Bitwise Industries Brings Technological Boom to Downtown Fresno
Mar 21, 2016 01:47PM
● By Steph Rodriguez
Bitwise South Stadium is a hub for tech-sector businesses and hosts anywhere from 800 to 1,000 technologists daily from the Fresno area and out of state. All creative and innovative minds swarm the 50,000 square-foot work space that also hosts training programs to teach software coding to up to 350 budding high school students and also adults who seek a career change by attending the Geek Academy.
The growth and expansion of Bitwise from its Mural District offices at San Joaquin and L streets, which is still operating, is just what Fresno's downtown area needs to revitalize and refresh the community with new faces and hopefully, permanent residents.
As a self-proclaimed mecca for movers and shakers in the tech industry, it's no surprise that Bitwise houses a vast majority of tech or software companies, but other businesses that occupy the three-tier work space include a Fresno law firm, accounting firm, UPS store, Tower District's Cafe Corazon coffeehouse, a late-night market for techies to grab a bite to eat and the possibilities for this ever expanding mega company seem endless.
We caught up with Talisha Brantley from Bitwise Industries to better understand their goals:
Why not? Fresno is the 5th largest city in California and it's full of smart, cool, and passionate people. The technology industry is fast growing and there are many individuals in this city doing some really awesome stuff in tech. We have more than 100 tech companies within our walls right now and more are moving into downtown. WorkSpace is opening up in the Pacific Southwest Building, JIT Outsource is moving in above them in the same building, and there is Enigima on the 9th floor of The Grand. We have all the elements here to be the best version of Fresno that achieves similar success as Portland, Austin and Silicon Valley.
2) What's the next big event you'd like our readers to know about?
Well, this is hard one to answer. We have a couple coming up. First on 3/22 we have the Reagan League hosting the Fresno Mayoral & Council District 6 Debate in our theater starting at 6pm. You can get tickets here. We also have our first Friday event, Geek Night, on April 1st at 5pm that is being taken over by DesignProof which is a graphic design competition. The point of the competition is to bring creatives together to have some fun and win some bragging rights. There will also be free beer, drinks, and pizza.
3) What's one thing people may not realize about Bitwise Industries?
Bitwise Industries is really good at confusing people. We are more than just buildings, tech companies, and fun. We are about human beings and investing in them and this city. We have a fast pace technology academy called Geekwise Academy, an accelerated training program for current and aspiring technologists, and our motto is "we teach technology skills that you can use to make money". We teach trainees hard skills in the technology industry in only six weeks so they can go out and land a job or even start their own company. It's more than just plopping industry leaders in a room and teaching programming at a fast pace; it's about investing in a human in Fresno and having that human invest back into the community around them.
To get in touch with Bitwise Industries or attend one of the Geek Academy's coding classes visit its website. The company is also known to host a number of events each month from free code camps, hack nights, and also women leaders in technology learning sessions.