FPU part of 59 Days of Code

Connections were many between FPU and this year’s 59 Days of Code web and mobile app competition and showcase.

The second annual celebration of area high-tech entrepreneurs took place June 21-22 at Veteran’s Memorial District, Clovis, organized by Central Valley Business Incubator and Geekwise. In addition to the contest, 59 Days of Code featured workshops, speakers and a chance for participants and visitors to connect.

* FPU’s entry, FPULSE, was a finalist in the in-progress category. Created with local firm Hundred10 Design, FPULSE helps people personalize websites and will debut on the university website. Nick Gundry, associate director of interactive media, and Lisa Alvey, social media manager, represented the university.

* The Graduate and Degree Completion Admissions Office and the North Fresno Center gave a $1,500 sponsorship. “It was a natural connection,” said Jon Endicott, director of degree completion and graduate admissions. “A connection between Fresno Pacific and an event like that felt that like there was some good synergy with our School of Business and other programs.”

* Travis Sheridan (BA ’00) is member services director for the Central Valley Business Incubator.

* Chris Brown (BA ‘96), Hiebert Library staff member and site owner and host of The Married Gamers Podcast, was one of the five judges who selected the contest winners.

Popular vote determined the three finalists in each category, with each finalist giving a short presentation for the judges. The in-progress winner was Re.vu, which creates web-based resumes. The other finalist was the game Ensemble Online, winner of the people’s choice award.

Derrick Reimer’s GuideKit, a way to ease documentation for businesses, won the zero-code category. Other finalists were the stray animal alert ic4paws, and the Fresno App tourism app.

CVBI assists businesses and is funded in part by the Fresno Regional Workforce Investment Board, and through grants from the U.S. Small Business Administration and the USDA Rural Development California. Geekwise is a company serving start-ups.