The CajunCodeFest is the signature event for the Center for Business & Information Technologies (CBIT) under the Informatics Research Institute at the University of Louisiana at Lafayette (UL Lafayette). CBIT focuses its research, development and technology transfer activities on fostering technology-driven innovations in a wide range of application domains including healthcare, education, economic and workforce development. The Center provides a collaborative entrepreneurial environment where UL Lafayette, other universities, the State, and the business community can come together to innovate, create value and make Louisiana and the US a better place to live, work and do business.
The inaugural CajunCodeFest was a huge success with over 275 people in attendance. The event hosted 115 participants from 3 countries, 15 states and 40 cities including 42 entrepreneurs, 94 health and IT professionals, and 35 students. The second year, the event brought in over 400 guests from 42 cities, 12 states and 2 countries to create solutions and discuss the future of healthcare technology. CajunCodeFest 3.0 brought in over 400 people, included health care plenary sessions and opened the coding section to middle and high school students!
In 2015, the CajunCodeFest returns with a new format including longer development time. 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 to present to Angel Investors. The event invites students (k-12 and college) as well as professionals to join the compeition.
Todd Park, former U.S. Chief Technology Officer and guest speaker was truly inspired by Lafayette's energy at the inaugural event, he tweeted,
"Silicon Bayou - aka Lafayette, Louisiana - is the best kept secret reservoir of innovation mojo in America."
The CajunCodeFest spawned a healthcare revolution in the heart of Louisiana. Lafayette was recognized as a US Ignite community and became a “Living Lab for Health Innovation” because of its advanced fiber optic network throughout the city and commitment to lead technology innovation in the state. CBIT and its Living Lab partners already have projects in the works regarding aging in place, emergency medicine, childhood obesity and workplace health.
Big data and healthcare are also major focus areas for the National Science Foundation Center of Excellence at UL Lafayette, the Center for Visual and Decision Informatics (CVDI), an Industry-University Cooperative Research Center (I/UCRC) in partnership with Drexel University and Tampere University of Technology. Launched on February 6, 2012, CVDI is the only NSF center in the US with focus on visual and decision informatics, and the first I/UCRC in the State of Louisiana.
The CajunCodeFest is a melting pot of inspiration, creation, innovation, competition and celebration! Space is limited so please register ASAP! Registration is required for all guest enthusiasts and participants.
Past and Current Themes:
2012: Childhood Obesity
2013: Own Your Own Health
2014: Aging in Place/Internet of Things
2015-2016: Diabetes Population Health Analytics
2017: Smart Communities
2018: Data for Opioids