Judging Criteria 


  1. User Experience - Solution is easy to use, is intuitive, has good design flow; user experience is very positive
  2. Theme - Solution (i) meets the challenge of at least one of the solution foci and (ii) uses or is informed by at least one CCF portal data sets
  3. Creativity - Solution is unique and innovative; solution provides usable and differentiable functionality for stakeholders
  4. Sustainability - Product is likely to continue because solution directly provides a benefit for the stakeholders

Each team should prepare five (5) slides: the first slide presenting an overall description of the solution; and four other slides, each of which addresses one of the judging criteria (1) through (4). On each slide, the judging criterion being addressed must be identified. Include as much details while making the material as legible as possible. Articulate the solution’s value relative to the specific criterion.


2018 Judges



Judging Facilitator


Reece Theriot, MBA., Instructor, Sales & Entrepreneurship, Department of Marketing and Hospitality, UL Lafayette; Director, Accelerate South; Co-founder, MEGAPRENEURSHIP SOCIETY

Mr. Theriot has over ten years of experience as an entrepreneur, having built startups in the business services industry, food industry and technology industry. He also has three years of experience as a medical device (orthopedic and dermatology) salesperson and is currently the founder and principle consultant of a sales training firm which works with businesses at all stages.

Beenish Moalla Chaudhry, Assistant Professor, School of Computing and Informatics, UL Lafayette

Dr. Chaudhry's  research interests lie at the intersection of pervasive/ mobile computing, human-computer interaction and health informatics. She uses user-centered design methodology to design and evaluate mobile applications for chronically ill, low literacy populations. She also uses a number of theoretical and empirical tools such as Community-Based Participatory Research, Participatory Action Research and Social Determinants to study social, ethical, clinical and health impact of technology tools on people from low socioeconomic backgrounds.
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Peter Croughan, Chief of Staff, Louisiana Department of Health 

The Louisiana Department of Health is the state’s largest agency with a budget of $14 billion and 5,600 employees, encompassing the Offices of Public Health, Behavioral Health, Aging and Adult Services, Developmental Disabilities, and the Medicaid Program. He works with the Secretary and other Senior Staff to coordinate policy development, quality improvement, communications, external affairs, and legislative affairs for the department. He also serves as the primary liaison with the Governor’s Office on health care related matters.

Bruce Greenstein, Chief Technology Officer, U.S. Health and Human Services

Mr. Greenstein provides leadership and direction to ensure that HHS effectively uses data, technology and innovation to improve the lives of the American people and the performance of the operating divisions across the Department. Greenstein joins HHS after serving as President-West at the behavioral health technology company, Quartet. In his last government role, Greenstein served as the Secretary of the Department of Health and Hospitals in Louisiana. Prior to this, Greenstein led Microsoft’s worldwide health and human service business vertical with teams across the globe. 
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Alicia Guidry, Ph.D., Health Information Technology Coordinator, Informatics Research Institute, UL Lafayette

Dr. Guidry earned a B.S. in Computer Science from Louisiana State University and a Ph.D. in Biomedical and Health Informatics from the University of Washington.  Her doctoral thesis focused on data integration, knowledge representation and global health.  In her current role as HIT Coordinator, Alicia advises Medicaid staff on best practices for meaningful use and health information exchange, and facilities collaboration between Medicaid and external stakeholders.
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Kristin Lyman, Operations Director, Research Action for Health Network (REACHnet) (Clinical Data Research Network); Associate Director, Health Services Research, Louisiana Public Health Institute

Ms. Lyman has over nine years of experience in healthcare quality improvement, project management, regulatory compliance, and biomedical informatics.  She leads REACHnet health services research efforts related to opioid epidemic surveillance. 
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Cian Robinson, Executive Director, Lafayette General Foundation; Adjunct Professor, B. I. Moody III College of Business Administration, UL Lafayette  

Mr. Robinson has been recognized for his entrepreneurial and community work with several awards including: Leadership Louisiana (2017), LEAD Virginia (Class of 2008), Amherst N.Y. Chamber of Commerce’s Small Business Champion Award (2006), Western New York’s 40 Under 40 Award (2005), Niagara Frontier Industry Education Council’s Pathfinder Award (2004), National Science Foundation’s Entrepreneur Next Wave Award (2003), as well as Leadership Buffalo’s Class of 2000.


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Mona Siddiqui, MD, MPH, Chief Data Officer, U.S. Health and Human Services


Dr. Sidiqqui is focused on promoting open data, building an enterprise wide data governance structure, streamlined data use agreements, creating a business analytics unit and developing strategic partnerships for data sharing with external stakeholders.  Prior to this role, Dr. Siddiqui was at the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Innovation working towards implementing a rapid cycle testing platform for payment models.  She has also served with the White House Social and Behavioral Sciences Team ("nudge" unit) during the previous administration leading work in the health space.  She has a MD from the Johns Hopkins School of Medicine and masters in quantitative methods from the Harvard School of Public Health and management/engineering from Stanford.

Dr. Lawrence Simon, Medical Director, Blue Cross Blue Shield of Louisiana 

Dr. Lawrence Simon is an alumnus of Louisiana State University, and after graduating from LSU, he completed medical school and a residency in Otolaryngology-Head and Neck Surgery at Baylor College of Medicine in Houston, Texas, followed by a fellowship in Pediatric Otolaryngology at Rady Children’s Hospital in San Diego, California. 


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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