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What is CajunCodeFest?

The CajunCodeFest is a health care coding competition looking for the next innovative idea (app, software, device, etc.). The best solution wins a chance make their idea a reality by presenting to a team of Angel Investors! *The competition returns in November 2015 with a new format including longer development time. 

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Who can Participate?

All innovators are welcome! The competition is open to middle, high school and college students as well as health care, technology or marketing professionals. You are encouraged to form teams now, but you can also join anytime before the semi-final judging round.

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Why Participate?

The health IT industry is in the midst of a revolution and our new format will allow entrepreneurs and start-ups to create a stronger product. Your team could have the latest and greatest idea and win an opportunity to take your idea to the next level by presenting your application, device or product to a team of Angel Investors.

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A Unique Health Care Theme Is Selected For Each Event

The CajunCodeFest focuses on transforming data into healthcare solutions. Each year a new healthcare theme is selected based on the dataset available and current relavance. The judges look for the best ideas and encourage the winning teams to grow their solution into the next big idea! 

Past Themes:

2012: Childhood Obesity                            

2013: Own Your Own Health                                  

2014: Aging in Place/Internet of Things

2015-2016: Diabetes Population Health Analytics 


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REACHnet Partnership

The CajunCodeFest partnered with the Research Action for Health Network (REACHnet), an organization committed to changing healthcare research and outcomes in the Gulf South through outcomes-driven, patient-centered solutions. REACHnet is a partnership between the Louisiana Public Health Institute, Ochsner Health System, Partnership for Achieving Total Health (PATH), Louisiana State University, Pennington Biomedical Research Center, Tulane University and Baylor Scott & White Health.

REACHnet hosted a Connect-a-thon on December 11, 2015 with the the Patient Centered Outcomes Research Institution (PCORI), producers of the annual Cajun Code Fest health application development competition at UL Lafayette, Ochsner Health System, Persistent Systems, the Harvard Department of Biomedical Informatics and the Boston Children’s Hospital Informatics Program.

Connect-a-thon Highlights

  • SMART on FHIR on i2b2 applications
  • Networking and presentations with diverse stakeholders with the PCORnet sponsored Research Action for Health Network and the Scalable Collaborative Infrastructure for a Learning Healthcare System Clinical Data Research Networks  focusing on designing, prioritizing, and building health applications with your patient, clinical, research, or administrative experience
  • Learn how to access innovative data infrastructure

The Connect-a-thon video series is available here.


This event is a special blend – a unique gumbo of inspiration, innovation, competition, and celebration!

Ramesh Kolluru

VP for Research - University of Louisiana Lafayette
Massively inspired after spending time at #cajuncodefest - amazing competitors; go innovators go!

Todd Park

U.S. Technology Advisor
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CajunCodeFest is health care coding competition open to all students and professionals with knowledge in software development, health care or business strategy. Teams develop an application or product solution related to diabetes over a few months to present to Angel Investors! 

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