Week in Review: July 1, 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:


GROW Conference Looks to Bring NOLA Startup Scene to Vancouver

GROW Conference is Canada’s leading tech conference, highlighting the intersection of design and entrepreneurial thinking. The event expects to bring in over 1,200 for its 4th annual event August 14 to 16th, 2013 in Vancouver. GROW 2013 focusing on the future of businesses, connecting entrepreneurs to potential investors, co-founders and mentors. Organizers have specifically reached out to the New Orleans and want us representing our tech companies and startups at GROW and even given us our very own registration link.

ProsperityNOLA Plans to Drive Economic Growth Through Five Areas of Focus by 2018

One of the oldest cities in America is ready to be born again. Last week, around 600 New Orleanians, both natives and transplants, gathered for the launch of ProsperityNOLA: A Plan to Drive Economic Growth for 2018. The five-year citywide economic development strategic plan was announced by New Orleans Business Alliance and the City of New Orleans. The five areas of focus for the plan are: advanced manufacturing, bio-innovation and health services, creative digital media, sustainable industries and transportation, trade and logistics.

Tech Unconference BarCampNola Celebrates 6th Year, Introduces BearCamp

BarCampNola is the free tech “un-conference” organized by attendees for attendees. Organizers are also pleased to announce the first ever BearCamp (see video below for details). The event, presentations and Hack Day will begin July 13, 2013 at 9:30 AM and run through Sunday, July 14, 2013 at 5:00 PM. There is no fixed scheduled or speaker list. Attendees have the freedom to listen, network and speak on whatever topics you are most passionate about. Presenting is encouraged, but not mandatory. Topics typically revolve around technology, entrepreneurship and creative but other topics are welcome.

Chris Schultz Discusses State of NOLA Startup Scene at Demo Day in NYC

Chris Schultz and other members of the New Orleans tech community were up in New York City last week to participate in the New Orleans Demo Day. Eight of the top startups flew to NYC for investor presentations and networking events. Chris gave a talk at the event touching on what is driving the startup scene on the bayou, include the dynamics and prominent sectors. The full transcript from Chris’ talk is available here.

UNO Names Eileen Byrne President and CEO of UNO Research and Technology Foundation

Eileen K. Byrne has been promoted to President and CEO of the University of New Orleans (UNO) Research and Technology Foundation. She was previously the Vice President and Chief Financial Officer as well as her role as overseer for the board of directors. The Foundation is a non-profit that works closely with the UNO Research and Technology Park through its position as builder and operator and owner of most of the Park facilities. It was founded to support the university in its research, property and facilitates financing, technology transfer and acquisition and management functions.

Bascom Hunter Receives $150K Grant from National Science Foundation for New Study

Baton Rouge-based wireless communication companyBascom Hunter announced yesterday it had been awarded a grant from the National Science Foundation (NSF) to the tune of $150,000. The money will be used for a study to improve the efficiency of public radio networks by minimizing harmful effects of interference.

New Orleans and Louisiana Make Headlines With High Levels of Entrepreneurial Activity and Fast City Growth

Forbes recently ranked New Orleans the number one fastest growing city in the country since the recession. Forbes contributor Joel Kotkin said the city’s ”fast growth is partially a rebound effect from its massive population loss after Katrina, but is also a function of a striking economic revival that I have seen firsthand as a consultant in the area.”  Additionally, last week, CNN Money placed Louisiana 9th on the list of most entrepreneurial states. “When startups grow in Louisiana, they’re in good company,” writes contributor Parija Kavilanz. “Louisiana has a rich history of fostering young businesses, some of whom eventually evolved into large companies.” CNN reports the 2012 startup rate is 400 per 100,000 adults.

New Orleanians Selected to Beta Test Google Glass at Launch Pad

Most of us have heard of Google Glass, but what does the computer you wear like glasses actually look like and do? Three locals prepared a demo at Launch Pad last week as one of the Lunch and Learn classes. Allyson Seitzler of Webtyde Internet Marketing; Brian Jones of Mirliton Media; and Barrett Conrad ofRed Ticket Games and Cotinga have been selected to be beta testers for Google Glass.

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