Lafayette Consolidated Government

Cydra Wingerter



The Mozilla Foundation has named Lafayette as one of two of the 2017 Mozilla Gigabit Communities, receiving $150,000 in innovation grants. With this announcement, Lafayette and Eugene, OR join the company of only three other communities in the U.S. to earn the designation, alongside Austin, Chattanooga and Kansas City. The initiative, in partnership with the National Science Foundation and US Ignite, supports gigabit pilot projects and next generation networks.

Lafayette Mayor-President Joel Robideaux said, “Lafayette’s progress is directly related to the efforts of the university and its leadership. I’m grateful to the team involved in this grant application for taking the time and investing the energy to continually improve our great city.”

The 18 month investment by the Mozilla foundation provides funding for community gigabit applications that improve education, address workforce development issues and keep citizens connected. In addition to funding, the Mozilla Foundation will hire a local full-time Portfolio Manager to support the local grant project and ensure smart community success.

Gigabit Community Fund cities are selected based on a range of criteria, including: a widely deployed high-speed fiber network; a developing conversation around digital literacy, access and innovation; a critical mass of community anchor organizations, including arts and educational organizations; an evolving entrepreneurial community; and opportunities to engage K-12 school systems. According to Mozilla Gigabit Fund Manager Jenn Beard, “Mozilla believes in a networked approach—leveraging the power of diverse people, pooled expertise and shared values to accomplish big things. We apply this approach in our mission to keep the internet healthy. We fuel a network of people and organizations working toward an internet as a global public resource, open and accessible to all.”

To learn more, about the Mozilla Gigabit Community fund visit

In June of 2016, US Ignite announced Lafayette as one of its 15 cities in the Smart Gigabit Communities network. The initiative is a White House sponsored effort to leverage high speed networks to foster ideas and solve problems in communities across the country. Lafayette’s Smart Gigabit status was achieved in large part due to the two research projects being developed at the University of Louisiana. 

One project focuses on an application under development, dubbed Crisis Eye, which allows public safety officials to access videos submitted by the public during an emergency. The app provides a platform for uploading real-time videos to aid law enforcement or fire officials monitor a crisis from the time a 911 call is made until first responders arrive. The project earned the title of “Most Likely to Have a Big Impact” at the 2016 US Ignite Smart Cities Innovation Summit.

The second app being developed at UL is a virtual reality project capable of live streaming 3-D video within a shared virtual environment, which then duplicates the environment via computer-generated animation. This project earned “Most Imaginative Gigabit App” at the US Ignite summit can be utilized to enable high school students’ learning about alternative energy technology at the University’s Cleco Alternative Energy Center in Crowley, La., for example. In this scenario, a student uses a virtual reality headset to navigate a virtual energy center, including huge mirrored panels that capture sunlight for solar thermal power production.

At the time of the Smart Gigabit Communities announcement, Lafayette Mayor-President Joel Robideaux stated “Our community benefits from both a world-class research university and community-owned fiber optic system. I look forward to seeing more applications which enhance the lives of our citizens resulting from this collaboration.”

Smart Gigabit communities also receive technical assistance from US Ignite staff and partners in designing and developing applications to take advantage of the new network connections including access to fund accelerators and technical staff.

US Ignite is a nonprofit organization that fosters the development and deployment of next-generation technology applications that will profoundly impact how Americans live, work and learn. Learn more about US Ignite and its Smart Gigabit Communities at


(January 26, 2017, Lafayette, LA) The University of Louisiana at Lafayette’s Center for Business & Information Technologies (CBIT) is seeking innovative thinkers and programmers of all types - professional software developers, students (high school/college), business professionals and entrepreneurs to build and present exciting new “Smart Community” applications for the annual CajunCodeFest 5.0 competition March 30 - April 1, 2017. Winners will receive cash and prizes! Registration is now open for teams or individuals ready to join a team. Team space is limited, so please register today at!

Teams will have 24+ hours to create unique ways for Lafayette residents to access, display and interpret pertinent civic data from Lafayette Consolidated Government (LCG).

“CajunCodeFest taps Acadiana’s entrepreneurial spirit and allows Lafayette to be the testbed in the use of networked technologies and gigabit innovations as a Smart Community,” said Matthew Delcambre, Director of CBIT. Additionally, the event strengthens lasting relationships among students, professionals, technology leaders, start-ups and corporations.

US Ignite designated Lafayette as a charter Smart Gigabit Community because of the LUS Fiber infrastructure and the university’s commitment to innovation. This designation encourages developers, businesses, civic organizations and individuals to bring next generation gigabit applications to life. Lafayette has made a significant commitment toward levering next-generation smart city and Internet technologies to keep pace with the world’s rapidly changing technology and economy.

