Steve Gleason Inspires NOEW Network with Gleason Challenge

GleasonToday (March 19th) is the inaugural Gleason Challenge at Gallier Hall which seeks to, “challenge inventors, entrepreneurs, investors and scientists to create technology that provides solutions for people with disabilities, right here in New Orleans.”

Partners for this event include JP Morgan Chase, The Idea Village, and Steve Gleason’s organization Team Gleason, which aims to inspire others and to push the boundaries of technology to help find a cure for Amyotrophic Lateral Sclerosis (ALS).

Doors open at 4:00 pm and the programming starts at 4:30 pm with a welcome speech by Tim Williamson.


  • 4:00 pm – Team Gleason, JPMorgan, panelists arrive
  • 4:30 pm – 4:35 pm – Welcome – Tim Williamson, Co-founder and CEO of The Idea Village
  • 4:35 pm – 4:45 pm – Introduction – John Kallenborne, JP Morgan
  • 4:45 pm – 4:55 pm – Steve Gleason
  • 4:55 pm – 5:35 pm – Panel
  • 5:35 pm – 5:40 pm – Conclusion


  • Steve Gleason, PALS perspective
  • Jim Marggraff, Entrepreneur and founder of Eyefluence
  • Lars Gilbertson, Professor at Tulane Department of Biomedical Engineering
  • Hugh Evans, Angel Investor; Board Member of V-LINC

“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.”

For more information about the Gleason Challenge, visit


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