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Contact: Christine Payton March 21, 2012
(337) 482-6397, payton@louisiana.edu
The University of Louisiana at Lafayette is seeking innovative thinkers and programmers of all types- professional software developers, software designers, undergraduate and graduate students, health care leaders, educators, and entrepreneurs from across the nation to participate in the Cajun Code Fest: The Louisiana Code-a-thon on April 27 and 28 in Lafayette, La.

The grand prize is $25,000 and an automatic entry to the invite-only National Health Datapalooza, to be held in Washington, DC on June 5-6, 2012.

The 2-day FREE coding competition focuses on build exciting new prototypes and tools for improved health care, particularly addressing childhood obesity. Teams will compete to see who can build the most innovative healthcare application using federal and state-level health care data.

The event will feature a number of excellent tech speakers including Todd Park, U.S. chief technology officer; Bruce Greenstein, secretary, Louisiana Department of Health and Hospitals; Eric Dishman, Intel Corporation fellow and director of Health Innovation and Policy, Digital Health Group; Jay Walker, founder of Priceline.com and curator of TEDMED; and Sean Nolan, senior engineer and Health Services Division of Microsoft Corporation, to name a few.

Lafayette is quickly becoming the regional medical hub of the South. The city’s entrepreneurial culture and community-owned fiber infrastructure enables Lafayette to be the testbed in the use of networked technologies and innovations for design and delivery of health care solutions.

The Cajun Code Fest strengthens Lafayette's position as an innovator in technology and health care. This inaugural event is part of Innov8 Week in Lafayette, and the special bonus is these events run in conjunction with Festival International de Louisiane, the largest outdoor, FREE Francophone music event in the U.S.

Seating is limited to 125 participants, so please register today.

For more information, visit www.cajuncodefest.org/ or http://www.health2con.com/devchallenge/ or contact Dr. Ramesh Kolluru, director of the Center for Business & Information Technologies at 337.482.0611.

Document last revised Wednesday, March 21, 2012 10:54 AM

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