Cajun Code Fest 3.0 Announces Exceptional 2014 Speaker Line Up
The 3rd annual health care code-a-thon attracts attendees from around the world for innovative ideas and a piece of Cajun culture
April 8, 2014 (Lafayette, La.) – Cajun Code Fest, Lafayette’s premiere health IT code-a-thon, announces its outstanding keynote line up of accomplished and achieved leaders in health care and technology industries. Beginning on April 23-26, the third annual fest kicks off in conjunction with Festival Internationale de Louisiane and is expected to draw over 400 students, programmers, software developers, designers and engineers, educators, healthcare professionals, marketing and business strategists and entrepreneurs from all over the world to participate in the event, hosted by the Center for Business & Information Technologies (CBIT) at the University of Louisiana at Lafayette.
"Lafayette General Health has been a leading sponsor of this event for all three years because we believe in health care innovation and new technology," said David Callecod, president and CEO of Lafayette General Health System. "Cajun Code Fest is an opportunity to pull together innovative people that will generate better health care solutions for today and tomorrow. This is a great opportunity to tell the terrific story of Lafayette's quest to become a living lab for next generation health IT."
This year, the line-up consists of esteemed leaders in the healthcare and technology industry alike that will inspire and emboldened participants to create solutions that impact health care. These speakers include Bryan Sivak, chief technology officer, U.S. Health & Human Services; Kathy Kliebert, secretary, Louisiana Department of Health & Hospitals; Jeff Makowka, senior strategic advisor on thought leadership, AARP; Cindy Munn, CEO, Louisiana Health Care Quality Forum; Fred Trotter, data journalist, Doc Graph Journal and Lizheng Shi, Regents associate professor, Department of Global Health Systems and Development, Tulane University.
Code-a-thon judges will be looking for solutions for “Aging in Place” - maintaining quality of life as patients grow older and want to live at home. A sub-theme to the event will include the “Internet of Things” (IOT), specifically how uniquely identifiable objects and their virtual representations can help people “Age in Place.”
In addition to the grand prize that will be awarded to the winning team, winners will get the opportunity to pitch their idea at The Vault event, part of Innov8 Lafayette, which hosts investors looking for new products and ideas. Other awards include public relations and social media marketing consultations and strategy from AR|PR, and awards for the best use of Esri software, the best use of Medicare data and the best student team.
Upon registration, attendees are automatically registered to attend Cajun Code Fest Crawfish boil, which takes place the second night of the event on Thursday, April 24 at 5:30 p.m.
"We are grateful for our all of the support we receive from the community, especially the university and our sponsors, including Lafayette General Health, Esri, CBIT and Louisiana Department of Health & Hospitals who are helping us continue connecting attendees with technology and health care thought leaders from around the world," said Cian Robinson, associate director of CBIT. "As home to CBIT, a recognized leader in technology-based economic development in the state of Louisiana, Lafayette is the perfect place for Louisiana’s leading health care code-a-thon.”
Registration is free but space is limited. Please click here to register.
ABOUT CAJUN CODE FEST
The CajunCodeFest is the signature event for the Center for Business & Information Technologies (CBIT) at the University of Louisiana at Lafayette (UL Lafayette). CBIT focuses its research, development and technology transfer activities on fostering technology-driven innovations in a wide range of application domains including healthcare, education, economic and workforce development. The Center provides a collaborative entrepreneurial environment where UL Lafayette, other universities, the State, and the business community can come together to innovate, create value and make Louisiana and the US a better place to live, work and do business. For more information on Cajun Code Fest visit www.cajuncodefest.org, or follow @CajunCodeFest and search #CCF3 on Twitter.