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CDC Tech Life Podcast Episode 36 Features Josh Bokor - Chief of Staff, Healthbook+

Episode 36 of the CDC Tech Life Podcast features Josh Bokor, Chief of Staff for Healthcare Technology Startup Healthbook+. Josh shares the Healthbook+ vision of using AI to help consumers become more informed and proactive in achieving positive health outcomes.

This episode is sponsored by Charleston County Economic Development Department. They're dedicated to recruiting new business, growing existing industry and improving Charleston's business climate.

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Emma McKenney and Katie Konner

Charleston Digital Corridor Selects Creatively & Co. and Web Brightly for Diversity Initiative

The Charleston Digital Corridor is pleased to announce that two women owned business, Creatively & Co. and Web Brightly, have been selected as recipients of the CDC Diversity Initiative. The two awards further the organization's goal to make Charleston's tech economy more reflective of the demographic makeup of the region.

Creatively & Co, founded in 2018, is a global studio of trusted product and brand experts blending design and technology with research and art.

Web Brightly empowers small to medium sized service-oriented businesses to improve profitability by utilizing essential digital marketing resources, including web design and SEO.

Both entrepreneurs will reside at Charleston Tech Center and have access to a community of like-minded tech business owners and professionals, mentors, education resources and discounted private offices.

"We are honored to assist women entrepreneurs Katie Konnor and Emma McKenney along their business journey by providing them with the business resources they need to be highly successful," said Charleston Digital Corridor Director, Ernest Andrade.

"I am honored to be a recipient of the Diversity Initiative from the Charleston Digital Corridor. Their support allows me to singularly focus on improving profitability for small service-oriented business," said Web Brightly founder, Emma McKenney.

"I am grateful to receive the support from the Charleston Digital Corridor. The array of business resources combined with a conveniently located dog-friendly, super inspiring workspace is exactly what I was looking for as I ramp up by digital and creative business, said Creatively & Co. founder, Katie Konner."

The CDC Diversity Initiative seeks to stimulate the inclusion of under-represented tech focused entrepreneurs and business professionals within Charleston's tech community and is made possible from several partners and members including Comcast and Google. Learn more about the Diversity Initiative HERE.

Camgian Announces Addition of New Technical Fellow

Camgian Corporation is pleased to introduce its newest Technical Fellow, Dr. Jay Pulli. Pulli spent nearly three decades at BBN Technologies, working as a Lead Scientist and Technical Fellow specializing in algorithm development and computational modeling. At BBN, he held technical leadership roles on several DARPA-funded programs related to developing advanced intelligence, surveillance, and reconnaissance technologies for the US military. He holds a Ph.D. in geophysics from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology and is also a Visiting scholar in Geophysics at Boston College.

In his new position, Pulli will be joining Camgian's product development team. His expertise will be used to advance Camgian's algorithmic and data fusion technologies.

"I am thrilled to have Jay Pulli join our product development team. Dr. Pulli will bring his decades of experience and expertise in signal processing, various sensor modalities, and machine learning to help advance our Reactor C-UAS platform," said Executive VP of Product Development Muthu Nagarajan, "His knowledge, insights, and mentorship will be valuable to the design and development efforts of Reactor."

"Jay's technical brilliance and track record of innovation make him an invaluable addition to our team at Camgian," said Camgian CEO and Founder Dr. Gary Butler, "His long history as a technical leader in advanced algorithm development for DARPA and other leading DoD research agencies will have an immediate impact on our company. We are excited to have him as a member of our team."

LASSO Expands Leadership Team and Product Suite As Live Events Market Heats Up

LASSO, the software platform for managing live events, announces the appointment of five veteran software industry executives to leadership positions within the company: Julie Edwards (Vice President of Customer Success); Christy Petrosso (Sr. Vice President of Product and Data); Danielle Porter-Condon (Vice President of Marketing); Kevin Wilson (Vice President of Technical Operations); and Anthony Zhang (Vice President of Sales).

