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CajunCodeFest 2.0 positions Lafayette as Epicenter of Health Care Innovation

(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 Louisiana Health Care Quality Forum 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. Please visit for more information.

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.

INNOV8 is an eight-day festival of innovation and creativity hosted by the community of Lafayette, Louisiana from April 19-26, 2013. For an event schedule and more information, visit