Week in Review: October 1st, 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:

First New Orleans Public Transportation App Launches, Receives Solid Reviews

The first ever public transportation app for the iPhone and iPad, NOLA Transit,  launched last week. The app was created by Joel Carranza, a professional map maker and software developer for over 20 years now. NOLA Transit provides easy to follow directions, an interactive system map with a nearby stop list, a complete schedule and route information, and fast access to favorite stops in the city. The app uses the data that the New Orleans Regional Transit Authority (NORTA) released to the public in May.

Small Business and Entrepreneurship Summit Closely Tied to Louisiana

Last week in D.C., Senator Mary Landrieu, Chair of the U.S. Senate Committee on Small Business and Entrepreneurship, hosted a summit focusing on issues that impact African-American small business owners working toward becoming entrepreneurs titled, “Closing the Wealth Gap through the African-American Entrepreneurial Ecosystem.” While the summit had a nationwide impact, it’s important to focus in on the businesses in the Silicon Bayou. There were a few mentions and participants that tie back to the state, which can be found here.

Propeller Social Innovation Incubator Will Open Doors on December 1st, 2012

Propeller is launching a new space in December for 100+ social entrepreneurs called the Propeller Social Innovation Incubator. The idea behind the space it that it will be a creative, inspirational, and collaborative space for the entrepreneurs, small businesses, and nonprofits. Confirmed tenants include Rural Revolution, LifeCity, A.M.P.S., The Public Labratory for Open Technology and Science, Stand for Children Louisiana, Apex Creative, TouchPoint Marketing, and Graffagnini + Associates Law.

Interview with President and CEO of 365 Connect, Winner of 2012 Governor’s Technology Award

Kerry Kirby, President and CEO of 365 Connect, is well versed in the field of technology and what it takes to succeed. I reached out to him regarding the company’s recent awards and what’s next for 365 Connect on the Silicon Bayou. Click here to read how he responded to my questions about technology, the future of the company, and winning the Multi-Housing News (MHN) Technology Choice Awards in three categories – Marketing Portals, Resident Portal and Resident Payment Systems.

All About You: Brett Connison

Brett Connison is a co-founder at Beyond the Ballot, a political services platform targeted at connecting politicians and voters. Brett graduated from Louisiana State University in Information Systems and Decision Sciences and remained in Louisiana working in various aspects of IT.  In a former life, Brett was considered a pretty good poker player, winning hands in house games as well as tournaments along the Gulf Coast.

504ward is Looking for New Orleanians to Participate in Tech Ambassador Program

New Orleans has something new on the tech horizon, the first ever Tech Ambassador Program via 504ward. The program is searching for New Orleanians that have connections to techies outside of the city and will hopefully be able to bring that talent here. Technology companies can also participate by signing up here.

A revamped WorkNOLA.com aimed at city’s growing employment market

Adriana Lopez explores the brand new worknola.com, designed by Fat Happy Media. The revamped look includes more services, and enhancements which came just in time as New Orleans continues to rank highly on several economic and business lists, and the growing employment market. Some of the enhancements include a resume builder and additional resume upload options, video upload, new profile settings, a revamped listing process, additional search filters, and detailed company profiles.