Janaya Williams


4:25 pm
Wed May 20, 2015

As Louisiana Executive Order Made, A Look At Long-Held Ties Between Tech And LGBTQ Community

Louisiana's controversial Marriage and Conscience Act failed to win approval in Baton Rouge this session. The bill would have prohibited the state from punishing businesses for having religious beliefs that say "marriage is between one man and one woman." Critics of the bill say it would have allowed businesses to discriminate against gays and lesbians.

After the the bill failed, Governor Bobby Jindal stepped in and issued an executive order to accomplish the intent of the bill.

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5:25 pm
Mon May 11, 2015

'Million Dollar Scholar' Software Helps College-Bound Students Pay For School

Derrius Quarles (L) and Ras Asan (R) co-founded the education funding startup Million Dollar Scholar, based in New Orleans.
Ras Asan

Derrius Quarles and Ras Asan are co-founders of the education funding start-up Million Dollar Scholar.

Growing up in Chicago with few resources, Derrius Quarles shocked everyone when he took the initiative and won over a million dollars in scholarships and awards to attend college. As an undergraduate at Morehouse College, he met Ras Asan, and the two decided to take Derrius' know-how to more students who could use it.

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4:01 pm
Fri May 8, 2015

'Rise of the Rest' Tour Bus Makes A Stop In New Orleans

Startup Go To Interview makes a pitch at the Rise of the Rest tour stop in New Orleans.
Frank Gruber Flickr

Steve Case is one of the founders of the technology company AOL. This week, he’s leading a bus tour across five Southern Cities to get a closer look at local startup businesses. On Friday, the Rise of the Rest bus tour makes a day-long stop in New Orleans.

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5:54 pm
Wed April 29, 2015

Google 'Security Princess' Visits New Orleans, Speaks At UNO

Google "Security Princess" Parisa Tabriz speaks to students at UNO about information security.
Adam Norris UNO

The self-appointed Google "Security Princess," Parisa Tabriz, has worked on information security for nearly a decade. She started as a "hired hacker" software engineer for Google's security team. As an engineer, she found and closed security holes in Google's products, and taught other engineers how to do the same.

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12:04 pm
Fri March 27, 2015

Makerspace And Design Shop IDIYA Opens On Broad Street

A new do-it-yourself makerspace, workshop, and design studio, IDIYA, had its grand opening Thursday in Broadmoor.

The “DIY” in the name is for “do-it-yourself.” For a monthy membership fee, makers, innovators, and crafters gain access to all of the tools in the Idiya building.

Jim McKenna is the operations manager at Idiya. He gives an overview of some of the tools available for members to use:

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7:36 pm
Mon March 9, 2015

A Playground For Innovators At The New Orleans Mini Maker Faire

VIP badges at the Maker Faire contained a full Arduino, essentially making it a tiny programmable computer.
Janaya Williams WWNO

Tulane University hosted the second annual New Orleans Mini Maker Faire on Saturday.

Maker Faires are growing in popularity around the country. They’re described as part science fair, part county fair, and “the greatest show and tell on earth.”

While they mainly showcase do-it-yourselfers exploring new technologies, the faires also also draw people experimenting in science, engineering, art, and performance.

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7:49 am
Mon March 9, 2015

NOLA Maker Faire Co-Founder Says New Orleans History Is Full Of 'Makers'

The robotics hallway at the second annual New Orleans Mini Maker Faire.
Janaya Williams WWNO

Over the weekend, New Orleans held its second annual Mini Maker Faire at Tulane University.

The maker faire this year was a showcase for inventors and innovators of all stripes. Everything was on display — from drones and robots to glittered shoes and handmade flower garlands.

Scott Thomas is a co-producer of the faire. He says being a “maker” is not just about technology.

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7:08 pm
Fri March 6, 2015

New Orleans Saints Are Using Big Data To Help Avoid Injuries

New Orleans Saints coach Sean Payton told an audience at the MIT Sloan Sports Analytics Conference in Boston about how he is using new RFID technology to get better data about players and avoid injuries.
Football Schedule Flickr

New Orleans Saints coach Sean Payton spoke on a panel last Friday at the MIT Sloan Sports Analytics Conference in Boston, about how coaches are using new technology to get better data about players.

For the first time during the 2014 season, every NFL player in the league was outfitted with digital tracking devices in their shoulder pads to record exactly how far and how fast they were moving in each practice.

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Business & Technology
5:04 pm
Thu March 5, 2015

Survey: For Women In Tech, New Orleans Tops Silicon Valley

A survey by the group SmartAsset lists New Orleans among the top ten best cities for women working in the technology field.
U.S. Embassy Tel Aviv Flickr

Slate magazine recently reported on a survey by the group SmartAsset, listing the best cities for women working in the technology field.

Some of the surprising findings: Cities in Silicon Valley ranked far below some others with less well-known tech communities – including New Orleans. The survey ranked New Orleans number seven overall on the list of best American cities for women in tech.

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7:29 pm
Wed March 4, 2015

SmartAsset Website Gives New Orleans High Marks For Gender Equality In Tech

A Slate article published last week named New Orleans as one of the top ten cities for women working in technology.

The article was based on a survey by SmartAsset. Overall, the survey ranked New Orleans as number seven among cities that are best for women working in technology fields. New Orleans came out ahead of several cities more widely known for their tech communities, like those in Silicon Valley.

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