In 2008 Mike was awarded a Leadership Scholarship to the private Catholic institution, Gannon University for his exceptional performance as team captain for his high school's United States Academic Decathlon program. He was awarded over 37 personal medals. At Gannon, Mike began exploring the Liberal Studies Core Curriculum at the College of Humanities, Education and Social Sciences (You know, the one featured nationally on CNN, HBO and CSPAN).
In 2010 Mike spent a brief period at Slippery Rock University of Pennsylvania before moving to New Orleans Louisiana, where he quickly became involved in the city's tech community. He was the first Google Glass Explorer in Louisiana. And founded NOLA's official Google Developer Group (GDG's are for developers who are interested in Google's developer technology; everything from the Android, Chrome, Drive, and Google Cloud platforms, to product APIs like the Cast API, Maps API, and YouTube API) Later, Mike served as community liaison and Technology Evangelist for the prototype Nymi Band tech platform.
Still highly active within the vibrant New Orleans tech scene, Mike serves as Vice President (Board of Directors) of a 501(c)(3) Nonprofit Organization- a charitable corporation that has been operating in the city of New Orleans for nearly two decades.
In 2014 Mike began his coursework for Harvard University's CS50 (Computer Science 50) instructed by David J. Malan.
Mike is a advocate and active member of the Citizen's Commission on Human Rights and is an Associate Member of IEEE (IEEE is the world's largest technical professional organization dedicated to advancing technology for the benefit of humanity. IEEE and its members inspire a global community to innovate for a better tomorrow through its highly-cited publications, conferences, technology standards, and professional and educational activities. IEEE is the trusted “voice” for engineering, computing and technology information around the globe).
Mike has worked with public figures like New Orleans' very own Sheba Turk (Anchor of the WWL-TV Morning Show & host of her own show the 504). As well musical artists like Noelle Scaggs - self proclaimed "Boss Lady" of the hit band Fitz and the Tantrums -- when he facilitated a product endorsement/marketing deal with Noelle and the at-the-time fledgling eye-wear company Krewe Du Optic (founded by the brilliant Stirling Barrett - for whom Mike Simmons served in an advisory role prior to the brand's launch in 2013).
More recently (2015 -2016), Mike was selected as Chief Community Moderator for the social customer service benchmarking tool/platform Help Handles. In January 2016, Mike began working on providing New Orleans with a truly consumer-facing online grocery delivery service; He founded Crescent Cart, Inc. in mid-2017.