Week in Review: June 23, 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:

NOLATech Week Announces 2014 Dates and Brand New Partnership with New Orleans CVB

NOLATech Week  was launched last year as the first weeklong technology-focused event, created by the people for the people. Local nonprofits, businesses, organizations and community groups banded together to make it a historical, annual event, and it was a huge success. The second annual event will be, newly, in partnership with the New Orleans Convention and Visitors Bureau (CVB), taking place October 6th – 11th, 2014 at venues around the city.

PowerMoves.NOLA Offering $25,000 to Winners of Three Pitch Competitions Over July 4th Weekend

PowerMoves.NOLA is an initiative created to increase the number of venture-backed minority businesses across the country by leveraging the entrepreneurial ecosystem, resources and culture of New Orleans. It launches this July 4th weekend in promotional partnership  with ESSENCE Festival™. The weekend long event will host three pitch competitions for 20 high-growth minority founded startups, including three local companies based here in New Orleans. The winners of each pitch will be awarded $25,000.

Connect for a Cause Acquired by CommitChange, A Philanthropic Platform That Just Closed a $700K Seed Round

The New Orleans-based social fundraising platform Connect for a Cause has been acquired byCommitChange, a new platform for nonprofit fundraising. Connect for a Cause’s founder Jason Nicosia will join CommitChange as Chief Marketing Officer and open regional offices in New Orleans. The digital philanthropic platform CommitChange recently closed a $700,000 seed round led by Tim Draper and Mark Cuban, along with an investment from 500 Startups.

365 Connect Reels In 17 Awards This Year, Most Recently A Summit International Award

365 Connect, the online technology platform provider for the multifamily housing industry, just brought home its 17th award in nine months, marking its third international award. The company beat out over 5,000 submissions from 24 countries to receive a Summit Creative Award from the Summit International Awards Organization.

Module X Solutions Plans Expansion to Shreveport with New Manufacturing Facility

A leader in modular building systems, Module X Solutions, has confirmed a $7.4 million capital investment in the state of Louisiana, specifically in Shreveport. The company’s expansion will create 357 new direct jobs at a 750,000-square-foot manufacturing facility.

PowerMoves.NOLA Releases List of Top ‘Treps and Investors Chosen to Mentor Minority Entrepreneurs

PowerMoves.NOLA organizers have teamed with the mentorship-driven startup accelerator Techstars for the Risingstars Bootcamp that will take place during PowerMoves.NOLA, schedule for July 3rd through 5th, 2014. Earlier this week, the list of leading entrepreneurs and investors that will be brought to New Orleans as mentors for the participating entrepreneurs was announced.

LocalMed’s Online Scheduling Platform Launches in Baton Rouge

LocalMed, a Louisiana-based software company with clients nationwide, has announced that their one-of-a-kind online scheduling platform for dental appointments is now live in Baton Rouge. The platform lets patients search for and book dentists in real time through the first fully integrated system that reads and writes live appointment data, which includes filters such as type of insurance accepted and gender. There are currently eight dentists listed online.

One Quarter of the Way Through 52businesses – A Look at the First 13 Weeks and First 13 Businesses (Part 1)

Colin Grussing concocted a plan to launch a new business every week for a year. 13 weeks into 52businesses, he recaps his experience on Silicon Bayou News. From football players and charities to books and a bus, the company has managed to keep everything rolling. Find out more about the first quarter of the year here.

June Net2NO Recap: Mini BarCampNola and Couchster

Net2NO, the fourth largest Net2Local meetup group in the world, has grown from 30 members to now over 1,100 people since 2008. The New Orleans meetup Net2NO has hosted events to connect local entrepreneurs, innovators and tech people. The June meetup was actually the sixth annual Mini BarCamp, a prelude to the BarCampNola unconference next month. The goal was to squeeze the two day event into one hour during Net2NO. The “MiniBar” lineup will include a glimpse of presentations that will be offered during the main event July 12 – 13, 2013, including topics about or related to technology, social media and creative.

Don’t Feed the Gift Horse an Apple?

504ensics founder and SBN contributor Vico Marziale writes, “Apple has recently announced that beginning with iOS 8, Apple handheld devices will employ ‘MAC address randomization.’ Sounds fancy. What does that mean and how does it apply to you?” Click here for the full article.

UniversalData, Inc. Awarded Jefferson Parish Small Business of the Year

UniversalData, Inc. is a technology solution provider that has been serving clients in the Greater New Orleans area for over three decades. Recently, the firm that offers services including hosted cloud services, IT managed services, disaster recovery, network assessments and more, was named the 2014 Small Business of the Year by the Jefferson Chamber of Commerce.

Beware of Pitfalls When Litigating Trade Secret Cases

PJ Kee is an associate at the Jones Walker law firm in New Orleans. He and a few colleagues recently launched Trade Secret Insider, which chronicles legal insights on trade secrets, non-competes, computer fraud and confidential data theft. This article was originally posted on tradesecretsinsider.com.