Week in Review: May 14, 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:

Launch Fest Turns National Tech Spotlight to New Orleans: The second class of Launch Pad Ignition is basking in press coverage from across the tech scene after pitching at Launch Fest. They received coverage from TechCocktailTechCrunch, and NOLA.com.

Neighborland Makes “GOOD Ideas for New Orleans” Possible: Neighborland has been flooded with great ideas to help New Orleans in a time of rebirth. Now, Neighborland wants to bring some of the most popular and important ideas to life, partnering with GOOD Ideas for Cities and calling this project GOOD Ideas for New Orleans. Team members will choose the most popular ideas from over the past year and receive $500 to spend on a project to help the city.

Constructing business out of passion: Adriana Lopez explores the age old question of whether entrepreneurs are born or made. After all, seizing those opportunities is what being an entrepreneur is all about. She found one specific example of this metamorphosis is Lauren Eckstein Shonekas, founder and designer of Construct Jewelry.

Social’s Missing Feature: Filtered Following: In this post, Molly Oehmichen takes a stab at filtered following, where certain content can be shared at certain times to certain people.

Applications Open for 13th SeNSE Pitch Night: There will be another pitch night on the 31st, this time encompassing any and all entreprenreurs and business owners – not just those from the film industry.

All About You: Katy Tackett: Katy works as the community member at Launch Pad. She loves pickles and runs a site called picklefreak.com. She’s a Mississippi native who spent years in New York and landed back down south and already made a big splash here. If you don’t already know her, follow her on Twitter @thepicklefreak.

New Web Application Seeks to Improve Health and Body ImageA new web site called Emer.ge has designed the web application The Body Image Voice to focus on the role of media and advertising on ideals and body image. The innovative Louisiana company is helping change the way people think about their bodies. They aim to improve the health of users, with a motto, “a healthy body is an ideal body.”

SENO Gala Will Celebrate Impact of Social Entrepreneurs in New Orleans: This Thursday evening, the Social Entrepreneurs of New Orleans (SENO) is hosting a gala to celebrate the impact and accomplishments of the city’s entrepreneurs. Tickets for the Gala are now available for purchase.

Cyber Security Workshop Will Protect Small Louisiana Businesses: The Louisiana Small Business Development Center (SBDC) is and NIST are co-sponsoring a workshop on May 25th called, “Cyber Security is Good Business.” The event runs from 8:00 to 12:00pm at the LSBDC Greater New Orleans Region: Main Office.

Warby Parker Part Three: Raising Startup Capital: Molly Oehmichen completes her three part post about Neil Blumenthal and Warby Parker, exploring what it takes to raise venture capital.

Louisiana Economic Development Announces New Energy, Tech, and Manufacturing Investments: Louisiana Economic Development is continuing to bring big dollar manufacturing and energy companies to settle and invest in the pelican state. This post highlights the most recent headlines from them.