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's "Women In Tech"Recognized at First-Ever White House Tech Meetup

Charleston, S.C. – Charleston Women in Tech continues to contribute to the City of Charleston's thriving tech economy and is putting Charleston on the map for creating equal opportunity for all genders. On Friday, April 17 the White House, will host local leaders from across our "Innovation Nation" at the first-ever White House Tech Meetup, including Charleston Women in Tech. Carolyn Finch, Business Development Manager for the City of Charleston will be representing the Meetup group at the White House. Finch will join 49 other tech community organizers from across the nation to discuss best practices, scaling outreach and inclusion efforts, finding new ways to diversify the industry, and ensuring the engagement of young people. Charleston Women in Tech is one of only four all-women's groups to receive an invitation. In addition, Finch will be speaking on a panel discussion titled "Tech for Social Change and Economic Development", addressing the need to include more women in technology.

With roughly 400 active members, Charleston Women in Tech has already made a significant impact in closing the gender gap in an industry dominated by men. Sponsored by Google and local tech companies such as BoomTown, Blackbaud, and Sparc, Charleston Women in Tech has hosted networking events, resume workshops and roundtable discussions – creating opportunities for collaboration and innovation and shifting the gender landscape in the Charleston tech community. To further address the gender gap, the group has taken on the mission of introducing girls to software technology by forming "Girls in Tech" coding clubs. Utilizing Google's CS First software education program, volunteers from Charleston Women in Tech, teach software skills to elementary and middle school students to encourage young females to explore career opportunities in the tech industry.

Finch's efforts have given prominence to the need for more females in the tech industry, as well as a forum to celebrate women leaders in the tech community. "I am honored to be representing Charleston's Women in Tech. Our participation in this inaugural event is demonstrative evidence of the work these women have accomplished in their efforts to create a more diverse and equal industry. " says Finch. "This event will be an invaluable opportunity to share our mission as a community in Charleston, not only as women in technology, but Charleston's tech community as a whole."

About Charleston Women in Tech

Charleston Women in Tech is a collaborative effort of Charleston's women leaders, educators, and tech professionals to support and mentor women of all ages in the technology industry.

More: http://www.meetup.com/Charleston-Women-In-Tech/

About the Charleston Digital Corridor

The Digital Corridor is a creative initiative to attract, nurture and promote Charleston's knowledge economy through a combination of technology enabled initiatives and business incentives, private business support and member driven programming. More: www.charlestondigitalcorridor.com

Penton Technology Names Stasmayer, Incorporated to the MSPmentor 501 Global Edition

Charleston, South CarolinaStasmayer, Incorporated has appeared on Penton Technology's eighth-annual MSPmentor 501 Global Edition, a distinguished list and report identifying the world's top 501 managed service providers (MSPs). The complete 501 list is currently available on the MSPmentor. Stasmayer earned a spot on this prestigious list at no. 299. Only two companies in South Carolina are ranked on this list.

"We are proud to be amongst the world's top managed service providers for the second year in a row. It is an honor to be recognized for the dedication our team gives to our customers. Thank you to our awesome customers and incredible employees." said David Stasaitis, Stasmayer Co-Founder and President.

Each year, MSPmentor gathers information for its annual rankings through the participation of managed service providers and IT service providers in our annual survey. The survey was conducted from December 2014 through January 2015. "We want to congratulate Stasmayer and look forward to covering their growth strategies in the year ahead," said Marcia Parker, Executive Director, Penton Technology Group.

MSPmentor, produced by Penton Technology, is the ultimate guide to managed services. MSPmentor features the industry's top-ranked blog, research, Channel Expert Hour Webcasts and FastChat videos. It is the number one online media destination for managed service providers in the world.

ABOUT STASMAYER

Stasmayer, Incorporated is an IT support company based out of Charleston, South Carolina. We offer comprehensive IT services designed to alleviate IT concerns, avoid technology disasters and help organizations maximize their productivity. Stasmayer's Managed IT Department is the realization of our core beliefs- IT exists to give productive time back to real business people. Our clients include law firms, medical practices, construction firms, manufacturing companies, nonprofit organizations and corporations of all sizes throughout South Carolina. To find out more about Stasmayer, visit www.stasmayer.com or call 843.724.3440.

ABOUT PENTON

Penton drives performance for more than 16 million professionals each and every day. They rely on us to deliver: Insights, information & workflow tools to inform critical business decisions; networking & community to engage them with industry peers & partners; and data & marketing services to advance their business performance & deliver ROI. For additional information on the company and its businesses, visit www.penton.com.

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MEDIA CONTACT:

Cayce Lane

Director of Marketing

Stasmayer, Incorporated

cayce@stasmayer.com

NanoScreen Announces Industry Leading One Year Dispense Head Warranty

Charleston, SC - NanoScreen announces an industry leading one year warranty for all of its custom, new and serviced liquid handling dispense heads. The warranty quadruples or doubles the industry's typical warranty coverage of 3 to 6 months. This translates to important benefits for customers including reduced service costs and extended shelf life. NanoScreen offers this warranty at no additional cost to its customers and is effective immediately.

"NanoScreen's new warranty further demonstrates our commitment to providing the best in class experience for our customers. We believe our customers are going to love the benefits of the extended warranty period," said Garey De Angelis, NanoScreen's CEO. "Our dispense heads are already well known for their premium performance and now our customers will get the added benefits of time savings and reduced life-cycle costs."

"The one year warranty emerges like nothing seen before in our industry," said Imad Mansour, NanoScreen's Chief Scientific Officer. "We have always provided a comprehensive three tiered service program with unparalleled technology in a dispense head. The new warranty period delivers additional value to our superior services."

The warranty applies to a variety of dispense heads compatible with equipment provided by Beckman Coulter, LGC, Molecular Devices, and PerkinElmer. Any 96 channel, 384 channel or custom head purchased from or serviced by NanoScreen will be covered by the one year warranty.

About NanoScreen

Founded in 2003, NanoScreen designs and manufactures instruments and consumables that are used by most of the major pharmaceutical and biotech companies in the world. We specialize in providing solutions that allow researchers to precisely and simultaneously transfer hundreds or thousands of compounds in an automated fashion. Our core competency is in the manufacturing of high density air displacement heads, disposable pipette tips and robotic liquid handling workstations.

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

Upcoming Events

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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

Women in Tech

The Charleston Digital Corridor and Blackbaud are pleased to announce our next "Women in Tech" meet up! This will be an event for women, students and professionals, interested in connecting with other women in the tech industry. In addition to our regular mingling and networking, this meet up will focus on developing your skills to land that dream job in the tech industry. We will have a panel of experts in the HR industry there to assist you in your search and help you get prepped for that big interview!

Feel free to come and mingle, talk code and become part of the "women in tech" community. All are welcome. Learn more and RSVP here

Fridays @ the Corridor - Your Business Needs Money?

Investors have money and you are ready to pitch them – the big "ask" presentation. But what do potential investors really want to hear? Is your investor presentation actually preventing them from saying "yes?" How long or short should it be? What points are the most important ones to cover?

At the May Fridays @ the Corridor, Kira Perdue, executive vice president at award-winning PR and Digital agency Trevelino/Keller, we'll present 10 key points you need to make a successfully pitch for investment. The presentation will include key Dos & Don'ts, and Tips & Tricks. Kira Purdue, who has worked counseling start-up companies for over 20 years, will share insights into what works. Register HERE.

{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.