The appointments continue a pattern of momentum for LASSO, which grew 450% over the past three years while expanding its product suite and catching the attention of industry watchers. In 2023, LASSO added project management, logistics and inventory capabilities to its platform, which already included tools for event scheduling, onboarding, time tracking, travel, payroll management, and a Crew Marketplace. It also launched a mobile app, was named a top workplace by BuiltIn and included on the Deloitte Fast 500 and Inc 5000 lists.

LASSO's success is being driven by an increase in consumer spending on live events. "Anything live, anything experiential is just going through the roof," said Jessica Reif Ehrlich, a Bank of America analyst who labeled the dynamic as "funflation" in a September research note. According to Emergen Research, the worldwide event management software market reached a value of $7.43 billion in 2022. Emergen projects that the market will experience a Compound Annual Growth Rate of 12.8% through 2032, when it will be valued at $24.45 billion.

The new executives hired by LASSO come from a handful of successful startups based in the Southeastern United States. Edwards and Wilson were at BoomTown in Charleston; Petrosso was at Vizbii in Charleston; Porter-Condon was at Built Technologies in Nashville; and Zhang from a number of successful SaaS companies, including SalesLoft in Atlanta. The majority of LASSO's team is based in the Southeast. The company also boasts a 45% female team, well above the technology industry average.

"We're excited to add Julie, Christy, Danielle, Kevin and Anthony to our leadership team," said Clay Sifford, CEO of LASSO. "They are proven software industry leaders with long track records of growth and company success. Over the past year we've worked incredibly hard to expand our platform to include the tools our customers need. The response thus far has been very positive, and we look forward to building on this momentum in 2024."

QuicksortRx co-founders, Matt Hebbard and Jonathan Yantis

QuicksortRx Hits $100 Million Saved for Health Systems

QuicksortRx, a technology company helping health systems improve pharmacy purchasing and reduce medication costs, has announced that its clients have achieved over $100 million in medication cost savings through the platform since the company launched in late 2018.

Founded by pharmacists and technologists from the Medical University of South Carolina (MUSC), QuicksortRx empowers health systems to instantly assess medication price, availability, and purchasing trends across multiple facilities. By streamlining pharmaceutical market analysis, QuicksortRx clients use the business intelligence platform to drive faster, more informed decisions and to improve efficiency in medication procurement.

The $100 million figure represents realized savings tracked by health systems using QuicksortRx to identify and operationalize changes in their medication procurement. Savings are most often achieved by health system pharmacy staff acting on insights from the platform to optimize product selection, identify and correct contract issues, and target strategic 340B interventions. The platform monitors initiatives identified and executed by the health system in real time, capturing savings as they are achieved.

"Having spent my entire career before QuicksortRx at MUSC, I know the financial constraints hospitals work under," said Jonathan Yantis, CEO and Co-Founder of QuicksortRx. "There are limited resources to go around to important projects that affect lives. The impetus for QuicksortRx was to help free up capital that could be more efficiently invested in patient care. It's difficult to put into words what it means to know we have enabled non-profit health systems to redeploy over $100 million into initiatives that benefit their communities. It feels really good."

QuicksortRx began as a project when Yantis, an MUSC network engineer, teamed up with Matt Hebbard and MUSC's pharmacy department to develop software that would help the health system better manage their medication spend. In the early stages of the platform's development, the inventors envisioned a solution that could be used outside MUSC.

"We knew other pharmacy departments were struggling with this work just like we were," said Hebbard, Vice President of Pharmacy and Co-Founder of QuicksortRx. "From the outset, Jonathan had the mentality that we could scale and share this solution to grow its positive impact. It's amazing to know what we built to help our own hospital is helping others in the same way."

Today, the platform helps more than 30 health systems manage over $8 billion in annual hospital pharmacy spend. To support its rapid growth, QuicksortRx recently moved to a larger corporate headquarters in Charleston, South Carolina. The company has plans to add more than 40 new team members over the next three years to help further scale services and maintain QuicksortRx's high-touch customer support.

"These savings would not have been possible without our amazing team and incredible clients," says Hebbard. "They are real experts who share our passion for bringing positive change to this industry and for reducing the cost of quality healthcare."

