Lafayette, LA: Living Lab for Health Innovation

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 for Visual and Decision Informatics (CVDI), an Industry/University Cooperative Research Center (I/UCRC) between UL Lafayette,  Drexel University in Philadelphia, PA and Tampere University of Technology in Tampere, Finland. Launched on February 6, 2012, CVDI is the only NSF center in the US with focus on visual and decision informatics, and the first NSF IUCRC in the State of Louisiana.


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 24+ hours to develop a Smart Communities application with civic data provided by Lafayette Consolidated Government.

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