“Pursuing Smart City solutions in order to transform how LCG serves and interacts with citizens and businesses is critical to economic growth in Lafayette,” said Joel Robideaux, Mayor-President, LCG. “Integrating our information systems and enabling open data initiatives will foster our economy, improve government services and increase citizen engagement.”

The competition is hosted by the Center for Business and Information Technologies (CBIT) at UL Lafayette with support from LCG, CGI and INNOV8 Acadiana. Sponsorship opportunities are available now. This event is a great place to recruit, network with the tech community and check out innovative Smart Community ideas. Please call (337) 482-0627 or visit for more event information.

The Center for Business & Information Technologies (CBIT) supports the University’s economic development agenda through research, development and technology transfer of business and information technologies. The annual coding competition, CajunCodeFest, is a signature event for CBIT that fosters innovation in the community. Visit for more information.

The University of Louisiana at Lafayette’s Center for Business & Information Technologies (CBIT) is seeking innovative thinkers and programmers of all types - professional software developers, students (high school/college), and entrepreneurs to build exciting new applications and tools for the annual CajunCodeFest 5.0 competition. Teams will have 30+ hours to create new ways to connect Lafayette as a Smart Gigabit Community using data from Lafayette Consolidated Government (LCG). The teams compete March 30 - April 1, 2017 for a cash prize and other awards. Registration is limited, so please assemble your team today!

Lafayette recently joined an elite network of 15 charter Smart Gigabit Communities as designated by US Ignite. Each of the communities has made a significant commitment toward levering next-generation smart city and Internet technologies to keep pace with the world’s rapidly changing technology and economy. 

If you are interested sponsoring this event, please email This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. . For more information, visit www.cajuncodefest.orgor call 337-482-0627.

CajunCodeFest 5.0 is looking for sponsors for its March 30 - April 1, 2017 competition.

2017 Sponsor Opportunities form here.

For more information on sponsor opportunities, please email This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.  or call 337- 482-0692.

The CajunCodeFest Health Tech & Entrepreneurial Summit invites students, faculty, staff and the public to learn more about the growing health technology industry and advice on how to turn your ideas into a startup on Friday, April 22, 2016 at the UL Lafayette Alumni Center, 600 East Saint Mary Boulevard, Lafayette, LA 70503 from 9:00 am – 4:30 pm.

  • Opportunities to Use Data for Transformative Clinical Innovation- Thomas Carton, MS, Ph.D., Director, Health Sciences Research, Principal Investigator, REACHnet
  • Technology Addresses Issues in Health Care - Claude Pirtle, MD, Louisiana State University Health Sciences Center - New Orleans; Co-Founder and Senior Developer, Intern 911 Medical Applications
  • Building a Better Interface Design - Jeffrey Lush, Associate Professor and Co-Coordinator for Graphic Design, Department of Visual Arts, UL Lafayette
  • Transitioning your Research to Market- Arun Lakhotia, Ph.D., CEO, Cythereal; Professor of Computer Science, School of Computing and Informatics, UL Lafayette
  • Consumer Engagement mHealth Solutions - Scott Sittig, Department Head for Allied Health, UL Lafayette
  • Entrepreneurial Keys to Success - Zachary Barker, Executive Director, Opportunity Machine
  • Startup Accelerator Process - Pete Prados, Chief Idea Officer; Director, Innov8 Acadiana

Register to attend here or visit the website at for more details.


The Informatics Research Institute at the University of Louisiana at Lafayette is seeking innovative students, programmers, software developers, designers, healthcare professionals, marketing and business strategists, and entrepreneurs for its CajunCodeFest 4.0 competition.

A person or team who develops the best software tool or application related to diabetes health care will win CajunCodeFest 4.0, and get a chance to present their project to a team of potential investors.

“With nearly 30 million children and adult diabetics in the United States and 1.7 million Americans diagnosed every year, the winning team has the potential to make a major impact in the area of diabetes care,” said Andrea Aloisio, external affairs manager for the Informatics Research Institute.

CajunCodeFest 4.0 will be hosted in partnership with the REACHnet, an acronym that stands for Research Action for Health Network. The network is overseen by a partnership that includes the Louisiana Public Health Institute. It is based in New Orleans.

Event organizers will make data available to CajunCodeFest 4.0 competitors through SMART on FHIR technology. The technology provides a platform for the secure electronic exchange of health care information.

CajunCodeFest began in 2012 as a 27-hour “hackathon.” Competitors at the yearly event have addressed a range of topics related to health care, such as childhood obesity, and aging.

The event has evolved into a longer competition, to give teams time to build a marketable tool or application. CajunCodeFest 4.0 will culminate on Friday, April 22.

Learn more about the competition or register at

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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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