In a recent addition to New Orleans Entrepreneur Week (NOEW) lineup, the Gleason Challenge, named after Steve Gleason, seeks to, “challenge inventors, entrepreneurs, investors and scientists to create technology that provides solutions for people with disabilities, right here in New Orleans.”
The potential panelists include Jim Marggraff, Lars Gilbertson, and Hugh Evans.
Steve Gleason is a former New Orleans Saints player who was diagnosed with Amyotrophic Lateral Sclerosis (ALS) in 2011. Since then, he has worked to inspire others and to push the boundaries of technology to help find a cure. Additionally, Gleason formed his organization, Team Gleason, to help others living with ALS.
“Steve Gleason is an inspiration to our community and now he’s an inspiration to the entrepreneurial community,” said Tim Williamson, CEO of Idea Village. Gleason has framed the problem of lack of technology solutions and is having these entrepreneurs catalyze it.
Williamson continued, “We’re excited Steve is engaging the entrepreneurial community to create innovation technology solutions for those with disabilities… there’s an opportunity where New Orleans could be a global hub in this space. We’re excited they have chosen New Orleans Entrepreneur Week to be the place to launch that movement.”