Week in Review: May 21, 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:

Startup Weekend Headed to Central Louisiana in JuneStartup Weekend recruits a highly motivated group of developers, business managers, startup enthusiasts, marketing gurus, graphic artists for a 54 hour event that builds communities, companies and projects.

NuMe Health Lands $1.5M Series A: NuMe Health, the New Orleans-based biotech startup developing products that modify the bacteria that live in the gastrointestinal tract, announced last week that it has closed a $1.5 million Series A financing. NuMe health previously raised a $675,000 seed round and recently filed several patents.

Stay On Your Game: Lessons From The Settlers of Catan: Molly Oehmichen explores the game Settlers of Catan and how its lessons can be translated to the real world. A few of the lessons are: simplify and diversify, offense first, defense second, play to your strengths, get what you need, don’t be your own enemy, and have fun!

Launch Fest 2012 Makes National ImpactLaunch Pad Ignition is a 12-week mentor-driven accelerator program for startups in New Orleans.Launch Fest is where these companies debut after the weeks of hard work and hope to gain funding. This year, there were 15 founders and 37 mentors. Launch Fest hosted a number of speakers in addition to receiving national coverage in TechCrunchTechCocktailNOLA.com, and the Times Picayune.

All About You: Martin Roth: Martin is a born and raised New Orleanian who graduated from LSU last year with a degree in Economics. He founded Giftmeo, a shared-gifting platform that allows people to pitch in on a gift for a friend, and was a member of this year’s Launch Pad Ignition class. Martin also curates a gear blog called Contemporary Masculine and writes from a personal blog here.

SEO is Hard #emotech: Diving into the world of SEO is hard, which was pointed out in @HeyItsMegan‘s latest post. She shares the easiest ways to make an impact, even if you aren’t an expert, including create a Google places page, blog, and link to your website from all social sites.

Jobs Roundup: Tech and Startup Job Openings on the BayouCompetition remains fierce in the Silicon Bayou tech job market. Ruby / Rails developers are the most sought after followed by PHP developers and 2D/3D artists and designers. If you’re thinking about moving to the Silicon Bayou – read this post to see which great companies are hiring!

Sustainable Aeroponic Rooftop Garden Created Above Downtown RousesIn the first of its kind, Roots on the Rooftop has designed an urban farm atop the Rouses Market in downtown New Orleans. The herbs they grow will be packaged and sold on the building’s ground floor, including parsley, basil, and cilantro. The vertical aeroponic Tower Garden™ uses water rather than soil, and allows you to grow up instead of out.