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Don’t Miss CajunCodeFest 3.0 set for April 23-25, 2014

Don’t Miss CajunCodeFest 3.0 set for April 23-25, 2014

Software developers, programmers, educators, students, healthcare professionals and entrepreneurs will attend CajunCodeFest 3.0.

The 27-hour coding contest, which is in its third year, will be held April 23-25 at the Cecil J. Picard Center for Child Development and Lifelong Learning in University Research Park.

Competitors will develop software and applications based on the theme “Aging in Place.” Teams of up to six participants will build tools that will assist people who live at home as they age.

Cash prizes, in categories such as best overall product and best student team, will be awarded.

“Judges will seek ways to maintain quality of life as patients grow older and want to live at home,” said Cian Robinson, associate director of the Center for Business and Information Technologies at the University of Louisiana at Lafayette. “A sub-theme will be the ‘Internet of Things,’ specifically how uniquely identifiable objects and their virtual representations can help people ‘Age in Place.’ ”

CajunCodeFest 3.0 also will offer opportunities to network and listen to speakers from industry, higher education and public service. “The line up of esteemed leaders will inspire and embolden participants to create solutions to problems that impact health care,” Robinson said.

Speakers scheduled for CajunCodeFest 3.0 include:

  • -Bryan Sivak, chief technology officer, U.S. Department of Health and Human Services;
  • -Kathy Kliebert, secretary, Louisiana Department of Health and Hospitals;
  • -Jeff Makowka, senior strategic advisor on thought leadership, AARP;
  • -Cindy Munn, CEO, Louisiana Health Care Quality Forum;
  • -Fred Trotter, data journalist, DocGraph Journal;
  • -Lizheng Shi, Regents associate professor, Department of Global Health Systems and Development, Tulane University; and
  • -Kenny Cole, associate chief medical officer and vice president of Care Delivery, Blue Cross Blue Shield of Louisiana.

CajunCodeFest 3.0 is coordinated by UL Lafayette’s Center for Business and Technologies. CBIT research, development and technology transfer focus on technology-driven innovations in areas such as health care, education, industry and workforce development.

Sponsors include Lafayette General Health; ESRI, an international supplier of geographical information system software; CBIT; and the Louisiana Department of Health and Hospitals.

“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 who will generate better health care solutions.“

For more information about CajunCodeFest, visit, or follow @CajunCodeFest and search #CCF3 on Twitter.

Lingospot: An Evolution in Context Understanding

Lingospot: An Evolution in Context Understanding
by Nikos Iatropoulos

Lingospot’s Beginning

Lingospot was formed in 2007 to improve human-computer interaction via an understanding of the “context” of each interaction. At that time, while other companies focused on the user experience of these interactions, we focused on better understanding what a particular user would find most interesting, based on everything that could be determined about that user and the circumstances surrounding them.  This focus was driven by the research in statistical natural language processing (NLP) by our co-founder and CTO, Dr. Gerald Chao. Dr. Chao’s work in NLP allowed the company’s algorithms to, among other things, understand the relative importance of various topics and concepts mentioned within a document to the broader meaning of such content.

Interconnecting Online Publishers

The first application of the contextual understanding was in online publishing.  By understanding what was important within each article, we’re able to allow publishers to better interlink their growing libraries of digital documents and allow readers to serendipitously discover interesting content.  We’ve now analyzed more than three billion articles over the course of six years from leading online publishers such as Bloomberg, Gannett, Forbes, TIME, McClatchy, BSkyB, and many others.  Most importantly, the learning algorithms have been able to better understand what a reader will find useful within a particular context.

From Online Publishing to Television

For over half a century, watching TV has been a lean back experience. Whether watching the news, a sporting event or a thrilling new movie, viewers were usually glued to their couches, at least since the advent of the remote control in the 1950’s.  With the proliferation of broadband, on-demand video and the ever growing propensity of viewers to multitask, television is ripe for disruption. Viewers are already indicating this with their behavior: close to 80% of them are multitasking on their computers, tablets or phones while watching TV.  We can now make these interactions easier and more meaningful.

Whether for sports, news, drama, reality, documentaries or any other TV genre, the technology surfaces the most relevant articles, photos, profiles, stock charts, etc.  Such companion content is then made available to TV and cable networks, cable companies, satellite companies, telcos and SmartTV manufacturers, all of which can integrate this content into their current or future applications.

Some examples of how the technology can improve the TV watching experience include:

-You’re watching American Hustle on VOD and you can’t seem to remember who the actress playing Sydney Prosser is.  You know you recognize her as Lois Lane from Man of Steel, but you’ve also seen her somewhere else recently.  And what was her name? Pulling up your cable company’s tablet app, you’ll immediately find out that the actress in question is Amy Adams and that other movie you recently saw her in was Her in which she played Amy.  You’ll also learn that she was born in Italy, raised a Mormon and has six siblings.  If you’d like, you can even schedule alerts whenever one of her movies is available for VOD in the future.

- You’re watching CNN and learn that Malaysia Flight 370 is now presumed to have crashed in the Indian Ocean.  You want to learn more about the back story and the details as the story progressed during the last two weeks.  When you open your CNN app, the technology will automatically create a timeline of the coverage with all relevant CNN articles, photos and other information about the disappearance and the crash.  You can also subscribe to get email alerts as content around the story is published.

Markets of Interest

We’re focused on improving the TV watching experience and looking to forge partnerships within the ecosystem of video distribution and delivery in the living room.  Our company aims to provide the best companion content for each TV program and help each TV viewer have a more satisfying, entertaining and informative experience.

