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

Belimed Releases New Small Steam Sterilizer, MST V 446

Belimed Inc., a part of the Belimed Group, a world leader in cleaning and sterile processing systems in health care and life sciences, has released a new small steam sterilizer, the MST V 446. Optimized to meet challenging space requirements and designed to the latest AAMI guidelines, the MST V 446 fits the needs of today's OR, ASC, or sterile processing area. Outfitted with a programmable touch screen panel, optional integrated air compressor, and ability to sterilize 25 lbs. loads this unit was designed with ease of use, total cost, and compliance in mind.

About Belimed

Belimed Inc. is a leading supplier of technology based cleaning, disinfection, and sterile processing products and services for Medical and Pharma, hospital and healthcare systems across the Unites States, and around the world.

Belimed Inc., www.belimed.com, ensures absolute customer confidence in their sterile processing areas by providing solutions that increase efficiency while ensuring high quality reprocessing, decontamination, and sterilization results.

Collaboration Key To Technology Growth, Industry Leaders Say

Bobby Hitt understands South Carolina's technology movement. The Commerce Department secretary sees it every day in his own family, with his youngest son working in the coding field.

"We're starting to see this grow, we're starting to see this move," he said. "These are people who are coming to work with flip-flops on with their laptop. And they're generating and working on contracts worth millions of dollars."

Growing the number of those flip-flop-clad workers will come through further collaboration, Hitt and other area technology leaders said Wednesday during IT-oLogy's annual IT Summit. "This is not about reinventing the wheel, it's not about being redundant," said Lonnie Emard, IT-oLogy president. "We've got to be smarter about what limited resources we have. ... Everybody is picking their piece that is a niche and saying, 'You do this well, I do this well.' What happens when we connect those dots?"

That ideology is starting in the school systems and working its way up to the business level, said state Superintendent of Education Molly Spearman. Companies such as Boeing approached education leaders asking for more characteristic development than mere content knowledge, she said, with desired traits ranging from collaboration and problem-solving to punctuality, proper work attire and peer-to-peer interaction.

The state education system has instilled a variety of approaches to teach those skills. Schools are incorporating STEM learning –- a hands-on problem-solving technique that focuses on science, technology, engineering and math –- and one-to-one computing, which gives each student an electronic device for access to the Internet and course materials.

"When you walk in a real progressive classroom, you don't see all the students sitting in rows anymore," Spearman said. "You see them engaged, collaborating around tables, on projects on the couch."

Those skill sets will allow students to transition into the technology workforce with greater ease, Hitt said. That is essential for a state that is the nation's top producer and exporter of tires and No. 1 exporter of automobiles, he added.

Hitt said the number of information technology jobs in South Carolina has increased by 45% over the past decade, with the need and demand for STEM-educated students to grow by 100% in the next three years.

"We're collaborating from the state, to the counties, into the school districts and beyond," he said. "We're having an impact. And having an impact is what we all need to be thinking about doing."

"Twenty years ago, kids in this state coming out of high school weren't thinking about careers in complex manufacturing or complex business," he added. "Today, kids coming out of high school never knew a time where BMW wasn't here."

These collaborations are helping to grow the industry statewide. Rock Hill Economic and Urban Development Director Stephen Turner touted the area's Knowledge Park, a new hub for knowledge economy businesses, while Greenville lauded the upcoming Next High School, a technology-centered, collaborative charter school opening this year.

Bill Kirkland, the University of South Carolina's executive director in the Office of the Economic Engagement, showcased the school's new applied computing minor, part of a statewide initiative, and the new innovation centercreated alongside IBM and Fluor.

The industry also continues to grow in Charleston, where the technology field now makes up 5% of the regional economy, according to Ernest Andrade, the founder and director of the Charleston Digital Corridor Foundation. Over 300 tech companies now call the area home, with 45% of them currently hiring at wages almost two times the regional per capita.

The city of Charleston's two largest occupants of commercial space are also tech companies: Blackbaud and Benefitfocus.

ISI Technology Joins Qualcomm At Mobile World Congress 2015

ISI Technology accompanies Qualcomm at the 2015 Mobile World Congress (MWC) in Barcelona, Spain from March 2-5 in Hall 3 Stand 3E10. MWC is the world's largest annual gathering of mobile and related industry decision makers, with more than 85,000 attendees. The Heatworks MODEL 1, among other connected gadgets, is being featured as an AllJoyn Internet of Everything enabled device.

The Heatworks MODEL 1 utilizes Qualcomm Atheros' low-power Wi-Fi chip, the QCA4004, in their electric tankless water heater. The QCA4004 networking platform enables customers to add Wi-Fi to virtually any product, including the MODEL 1. This platform also features the AllJoyn open source software framework, which enables interoperability among a diverse set of products, applications and services to discover, communicate and interact with each other.

