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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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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CajunCodeFest Hacked! *Change* Rescheduled for Thursday, April 10!


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.


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.

@cajuncodefest #ccf3


Alma Trotter

DocGraph Community Manager

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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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