Nikos Iatropoulos is the co-founder and CEO of Lingospot, a contextually aware content recommendation and discovery platform.  Prior to Lingospot he held key positions in several startups, including founding CEO of Upstream, a global mobile marketing company, founding COO of Snack TV and head of RCS Mobile (acquired by Clear Channel). Nikos has also been an investment banker for Credit Suisse and a management consultant for Booz & Co. He holds a B.S. in Computer Science from Columbia University and a M.B.A. from MIT Sloan.

NAB Show Unveils the Final 17 Startups Invited into SPROCKIT 2014

NAB Show Unveils the Final 17 Startups Invited into SPROCKIT 2014

NAB Show organizers unveiled the remaining 17 companies that will participate in SPROCKIT 2014. A year-round program that spotlights disruptive startups in media and entertainment, SPROCKIT will kick off in Las Vegas April 5-10 at NAB Show, the world’s leading convention for professionals who create, manage and distribute entertainment across all media platforms.

Now in its second year, SPROCKIT will bring together 27 startups with dozens of decision-makers and influencers at leading media and entertainment companies, including AARP, Cox Media Group, Gannett Broadcasting, Google, Hearst Television, Tribune Broadcasting and Univision. Through on-stage presentations and facilitated meetings with industry leaders, SPROCKIT provides participants with a platform to stand above the crowded startup space and work alongside influencers who can help their companies flourish.

Selected by a committee of industry experts because of their standout solutions and business models, the remaining 17 startups of the SPROCKIT 2014 class are:

Chute helps brands and publishers tell stories using visual media by making it possible to discover, organize, obtain consent and publish fan photos and videos at every customer touch point, whether on a website, social properties or ads.

Civolution provides Automatic Content Recognition (ACR) technology and solutions that help advertisers, content owners, rights holders and distributors identify, manage and monetize media content.

CloudFlare, Inc. makes websites run twice as fast, protects them from cyberattacks, ensures they are always online and makes it simple to add web apps with a single click.

clypd is an advertising platform built exclusively for TV. clypd connects the buyers and sellers of TV asset inventory, automates the workflow and leverages data to enable audience-based targeting.

Discourse Analytics humanizes data by uncovering why individuals connect to digital assets which, in turn, help broadcasters better understand and personalize the digital experience for audiences.

Eyeris develops artificially intelligent emotion recognition technology. Its flagship product EmoVu, reads people’s facial micro-expressions as they watch videos on computers or mobile devices using webcams.

FEM Inc. has developed a video discovery platform embeddable into any website, entertainment network or app that has or wants video and seeks to engage female audiences.

iPowow creates Participation TV formats for broadcasters to engage viewers in the story on the TV show, second by second, via their mobile devices, while enabling advertisers to connect directly with the consumer.

Lingospot enhances TV viewing by providing relevant articles, photos, profiles, stock charts and other information in second screen and on Smart TV companion applications.

net2TV is partnering with major media brands and web media companies to bring back free, special-interest television programs to viewers using Internet-connected TVs and tablets.

nFluence’s Consumer Powered Marketing is powered by autograph®, a personalized mobile technology that gives people the freedom to anonymously communicate their interests to businesses.

Paladin Innovators develops software and hardware solutions for streaming and broadcasting, including the Paladin, an all-in-one streaming studio that fits in a backpack.

Shoelace Wireless develops software solutions that speed up content delivery to mobile devices by combining multiple wireless networks.

SocialNewsDesk is a social media management tool created by news-people for news-people, so broadcasters can increase social engagement, manage a team and monetize social media from a single dashboard.

SportXast is a free mobile app for sport fans to capture, watch and share the best video highlights in amateur sports with zero editing.

Watchup, incubated at Stanford, reinvents news watching by providing users with a personalized stream of videos from the world’s most trusted news sources.

XYZ Stream Hosting is a software centric, turnkey streaming platform for digital media; delivering greater efficiency to content producers, owners, and distributors through state of the art solutions.

“Unlike an accelerator program, SPROCKIT gives entrepreneurs greater exposure and a direct line of communication to decision-makers in the industry,” said Harry Glazer, creator and co-producer of SPROCKIT and founder and CEO of World Series of Start-Ups, LLC. “SPROCKIT is about finding solutions through collaboration, and we’re excited to facilitate these conversations between leading industry influencers and the next generation of leaders in an effort to spur innovation in media and entertainment.”

The previously announced SPROCKIT 2014 companies include: AudioAir, Cognitive, ExciteM, MAZ, Penthera, ShareRocket, theLoop, Tomorrowish, Wayin and WebTuner. Following NAB Show, startups will continue in the year-long program through SPROCKIT Sync – frequent day-long meetings and a virtual network where startups and industry leaders will convene and collaborate on how to bring the most innovative products, services and revenue models to market.

Created in partnership with World Series of Startups, LLC and the National Association of Broadcasters (NAB), SPROCKIT is supported by Springboard Enterprises and New Vantage Group. Additional SPROCKIT collaborators include:  Angel Capital Association, Boston Consulting Group, Convergent Wealth Advisors, Entertainment Technology Center (ETC) at USC, Ernst & Young, infoDev, Interactive Television Alliance, Irving Group, Kelley Drye & Warren LLP, mediaX at Stanford University, Monster Worldwide, National Science Foundation (NSF) and SmithGeiger.

For more information about SPROCKIT, visit