Week in Review: September 24, 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:


Second Annual BioChallenge Will Award $25,000+ to Winners

Through its mission to identify and support the next generation of life science entrepreneurs in state, the New Orleans BioInnovation Center (NOBIC) is hosting the second annual BioChallenge. The BioChallenge will take place during Innovation Louisiana 2013, a conference that will bring together innovators, investors and community members, which coincides with Global Entrepreneurship Week. On November 18th, emerging life science company finalists will pitch for a prize package worth over $25,000.

IBM Announces Plan to Invest $1B into Linux at LinuxCon Keynote in New Orleans

On September 17th, LinuxCon Keynote Brad McCredie, VP and IBM Fellow, Systems and Technology Group Chief Technology Officer at IBM announced a significant investment into the operating system Linux. Over the next five years, IBM will invest $1 billion in new Linux and open source technologies for IBM’s Power Systems servers.

Audiosocket Releases Patent-Pending Music Licensing Technology LicenseID

Audiosocket recently announced the release of patent-pending music licensing technology LicenseID™ (LID), which helps audio licensees, licensors, and digital distribution platforms solve copyright compliance issues. The technology embeds a unique tag into the audio file as each track is licensed. LicenseID then delivers the data to rights holders.

Tulane Unveils Plan for $13.5 Million Lab Renovation

Tulane University has announced a major renovation of the lab space in the J. Bennett Johnston Health and Environmental Research Building. The $13.5 million lab renovation is the first major downtown research space joining the schools of Medicine, Science and Engineering, and Public Health and Tropical Medicine.

365 Connect Brings Home Five National Technology Choice Awards

For the third year in a row, New Orleans-based online technology platform for the multifamily industry, 365 Connect, has received the Multi-Housing News (MHN) Technology Choice Awards in multiple categories. Awards are presented to recognize the best multifamily technology companies providing innovative solutions to the industry. 365 Connect received the Marketing Portals, Resident Portals, Mobile Platforms, Social Media Applications and Resident Payment Systems awards.

Federal Communications Commission Circulates Globalstar Notice of Proposed Rulemaking

Launched in 1991 as a joint venture of Loral Corporation and Qualcomm,Globalstar now builds and operates worldwide, low-earth orbit (LEO) satellite-based digital telecommunications systems. The company is a leading provider of mobile satellite voice and data services. Globalstar announced last week that the Federal Communications Commission (FCC) placed Globalstar’s requested notice of proposed rulemaking on circulation for consideration by the full Commission.

Call for Applications: 4th Annual Water Challenge

The Idea Village and Greater New Orleans Foundation have opened applications for the fourth annualWater Challenge, an award-winning program aimed at identifying and supporting solutions to how we live with water. The organizations want to establish Southeast Louisiana as an entrepreneurial leader in the water industry. The 2014 Water Challenge will focus on flooding, water quality and coastal restoration. Qualified entrepreneurs are encouraged to apply via WaterChallenge2014.org. Applications will be accepted until 11:59pm CT on October 11, 2013.