Code-a-thon News from The US Department of Health and Human Services
(Lafayette, LA) The University of Louisiana at Lafayette was a hub of health care innovation during the third 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 275 people from 36 cities, 10 states and 3 countries gathered at the UL Lafayette Research Park to create solutions and discuss the future of healthcare technology. Participants organize themselves into teams before the event, and over a 27-hour period built exciting new prototypes and tools related to “Age in Place and the Internet of Things ."
The CajunCodeFest competition ended with a local team taking home $10,000 and an invitation to pitch at the Vault pitch competition the next week.
A new category was added to include Junior Coders. A team from the David Thibodeaux STEM Magnet Academy in Lafayette brought a team to participate alongside college students and professional developers and medical experts.
Awards were also given for the Louisiana Health Care Quality Forum Best College Student Team, The Opportunity Machine Best “Market Ready Team”, Best Use of Esri, Best Use of Medicare data from Docgraph Journal and winners also went home with AR|PR marketing startup packages. For more information or to view speaker presentations, visit www.cajuncodefest.org.
Team George Washington: Best Use of Medicare Data by DocGraph Journal (second place); $1,000
Home Steaders: Best Use of Medicare Data by DocGraph Journal (first place); $1,500
I Ought To Impute Three Trees With Aphids: Junior Coder Award and Best Use of ESRI $1,500/ $1,000
FitCode: Best Student (College) Award; $2,500
Teamwork Solutions: Grand Prize Award; $10,000
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 innov8lafayette.com for more information.