The 2015 Silicon Bayou 100: Group 10


Sia Karamalegos

Sia is a web developer who learned Fortran 90 in college, and then didn’t pick up programming again until the advent of MOOCs. After casually playing with Python and JavaScript, she completed a beginner code-immersion bootcamp in New Orleans, Tech Talent South, and then became a teacher there. She also volunteered with Bring your Daughter to Hack Day and taught a group of students how to make their first html page. On Twitter.

Tim Williamson

Tim is the President and Co-Founder of The Idea Village, a nonprofit with a mission to create economic and social change in New Orleans through innovation and entrepreneurship. The organization has been a big part of turning New Orleans from the biggest brain drain city into the biggest brain gain city. New Orleans Entrepreneur Week, organized by the Idea Village, has also been a big part of putting the city on the startup map. On LinkedIn. On Twitter.

Tom Hayes

For the last two years, Tom has worked at the GM of Uber in New Orleans where he has gotten the technology company up and running along with his growing team. He also runs his education tech company Haystack EDU, which originally launched in 2012 to help teachers match with schools and other opportunities. On LinkedIn. On Twitter.

Torrie Adams

Torrie is well known in the local technology scene as the founder and President of New Orleans Women in Technology (WIT), an organization designed to improve the industry landscape for women in IT. She is also a project manager on the Web & Digital Solutions team at GE where she oversees technology solutions related to website needs. Until December 2015, Torrie was the head of product at Kickboard, a instructional management tool for teachers. On Twitter.On LinkedIn.

Trey Fayard

2015 was a big year for Trey. After years of preparation, he launched GLO, the airline that seeks to provide the underserved Gulf and Mid-South regions with fast, comfortable and convenient air service. The airline took its first flight in November and currently serves New Orleans, Little Rock, Shreveport, and Memphis. On LinkedIn. On Twitter.

Tyler Ortego

Tyler leads ORA Estuaries, which grows oyster reefs into living coastal protection structures. He has led the expansion of the company as it sells and installs this protective infrastructure at numerous sites along the Gulf Coast. The startup won the 2014 Water Challenge and the 2015 Big Idea, and it continues to expand it’s use of native oyster populations to protect Louisiana’s shoreline. On LinkedIn. On Twitter.

Uchechi Kalu Jacobson

After college Uchechi started working as an online copywriter, and that led her to a career in technology. She is the co-founder and CEO of Wedocracy, an online event planning platform brings fun, ease and community to planning and attending weddings, and has been a user experience designer, content strategist, and project manager at Linking Arts Web Design and Development for the last nearly five years. On LinkedIn. On Twitter.

Wendy Dolan

Through her role as founder and CEO of GetOnlineNOLA, Wendy is bringing websites to businesses that need them in a way that they can afford. She is also on the Board of Directors of Women in Technology, and is a founding member of the New Orleans chapter of the American Business Women’s Association. On Twitter. On LinkedIn.

Will Scott

Will took years of technical experience and entrepreneurial experiences and harnessed his knowledge into a successful search engine marketing and optimization firm, Search Influence. The rapidly growing firm recently celebrated its 10 year anniversary and moved to a new office in downtown New Orleans. On LinkedIn. On Twitter.

William Joyce

William has achieved worldwide recognition as an author, illustrator and leader in the digital animation industry through his work at Moonbot Studios, “an interplanetary creative expedition of story and art.” In 2013, Moonbot and Chipotle teamed up and released “The Scarecrow” game and animated short film. Last October, the company released another interactive film that helps battle bullying. On Twitter.