Every Geek has his (or her) day

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A new Cornish company established to provide a link between growing businesses and computer programmers is hosting a 24-hour event to help one local community group.

Employ a Geek is launching with a 24 hour Geekathon in aid of charity

Employ a Geek, which is the brainchild of Redfuse Internet MD Mark Grice, and Mark Picken, who runs MPAD in Truro, is holding its first ‘Geekathon’ on Friday, February 10.

During the 24-hour programming marathon, the Employ a Geek team will provide web-based support for one charity or community group.

Entries from local groups have been flooding in to the company’s website after Cornwall Community Foundation promoted the event to its members and one organisation will be chosen at random to win the support.

Grice said: “We’re really excited about hosting the Geekathon, as well as launching the business.

“It will be a great opportunity to showcase what Employ a Geek will do, while helping one worthy local charity or community group with web support.”

Employ a Geek as been set up to match IT and programming professionals with companies across the region that need support on a project or permanent basis.

Picken added: “Sometimes programmers can get very technical with the language they use and this can bamboozle people.

“What we want to do is act as a bridge between the two to allow the businesses to get what they need to ensure success, while understanding what is going on and how it benefit their business.

“In some respects our main role is to act as ‘geek translators’.”

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