WHO WE ARE

In 2014, when co-founder Irma Olguin Jr. announced that it would be the last year of the competition — the one event that encouraged geeks to rebel against the status quo — she didn't explain that 59DaysOfCode was destined for bigger and better things. A competition just wasn't enough.


59DaysOfCode has evolved into an organization with a mission to grow the technology industry and community in the San Joaquin Valley. Like the competition, we reject the idea that tech doesn't belong in the San Joaquin Valley, that smarts are reserved for the Bay Area, that the Valley could be nothing more.

Through integrating technology in Arts & Culture, we can use our vast geek brain power to create exceptional purpose in other industries, communities, and events.

By investing in Technology Education, we give people on the fringes a chance to be a part of something greater, to change their own lives and their communities.

By creating The Lab, we stay intertwined with the world of innovation and cutting-edge technology.

The rise of high technology in the San Joaquin Valley

  • 1996
    The Central Valley Business Incubator (CVBI) opens as a resource for Fresno-based startups.
  • 2000
    The Center for Advanced Research and Technology (CART), a trailblazing high technology high school, opens in Clovis.
  • 2003
    Fresno's Regional Jobs Initiative launches, including the Software and Innovation Clusters.
  • 2007
    The Claude C. Laval Water and Energy Technology Center (WET Center) opens, advancing water and energy technology in the region.
  • 2010
    Software development competition 59DaysOfCode, which catalyzed and celebrated the region's vast technology industry, launches.
  • 2011
    Irma Olguin, Jr. and Travis Sheridan open Hashtag, the first collaborative workspace for designers, developers, and entrepreneurs.
  • 2013
    Bitwise Industries opens Geekwise Academy, a coding school, and Bitwise Mural District, a technology hub in Downtown Fresno.
    Ideaworks opens Fresno's first maker-space for local inventors.
  • 2015
    Bitwise Industries completes Bitwise South Stadium, a tech hub in Downtown Fresno, housing 107 companies, a cafe, a gym, a 200-seat stadium theater, and an educational facility.
    Decipher, Inc., is acquired by international market research technology firm FocusVision.
  • 2016
    59DaysOfCode reboots as a 501(c)3 nonprofit, working in the areas of Arts and Culture, Technology Education, and Robotics.

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