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(January 26, 2017, Lafayette, LA) The University of Louisiana at Lafayette’s Center for Business & Information Technologies (CBIT) is seeking innovative thinkers and programmers of all types - professional software developers, students (high school/college), business professionals and entrepreneurs to build and present exciting new “Smart Community” applications for the annual CajunCodeFest 5.0 competition March 29 - April 1, 2017. Winners will receive cash and prizes! Registration is now open for teams or individuals ready to join a team. Team space is limited, so please register today at www.cajuncodefest.org!

Teams will have 24+ hours to create unique ways for Lafayette residents to access, display and interpret pertinent civic data from Lafayette Consolidated Government (LCG).

“CajunCodeFest taps Acadiana’s entrepreneurial spirit and allows Lafayette to be the testbed in the use of networked technologies and gigabit innovations as a Smart Community,” said Matthew Delcambre, Director of CBIT. Additionally, the event strengthens lasting relationships among students, professionals, technology leaders, start-ups and corporations.

US Ignite designated Lafayette as a charter Smart Gigabit Community because of the LUS Fiber infrastructure and the university’s commitment to innovation. This designation encourages developers, businesses, civic organizations and individuals to bring next generation gigabit applications to life. Lafayette has made a significant commitment toward levering next-generation smart city and Internet technologies to keep pace with the world’s rapidly changing technology and economy.

“Pursuing Smart City solutions in order to transform how LCG serves and interacts with citizens and businesses is critical to economic growth in Lafayette,” said Joel Robideaux, Mayor-President, LCG. “Integrating our information systems and enabling open data initiatives will foster our economy, improve government services and increase citizen engagement.”

The competition is hosted by the Center for Business and Information Technologies (CBIT) at UL Lafayette with support from LCG, CGI and INNOV8 Acadiana. Sponsorship opportunities are available now. This event is a great place to recruit, network with the tech community and check out innovative Smart Community ideas. Please call (337) 482-0627 or visit www.cajuncodefest.org for more event information.

The Center for Business & Information Technologies (CBIT) supports the University’s economic development agenda through research, development and technology transfer of business and information technologies. The annual coding competition, CajunCodeFest, is a signature event for CBIT that fosters innovation in the community. Visit cbit.louisiana.edu for more information.

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