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


The  annual CajunCodeFest Summit and Challenge, hosted by the Center for Business & Information Technologies at the University of Louisiana at Lafayette, is April 13 & 14, 2018. The  events focus on on a new healthcare theme each year. The summit is open to the public and the challenge is open to all students and professionals with an innovative spirit. Teams use data to build apps and tools addressing the opioid epidemic to win cash, prizes and bragging rights. 

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