Yantis adds, "One hundred million dollars represents a lot of work within and outside of our team at QuicksortRx. We are incredibly grateful to the people who have trusted and had faith in us along this journey. Thank you to these health systems for rolling up your sleeves with us and putting in the work. This milestone is your accomplishment as well."

Rich Conte interviews Paul Meeks

CDC Tech Life Podcast Episode 35 Features Paul Meeks - Technology Director and Business Media Personality

Episode 35 of the CDC Tech Life Podcast features Paul Meeks; veteran technology investor, business media personality and Professor of Finance at the Citadel. Paul shares his journey from his start as a technology investment analyst in the early days of the Internet boom to his more recent role as a Professor of Finance.

This episode is sponsored by Charleston County Economic Development Department. They're dedicated to recruiting new business, growing existing industry and improving Charleston's business climate.

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Runners gather at the i5K start line

Charleston Digital Corridor Announces 16th Annual iFiveK race

The Charleston Digital Corridor (CDC) is pleased to announce the return of its much-anticipated annual Innovators' 5K spring race event. The iFiveK race, now in its 16th year, is a favorite athletic and networking event for Charleston's growing tech community. The 2024 event is scheduled for April 18, 2024. REGISTRATION IS NOW OFFICIALLY OPEN!

The iFiveK, the only weekday evening race held in Downtown Charleston, leads runners, walkers, and shufflers in a loop in the vibrant and rapidly developing neighborhood adjacent to the Charleston Tech Center. Proceeds from the iFiveK support scholarships at the new CDC Learning Center, a modern community classroom offering Charleston residents affordable, high-quality tech and business classes.

"We enjoy bringing our tech community together for an evening of athletic competition and networking. Hanging with some smart folks and enjoying food and beverages from our neighborhood restaurants and microbreweries at the race after-party make for a fun evening, said Charleston Digital Corridor Director," Ernest Andrade.

Contact us to learn more about sponsorship opportunities at the 2024 iFiveK.

Upcoming Classes & Events

CDC LEARNING CENTER
Feb 21, 9AM - 1PM

The Entrepreneurs Sales Playbook

Many entrepreneurs believe "if we build it, they will come". The reality is, selling well really matters when it comes to achieving sustainable double-digit revenue growth. If your company's revenue growth is stagnating or you aren't winning enough deals against your competition, this program will give you a whole new way of looking at your approach to B2B sales.

FEATURED EVENT
Apr 18, 6:30PM - 9:30PM

16th Annual iFiveK race

The iFiveK race, hosted by the Charleston Digital Corridor, is a favorite weekday evening run and networking event for Charleston's tech professionals. Since its 2007 debut, the iFiveK has continued to grow. The race venue is at the Charleston Tech Center in downtown Charleston. Learn more and register HERE.

CDC LEARNING CENTER
Feb 21, 9AM - 1PM

The Entrepreneurs Sales Playbook

Many entrepreneurs believe "if we build it, they will come". The reality is, selling well really matters when it comes to achieving sustainable double-digit revenue growth. If your company's revenue growth is stagnating or you aren't winning enough deals against your competition, this program will give you a whole new way of looking at your approach to B2B sales.

EVENT
Feb 28, 8:30AM - 4PM

GitLab GitOps/Project Management Tech Day

Join us for an exciting in-person event at the CDC Learning Center. This Tech Day, facilitated by CDC member, Seek Quality,  is all about GitLab GitOps and Project Management. Get ready to dive deep into the world of GitOps and learn how to streamline your project management using GitLab.

This event is perfect for tech enthusiasts, project managers, and anyone interested in learning more about the latest trends in the industry. Don't miss out on this opportunity to network with like-minded individuals and expand your knowledge. Learn more and register here.

EVENT
Feb 29, 8:30AM - 6PM

The GRIT Conference

GRIT brings together the Coast's brightest and boldest entrepreneurs, technologists, makers, creatives, leaders, and change agents!

During this 2-day event, innovative designers, technologists, entrepreneurs, and thought leaders from Savannah and beyond will deliver sessions that showcase the coast's achievements in business, tech and the arts, embrace our toughest challenges, and discuss emerging trends. Learn more and register HERE. 

