What We Do

The Digital Corridor is a creative effort to attract, nurture and promote Charleston's tech economy through a combination of technology-enabled initiatives and business incentives, private business support and member-driven programming.

Community

Peer Networking
"The Charleston Digital Corridor serves as the central hub for technology companies in the area and what that has done is create a sense of community around the companies that are a part of it."
  • Grier Allen
  • Founder & CEO
  • Boomtown

Talent

Opportunities Abound
"Attending courses at CODEcamp allowed me to hone my web development skills while giving me the opportunity to interact with professionals that are driving Charleston technology community."
  • Ryan Barrineau
  • Developer
  • Blue Acorn

Spaces

Get Working
"As an early stage software company, it was not only important to have a location to grow in but also the means to mature as an organization. The Flagships afforded this flexibility and infrastructure."
  • Earl Bridges
  • Co-founder
  • Good Done Great

Capital

Accelerating Growth
"While there are many opportunities for investment, our fund is happy to make growth capital available for Charleston’s tech companies. Michael Knox, Managing Partner, Silicon Harbor Ventures."
  • Michael Knox
  • Managing Partner
  • Silicon Harbor Ventures

Attraction

Charleston Wins
"Charleston has emerged as a true tech hub in the United States and we are proud to be a part of the movement that is underway here and are committed to seeing talent and companies grow and prosper here."
  • Nate DaPore
  • President & CEO
  • Peoplematter
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Charleston Digital Corridor Foundation Announces Second Annual CodeShow Conference

Charleston, South Carolina – February 20, 2015 – The Charleston Digital Corridor Foundation is pleased to announce the second annual {CODESHOW}SE 2015, the premier technology/software developer conference in the southeast. This event will be held in Charleston, South Carolina on May 21, 2015 at the Charleston Museum.

{CODESHOW}SE 2015, built around the "evolving the cloud" theme, will feature a best-in-breed lineup of speakers from top software companies and foundations including Brendan Burns from Google; David Johnson with the Apache Foundation; Kelsey Hightower of CoreOS; Benefitfocus CTO, Don Taylor; Grant Shipley from Red Hat; and Seth Vargo from HashiCorp.

The keynote presentation, Open Source Cancer Genomics, will be delivered by Cloudera founder & Chief Scientist, Jeff Hammerbacher. Jeff, who built the data team at Facebook, has been recognized by Forbes Magazine as #2 in the list of the World's Most Powerful Data Scientists.

Tickets for this limited attendance conference are $399.00 with an early registration price of $349.00 thru April 1, 2015. A limited number of discounted tickets for enrolled students are available at $99.00.

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About:

The Digital Corridor Foundation is an independent 501(c)6 non-profit Corporation focused on diversifying Charleston's economy thru an array of innovative products, events and services targeted exclusively for the technology industry. More: charlestondigitalcorridor.com.

{CODESHOW}SE is the premier software development conference for technology professionals in the Southeast featuring presentations by renowned experts on the leading edge.

Contact:

Ernest Andrade, Charleston Digital Corridor Foundation

843-607-1264

Charleston Business Development Director Transitions To New Role

Charleston, South Carolina - February 16, 2015 - The Charleston Digital Corridor Foundation announces today that Ernest Andrade will assume the full-time role as the Director of the Foundation effective April 2015.

"The continued growth of Charleston's tech economy now requires a higher level of focus, enhanced communications infrastructure and a deeper dive on talent development, said Chairman, Kirk King. Accomplishing these goals will require the Foundation to leverage all available resources in the state, region and across the southeast."

Andrade served the City as Annexation Coordinator from 1989 to 2001, helping expand the city from 38 to 100 square miles. In 2001 he conceived and launched the Charleston Digital Corridor, becoming its Director. The Charleston Digital Corridor Foundation was formed in 2004 to provide and expanded array of innovative products and services focused exclusively on the technology industry.

"We know that thriving economies are the result of privately led initiatives that are supported by the public sector. After a decade long incubation period, it is time to transition the Digital Corridor to this model so that the good work will continue yielding economic benefit for the City of Charleston and beyond," said Charleston Mayor, Joseph P. Riley, Jr.

Charleston's tech and advanced manufacturing economy, which now makes up approximately five percent (5%) of the regional economy, is experiencing robust growth as measured by GDP output and adding high-wage jobs at unprecedented levels.

