Week in Review: February 13, 2013

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:


Super Bowl App Wins Big at Whale Tank 2013

Digital Tip Jar won more than once today at Whale Tank 2013 in New Orleans. Travis Laurendine from Codemkrs dubbed the startup company with the Traction Award from the hackathon. The company also walked away with the funding from theWhale Tank competition.

Congratulations Baltimore, but New Orleans was the real winner of Super Bowl XLVII

In the 10th Super Bowl the city has hosted, and the first since Hurricane Katrina, New Orleans proved to the world the progression the city has made on all accounts. The media was finally witnessing first-hand what present-day New Orleans is really like. It’s a city that has had an economic rebirth. It’s a city that is proud. It has reintroduced itself to the world. We have residents who are accommodating. And inspirational. We are resilient and have overcome our past in a big way.

2013 InNOLAvation Challenge Supports Innovation Within the Minority Tech Community

InNOLAvation was created to facilitate innovation within the minority community in New Orleans. It started as a tech meetup back in October, with one additional meeting held since then. Now, the nine organizers behind InNOLAvation are excited to announce the 2013 InNOLAvation Challenge, a pitch competition to be held during New Orleans Entrepreneur Week.

Be Well Nutrition Launches First Flavor of Healthy Lifestyle Beverage ICONIC

The first loan given by the New Orleans BioInnovation Center as part of their BioFund, was presented to Be Well Nutrition last December. The company is responsible for the healthy lifestyle beverageICONIC. With help from this loan, Be Well Nutrition officially launched its first flavor of ICONIC, Chocolate Truffle, on Monday, February 4th.

Moonbot Studios Reveals Kickstarter Campaign for New Video Game

Representatives from Moonbot Studios held a press conference last week to announce the next step for the company: the development of a video game, “Golem,” which will be released mid-2015 (the press conference is available for viewing here). The Studio also launched a Kickstarter campaign to help fund the project.

Help Bring BlackGirlsCODE to New Orleans Through Neighborland

BlackGirlsCODE wants to increase the number of girls of color in the digital space through exposure to computer science and technology programs. Workshops have been held in Detroit, New York, Atlanta, and Los Angeles; future workshop locations include Atlanta, again, and Memphis. On Neighborland, twelve neighbors have signed on saying they want BlackGirlsCODE to hold workshops in New Orleans.

Peoplegeist.com Simultaneously Promotes Your Online Rep and Gets Your Questions Answered

Founded by Darian Wilson, Peoplegeist.com is a “social people search engine” where users can ask questions and get answers almost immediately from other users while promoting their online reputation. It’s completely free and currently in beta.

Louisiana’s Online Lagniappe Spends a Night at the Museum

Sometimes, during Carnival, it’s hard to remember that there are still a ton of learning experiences to be had in our great state. This week in Louisiana’s Online Lagniappe, we thought we’d highlight organizations with slightly more serious purposes – the groups that help educate and entertain millions year-round. Last week, Flynn Zaiger profiled NOMA (New Orleans Museum of Art)Baton Rouge Zoo, and The National World War II Museum.

Zillow and 365 Connect Integrate Platforms, Distribute Across Largest Real Estate Network Online

365 Connect announced yesterday its Marketing Syndication Platform integrated with real estate marketplace Zillow®. The integration will allow for automatic distribution of all the marketing data from apartment communities. This news comes shortly after a similar integration with Rainmaker LRO a few weeks ago.

Cordina Entrepreneurs Named Two of Under30CEO’s Most Influential of 2012

New Orleans is already on the map as a hub for success stories ranging from startups to seasoned entrepreneurial ventures. One company falls somewhere in between. Two members of the Big Easy Blends team, also known as Cordina, were named on Under30CEO’s list of 30 Most Influential Young Entrepreneurs of 2012. Antonio LaMartina (and Sal LaMartina if he was under 30) and Craig Cordes made the Under30CEO list this year, ranking among other big names like Mark Zuckerberg and Kevin Systrom and Mike Krieger from Instagram.

Wireless Communication Company Bascom Hunter Joins LA Tech Park

Wireless communication company, Bascom Hunter, joined the Louisiana Technology Park earlier this week. The announcement came during a meeting the Park’s Admissions Committee held yesterday afternoon. Bascom Hunter specializes in advanced defense and industrial applications, and serves multiple markets including marine and offshore vessels, industrial and commercial facilities, and government and public safety.