Week in Review: March 10, 2014

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:


4.0 Schools Reveals Future of School Challenge Backed by Khan Academy

The early-stage education incubator 4.0 Schools and New Schools for New Orleans, with support fromKhan Academy, are building the future of schools–literally. The trio has announced the Future of School Challenge, which will enable one student-centered charter school to be launched at the end of the process.

New Orleans’ Golden Startup Goes Global

“The world is flat and good ideas travel fast,” said Travis Laurendine in response to his newest venture,Airpnp, going global. The app that was born out of basic supply and demand logic connects people who need to use a bathroom with those willing to rent out their toilets. Laurendine co-founded Airpnp along with a second New Orleanian, Max Gaudin, less than three weeks ago. Since inception, over 100,000 unique visitors have checked out the golden startup’s website, airpnp.co. They now have bathrooms all over the world, including listings in Israel, Turkey, France, Ireland, Taiwan, Australia and many more.

Two Tulane Cancer Research Teams Win Worldwide Startup Challenge

The Breast Cancer Startup Challenge, designed to promote the advancement of breast cancer research, recently announced the ten winners of the worldwide competition. Two Tulane University teams were among the winners chosen to help bring emerging breast cancer research technologies to market, beating out over 200 other finalist teams.

3D Printed Design Contest Set for New Orleans Entrepreneur Week

The Idea Village, in partnership with the New Orleans Museum of Art, have announced a call for artists for the inaugural 3D Printed Design Contest. The contest is seeking 3D printed or CNC objects that surpass practical applications and move into the more creative realm, highlighting innovative 21st-century artwork. To apply, send contact information, a photograph of their 3D printed design, the dimensions of their object and a short statement (no more than 150 words) describing the design and why it should be included in Entrepreneur Week to alex@ideavillage.org by March 20, 2014.

Development Shop Wiley Cousins Launches Programming and Circuits Classes

Computer scientist and sculptor H. Cole Wiley teamed up with engineer Michael Cousins for the design and development shop in New Orleans, Wiley Cousins, that is preparing to launch its newest endeavor, a programming and a circuits class. Wiley will teach the twelve week Intro to Programming, which began last Thursday. The Intro to circuits will be taught every Sunday, beginning March 16th, by Cousins. Visit wileycousins.com for more information.

Eight Reasons Why Mardi Gras Die-Hards Make Excellent Entrepreneurs

This post originally appeared on the Metro NOLA SourceLink blog, an affiliate of U.S. SourceLink, America’s largest entrepreneur network. Author Kristine Dickson has found that the Mardi Gras die-hards can be great entrepreneurs because they are undeniably enthusiastic and passionate, good at planning and process improvement, not afraid of uncomfortable situations, patient, creative, good at keeping their eye on the prize, extremely social and find value in small things that add up to the cumulative big experience.

Welcome to the Future: New Bubble Sheet Grading System Launches Out of Baton Rouge

Baton Rouge-based Design and Software Company Envoc has launched its simple and easy bubble sheet grading system, BubbleVision. The ahead of the curve platform is also integrated with Amplify Insight’s mCLASS® Beacon™ Assessment software, a formative assessment and instructional planning system for K–12. BubbleVision eliminates the hassle of grading tests with over 99% accuracy, all with just a computer, a scanner and an internet connection.

365 Connect Advances Future Technology Innovators Through Involvement with Teen Tech Day

Teen Tech Day is a one-day interactive conference created for teens ages 13 – 16 interested in learning about STEM subjects– science, technology, engineering and math. The fourth annual event will kickoff this Saturday, March 8th at Delgado Community College, with the focus on exposing youth in the New Orleans area to emerging technologies through a day of programs and workshops. Multi-family industry leader 365 Connect is playing a large role fostering the future technology innovators through its participation. CEO Kerry W. Kirby will be the keynote speaker and the company is also a key sponsor for Teen Tech Day.

All About You: Rory Welch

After years away from his hometown in Shreveport, Rory Welch moved back in 2010 for the opportunity to be Chief Executive Officer at email archiving companyArcMail. As a graduate of Indiana University’s Kelley School of Business with a master’s degree in business administration and a bachelor’s degree in economics from Furman University, Rory now has over 20 years of diverse management experience. Find out more about this CEO here.

Arizona Software Company Selects New Orleans for New Software Development Center

The systems and software engineering services firm Performance Software has announced their newest project, a software development center, will open in New Orleans. The company specializes in avionics and defense industries and will also develop new business in the energy and healthcare industries once the center opens.

New Orleans History Serves as a Case Study for the Future of Advertising at AdMonsters 2014

New contributor Aaron Matys attended the first event of the Ad Monsters season, the Publishers forum, which aimed to spark innovation among digital leaders. He writes, “In the spirit of the conference Rob Beeler and Bowen Dwelle chose New Orleans for it’s uniqueness and character. Ad Monsters is designed for interaction and exploration both in and around the conference. The goal is to start the conversation, Rob Beller explained. ‘Were here to frame the problem and allow our audience to collaboratively plot solutions.’ A challenge as the industry continues to grapple with new consumer habits, content preferences and the increasing shift towards mobile devices.” Click here to read more.