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About:

The Charleston Digital Corridor Foundation is an independent 501(c) 6 non-profit Corporation developed to assist Charleston with fulfilling its goal to diversify the knowledge economy by pursuing an array of innovative products and services focused exclusively on the technology industry.

More: charlestondigitalcorridor.com.

Digital Corridor To Offer Codecamp Kids Program

Charleston, South Carolina – February 16, 2015 – The Charleston Digital Corridor Foundation is pleased to offer a code education program for elementary and middle school children this summer. CODEcamp Kids will teach elementary and middle school children the basics of programming and how to build a web application and even a video game. Classes will be held at the Flagship business incubator in Downtown Charleston.

As part of the Digital Corridor's commitment to diversity, scholarships will be made available to four students from each class. The scholarship would include a Google Chromebook for each student who successfully completes the class.

"Just like our year round classes that would not be possible without the commitment of our local tech companies to provide our instructors, CODEcamp Kids has become a reality thanks to a commitment from eCommerce company, Blue Acorn", said Digital Corridor Foundation Director, Ernest Andrade.

CODEcamp, launched in 2012 as a part of the Digital Corridor's comprehensive talent strategy, is a community-sourced training program that provides instruction in open source Web and mobile technologies. Information and registration information about CODEcamp Kids summer program is on the website.

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About CODEcamp

CODEcamp is a community-sourced training program offered by the Charleston Digital Corridor Foundation to provide instruction in open source Web and mobile technologies. More:www.chscodecamp.com

About the Charleston Digital Corridor Foundation

The Digital Corridor Foundation is a 501(c) 6 corporation chartered in 2004 to support the development of Charleston's tech economy through an expanded array of programming and networks. More: www.charlestondigitalcorridor.com.

Local Entrepreneurial Groups Get $500,000 From Commerce

The Charleston Digital Corridor Foundation and The Harbor Entrepreneur Center each received $250,000 from the S.C. Commerce Department's Innovation Office to help execute on their missions of expanding Charleston's knowledge-based economy.

The Digital Corridor foundation will use the funds to upfit the incubator space in the planned Flagship3, according to Charleston Digital Corridor Executive Director Ernest Andrade.

The Charleston Digital Corridor plans to build Flagship3 at 999 Morrison Drive this fall to expand on its Flagship1 and Flagship2 spaces that house tech companies and coding classes off East Bay and Calhoun streets in downtown Charleston.

Flagship3 will also have incubator space for startups, as well as longer-term space for more established, high-growth tech companies. Andrade is seeking financing from the local tech community and other funding for the project. Flagship3 will be the anchor for the city-planned tech district on the upper peninsula.

The Harbor Entrepreneur Center's funding will help support its co-working spaces in Mount Pleasant, Summerville and downtown Charleston, its business accelerator program in Mount Pleasant and its forum groups and events into 2016, according to co-founder and director John Osborne.

"This is as much an endorsement of what all is happening in the Charleston region to grow entrepreneurship and innovation as it is about The Harbor itself. ... This kind of runway provides opportunity to develop additional partnerships to make The Harbor a sustainable organization for a long, long time," Osborne said.

The 14-week Harbor Accelerator program is designed to take startups from concept to revenue. Once accepted, teams of entrepreneurs work full time from their free space in Mount Pleasant to test their ideas in the market, practice pitching, learn from mentors and seek financing.

Overall, Commerce's Innovation Office awarded $2.6 million to 19 organizations around the state to further innovation, entrepreneurship and technology-based economic development, according to a news release.

The S.C. Innovation Challenge received nearly 60 submissions totaling $10.5 million in requests for this funding round. To be awarded, projects must meet at least one of the goals in the S.C. Innovation Plan. The maximum grant is $250,000, which must be matched by funding not appropriated by the state.

"Innovation and entrepreneurship are critical components to the success of our economy," Commerce Secretary Bobby Hitt said in a statement. "We want to enable and support a stronger innovation ecosystem in South Carolina and help the state become a top place in the nation to start and build high-growth businesses."

The Office of Innovation launched in fall 2013 and is headed by Amy Love, Commerce's former spokeswoman.

