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)