinterest could be a more powerful marketing tool for some businesses than Facebook or Twitter because it is more visual, and could help increase online sales and community building because of it.

Neighborland Sparks Connection Between Tech Community and Tulane Engineering Programs: On March 15th, Chris Schultz posted, “I want a computer science department at Tulane in New Orleans,” on Neighborland.com. Neighborland is a platform for civic engagement that launched in New Orleans last summer and can be used to spark offline interactions and real change.