In May 2014, 14 S.C. organizations received $2.4 million in innovation challenge grants, including the Charleston Digital Corridor, Lowcountry Local First, the Harbor Accelerator and the College of Charleston's International Cross-Curricular Accelerator for Technology.

Digital Corridor Executive Director Andrade Leaving Post to Lead Foundation

Ernest Andrade, head of the Charleston Digital Corridor since its founding in 2001, will leave his post to become the director of the Charleston Digital Corridor Foundation.

The foundation is a 501(c)(3) nonprofit that was formed in 2004 to support the corridor's efforts. The foundation uses member fees to fund coding classes, incubator spaces and other programs.

Andrade will be the foundation's first full-time staff member when he becomes its director in April. The city of Charleston is now seeking a technology business development director to lead the Charleston Digital Corridor.

Andrade said the corridor has helped develop Charleston's tech economy by providing support, recruiting tech companies and addressing issues such as workforce challenges.He said it has operated with a startup mentality from the beginning, changing business tactics in lockstep with growing tech companies. "That's what we've focused on for 10 years with a relentless focus, and for me, a personal passion. ... It's been very collaborative," Andrade said.

The transition will enable Andrade to shed some of the corridor's daily management responsibilities and focus on development-oriented activities, such as hosting a software conference in Charleston in May or sharing best practices about incubating a tech industry with other S.C. communities.

He said the foundation might license some of its "best practices" for other industries –- such as the corridor's job portal site, where job-seekers can browse openings at Charleston tech companies.

"If I'm speaking in other communities and helping them with tech-based economies, there's no reason why I can't share best practices in our own backyard," Andrade said. "Sharing knowledge with other communities ... that is economic development in the 21st century."

Andrade said the tech community's growth would not have happened in Charleston without the vision and support of Mayor Joe Riley and Charleston City Council more than a decade ago. Riley said in a statement that thriving economies result from privately led initiatives supported by the public sector.

Andrade was the city's annexation coordinator from 1989 to 2001, helping expand the city from 38 square miles to 100 before he formed the corridor in 2001.

The foundation's directors include Riley, CSS International CEO Kirk King, PeopleMatter CEO Nate DaPore, Blue Acorn CEO Kevin Eichelberger, Google Data Center's site operations manager Eric Wages, Benefitfocus COO Andy Howell, Boeing South Carolina IT executive Brad Elmenhurst and BoomTown CEO Grier Allen.

"The continued growth of Charleston's tech economy now requires a higher level of focus, enhanced communications infrastructure and a deeper dive on talent development," King, the board chairman, said in a statement. "Accomplishing these goals will require the foundation to leverage all available resources in the state, region and across the Southeast."

CHIL® Revolutionizes the iPhone 6 Case with 2-in-1 Attraction Jacket™

Today, mobile device accessory designer, CHIL(r), unveiled the versatile Attraction Jacket™ for iPhone 6. This unique iPhone 6 case features a stylish duo consisting of a protective leather-backed case that magnetizes into a matching leather folio jacket.

CHIL's "Attraction Series" features a growing line of innovative magnetic smartphone cases and accessories designed for your mobile lifestyle. The Attraction Jacket (MSRP $39.99) is a versatile folio featuring a variety of positions, a credit card holder, and a sleek finish. The Attraction Case ($19.99) is a stylish leather-backed shell that magnetizes in the Attraction Jacket, and is available in a variety of mix-and-match colors.

"What's great about the Attraction Jacket is that it serves so many purposes," said Rick Case, CEO at CHIL. "If you need a slim profile, use just the Attraction Case, or you can magnetize the case inside the folio jacket, insert your ID and a credit card, and head out for the night. We designed the Attraction Series to be slim and stylish, but most of all to be extremely functional."

When the iPhone 6 is in the folio jacket the functionality is remarkable, with both landscape and portrait viewing modes made possible by the clever positioning of magnets, the closure strap, and interior materials.

"It's important to iPhone 6 users to be able to watch video and read hands-free in landscape mode. It's equally important to be able to stand the device up and use FaceTime in portrait mode. CHIL addressed these consumer needs and more with the Attraction Jacket," said Case about the Attraction duo. "And since the case is magnetic, it works with our CHIL magnetic mounts or other magnetic mounts on the market."

