March 30 - April 1, 2017 

What is CajunCodeFest?

The CajunCodeFest is a coding competition looking for the next innovative idea (app, software, device, etc.). Each year a new theme is selected.

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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 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 with your application, device or product.

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2017: Smart Communities

The CajunCodeFest focuses on transforming data into real world solutions. Each year a new theme is selected based on the dataset available and current relevance. In 2017, the focus will be on Smart Gigabit Community applications using an open data portal with selected datasets from Lafayette Consolidated Government.


What is a Smart Gigabit Community?

Lafayette has joined an elite group of 15 charter members of the national network of Smart Gigabit Communities as designated by US IgniteThis program makes us a part of a national league of communities that are working to deploy tomorrow’s applications today. Each of the communities has made a significant commitment toward levering next-generation smart city and Internet technologies to keep pace with the world’s rapidly changing technology and economy.


University Gigabit Technology

The University at Louisiana at Lafayette recently installed a Global Environment for Network Innovations (GENI) system that links with leading universities in other smart communities to enable the UL Lafayette research community the opportunity to develop, test and provide feedback on advanced next-generation Internet applications in education, healthcare, public safety, etc.


Past Themes:

2012: Childhood Obesity                            2014: Aging in Place/Internet of Things
2013: Own Your Own Health                     2015-2016: Diabetes Population Health Analytics            

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CajunCodeFest is an annual coding competition open to all students and professionals with knowledge in software development or technology innovation. In 2017, teams will have 30+ hours to develop a Smart Communities application with local data provided by Lafayette Consolidated Government.

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