Clovis News

Two winners chosen in 59 Days of Code project

The 59 Days of Code project sponsored by the Central Valley Business Incubator concluded Tuesday with the announcement of two winning teams.

The project was designed to boost the awareness of software developers in the area. Fifteen teams displayed their Web- and mobile-based applications at the Clovis Veterans Memorial Building after working on them for 59 days.

The winner of the category for projects that were already in progress before the 59 days started was MyNetworkFactory, an online business-to-business referral service, created by Curlen Phipps, Jonathan Govette and Damon Thomas.

The winner of the category for projects started 59 days ago was PostEcho, a news and social media tracking service, created by Nick Gundry, Brandon Tilley and Lisa Alvey.

Teams received a combination of cash and business help valued at $40,000.

Software developers typically operate under the radar, with many of them freelancing or doing their work inconspicuously in coffee shops.

"It's easy to get overshadowed by the Bay Area and Silicon Valley," said Tilley, a software engineer at Fresno Pacific University. "I think there is a lot of tech talent in the Central Valley. People just don't see it because they're focused on the big cities in the Silicon Valley." Vendors invited to the showcase also unintentionally turned a portion of the showcase into a "pseudo job fair," said Travis Sheridan, director of member services for the incubator.

Some local tech companies were talking with software developers about potential free-lance or permanent jobs, with one company representative saying he wouldn't have met these professionals elsewhere.