As Lafayette embarks on its journey to become a Living Lab for Health Innovation, residents are invited to join the discussion and share ideas on how the health lab will come to fruition.
According to a release from the nonprofit FiberCorps, the first in a series of Ignite Ideations is set for Wednesday at Joey’s on Bertrand from 5:30 to 9 p.m. The focus is on how to transform the Hub City into the Living Lab through the use of technology powered by LUS Fiber.
Lafayette was among the 25 cities across the country chosen in June to be a part of US Ignite, an effort to bring national focus to next-generation technologies in six areas of “national priority.” The designation for the Hub City came during a formal announcement and US Ignite kickoff event held at the White House.
The US Ignite initiative will center its efforts on using high-speed technology applications to better services in the following areas of public interest: advanced manufacturing, health IT, transportation, education and workforce development, clean energy, and emergency preparedness and public safety.
Lafayette’s focus will be the creation of a “Living Lab for Health Innovation,” making Lafayette a “community-scale test bed for health care innovators to test their ideas in real-world settings .... defining, designing and developing solutions to the many challenges facing health care today:”
Ideation is tailored to complement the Mozilla Ignite Ideas Challenge, which is a competition for ideas that will utilize local networks like LUS Fiber. Ideas that are generated can be submitted to the competition on behalf of Lafayette, and then adopted by open source developers to use as part of the challenge.
Mozilla Ignite is also a part of US Ignite initiative, which is an effort by the White House and National Science Foundation to accelerate the development of next generation applications.
Ignite Ideation is the first opportunity for the community of Lafayette to start engaging in these efforts to transform Lafayette into a Living Lab for Health Innovation. This event provides an opportunity for healthcare professionals, academics, business and community leaders, and technologists to identify what we want the future of healthcare to look like in Lafayette and to dream up new technologies for enabling that future.
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