Trade show app wins at 59 Days of Code
- Published on 06/30/2014 - 9:54 am
- Written by Ben Keller, Business Journal staff writer
Fresno's annual 59 Days of Code software competition wrapped up its final year June 28 giving the top award to a mobile app that helps trade show organizers connect with attendees.
Since launching in 2010, 59 Days of Code has inspired dozens of local startup companies and software developers to create web tools for a chance at cash, prizes and visibility before investors.
As part of the competition, startups were given 59 days to either complete a web or mobile application in the in-progress category or create an app from scratch for the zero-code prize.
In its fifth and final year, six of the 25 entrants pitched their ideas before four judges at the 59 Days of Code Showcase held at the Fresno Convention Center.
Competing against 15 others in the zero-code category, Matt Tymn and Ron Lugge took away $10,000 in cash plus $50,000 in prizes for their app, One Sense.
The app allows organizers of trade shows to share information with attendees and help exhibitors market themselves for a greater share of the $11 billion trade show market.
In the in-progress category, Job Melton, Luke Davis, Mike Dawson and John Catano of PlaceAVote.com beat out nine other competitors for their website where voters can share their opinions to elected representatives.
With 40 plus Congressmen on board so far throughout the country, the team said they can help candidates win elections by bringing them up to speed on the majority views of their constituents. Placeavote.com won $5,000 in cash and $40,000 in services for the site.
Scott Baucher, founder of ApexMindWorks was named runner-up in the zero-code category for his Minder SOS, a system that gives parents, first responders and schools the ability to communicate information during an emergency.
In the in-progress category, Billy Sheng was recognized as runner-up for Minyawns, a website that connects businesses with skilled college graduates.