Thursday, 13 November 2014 18:09

Louisiana Biz: BRAC BIG THINK, Disasters in New Orleans, Globalstar, 504ward

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new-orleans-tourismThe Business news Buzz for today:  International Disaster Conference scheduled in February in New Orleans; BRAC or the Baton Rouge Area Chamber is hosting its annual BIG THINK for entrepreneurs; The 504ward organization is promoting jobs at Globalstar, in New Orleans.  


Here are the press releases


The International Disaster Conference & Expo 2015 has  scheduled breakout sessions for the  2015 conference, to be held in New Orleans February 10 - 12, 2015.

The educational program at IDCE represents one of the premiere professional development and training opportunities uniting public and private sector professionals from around the world, serving all disciplines associated with emergency management, homeland security, and the cycle of disaster preparation, response, recovery and mitigation.

This year’s educational content of the International Disaster Conference & EXPO will revolve around the theme, “Emergency Management Technology for the Future,” and fit into one of the five educational tracks which include: Resiliency (Emergency Management, Response & Recovery, and Business Continuity); Technology & Innovation (Next Generation 911, Social Media, Interoperability); Public Health & Medical; Animals in Disasters; and Insurance.

IDCE’s Executive Advisory Committee has selected over 20 breakout sessions in 5 different educational tracks and 7 plenary sessions to this year’s program.  View the current schedule of breakout sessions here:

Nada Bakos, a former Central Intelligence Agency (CIA) analyst who was on the team charged with

analyzing the relationship between Iraq, Al-Qaeda and 9/11, and  Dr. Louisa E. Chapman, MD, MSPH, Senior Medical Officer, Epidemiologist and Captain in the US Public Health Service stationed at the Centers for Disease Control (CDC), have been announced as keynote speakers, with more speakers to be announced.

This year’s event will include:

•           Keynote addresses from internationally recognized industry leaders and policy makers;

•           Over 30 sessions conducted by leading experts covering the cycle of preparation, response, mitigation and recovery;

•           Numerous CEC / CEU Opportunities through industry affiliations, associations and/or agencies;

•           Networking opportunities

•           Over 100 exhibiting companies and organizations featuring the latest equipment, technology and programs.

Registration is now open at:

Register by December 5, 2014, to  take advantage of our “early bird” reduced rates.

For information on sponsorships and exhibits, contact Will Webre, Trade Shows & Sales Manager at [email protected] or  visit:

IDCE Social Media Sites:

Twitter Hashtag: #IDCE2015



The Baton Rouge Area Chamber (BRAC) today announced the eight companies selected to participate in Innovation Alley, a part of BRAC’s Big Think on November 19.  The display and exhibit area, presented by University of Phoenix, will showcase innovative new products and services from around the Capital Region to Big Think attendees, and give them the opportunity to experience these innovations.

“Exposure and awareness are key factors for all start-ups,” said Adam Knapp, president and CEO of the Baton Rouge Area Chamber.  “Innovation Alley will offer these exciting new companies the benefit of showcasing their assets to Big Think attendees. Big Think attendees with have the opportunity to test and experience new products coming to market from within the region.”

Innovation Alley exhibitors include:

  •          BitFinity – video game development
  •          Bottoms Up – mobile marketing service for bars, restaurants, and patrons
  •          Indie Plate – farm fresh grocery delivery service
  •          Iron 27 – mobile gaming and software development
  •          Millifluidica – smart and miniaturized devices for chemical and biological processes
  •          Pixel Dash Studios – video game development
  •          Tuck N’ Roll Media – full-service video production
  •          Uber – ridesharing service

Big Think attendees will be encouraged to vote for the most engaging exhibitor.  The start-up with the most votes will win a cash prize, a one-year BRAC investment, and recognition during Companies to Watch, an award event featuring second-stage companies from the Capital Region.

BRAC’s Big Think, a new event to showcase and celebrate innovation and entrepreneurship, will be held on Wednesday, November 19, 2014at the Manship Theatre.  The day-long program, presented by Louisiana Technology Park, will feature national speakers and subject matter experts, as well as local and regional resources for start-ups and second-stage companies.  Complete details on the events of the day as well as registration can be found at

We here at 504ward aren't just about connecting awesome people and highlighting fun events. Oh no. We're more than that. We're also committed to finding job opportunities for all the young, talented people in our network. At our last Company Connect event with Globalstar, they ended up hiring four (4!) of the attendees, and it was such a rousing success they want to do it again. So let's do it again!


Globalstar is global satellite voice and data provider based right here in Louisiana. They're rapidly growing into a tech giant and they want to develop talent right here in the Crescent City. They're currently hiring for a lot of jobs, including a director of financial reporting and a public relations specialist, not to mention engineers, network architecture managers, systems analysts and a lot, lot more. See a full list of the jobs here.

If you're interested in learning more, apply here by November 18th, and Globalstar will let you know by November 24th if they'd like to meet you. The recruiting event will take place at Wolfe's in the Warehouse on December 2nd, so keep that day clear on the calendar. This is an amazing opportunity to land a great job at a growing, global company right here in New Orleans. Get on it.

Website: 504ward Company Connect with Globalstar Application 

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