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.

National Science Foundation Center for Visual and Decision Informatics (CVDI)

Big data and healthcare are also major focus areas for CVDI, an Industry/University Cooperative Research Center (I/UCRC) between the University of Louisiana at Lafayette,  Drexel University in Philadelphia, PA, Tampere University of Technology in Finland, University of Virginia and Stony Brook University in New York. 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. For more information on industry members and projects, visit


CajunCodeFest is an annual coding competition open to all students and professionals with knowledge in software development or technology innovation. The 2018 competition will be April 13-14, 2018 in Lafayette, LA focusing on #DataforOpioids.

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