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:
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It was a quiet week at Launch Pad in New Orleans because Chris Schultz, Peter Bodenheimer, and Barre Tanguis were taking on Tech Crunch Disrupt in New York City with six of the seven Launch Pad Ignition companies. Zak Schwarzman, a Columbia business school student and AOL Ventures intern had nothing but good things to say about the Ignition crew in his follow-up blog post. He listed Kinobi as a demo highlight and said, “NOLA had the 4th biggest contingent present behind NYC, SF, and Israel, not bad for the bayou.”
Software engineer and Red Ticket Games founder Barrett Conrad, is teaching two Skillshare classes, one called, “Hacking Your Resume,” on May 31st and another called, “iOS and You Can Too,” beginning on June 11th and running for five weeks. He has worked for over a decade in the software industry and has geared these classes towards people with a familiarity with programming, but all are welcome (students are required to have a Mac computer with Xcode installed for the iOS and You Can Too class).
The Bossier Arts Council (BAC) unveiled details of DigiFest South, a new digital arts festival and career fair to be held September 6 – 9, 2012. DigiFest South will also include vendor exhibitions and presentations by TEDx Red River featuring experts from Twin Engine Labs, CoHabitat Shreveport, Blade Studios, Fairfield Studios and more.
Andrea Chen of Social Entrepreneurs of New Orleans announced at the recent gala that SENO is getting a new name and undergoing a re-branding. The new name selected is, “Propeller” and the new website (launching soon) will be at GoPropeller.org. I can understand the decision to change the name. “SENO” on it’s own doesn’t mean anything to most people, and “Social Entrepreneurs of New Orleans” is a mouthful. The name change could also indicate that the group wants to expand beyond New Orleans to work with social entrepreneurship on a broader geographic scale.
Meet Caleb Trotter. Caleb studied Finance and Legal Studies in Business at Tulane and graduated in 2006. Since then, he has worked in real estate, financial services, and banking. Caleb operates a blog, Nolatarian.com, which is focused on applying libertarian thinking of liberty and free markets to daily issues in New Orleans. It highlights the development of, “common sense in an uncommon city.” Caleb is looking forward to attending Loyola Law School in the fall to fully put his beliefs he writes about into action.