Software developers to solve community problems through code
The annual CajunCodeFest 5.0 competition will be hosted at the University of Louisiana at Lafayette from March 30 to April 1.
CajunCodeFest searches for programmers of all types, from students to professional software developers, to create and present an application for this year’s “Smart Community” contest, which will allow Lafayette residents to access civic data directly from Lafayette city-parish government.
Registration is already open for individuals looking to join a team and compete in this contest. The winners will receive both cash and prizes.
Lafayette has been a Smart Gigabit community since 2016 when U.S. Ignite selected 15 communities that foster growth and innovation of their area through constant development of their infrastructure to keep pace with the technology of our age. These select few have shown a commitment through their development of programs that attempt to simplify or solve various problem in their community.
“Integrating our information systems and enabling open data initiatives will foster our economy, improve government services and increase citizen engagement,” explained Joel Robideaux, Lafayette city-parish government mayor-president.
Along with the opportunity to compete in this contest, teams develop long lasting relationships. This type of networking presents a great field for meeting and recruiting possible members into the local tech community while offering an insight to the innovative ideas brought about according to a press release by UL Lafayette.
The competition will be at UL Lafayette and is presented by the Center for Business and Information Technologies with support from their sponsors: City-parish government, CGI and INNOV8 Acadiana. More information can be found on CajunCodeFest website.