SparkNet

SparkNet is a collaboration between the Global Shapers New Orleans Hub and Operation Spark, a non-profit rapidly preparing people for high-wage employment in software development. The project will provide free Wi-Fi access to residents in Central City, a historic neighborhood in New Orleans that was home to the first Operation Spark headquarters. 

Slow Fish 2016

Slow Food New Orleans was selected to host Slow Fish 2016 in New Orleans: Gateway to the Americas, March 10-13, 2016. Slow Fish is an international gathering of fishers, scientists, chefs, students and food artisans to address the many environmental, ecological, economic and political challenges that impact fisheries, habitats, oceans, sustainable fishers and cultural seafood systems. Slow Fish has been held every two years in Genoa, Italy. Slow Fish 2016 in New Orleans was the first time the event was held in the western hemisphere.

The Global Shapers New Orleans hub members volunteered throughout the weekend at Slow Fish and got a first hand look at the fisherman and fisheries featured while meeting delegates from around the world. The festival was designed to engage the public in a celebration of the diversity of fishing and culinary cultures across the Americas to promote the Slow Food mission of Good, Clean and Fair Food for Everyone.

Check out pictures from the conference below:

Due to inclement weather, Slow Fish was held at the Broad Theater in New Orleans. 

Due to inclement weather, Slow Fish was held at the Broad Theater in New Orleans. 

Slow Fish co-organizer Seth Hamstead with Julia Ballard, curator of the Global Shapers New Orleans hub.

Slow Fish co-organizer Seth Hamstead with Julia Ballard, curator of the Global Shapers New Orleans hub.

Slow Fish attendees preparing to watch a film at the Broad Theater.

Slow Fish attendees preparing to watch a film at the Broad Theater.

Carmo, Brennan's and other restaurants teamed up in the rain to serve attendees lunch.

Carmo, Brennan's and other restaurants teamed up in the rain to serve attendees lunch.

Project 18

The mission of Project 18 is to support youth transitioning from care and former foster care youth by providing a safety net of services, resources and individuals that will foster the forever L.O.V.E. (Life Skills, Opportunities, Voice and Empowerment) each youth deserves.

Project 18 is scheduled to launch in May, during National Foster Care Month. The Global Shapers New Orleans hub members are currently assisting with the launch event, in addition to collecting items for their dorm and apartment kits for the program's youth.

Founders Bonnie DeSalle and Sonya Brown have recently finalized the board of directors and released a new website