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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.

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Cajun Code Fest 3.0 Announces Exceptional 2014 Speaker Line Up  

The 3rd annual health care code-a-thon attracts attendees from around the world for innovative ideas and a piece of Cajun culture

April 8, 2014 (Lafayette, La.) – Cajun Code Fest, Lafayette’s premiere health IT code-a-thon, announces its outstanding keynote line up of accomplished and achieved leaders in health care and technology industries. Beginning on April 23-26, the third annual fest kicks off in conjunction with Festival Internationale de Louisiane and is expected to draw over 400 students, programmers, software developers, designers and engineers, educators, healthcare professionals, marketing and business strategists and entrepreneurs from all over the world to participate in the event, hosted by the Center for Business & Information Technologies (CBIT) at the University of Louisiana at Lafayette.

"Lafayette General Health has been a leading sponsor of this event for all three years because we believe in health care innovation and new technology," said David Callecod, president and CEO of Lafayette General Health System. "Cajun Code Fest is an opportunity to pull together innovative people that will generate better health care solutions for today and tomorrow. This is a great opportunity to tell the terrific story of Lafayette's quest to become a living lab for next generation health IT."

This year, the line-up consists of esteemed leaders in the healthcare and technology industry alike that will inspire and emboldened participants to create solutions that impact health care. These speakers include Bryan Sivak, chief technology officer, U.S. Health & Human Services; Kathy Kliebert, secretary, Louisiana Department of Health & Hospitals; Jeff Makowka, senior strategic advisor on thought leadership, AARP; Cindy Munn, CEO, Louisiana Health Care Quality Forum; Fred Trotter, data journalist, Doc Graph Journal and Lizheng Shi, Regents associate professor, Department of Global Health Systems and Development, Tulane University.

Code-a-thon judges will be looking for solutions for “Aging in Place” -  maintaining quality of life as patients grow older and want to live at home. A sub-theme to the event will include the “Internet of Things” (IOT), specifically how uniquely identifiable objects and their virtual representations can help people “Age in Place.”

In addition to the grand prize that will be awarded to the winning team, winners will get the opportunity to pitch their idea at The Vault event, part of Innov8 Lafayette, which hosts investors looking for new products and ideas. Other awards include public relations and social media marketing consultations and strategy from AR|PR, and awards for the best use of Esri software, the best use of Medicare data and the best student team.

Upon registration, attendees are automatically registered to attend Cajun Code Fest Crawfish boil, which takes place the second night of the event on Thursday, April 24 at 5:30 p.m.

"We are grateful for our all of the support we receive from the community, especially the university and our sponsors, including Lafayette General Health, Esri, CBIT and Louisiana Department of Health & Hospitals who are helping us continue connecting attendees with technology and health care thought leaders from around the world," said Cian Robinson, associate director of CBIT. "As home to CBIT, a recognized leader in technology-based economic development in the state of Louisiana, Lafayette is the perfect place for Louisiana’s leading health care code-a-thon.” 

Registration is free but space is limited. Please click here to register.


The CajunCodeFest is the signature event for the Center for Business & Information Technologies (CBIT) at the University of Louisiana at Lafayette (UL Lafayette). CBIT focuses its research, development and technology transfer activities on fostering technology-driven innovations in a wide range of application domains including healthcare, education, economic and workforce development. The Center provides a collaborative entrepreneurial environment where UL Lafayette, other universities, the State, and the business community can come together to innovate, create value and make Louisiana and the US a better place to live, work and do business. For more information on Cajun Code Fest visit, or follow @CajunCodeFest and search #CCF3 on Twitter.

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Tuesday April 8th, 2014

The DocGraph Journal is adding spice to CajunCode Fest 2014.  At the 3-day event, they will be offering a $1500 prize for the most novel use of DocGraph RX (Medicare Part D Prescribing Pattern Data for Louisiana in 2011), and a $1000 bonus for the Cajun Codefest prize fund. The award will be available to those competing at Cajun Codefest as well as virtual entrants who register at

The DocGraph Journal is a Sponsor for the event, and encourages teams with data science and database management talent to collaborate with the Cajun Codefest challenge entrants around this year’s theme: “Aging in Place”. The virtual hackathon will happen alongside the in-person codefest, and will end just before the judging of the codefest begins, allowing us to celebrate the winners of both contests at the same time. There will be separate prizes for the codefest and hackathon.

The DocGraph Journal, an open data science journal, creates communities of data scientists working to improve healthcare.

At the event, Fred Trotter, data journalist and author of Hacking Healthcare (O’Reilly, 2012), will be delivering a plenary session on DocGraph RX, on how to leverage the dataset using graph analysis techniques. Trotter and other DocGraph data experts will be on hand to answer questions.

