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Contact: Christine Payton May 1, 2012
(337) 482-6397, payton@louisiana.edu
No one would ever guess team members of BE CAMP VB weren’t lifelong friends. The group of eight won the $25,000 grand prize at CajunCodeFest last week and had only met through e-mail correspondence a few weeks before the computer programming competition.

“ We decided that since there were eight of us needing a team, we would just team up together. And, what a team it was,” said Jackie Rowe, the only team member from Lafayette.

Her team and 18 other teams had just over 24 hours to analyze data, brainstorm ideas and create digital prototypes that addressed childhood obesity.

They created PlayFit, an online software application that creates and manages sports pick-up games such as baseball or basketball.

“ We came up with this idea because we felt it was important for kids to get out and play just like previous generations. We realized that kids may not have other kids to play with in their neighborhood, but with PlayFit they would have access to nearby activities that they can get involved in,” said Rowe.

Other members of BE CAMP VB include Betty Tanory, Jackie Rowe, Chris Burriss, Adebanjo Oriade, Meredith Warner, Peter Molnar, Vamsee Alla and Bobby Tanory. The team used first-name initials when coming up with a team name. One exception: Rowe used the first letter of her e-mail address: e.

“ My e-mail address starts with ‘evaluations’ and they didn’t have my name on our email threads, so I became the ‘e’,” she said.

Other winning teams included:

• The Flying Fighting Mongooses. This group of UL Lafayette students won $10,000 for their entry, “The Eating Game”: a diet-based challenge system that awarded points for good food choices.

• PixelDash. This team was awarded “Best Use of Microsoft Technology for “Health Hero.” This game used an Xbox gaming system to build a grocery bag filled with healthy food choices.

The Center for Business and Information Technologies at UL Lafayette partnered with the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services, Louisiana Department of Health and Hospitals, FiberCorps and innovators from the private sector for CajunCodeFest.

“ Silicon Bayou, aka Lafayette, Louisiana, is the best kept secret reservoir of innovation mojo in America,” said Todd Park, the country’s chief technology officer. Park, along with priceline.com founder Jay Walker, spoke to the teams before the competition began.

For more about CajunCodeFest, visit www.cajuncodefest.org.


About UL Lafayette

The University of Louisiana at Lafayette is the second largest university in the state, with nearly 17,000 students. It’s a public institution that awards bachelor’s, master’s and doctoral degrees. It includes diverse offerings from the humanities to scientific research and is a national leader in areas like computer science, biology and nursing. Its student-athletes – Louisiana’s Ragin’ Cajuns – compete in NCAA Division I, the highest level of collegiate competition.

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