The Attraction Jacket is available in 4 colors – Teal, Pink, Gray and Black. Pre-orders are available on CHIL.com

About CHIL:

CHIL is a Charleston, South Carolina based designer and manufacturer of mobile accessories for people who live life in mobile motion. CHIL's mission is to enhance your mobile experience by incorporating your devices into your mobile lifestyle.

SPARC Awarded Prime Contract for Veterans Benefits Management System (VBMS) Production Operations and Development Services

SPARC announced today it has been selected by SPAWAR as a prime contractor for the Veterans Benefits Management System (VBMS) Production Operations and Development Services contract. This contract will deliver ongoing production support of VBMS, a cloud-based software platform with 24/7 operations across the country. This contract has a focus on supporting continuous installation and delivery of production software, network, and supporting infrastructure, as well as additional development of VMBS.

"Our entire team is honored to continue serving SPAWAR and supporting the Department of Veterans Affairs on this important initiative," said Marc Murphy, CEO of SPARC. "Not only is this increased level of operational support something SPARC is proud to deliver to this project, we're thrilled to be creating innovation around the processing of paperless claims, which will lead to a more efficient process for our veterans."

SPARC will be providing critical ongoing production operations and development support to the VBMS program, which was mentioned by President Obama in his 2015 State of the Union Address as having enabled the Department of Veteran Affairs to drastically reduce the claim backlog that has veterans waiting for benefits.

Specifically, this contract will deliver additional agile development on the VBMS system, continuous installation and delivery of production software, network & supporting infrastructure, system performance monitoring, operational security, runtime support, and capacity planning.

"This award reflects the increasing demand for high-tech, knowledge-based jobs right here in the Lowcountry," said Elizabeth Buske, Vice President of Business Integration. "This is great day for SPAWAR, the Department of Veterans Affairs, Charleston, and SPARC."

Learn more about SPARC and its team at sparcedge.com.

About SPARC
SPARC is a software development services company delivering quality, forward-thinking technology while keeping Team Members at the core of everything we do. Based in Charleston, South Carolina, SPARC provides custom software development services for the government and commercial sectors, with a focus on healthcare IT systems, mobile applications, and cloud management solutions. SPARC has been ranked on the Inc. 500 as one of the fastest-growing companies twice, and named a SC Best Places to Work winner four times. Come by for a tour and see SPARC's award-winning culture for yourself, or learn more at sparcedge.com.

Upcoming Events

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Fridays @ the Corridor - A Hybrid Approach to Native Mobile, Mobile Web, & Desktop Apps

Mobile application development for iOS and Andriod require specialized languages and talent. In building these mobile technologies, the same features are required for both mobile and desktop applications, resulting in multiple teams developing the same features in multiple languages. Hybrid mobile development using HTML5, CSS3, and JavaScript show great promise in developing code once and sharing it across many platforms.

At the March Fridays @ the Corridor, David Elam, Founder of PayNearMe, will show us how his company was able to plan, design, and implement the latest products using the best native technologies combined with Cordova, PhoneGap and AngularJS. The result is a hybrid mobile app that can run natively on iOS and Andriod as well as adaptively respond to touch enabled or desktop browsers. Register to attend this event HERE.

Fridays @ the Corridor - CODEtalk- Monolithic vs. Microservices Applications

Traditionally, the monolithic architectural style has dominated application development. This server-side approach method puts all of its functionality into a single process and scales by replicating the monolith on multiple servers. Issues arise, however, with scalability and as more applications are being deployed to the cloud, the monolithic style has given way to a new approach- a microservice architecture style- where services are independently deployed and scalable.

At the April Fridays @ the Corridor, we examine these two architectural styles and discuss the trend towards the microservices architecture style. Tom Wilson from Jack Russell Software and BoomTown's, Jason Finneyfrock, will share their insights on what one style will dominate the future of app development – or perhaps another approach is on the horizon? Register HERE

DIGsouth

The DIG SOUTH festival features more than 200 presenters from across the nation, 750 Conference participants and 5000 total Festival attendees. In 2015, the DIGsouth Conference presenters will explore innovation, disruption and all things digital in technology, entrepreneurship, marketing, media, gaming, culture, healthcare and much more. LEARN MORE

2015 iFive:K Race

The iFive:K is a weekday, evening race winding through the historic streets of downtown Charleston, South Carolina. This race is favorite of knowledge-based business professionals, running enthusiasts and visitors. More: iFiveK.com