Lafayette, La. (KADN) — Software developers, computer programmers, educators, students, healthcare professionals, and entrepreneurs were all in attendance today to begin Cajun Code Fest 3.0. Competitors in the 27-hour long coding contest will develop software and mobile applications based on the theme "Aging in Place", teams of six will build tools that will assist people who live at home as they age. Officials from both the US Dept. of Health and Human Services, AARP, and the Louisiana Dept. of Health and Hospitals were also on hand to discuss how people can maintain a high quality of life as they grow older and want to live at home.
Cash prizes will be awarded to the team that develops the best overall product. Competitors range from high school students to professional computer programmers, but the event is more than just a competition, Cajun Code Fest offers opportunities for networking and lectures from healthcare industry leaders and policy experts. The event runs through tomorrow at the Cecil J. Picard Center across from the LITE Center.