THE CENTRAL VALLEY AS A GLOBAL CENTER FOR HIGH TECHNOLOGY

The Central Valley has long been known as one of the world’s most abundant agricultural centers.

Today, in addition to our rich agricultural roots, this region is becoming a global center for high 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.

And there's still much more to be excited for...

January 2017
#FreakingBrilliant
#FreakingBrilliant, where really cool people connect community and technology to educate the masses on awesome stuff.
April 2017
The Lab
With a goal to grow the hardware side of technology, The Lab focuses on everything robotics, starting with a think tank of smart tinkerers imagining a better Valley.
June 2017
The Competition
The Competition gives technologists and entrepreneurs the opportunity to create new technology and solve world problems.

Here's our three-part strategy for inspiring technological achievement in the San Joaquin Valley for generations to come:

1

Art & Culture For The Technology Industry

  • #FreakingBrilliant—This engaging speaker series designed to inspire the geek in all of us launched October 8, 2015 with Steve Wozniak at the Saroyan Theatre. Yes, that Steve Wozniak.
  • Competition—For half a decade, 59DaysOfCode challenged technologists to build what's next, launching more than a dozen businesses and hundreds of careers. Expect more of that …way more.
  • Events + Technology—Imagine the coolest concert, food festival, or sportsball game you’ve ever been to, and the coolest high tech gadget you’ve ever played with. Now smash them together.
2

Technology Education To Transform A Region

  • Tech Education—Support cutting-edge programs for schools and economic development agencies in the Central Valley.
  • Tech Scholarships—Fund STEM scholarships for aspiring technologists in the area.
  • Tech Research—Promote world-altering technology research right here at home.
3

The Lab

  • What it is—A ginormous rapid prototyping and robotics lab available for student and industry use. Working together, our army of geeks is going to design, build, compete, and take over the world.
  • Robots vs. Robots—This robotics competition will shut down streets for drone races and parking lots for robot battles.

Executive Director

  • Rebecca A. Miller
  • rebecca@59DaysOfCode.com

Advisory Board

  • Suja George
  • Risa Isard
  • Mike Pronovost
  • Michael Wanke
  • Nora Ceballos
  • Xavier Martinez
  • Damon Thomas

Board of Directors

  • Irma L. Olguin Jr. (President)
  • Jake A. Soberal (Secretary)
  • John W. Dodson (Treasurer)

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July 20, 2015

Dear Community Partner,

In recent years we have seen a rapid rise in curricular, co-curricular, and extra-curricular opportunities for students in the areas of engineering and robotics. Some of the programs that have taken root at the elementary, middle, and high school levels are FIRST Robotics League, Vex Robotics, and FIRST Lego Robotics. At the post-secondary education level, we have observed a myriad of opportunities that build upon these foundations. Still further, we have witnessed the arrival of the "Maker Movement" to Fresno. And, most importantly, we are seeing a rapid increase within and outside of our region in the need for qualified engineers and technologists, the very sort of professional that these programs seek to inspire.

These programs face a variety of challenges, chief among them are funding, venue, and equipment. We are aware of and support the initiative of 59DaysOfCode to launch a regional lab space where students from around the region can pursue these exciting opportunities, inside of the Bitwise South Stadium technology hub. Such an innovation space would help divide the cost of space and equipment across multiple schools. This would open up the vast opportunity of robotics and engineering to a significantly greater number of students in our region.

Upon the opening of this lab facility we intend to make it available to our students, engineers, inventors, and entrepreneurs, together with the various programs that have a need for this sort of facility; the lab will fill a pressing need for space and equipment. Further, based on its track record of successfully inspiring technological achievement in the Fresno Region, we can sustain this lab.

Thank you for your support in this endeavor. We believe that your contribution will have a dramatic and positive impact on our children and region for generations to come.

Sincerely,

Frances Squire
Director of Marketing
West Hills College
Frank Gornick
Chancellor
West Hills College
Rick Watson
CEO
Center for Advanced Research and Technology
Sally Fowler
Executive Officer of College and Career Readiness
Fresno Unified School District
Irma L. Olguin, Jr.
President
Edit LLC
Jake A. Soberal
CEO
Bitwise Industries
John W. Dodson
CEO
SJV Technology Group
Randy Morris
Superintendent of Schools
Kingsburg Unified School District
Brett Taylor
Principal
Patiño High School for Innovation, Creativity, and Entrepreneurship
Kurt Madden
Chief Technology Officer
Fresno Unified School District
Edward Gonzalez
Superintendent of Schools
Madera Unified School District
Edgar Blunt
President
Career Pillar
Lee Ann Eager
CEO
Fresno County Economic Development Corporation
Dr. Timothy Stearns
Executive Director
Lyles Center for Innovation and Entrepreneurship at Fresno State
Paul Lake
Teacher and Robotics Team Advisor
Buchanan High School
Michael Hansen
Superintendent of Schools
Fresno Unified School District
Jonathan Browns
Director of Science
Clovis North Educational Center
Andrew Shinn
Entrepreneur and Entrepreneurship Instructor
Reedley College
Deborah Nankivell
CEO
Fresno Business Council
Joseph Castro
President
Fresno State University
Michael Adam
Board Chair
Central Valley Robotics
Derrick Reimer
Chief Technology Officer
Drip
Dr. Eric Liguori
Professor
University of Tampa
Damon Q. Thomas
Founder
QikLabs
Chris Roggenstein
CEO
Forward Advantage
Fabrizio Lofaro
Director of Instructional Services
Valley ROP
Joey Campbell
Principal
Washington Union High School
Carole Goldsmith
President
West Hills College