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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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Business & Technology
6:18 pm
Wed November 12, 2014

Video Game Industry Salaries In Louisiana Are About $88K Per Year

Louisiana’s computer and video game industry paid workers more than $14 million in 2012, according to a study released Tuesday by the Washington, DC-based Entertainment Software Association.
Steve Petrucelli Flickr

The video game industry is one of the fastest growing industries in the United States. One of the biggest gaming trade groups, Washington, DC-based Entertainment Software Association, released a report Tuesday about the economic impact of the computer and video game industries in each state.

Louisiana’s computer and video game industry paid workers more than $14 million in 2012, according to the study.

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Features
4:57 pm
Mon November 3, 2014

Retailers In New Orleans Are Warming Up To Bitcoin

At Davids Antiques in the French Quarter, there is bitcoin memorabilia everywhere. One whole display under glass is devoted to bitcoin-themed souvenirs, like cufflinks and lapel pins.
Janaya Williams WWNO

Digital currencies like Bitcoin and Litecoin don’t enjoy widespread use yet. It turns out, most retail stores and consumers still prefer good old fashioned paper money.

But the currency is catching on with a few mavericks around the globe — including some innovative business owners right here in New Orleans.

At a few local stores, customers can open their virtual Bitcoin wallets to buy everything from antique jewelry and furniture — to french fries and po-boys.

Innovation and technology reporting on WWNO is supported by Bellwether Technology.

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Red River Radio
9:08 am
Wed October 29, 2014

Shreveport startup SkyRunner sets up shop in former GM plant

Originally published on Thu October 30, 2014 5:12 am

A flying dune buggy has Shreveport roots.

Startup flying car maker SkyRunner LLC is moving into the former Shreveport General Motors plant this week. An assembly line is being prepped for a pre-market, all-terrain vehicle with a powered parachute.

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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.”

Technology
2:49 pm
Thu October 23, 2014

Innovator Profile: Community Plates of New Orleans

Community Plates of New Orleans uses technology and local volunteers to deliver food to the hungry.
Billy Brown Flickr

As New Orleans continues to build its reputation as a hub for innovation and new technologies, WWNO’s Technology Desk seeks to highlight innovators who are finding novel solutions to some of the city’s most important issues.

Innovations Reporter Janaya Williams recently spoke with Lauren Rudzis of Community Plates, a nonprofit that is tapping into the resources of the food and restaurant community in New Orleans to find a new system to deliver food to the hungry.

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Business & Technology
3:00 pm
Thu October 2, 2014

NOLA Tech Week Kicks Off Citywide Celebration Of All Things Tech

At a collection of venues around the city next week, start up entrepreneurs, techies, and innovators of all stripes will get together to swap ideas and know-how for the second annual Tech Week "unconference."
Keoni Cabral Flickr

NOLA Tech Week starts on Monday. It's the second year for the citywide event, which bills itself as a "celebration of all things tech.”

These days, New Orleans is making a name for itself as the place to be for technology start-ups — it was recently called the "most improved city for business” by the Wall Street Journal, and Forbes says it’s the number-three city for information technology job growth.

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Business & Technology
6:44 pm
Tue September 30, 2014

NOLA Tech Week 'Unconference' Begins To Take Shape

NOLA Tech Week's second annual "unconference" begins on Monday.
Piotr Esden-Tempski Flickr

NOLA Tech Week begins on Monday. It’s only the second year for the local technology industry conference, which bills itself as a celebration of all things tech in New Orleans.

Organizers of the event call it an “unconference.” They say that allows members of the technology community in New Orleans to set the agenda for the meetings and to host events based on topics they want to hear about.

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Out To Lunch
1:00 pm
Thu September 25, 2014

Out To Lunch: The Disrupters

Steve Beatty and Tom Hayes.
Credit Cheryl delPozzal / It's New Orleans

Over the last few years the word "disrupt" has found its way into the American business vocabulary. On today's Out to Lunch, Peter Ricchiuti introduces us to two local disrupters.

Tom Hayes is New Orleans General Manager of Uber. Uber is an international and nationwide car service that disrupts the taxi business — which it is in the process of doing here in New Orleans.

Steve Beatty is Editor of The Lens. The Lens is an investigative reporting organization that is disrupting local news media.

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Latest News
5:08 pm
Wed September 24, 2014

Republicans Embrace Technology In Louisiana Senate Race

Burns Library, Boston College Flickr

Louisiana's U.S. Senate race is a central battleground in the Republican Party's national drive to catch up to the Democrats' data collection know-how that helped power President Barack Obama to two terms.

This year, with control of the Senate at stake, Republicans are depending on paid interns and volunteers to help it close the technology gap.

Party organizers have started a door-knocking effort to gather data that can be fed into a mobile phone app and uploaded to a central database for harvesting later.

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