(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 www.cajuncodefest.org.

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 cbit.louisiana.edu 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.

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.

We’d like to thank our April sponsor:  Search Influence. Want to be a sponsor? Email 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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