Fresno Web Design Professionals Take Home Big Awards

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Who says geeks don’t have any fun? Last month, the 59 Days of Code competition rocked the California Central Valley with an assortment of categories for high tech contestants. Tech startups and GuideKit were the big winners, taking home $5,000 and $10,000, respectively. won the in-progress category for its creation of a web application that may change the way resumes are drafted. Fresno web design professional Stephen Years said the app could replace the traditional paper resume by allowing users to create a resume full of graphs, pictures and other widgets.

“This is an opportunity to make a meaningful difference in these job seekers lives,” he said, explaining that the current unemployment rate inspired him to create a different kind of online resume service.

The zero-code category was also won by a local professional in web design. Fresno, CA State University grad Derrick Reimer spent 59 days creating the web app Guide Kit, which is designed to make the documentation process easier for businesses.

“Up to 40 percent of businesses avoid documentation because it is simply too complicated,” Reimer said. He hopes that his new program will streamline documentation processes and help to make them more user-friendly.

The five-member panel of judges for 59 Days of Code was comprised of software entrepreneurs. They chose the Fresno web design winners based on usefulness of the application, how effectively it worked, its display and design, its originality and “coolness.”

This was the second annual competition for the event, which was sponsored by The Central Valley Business Incubator and Geekwise. The purpose of the is to showcase the Valley’s entrepreneurial spirit, and encourage high-tech business throughout the area.


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