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(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 www.cajuncodefest.org!

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 www.cajuncodefest.org 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 cbit.louisiana.edu 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 www.cajuncodefest.org for more details.

 

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Cajun Code Fest 4.0, a newly expanded coding competition, will focus on developing health care technology to benefit people with diabetes.

It’s hosted by the University of Louisiana at Lafayette’s Center for Business and Information Technology.

Created in 2012, the annual Cajun Code Fest has given past competing teams a little over a day each spring to come up with software or products intended to improve health care.

Cajun Code Fest 4.0, however, will begin with opening ceremonies on Friday, Nov. 13, and provide five months of development time. Anyone interested in participating should attend the opening ceremonies, which will be held from 5-6:30 p.m. at Abdalla Hall in University Research Park.
Students, programmers, software developers, designers and engineers, educators, healthcare professionals, marketing and business strategists, and entrepreneurs are invited to compete.


During opening ceremonies, participants will get information about the competition, data set, and application development platform. Dr. Beth Nauman, research director of REACHnet and associate research director of the Health Services Research Portfolio at Louisiana Public Health Institute, will be the guest speaker. Her topic is “Exploring the Health Informatics Technology Landscape.”


Cajun Code Fest’s new format has three phases, which will give participants more time to develop ideas and create a strong product. During Phase I, November through February, teams will form and discuss ideas. In Phase II, February through April, teams will develop their ideas. Phase III is in April. Teams will present their ideas to judges; finalists will make presentations April 22. In previous years, participants all gathered in one room with just 27 hours to move through all three phases.


For Cajun Code Fest 4.0, teams will meet monthly as they develop ideas aimed at helping people with diabetes. 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.
Teams submit ideas and move through the competition until the final round of judging in April. The best solution in the healthcare coding competition earns a chance to turn an idea into reality by presenting to a team of angel investors. Team members will represent, for example, NO/LA Angel Network, accredited investors who evaluate, fund, and nurture early-stage companies, and Angels of Southwest Louisiana, a non-profit corporation that facilitates connecting entrepreneurs with investors.


Previous Cajun Code Fests have tackled childhood obesity, taking charge of one’s own health, and “aging in place.” Previous events have attracted participants from across the nation and other countries. Cajun Code Fest 4.0 will host health tech talks in April to continue the conversation on diabetes in the community. 


Register at cajuncodefest.org

- See more at: http://www.louisiana.edu/news-events/news/20151110/ul-lafayette%E2%80%99s-cajun-code-fest-extends-development-time#sthash.lxCuo6xD.dpuf

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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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