Unlike any other tankless electric water heater, the Heatworks MODEL 1 does not have a heating element. All other water heaters utilize heating elements that reach upwards of 1,000 degrees Fahrenheit, causing them to fail. Instead, the MODEL 1 uses graphite electrodes and water's natural resistance to silently heat water and provide instant and endless hot water. With the MODEL 1, if there is no water flowing, there is no electricity flowing. Therefore, the MODEL 1 saves up to 40% of energy costs devoted to heating water 365 days a year, every year. Additionally, when located close to the point of use, the MODEL 1 provides 10% water usage savings.

The green, connected and cost-effective Heatworks MODEL 1 is available today at myheatworks.com

About ISI Technology

ISI Technology is led by engineer Jerry Callahan, the cofounder of Blue Rhino, the world's leading propane cylinder exchange company. Jerry invented and patented the technology that powers the Heatworks MODEL 1 and leads a team of heating, technology and plumbing veterans with over 50 combined patents.

More at http://myheatworks.com

Mercer Takes 10% Stake In Benefitfocus, Invests $75 Million In Company

Global health investment and consulting firm Mercer is taking a 9.9% stake and making a nearly $75 million investment in Daniel Island-based Benefitfocus.

Mercer's stake expands its commercial relationship with Benefitfocus. Mercer purchased common stock at $26.50 per share for about $74.7 million in cash. The company has an option to grow its stake in the cloud-based benefits software company over time.

Benefitfocus CEO Shawn Jenkins "We are proud of our efforts that have helped position the Mercer marketplace as one of the largest broker-led private exchanges in the country," Benefitfocus CEO Shawn Jenkins said during a fourth quarter earnings call Tuesday. "We are excited by the significant expansion of our relationship with Mercer and look forward to partnering with them to drive additional growth on the Mercer marketplace in years ahead."

The 800-employee benefits firm founded in 2000 in Mount Pleasant provides software benefits products to employers and insurance carriers who then offer it to their employees and customers. Employees use Benefitfocus platforms to compare, sign-up for and manage their medical and life insurance benefits.

Amid revenue growth, Benefitfocus is expanding its Daniel Island campus, most recently with the opening of its 145,800-square-foot Customer Success Center last week. The new, four-story building houses 500 employees with plans to accommodate 250 more new hires.

During the earnings call, Benefitfocus reported a net loss of $13.7 million for the fourth quarter, compared to an $8.3 million loss during the same time in 2013. Full-year losses were $63.2 million.

Total revenue was $40.2 million in the fourth quarter, up 33% from the same time in 2013. Full-year 2014 revenue increased 31% from the year prior to $137.4 million.

Of that, software revenue was $36.1 million, up 28%; professional services revenue was $4.1 million, up 107%; and employer revenue was $19.5 million, up 47% from the fourth quarter in 2013.

"Benefitfocus delivered a strong fourth quarter performance that capped a record year for the company," Jenkins said.

Benefitfocus ended 2014 with 533 large-employer customers, up from 393 in 2013, and 43 insurance carrier customers, up from 40 in 2013. During the fourth quarter, the state of Delaware, Capella Education Co., Lane Construction Co., Summerwood Corp., Omnicell Inc. and Schneider Electric signed on as employer customers.

"We delivered a number of exciting achievements in 2014, such as supporting dozens of private exchanges, including the nation's largest; adding 160 new large employer customers; and successfully graduating our first class of third-party systems integrators," Jenkins said.

Looking ahead to 2015, Jenkins said the company is focused "on enhancing our marketplace solutions and creating the first significant upsell opportunity in our employer market with the introduction of several new product offerings."

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.

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Leading the Scaled Agile Framework (Leading SAFe) Certification

Icon Technology Consulting (Icon) is pleased to announce training of "Leading the Scaled Agile Framework (Leading SAFe) Certification" course on April 6-7, 2015. This is a class for executives, agile thought leaders, agile champions, and/or management who need the critical knowledge to begin your company's transformation to a scaled agile approach. 

In this two-day course, you will gain knowledge to leverage the Scaled Agile Framework (SAFe), and its underlying principles of lean thinking, and product development flow. You will leave with an understanding of how the principles and practices of the framework support Lean Thinking and Agile Development, along with scaling to the Enterprise ScrumXP, Agile Release Train, Agile Portfolio Management, Agile Architecture, and Scaling Leadership.

Cost: $1,395

Early Bird Discount: $200 off until March 23, 2015 ($1,195)

Icon Partner Discount Code ($100): Icon2015 ($1095)

Please visit www.icontechnologyconsulting.com or call (636) 530-7776 ext. 809 to register and get more detailed information about the class, pre-requisites, location, and group discounts.

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

{CODESHOW}SE 2015

{CODESHOW}SE is the premier software development conference for technology professionals in the Southeast featuring presentations by renowned experts. This year's conference to be held May 21 at Charleston Museum and presented by Benefitfocus will feature talks by leading tech speakers from Red Hat, Apigee, Google, CoreOS and HashiCorp. The cherry on the top is the keynote "Open Source Cancer Genomics" by Cloudera founder Jeff Hammerbacher. Mr. Hammerbacher built the first data team at Facebook and Forbes ranks him as #2 in a list of the top 7 most powerful data scientists. Tickets are on sale now at https://www.codeshowse.com/ with early-bird registration ending April 1.