Week in Review: March 24, 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:


The Everywhere Else Conference in Memphis (April 30 – May 2) is part of the national Everywhere Else Conference Series Produced by Nibletz Media with the mission to celebrate and help startups and entrepreneurs outside Silicon Valley. The organizers are offering 20% off using “SiliconBayou”

52businesses (and Bob) is Born: One New Business Each Week for a Year

52businesses is a venture in which the team will start a new business each week for one year. “With this challenge, we hope to showcase the accessibility of entrepreneurship, particularly during the initial stages,” said founder Colin Grussing. “By highlighting the process of turning an idea into a viable business, 52businesses aims to show that with the right tools and guidance, starting a business can be far less difficult or risky than people think. ”

Tulane Business Model Competition Semifinalists to Pitch at New Orleans Entrepreneur Week

Eight semifinalists will be pitching live in the completely revamped Tulane Business Model Competition during New Orleans Entrepreneur Week (NOEW), the sixth annual premier showcase event for the local entrepreneurial ecosystem. Semifinalists include: ComeFailCCCFleur de LatkesInVision BiomedicalMillion Dollar ScholarThreadixTympanogen, and US Fresh Cane. The pitches will take place in Gallier Hall Ballroom 3A on Tuesday, March 25th, 2014 at 1:30 PM. The event is free and registration is available at the door for attendees who arrive at 1:00 PM.

inNOLAvation Announces Participating Schools in 2nd Annual Pitch Challenge

inNOLAvation is a local non-profit that was created to facilitate innovation within the minority community. The organization created theinNOLAvation Challenge last year to encourage high-growth businesses within the community. The second annual challenge, hosted in partnership with The Idea Village during New Orleans Entrepreneur Week (NOEW), will take place this Saturday, March 22nd at 10:45 AM at Gallier Hall. Participating schools include, Algiers Technology Academy, Lake Area Charter and Joseph S. Clark.

GNO, Inc. Reveals What the Future of New Orleans Will Look Like

Regional leaders assembled last week for the Greater New Orleans, Inc. (GNO, Inc.) annual meeting. The mission of the organization is to create jobs and wealth for Greater New Orleans and the 2014 theme was “Growing into Greatness.” During the meeting, GNO, Inc. President and CEO Michael Hecht discussed a number of multi-year initiatives designed to improve the region and prove that it can be great. ”What matters to NOLA?” asked Hecht. The key drivers are the economy and quality of life. Find out meeting details here.

Destination Hackathon Will Turn New Orleans Into a Petri Dish for Tourism Industry Innovation

The New Orleans Tourism and Marketing Commission (NOTMC) has teamed with Codemkrs founder Travis Laurendine and a slew of others who support the local tech scene have announced the first everDestination Hackathon Challenge, which will use New Orleans as a petri dish for an innovation to the trillion dollar tourism industry. The hackathon took place over the weekend and judges deliberations took place last night. The winner of the hackathon was Hear Here.

TurboSquid CEO Matt Wisdom Among The Aspen Institute’s 2014 Class Of Henry Crown Fellows

The Aspen Institute, a educational and policy studies organization based in Washington D.C., has announced its 2014 class of Henry Crown Fellows. Matt Wisdom, CEO of New Orleans-based digital media supply company TurboSquid, has graced the list of fellows. The fellowship recognizes entrepreneurial leaders under the age of 45 who tackle the world’s most challenging problems. With a focus on action, each fellow has committed to using his or her resources to launch an initiative with positive impacts.

Louisiana Drupal User Group Gears Up for Inaugural Drupalcamp New Orleans

Louisiana Drupal User Group is excited to announce the first ever Drupalcamp New Orleans taking place on March 29th, 2014 from 9:00 AM to 5:00 PM at Launch Pad. Drupalcamp New Orleans is an attendee-driven, completely volunteer initiative modeled after the open, participatory nature of barcamps. Combining a leading content management system with a great destination, organizers of the inaugural Drupalcamp New Orleans promise a weekend of community, case studies, code, food and fun.

New Digital Forensics Tool Reveals OS X Secrets

New Orleans computer forensics company 504ensics Labs has announced the update and re-release of their new digital forensics tool Spotlight Inspector. Spotlight Inspector was developed for the analysis of OS X Spotlight databases, which index all the files on a volume storing metadata.

All About You: Burke Ingraffia

After living in Fairhope, Alabama for six years where he started his own web development and online marketing company, Point Clear Media, Burke Ingraffia moved back home to New Orleans and brought his company with him. He now teaches Internet technologies, music technologies, and online marketing in the Department of Music Industry Studies at Loyola University. Burke is also a performer and singer/songwriter who has an original song catalog numbering over 60. He was a 2012 Kerrville New Folk Finalist, which is considered an honor in folk music circles. Find out more here.

New Orleans Battle of the Brands Bracket Launches During March Madness

Metro New Orleans area companies are currently competing for Top Brand title in the first ever “Battle of the Brands,” launched just in time for the March Madness happenings. Host Metro NOLA SourceLink created the competition ”to help shine the spotlight on the legacy and future of entrepreneurship in the greater New Orleans region, the contest began earlier this month with a field of 64 companies representing some of the greater New Orleans region’s most iconic entrepreneurial brands.”

HIMSS 2014 Attracts New Orleans-Based Health Management System

About the author: Rand Ragusa is co-founder and SVP of Business Development  of Better Day™ Health, which is transforming clinical documentation for providers. He recently attended the annual Healthcare Information and Management Systems Society (HIMSS) conference in Orlando. Find out more about his experience at the annual HIMSS conference here.

A Primer on the Mysteries of PCI Compliance

About the author: Vico Marziale, PhD is a Managing Partner of 504ENSICS Labs, specializing  in cutting edge research and development of tools and techniques for digital forensics and computer security. He wrote about PCI compliance because of the recent rash of credit card data theft from top retailers (like Target) has brought the term “PCI compliance” into the limelight. Read more here.


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