Tech & Innovation Desk

WWNO's Tech & Innovation Desk — Reporting on developments, issues and trends in technology, innovation, science and the entrepreneurial scene in the greater New Orleans region.

The Tech &  Innovation Desk is made possible with the support of Bellwether Technology, MicrosoftIngram Micro and Mozy.

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10:16 pm
Wed December 17, 2014

Chicago-Based Video Game Developer Opening A Studio In The CBD

Chicago-based video game developer High Voltage Software is opening a studio in the Central Business District next month.
Coolcaesar Wikimedia

Enticed to Louisiana by the state's generous tax incentives, a Chicago-based video game developer is opening a studio in the Central Business District next month.

High Voltage Software has had a hand in developing some classic video game titles – like Mortal Kombat, Toy Story, and Captain America.

The firm will lease a suite at Place St. Charles starting next month. Eventually, they plan to employ 80 people at annual salaries ranging from $50,000 to $120,000.

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Business & Technology
8:22 pm
Wed December 17, 2014

Innovation Leaders From Four Cities Meet In New Orleans To Swap Ideas

James Carville was the closing speaker Wednesday afternoon at the Forward Cities Initiative convention for innovation leaders from four cities.
Sarah Decristofaro New Orleans BioInnovation Center

James Carville was the closing speaker Wednesday afternoon at the Forward Cities Initiative convention for innovation leaders from four cities.

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2:54 pm
Mon December 15, 2014

Production Begins In New Orleans On Navy's Newest Hovercraft

Textron Systems New Orleans will build the Navy's newest, more efficient hovercraft.
Textron Systems Textron

Textron Systems New Orleans held a ceremony on Monday to mark the start of production of the Navy's newest hovercraft: a landing craft designed to haul vehicles, heavy equipment, and supplies over water and beaches.

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3:15 pm
Tue December 9, 2014

MobileQubes Aims To Solve The Problem Of The 'Dead' Cell Phone

New Orleans-based company MobileQubes offers portable phone chargers in high traffic areas around the city.
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It’s a problem almost everyone has had — being far away from home with a cell phone battery that is dead or dying. A new company based in New Orleans, MobileQubes, is offering a solution.

Sean Carrigan got the idea to manufacture portable phone and tablet charging devices about two years ago. He was in a New Orleans restaurant after a long day of multitasking on his smartphone, and his battery was almost dead.

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Latest News
4:45 pm
Mon December 1, 2014

New Orleans Shoppers Encouraged To Spend Locally On Cyber Monday

In New Orleans this year, there’s a push to make Cyber Monday more profitable for local businesses.
Intel Free Press Wikimedia

Percentage-wise, New Orleans has more local businesses than most other American cities. In fact, the city has the fifth-best ratio of local to non-local businesses in the country.

So in New Orleans this year, there’s a push to make Cyber Monday more profitable for local businesses.

Mark Strella is the program manager for Stay Local, a group whose mission is to raise visibility for locally owned, independent businesses. He says when people shop online with big box retailers, very little of that money trickles down to  New Orleans.

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Features
4:55 pm
Tue November 25, 2014

Local Artists Expand Their Reach Using Online Platforms

One New-Orleans based website, Pelican Bomb, uses its online platform to support the local art community.
Pelican Bomb

The success of the ongoing Prospect 3 biennial is proof that visual artists in New Orleans are part of a vibrant and growing community.

In recent years, local artists have been utilizing online platforms to expand the reach of their work beyond New Orleans.  

We talked with the operators of two of these online platforms, Pelican Bomb and Where Y’Art, about bridging the gap between the worlds of visual art and technology.
 

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11:06 am
Fri November 21, 2014

NASA Partners With UNO To Host 'Space Day' For Middle School Students

Approximately 150 middle school students from five area schools participated in UNO Space Day 2014, which culminated Thursday afternoon with a model rocket launch.
University of New Orleans UNO

Seventh and eighth graders participated in the very first UNO Space Day on Thursday. The event was co-hosted by NASA, Boeing Company, the National Center for Advanced Manufacturing (NCAM), and Jacobs Technology.

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Business & Technology
6:22 pm
Mon November 17, 2014

International Supercomputer Experts Meet In New Orleans

The Olympus Supercomputer at Pacific Northwest National Laboratory. Computer experts from around the world are meeting this week in New Orleans for the annual Supercomputing Conference, or SC14.
Pacific Northwest National Laboratory - PNNL Flickr

Computer experts from around the world are meeting this week in New Orleans for the annual Supercomputing Conference, or SC14.

This year, the conference has a clear focus: HPC matters. HPC is high performance computing, which organizers say is “making the world better” through innovation.  

Wilfred Pinfold is the HPC matters chair. He says supercomputers can help solve problems in health care and finance, and in issues important to New Orleaneans — like weather prediction and climate modeling.

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8:06 am
Mon November 10, 2014

New Orleans Veterans Launch Business Startup Program

The VetLaunch website.

As the nation plans events to honor veterans on Tuesday, a New Orleans nonprofit is kicking off a program aimed at helping them establish their own businesses. Five will be selected in December.

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Business & Technology
7:05 pm
Mon October 27, 2014

Google Names Mandeville The State's 'Most Wired' Business Community

Google has named Mandeville the most wired business community in Louisiana for the second year in a row, NOLA.com reports.

Google’s annual “eCity Award” recognizes the strongest online business communities around the country. A number of factors determined the winning cities, including the likelihood of small businesses to have a website.

In a news release, a Google representative called Mandeville “a prime example of how innovation and growth in e-commerce can successfully contribute to bolstering economic progress.”

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