CDC members can use code "CDC2024"to get $50/off your ticket.

CDC LEARNING CENTER
Mar 12, 2PM - 4PM

Introduction to ChatGPT

The "Introduction to ChatGPT" class offers an insightful journey into the capabilities, applications, and underlying principles of ChatGPT, a cutting-edge large language model (LLM) developed by OpenAI. This course provides participants with a foundational understanding of how ChatGPT works and equips them with practical knowledge to interact effectively with the model.

CDC LEARNING CENTER
Mar 14, 5:30PM - 7:30PM

Charleston Data Science Meetup

Join the Charleston Data Science community at our monthly meetup to discuss all things data. We rotate between introductory topics and deeper dives, and like to discuss anything from visualization to specific domains to neural networks and LLMs.

CDC LEARNING CENTER
Mar 16, 9AM - 11AM

ChatGPT for Students

The ChatGPT for Students, aimed at middle and high school students, provides practical guidance and examples (along with a few cautions) on becoming proficient with conversational AI tools such as ChatGPT for academic enhancement and personal growth.

CDC LEARNING CENTER
Mar 20, 9AM - 11AM

ChatGPT for Business

Unlock the power of generative AI! Join our workshop tailored for Executives and Entrepreneurs looking to leverage cutting-edge technology. Discover how generative AI, with reported productivity gains of 20-30%, can transform your business. While ChatGPT takes center stage, we'll also explore other exciting options.

EVENT
Mar 27, 5PM - 5PM

Dig South - Charleston AI Summit

The Charleston AI Summit produced by Dig South invites innovative executives, founders, developers, creators, attorneys, investors, the curious and you to explore the tectonic shift to an AI-powered economy. Learn more:

CDC LEARNING CENTER
Mar 28, 5:30PM - 7PM

Charleston AR/VR Meetup

Join us for our monthly all-things-VR-and-AR get-together! There's a ton of activity in the VR and AR space right now and we like to rotate topics around between Virtual and Augmented reality, high-level concepts, gear, development, and more.

EVENT
Apr 10, 8AM - 5AM

2024 Annual SCRA Summit

Save the date  for the 2024 Annual SCRA Summit. It will be a day filled with inspiring speakers and exciting networking and learning opportunities. This year's theme is Founders First, celebrating the hard work of founders who are growing our state's innovation economy.Learn more and register HERE.

CDC LEARNING CENTER
Apr 11, 9AM - 11AM

Next Level ChatGPT

So, you've been using ChatGPT and want to go further? This class is designed to level up your beginner skills and understand how to get the most out of this new technology.

CDC LEARNING CENTER
Apr 17, 9AM - 11AM

ChatGPT for Coders

ChatGPT won't be replacing any software developers any time soon. It's not always correct, and it doesn't do a great job at understanding larger codebases. So should you be using it to help you write code? Absolutely! With the right guidance from a developer, ChatGPT can eliminate large amounts of time in creating boilerplate code, refactoring, adding new functionality and working across different languages. Know how to write some code in Java but not Python? Want to quickly add a unit test to some new functionality? Want to spin up a new API in Go but don't know where to start? All of these are great use cases, and if you can learn to use GPT effectively in your coding process you can move much faster and solve larger and more complex problems every day. Whether you are a seasoned coder or just starting out, this class should leave you with new tricks and faster process to build the things you're excited to build.

EVENT
Apr 17, 12:30PM - 12AM

TedxCharleston

TEDxCharleston is an all-day immersion experience at the intersection of science, art performance and business. It is designed to enrich the Charleston, South Carolina community through presentations and entertainment that inspires, engages and transforms. Learn more and register.

EVENT
Apr 19, 6PM - 7PM

CharlestonHacks HackOps 2024

The goal of HackOps is to bring together the tech and business communities to build innovative startups using the latest technology. In 48 hours, participants will form teams, then create both a prototype and a pitch for their best collective idea that addresses an issue impacting our community. Learn more and register HERE.

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