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Alma Trotter

DocGraph Community Manager

(Lafayette, LA) Lafayette was the epicenter of health care technology during the second annual CajunCodeFest, a free, three-day coding competition focused on transforming data into health care solutions. The CajunCodeFest is a signature event for the Center for Business & Information Technologies (CBIT) at the University of Louisiana at Lafayette. Over 400 people from 42 cities, 12 states and 2 countries gathered at the Cajundome to create solutions and discuss the future of healthcare technology. Participants organized themselves into teams before the event, and over a 27-hour period built exciting new prototypes and tools encouraging patients to "Own your Own Health." Last year, the event spawned 6 potential startup companies through team collaborations.

The event also hosted a full day of plenary sessions with keynote guest speakers including Bryan Sivak, Chief Technology Officer, and Dr. Farzad Mostashari, National Coordinator for Health Information Technology of the U.S. Department of Health & Human Services, and Kathy Kliebert, Interim Secretary, Louisiana Department of Health & Hospitals.

The CajunCodeFest competition ended with a local team taking home $25,000 and a qualifying entry in the National Health Data Palooza in Washington DC, in June. Awards were also given for the Best Student Team, The Opportunity Machine Best “Market Ready Team”, Best Use of Microsoft HealthVault Technology, and US Ignite Best Software Defined Networking Application. For more information or to view speaker presentations, visit

Recently, CBIT and the CajunCodeFest were recognized with the Innov8 Education award from the Greater Lafayette Chamber of Commerce for bringing innovation in healthcare to the Lafayette community. The CajunCodeFest is a major component of INNOV8, an annual festival of innovation and creativity showcasing talented thinkers and entrepreneurs who make the region a unique place to live and work.

CajunCodeFest Winner’s Photos:

  1. “Best in Show” Grand Prize Winner & US Ignite Best Software Defined Application: Team BreakFix Photo 9258 (L-R) Bryan Sivak, CTO, US Dept. of Health & Human Services, Stacy Crochet, Bill Fentsermaker, Fenstermaker & Associates, Monica Suire, Amy Hanchey, Teri Leblanc, William Zhang, Michael Venable, Trent Poche, Clay Allen, Allen & Gooch.

  2. Best Student Team & Best Student Team Use of Microsoft HealthVault: “Geaux KNEAS” Photo 9231 (L-R) Dr. Joe Savoie, UL Lafayette President, Anh Do, Cory Etheredge, Brian Richmond, Louisiana Health Care Quality Forum.

  3. The Opportunity Machine Best “Market Ready” Team & Best Chronic Disease Application using Microsoft HealthVault: The New Old Schoolers 2.0 Photo 9242 (L-R) Bill Fentsermaker, Fenstermaker & Associates, Luke Ashworth-Sides, Reza Jelvah, Bob Miller, Josh Bain, Kevin Webb, Geoff Daily, Clay Allen, Allen & Gooch.

The Center for Business & Information Technologies (CBIT) supports the University’s economic development agenda through research, development and technology transfer in the general area of business and information technologies. In cooperation with private sector, academic, and government partners, the Center conducts basic and applied research aimed at establishing scientific foundations and frameworks for business & information technologies. This research facilitates the development and creation of these products. The Center provides strategic and technical support to Louisiana businesses and government. Visit for more information.

CajunCodeFest 2.0 in Silicon Bayou

Coding Competition Aims to Transform Data into Health Care Solutions

(Lafayette, La.) — For eight days in April, Lafayette, LA will host INNOV8, an annual festival of innovation and creativity showcasing talented thinkers and entrepreneurs who make the region a unique place to live and work. From April 24 at 6:00 p.m. until April 26 at 7:00 p.m., CajunCodeFest will return as a major component of the festival.

LAFAYETTE, La., March 22, 2013 /PRNewswire/ -- The CajunCodeFest is back this year for another technology celebration offering coding, crawfish, and cash prizes, running April 24 – 26 at the Cajundome in Lafayette, LA. Over the course of two days, attendees will face off in a 27-hour competition focused on transforming data into innovative health care solutions. The grand prize includes $25,000, and a spot on stage at the invitation-only National Health Datapalooza held in Washington, DC on June 3 - 4.

At CajunCodeFest 2013, developers, designers, researchers, physicians, and business leaders, will team up and use robust health data to build applications that encourage and enable patients to "Own Your Own Health." Ultimately, these applications will facilitate more informed health care decisions and better health for individual and communities.

This year, the event boasts an impressive line-up of speakers who will inspire participants to create solutions that will make an impact in health care. These 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). The event will feature Platinum sponsors Intel, Lafayette General Medical Center, Microsoft, and The Office of the National Coordinator.

At last year's inaugural event, Todd Park, US Chief Technology Officer, and guest speaker, tweeted, "Silicon Bayou - aka Lafayette, Louisiana - is the best kept secret reservoir of innovation mojo in America." The event was indeed a huge success, bringing together 275 people in attendance including 115 code-a-thon participants from three countries, 15 states, and 40 different cities.

In a recent Health 2.0 News article, Laura Montini interviewed last year's CajunCodeFest winning team - Betty and Bobby Tanory. When asked about their experience at last year's event, Mr. Tanory responded:

"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."

For more information or CajunCodeFest inquiries, please contact This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. .

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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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