This Wednesday, April 23, marks the first full day of INNOV8 Lafayette, as well as the start of Festival International. Below are a few highlights from events taking place throughout Lafayette. To find more details on these events and many more, visit


Fiber for Breakfast: Fueling Healthcare

LITE, 537 Cajundome Blvd.

7:30-10:30 a.m.


fiber for breakfastFiber for Breakfast showcases the ways our community’s healthcare system is now utilizing technology to provide better patient care. The breakfast also address the concept of what might be possible with ubiquitous broadband connectivity through networks like those provided by LUS Fiber, as well as local healthcare organizations that are taking advantage of such connectivity in innovative ways. Admission is free, but space is limited


Dough Hall: Innovation Engineering for Business Executives

Estuarine Habitats and Coastal Fisheries Center, 646 Cajundome Blvd.

8 a.m. - 5 p.m.


doug hallThe Innovation Engineering Executive Program is a two day training program that challenges a team of six executives to learn the fundamentals of how to lead and manage innovation as a system that delivers increased speed and decreased risk. The program is labeled as an executive summary course that will make senior executives knowledgeable about a new innovation mindset. The course stimulates this learning through interactive “lab” classes on day one and following up with a set of “application” classes on the second day. Admission to the course is $250.


Launch Hour: Startup Crash Course

Acadiana Center for the Arts, 101 W. Vermilion St.

11:30 a.m. - 1 p.m.


Starting a business can be overwhelming, especially when it comes to the legal requirements. This presentation will highlight five key areas entrepreneurs should be aware of to avoid traps and pitfalls associated with their new business: protecting intellectual property, forming and financing your business, employment issues, negotiating contracts, and hiring professional service providers. Lunch will be provided for the first 25 people to arrive. Afterwards, presenters from the Launch Hour will be available to discuss their topics in depth with the audience.


Webinar: Cybersecurity for Business

Lafayette Science Museum, 433 Jefferson St.

3 p.m.


Enterprise Data Concepts has functioned as a virtual Chief Information Officer for hundreds of small businesses for the last 12 years. In this webinar, EDC will give scenarios that virtually every business owner can relate to, in addition to illustrating just how at-risk a business really is and which practices and policies can best be implemented to protect your data and your business.


stART: Creative Courting

AcA, 101 W. Vermilion St.

5-6:30 p.m.


This workshop asks the question: can a group of musicians, dancers, actors, writers, visual artists, along with video, digital and stage craft specialists form collaborations that would create new work? Attendants are encouraged to meet and share ideas that might provide an answer.


CajunCodeFest Opening Ceremony with Dr. Mark Blatt

LITE, 537 Cajundome Blvd.

6-8 p.m.


BlattThe CajunCodeFest is a health care coding competition looking for the next innovative idea that takes place inside INNOV8 Lafayette from April 23-25. CajunCode Fest 3.0 commences with its first guest speaker Dr. Mark Blatt, worldwide medical director at Intel, who will be giving his thoughts on this year’s theme “Aging in Place.” Admission is free, but pre-registration required to attend. For more information visit


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