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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. 

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The CajunCodeFest has expanded its development time into a 3 Phase Challenge. Teams submit ideas and move through the competition with months of development until the semi and final round of judging in April. The result is a tool or application with months of research and development that is ready to move to the incubation stage and eventually to market. This year, the winning team earns an opportunity to present their application or product to Angel Investors.

3 Phase Challenge

Phase One: Ideation (November 13- February 19, 2016) Concept plan submitted.

Phase Two: Development (February 19, 2016 - April 13, 2016) Teams will develop a solution.

Phase Three: Pitch (April 2016) Semi-final and final round of judging


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Center for Business & Information Technologies, Abdalla Hall, University of Louisiana at Lafayette

Join Bob Miller of team Old Schoolers as he shares the strategy and tactics he uses to consistently perform in Codefest events.  Bob has over 20 years experience in software development, start-ups, and being just plain sneaky.  Bob will show you what you need to think about when it comes to team composition, skill sets, pre-work and execution on the day of the event.  As Team Old Schoolers will again be competing this year, Bob wants you to know as much as possible to make the event not only fun to participate in, but to help you gain some skills you may not have in the process.  This year marks the third year that Team Oldschoolers will compete in Cajun Codefest.  Bob and his team have won the Entrepreneurial Award for "Project most likely to go to market." for two consecutive years.


The University of Louisiana at Lafayette presents the Cajun CodeFest 3.0. This innovative festival will open at 5:30 p.m. on April 23, and will continue until April 25, 2014. The University's Research Park, on Cajundome Blvd, will host CajunCodeFest 3.0. This is a healthcare software solutions competition. Students and professionals from software developers, architects, health care professionals, business strategists, etc. are invited to join teams and work together to find innovative solutions related to healthcare. The theme for this year is "Aging in Place". There will be cash prizes offered to those who compete, and CajunCodeFest has partnered with the Louisiana chapter of HIMSS to host their spring conference with top leaders in health!

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UL Lafayette's CajunCodeFest 3.0 to center on 'Aging in Place'

Updated: Feb 04, 2014 12:44 PM CST
By Devin Bayliss - email

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The University of Louisiana at Lafayette is seeking innovative thinkers and programmers to take part in CajunCodeFest 3.0.

Undergraduate and graduate students, programmers, software developers, designers and engineers, educators, healthcare professionals, marketing and business strategists, and entrepreneurs are invited to participate.

This is the third consecutive year that the University's Center for Business and Information Technology will hold the event.

CajunCodeFest 3.0 is set for April 23-25 at the Cecil J. Picard Center for Child Development and Lifelong Learning in University Research Park.

It will feature a 27-hour coding competition to develop health care solutions, networking, and speakers who will discuss the latest issues in health care technology.

The theme will be "Aging in Place."

For the coding marathon, teams of no more than six members will be tasked with building new tools to create solutions for people who want to live at home as they grow older.

Individuals who want to join a team should attend a team-building session on April 23.

Cash and prizes will be awarded to winners in several categories. Last year, six winning teams earned cash and prizes valued at $52,000. That included a grand prize of $25,000.

Registration is free, but required of all participants. And, space is limited.

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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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