Week in Review: September 10, 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:

Shreveport Based Tech Companies Merge to Provide IT “Dream Team” for Customers

Shreveport-based technology solutions company Enterprise Computing Services (ECS) announced last week it had merged with Trusted Data Solutions (TDS). TDS is known for data network design and implementation. Two years ago they expanded business to include web and Cloud services, physical security, and areas of network security. ECS provides solutions for for small to medium businesses, in addition to large corporations, government, medical, and educational facilities.

Silicon Bayou Noted Again as an Innovation Hub

Fast Company recently covered three innovation hubs outside of Silicon Valley: Silicon Bayou, Silicon Alley, and the Silicon Hills. Conferences, events, coworking, and accelerator programs all help these areas out. Fast Company lists Cajun Code FestIdea Village, and Launch Pad as startup support systems in the New Orleans area.

9th Annual Governor’s Technology Awards Comes to Baton Rouge

The Louisiana Technology Council, partnered with Louisiana Economic Development, is hosting the 9th annual Governor’s Technology Awards in Baton Rouge. The event will be a special luncheon on Wednesday, September 19th, 2012 at the L’Auberge Casino Hotel. The event will run from 11:30 am to 1:30 pm.Registration for the event is now open and available through the day of the event.

AARP and LivePitch Announce 10 Finalists for Health Innovation@50+ Event

On September 21st, 2012 the AARP Health Innovation@50+ LivePitch will be taking place at the New Orleans Convention Center. AARP and LivePitch put on this event to highlight startups in the 50 and over health technology field. Over 20,000 members and guests will be in attendance of this two day event to hear pitches from the ten ten finalists for the event that were announced last week.

Introducing The NOLA Meetup: for entrepreneurs and tech enthusiasts

here’s a new meetup in town: the NOLA Meetup, modeled after New York City’s own tech meetup.  Spearheaded by Chapterspot.com founders Brendan Finke and Joe McMenemon, NOLA Meetup is the not-to-be-missed networking event for techies, entrepreneurs, and aspiring businessmen. Click here to find out more and here to read an interview with McMenemon.

Brees-backed ‘Nine Brand’ Launches Today

NINE Brand, the apparel venture co-founded by Drew and Brittany Brees, launched last week online on ninebrand.com. Products will also be sold in select regional boutiques and at a pop-up shop on game day at the corner of Loyola and Poydras. Check out Drew’s video to learn about the inspiration for the inaugural shirt, the ALL IN tee.

The Idea Village and GNOF Open Applications for Third Annual Water Challenge

The Idea Village and the Greater New Orleans Foundation announced last week the launch of the third annual Water Challenge, which targets entrepreneurs and their innovative solutions to water issues and how we live with water. Water is such an important part of Southeast Louisiana, it is only appropriate local entrepreneurs are given the opportunity to explore and grow their solutions that can potentially be scaled to a global level.