Week in Review: July 16, 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:

LBTC Consultants to Deliver Inventor’s Commercialization Toolkit

Jason Boudreaux and Jennifer Fowler took and completed the technology coaching Certification Course by Wendy Kennedy at Purdue University, enabling them to deliver the Inventor’s Commercialization Toolkit for scientists, researchers, engineers and technology entrepreneurs. The LBTC will host a number of six to nine week training programs for technology entrepreneurs with hopes to encourage science and technology innovations. The program will  help develop each technology entrepreneur’s innovation and take it to the marketplace in a cost effective way.

Michael Leachman to Present New AIA Patent Practice Information on July 19

Join Michael Leachman of Jones Walker as he speaks about the recent patent reform legislation on July 19th, 2012 from 12 to 1pm. The event will be held at the New Orleans Bioinnovation Center located at 1441 Canal St. downtown. Attendees will learn all about the new patent practices that should be used under the new America Invents Act. The program information said, “The recently enacted America Invents Act (AIA) is the most significant patent reform legislation is decades.” To learn more about new patent reform legislation and what will be explained at the presentation, click here.

Latest Local Ed Tech App Dash4Teachers Available For Download Today

Co-founder Grace Landrieu and team of New Orleans Teach For America educators set out to find a way to fix a major pain – inefficient parent communication systems. They created  Dash Technologies, which allows teachers to quickly and easily make notes about student performance, generates a daily speed dial of parent numbers, and includes a call log with history data for every conversation. Now available in the iTunes App Store, Dash has already experienced success in the ed tech start-up world. The team placed second at StartupWeekendEDU in New York and fourth at the NOEW Big Idea Competition.

Forum 35 Teams with SeNSE for Summer Social Next Wednesday

The SeNSE Summer Social is fast approaching. The event will be co-hosted by Forum 35, a first ever joint event for the two groups. It’s an exciting networking event for any and all in the Baton Rouge area on Wednesday, July 18th. The event will begin at 6pm at the Blend Wine Bar on Laurel Street and run until about 8pm. To learn more about the community, the event, and the good time you are bound to have, visit brentrepreneur.com.

User Generated Content is So Web 2.0: Meet The User Generated Website

Molly Oehmichen takes us back on a trip to the Internet circa 1990. Then came Web 2.0, which according to Wikipedia is “a concept that takes the network as a platform for information sharinginteroperabilityuser-centered design, and collaboration on the World Wide Web.” This allows people to interact and collaborate on user-generated content. #BarCampNola happened over the weekend and Molly believes that one of the best sites ever created using GitWeb collaborative coding technologies and forked many times over on GitHub is BarCampNOLA.com.

Engineering and Computer Science Programs Merge at LSU

Louisiana State University’s Department of Computer Science, previously in the College of Science, and the Department of Electrical and Computer Engineering, previously in the College of Engineering, have now merged and will both be housed in the College of Engineering. The new entity will be called the School of Electrical Engineering and Computer Science.  The merger request said the merger is “designed to enhance LSU’s combined strength in computer science and engineering, to achieve increased efficiency and effectiveness of instructional and research programs and to foster greater collaboration.”

Idea Village Announces 2013 Entrepreneur Season, Accepting IDEAxcelerator Applications

The 2013 Entrepreneur Season is now officially open for business! The Idea Village announced last week applications are open now for the competitive IDEAxcelerator program. To qualify, companies must be for-profit, located in the seven Parish “Greater New Orleans” region, and have less than $1M in annual revenue. During the 2013 season, the Idea Village aims to increase its impact to 1,000 entrepreneurs and host 90 events in Downtown New Orleans. The core programs of the Idea Village are the IDEAinstitute, IDEAxcelerator, Capital Village, IDEAsessions, and IDEAevents.

All About You: Mathew Irimpen

Mathew is a senior at Tulane University majoring in Sociology with a Certification in Secondary Education.  He is the Community Manager for the national non-profit fundraising organization, Connect for a Cause, as well as for the New Orleans based mobile app development company, WebDevrs. He explained how thankful he is to be raised in New Orleans, “and by New Orleans—by her Cajun spice, by her genteel southern tradition, and by everything black and gold.”

Baker Donelson to Host B Corp Informational Workshop for Social Entrepreneurs

The Baker Donelson Law Firm is hosting a workshop on Monday, July 16th from 5:30 to 7:30pm for all social entrepreneurs interested in learning about the new Benefit Corporation (B Corp) structure that will go into effect August 1, 2012. Legal experts from the firm will be explaining, step-by-step, what it means to be a Benefit Corporation and how to become one. In addition, the nationally recognized B Labs nonprofit, the company responsible for developing the Benefit Corporation model, will be in attendance to provide information.