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Another code-a-thon is approaching on the Silicon Bayou.CajunCodeFest, now in its second year, is an event held in Lafayette where participants compete over 27 hours (April 24-26) for a grand prize of $25,000. The coding competition is focused on transforming data into innovative healthcare solutions.The event is hosted by the Center for Business & Information Technologies (CBIT) at the University of Louisiana at Lafayette.

CajunCodeFest is expected to attract more designers, developers, researchers, physicians, and business leaders than the previous year. Participants are encouraged to, “Own Your Own Health,” and to make knowledgeable and informed decisions about healthcare.

The inaugural event and was considered a huge success, attracting over 275 people–115 participants from 3 countries, 15 states and 40 cities including 42 entrepreneurs, 94 health and IT professionals, and 35 students.

Speakers this year were chosen because they will, “inspire participants to create solutions that will make an impact in healthcare.” The 2013 speakers include: Dr. Farzad Mostashari (National Coordinator for HIT, U.S. Dept of Health and Human Services (HHS)), Bryan Sivak (Chief Technology Officer, HHS), and Kathy Kliebert (Secretary, Louisiana Department of Health and Hospitals).

Four teams won last year’s awards, including: BE CAMP VB, Grand Prize/Best in Show; Flying Fighting Mongooses, Best Student Team; Pixel Dash, Best Use of Microsoft Technology and Academy of Interactive Entertainment Scholarship; and New Old Schoolers, Best Startup Potential Award.

Betty and Bobby Tanory were interviewed after winning CajunCodeFest last year. Reporter Laura Montini asked about their experience with the event. Mr. Tanory said, “Something crazy happens when you get people from the tech industry, government, insurance agencies, teachers and doctors in the same room. It’s almost impossible to not create something new out of that mix.”

Todd Park, US Chief Technology Officer, was a guest speaker last year. He tweeted, “Silicon Bayou – aka Lafayette, Louisiana – is the best kept secret reservoir of innovation mojo in America.”

Registration is open to the public. Sign up here to participate. Need more information? Visit the FAQ page here.

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Health 2.0 has announced their second annual CajunCodeFest! All information below.

What: The 2nd annual CajunCodeFest 2.0 is a FREE 2.5 day coding competition focusing on transforming “data” into health care solutions, specifically focusing on tools to encourage and support patients to “Own Your Own health”. This exciting coding marathon will bring together innovative thinkers and problem solvers of all types: developers, designers, entrepreneurs, health care professionals, educators, and students. Participants will organize themselves into teams or be matched up before the competition in teams to build exciting new prototypes and tools for improved health care over a 27-hour period.

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Betty Tanory and Robert Tanory (left of Cookie Monster) with their team at last year’s CajunCodeFest

Looking for an excuse to get away with your wife for a few days? Just sign the two of you up for a marathon coding event. That’s what Bobby Tanory did when he entered himself and his wife Betty into the CajunCodeFest competition in Lafayette, Louisiana last year. There they formed a team with seven others and competed with more than 100 contestants to come up with an application aimed at fighting childhood obesity.

“I immediately signed up after I looked at the CajunCodeFest website and read that they were doing a free crawfish boil. If you live in south Louisiana, you just can’t pass up a free crawfish boil,” Tanory said.

U.S. Chief Technology Officer Todd Park posted these two tweets, among others, about his INNOV8 experience in Lafayette last week: "Silicon Bayou — aka Lafayette, Louisiana — is the best kept secret reservoir of innovation mojo in America." "Massively inspired after spending time a #cajuncodefest — amazing competitors; go innovators go!"

U.S. Chief Technology Officer Todd Park posted these two tweets, among others, about his INNOV8 experience in Lafayette last week: "Silicon Bayou — aka Lafayette, Louisiana — is the best kept secret reservoir of innovation mojo in America." "Massively inspired after spending time a #cajuncodefest — amazing competitors; go innovators go!"

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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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