CajunCodeFest 2013


April 24 - April 26, 2013


  • First Place: $25,000


The 2nd annual CajunCodeFest 2.0 was a FREE 2.5 day coding competition focused 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 brought together innovative thinkers and problem solvers of all types: developers, designers, entrepreneurs, health care professionals, educators, and students. Participants organized themselves into teams or were matched up before the competition in teams to build exciting new prototypes and tools for improved health care over a 27-hour period.

The event featured a number of excellent tech talks and buzz-worthy speakers including:

  • Dr. Farzad Mostashari, National Coordinator for Health IT, Office of the National Coordinator
  • Bryan Sivak, Chief Technology Officer, US Health and Human Services
  • Bruce Greenstein, Secretary, Louisiana Department of Health & Hospitals


The CajunCodeFest spawned a healthcare revolution in the heart of Louisiana. Lafayette was recognized as a US Ignite community and became a “Living Lab for Health Innovation” because of its advanced fiber optic network throughout the city and commitment to lead technology innovation in the state. CBIT and its Living Lab partners already have projects in the works regarding aging in place, emergency medicine, childhood obesity and workplace health.

Big data and healthcare are also major focus areas for the National Science Foundation Center of Excellence at UL Lafayette, the Center for Visual and Decision Informatics (CVDI), an Industry-University Cooperative Research Center in partnership with Drexel University. Launched on February 6, 2012, CVDI is the only NSF center in the US with focus on visual and decision informatics, and the only Industry/University Cooperative Research Center (I/ UCRC) in the State of Louisiana.

The CajunCodeFest is a melting pot of inspiration, creation, innovation, competition and celebration!

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