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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.

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"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."
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  • Blue Acorn

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"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
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  • Good Done Great

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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
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  • Boomtown

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"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."
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Silicon Harbor Has Become a Tech Landing Spot For Some Weary City Dwellers

Welcome to Silicon Harbor: Home to more than 250 tech companies employing 11,000. This port city has quietly become the No. 1 mid-sized U.S. metro area (500,000 to 1 million) for IT job growth, adding 4,000 jobs the past five years, according to the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics.

Tech jobs comprise about 3% of jobs in the region, and account for 5% of the area's payroll of $14 billion last year. Read More:

Jen Boulware, Senior Director of Engineering at Snagajob

Tech Job Choices Expanding in Charleston, Says Snagajob’s Boulware

The Charleston Digital Corridor's Leadership Profile Series is focused on the individuals who are driving the Charleston tech scene forward. This series is brought to you with support from Charleston Southern University. 

Jen Boulware is Senior Director of Engineering at Snagajob, located in downtown Charleston. In June of 2016, Virginia-based Snagajob, which connects hourly workers and hourly employers, acquired Charleston startup PeopleMatter, a workforce management platform for the service industry. Snagajob has about 100 employees in Charleston.

Where did you grow up? What was life like and your memories from there?

I grew up outside of Atlantic City on the same island, about a block from the beach, in Ventnor, N.J. It was a very small town. Every summer, the population would triple because of all the tourists. The actual people who lived there were a very small, tight-knit community. Everybody worked. It was a really different experience than a lot of the people I know. Because of all the tourists, by the time you were 14, you got your first job. It was a huge part of our social network through high school, where you worked and who you worked with. It was really a good experience for the real world.

How did you come to be in Charleston?

In between graduating with my bachelor's degree and going to graduate school, I worked for Clemson for a semester, and I came to Charleston and visited and just loved it. After graduate school, my husband and I were looking for jobs in the Southeast and just lucked out and both got offers here. So we moved here, and we haven't left.

What was your first job, or most memorable early job? What did you learn from it?

Casel's supermarket in Margate, N.J., when I was 14. It was my first job, but I worked there all through high school. It taught me that if you're willing to work hard and willing to learn, there are no barriers.

I worked in every department in the store. Worked with everyone – I mean, I worked in the butcher shop – and I was one of the people that didn't get kind of siloed into a certain role. I actually got asked to set up their customer rewards program and go work in the office because I was more tech savvy than other people. I did data entry and configured the program and did everything else. And it never really clicked that that was something that I would be doing my whole life. I was probably 15 or 16.

In your own words, what does your company do?

We connect the hourly worker to hourly employers. We help hard-working people find the work they want to lead fulfilling lives. We help employers by providing tools for them to recruit, hire and manage the workers so that they can run more efficient businesses.

What drew you to this company?

This was a complete departure. My undergraduate degree is environmental science. And my graduate degree is geography with a specialization in techniques, so my thesis was actually designing great web-based maps. I had a great professor who said, "If you want to be in this field, you will learn GIS," which is mapping. You do a lot of data analysis. So I started on computers then, and you just had to learn to code for that.

I left the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration's Coastal Services Center Office to come here, and it was a little daunting because I hadn't been in a straight SAAS business, software product. While I've been coding for over a decade, it was very different. But it was an interesting challenge, and I wanted that experience.

A colleague of mine had switched jobs to come here, and he kept trying to get me to. He was like, "You should come over and talk to them." I was like, "No." It felt like it was completely out of my wheelhouse. But once I actually talked to some of the people here, I realized it's still coding. So the transition has been great.

How would you describe your organization's culture?

Passionate, gritty, fun, caring and orange – a lot of orange. One thing I will say about working here is I have never been in a situation where someone, if you're in the weeds, if you're drowning, someone, even if they can't help, they're going to offer to help. "What can I do?" That has always struck me as something really positive about working here. It's really a team feel and a collaborative feel, and people are willing to drop what they've got to really make things a success.

What is your management style? Why is that your approach?

At each company, I have really tried to build a learning organization. I love making things better. I like building teams. I like to look at each individual. I'm definitely a mentor. I like to look at what each individual is doing, how they want to grow in their career, and then give them opportunities to challenge themselves and grow. With a lot of humor in there.

Here, everyone's in our conversations. If we're talking about a technology change, everyone's in the room and everyone's part of the conversation because, as a junior, you have something that you can learn just by listening to the conversations, the things that you have to consider from a business perspective. And then they also ask great questions. Everybody should be engaged. It matters to all of us, and we're all in this together.

What lessons have you learned from good bosses? Bad bosses?

Good bosses know what each person contributes individually and what their goals are, where they want to grow, and they provide honest feedback – positive, negative. Bad bosses are disengaged and just look at the team as a whole. The worst bosses I have had are just there trying to put out fires. They never actually look at the big picture and see what root causes are. They're very reactionary and they never kind of pop their heads up to look at the landscape and see how the team is growing and learning.

What's the hardest or most important lesson you've learned in business?

Both the hardest and probably the most important lesson in tech – I think it's in everything – is that sometimes you have to do things that you may not really want to do or think are the best long term, but there is a business reality that it needs to happen.

That's something I think that a lot of people lack when they come out of school: an understanding of the business. It's a business. You're here to make money. There are decisions that are hard, and it's sometimes for the better of the entire company. You may not love it, and they're hard decisions, but good leaders make those decisions.

Do you have a routine that's important to your day? A morning ritual, meditation, etc.?

I try to get up before my family and walk for about an hour a day. It clears my head, it helps me start the day on the right foot, no pun intended. There are times when I walk, and if it happens to be sunrise, it's a great chance to take my mind out of work and out of life and appreciate just the seasons. We live in a great town, beautiful place. I'll walk along the water, and there's nothing like that to start your day. It just sets the tone for the rest of the day.

What do you look for in the people you hire?

Intellectual curiosity – people who want to know why – that's a big one. And a willingness or desire to collaborate. The brilliant jerk will not work in my organization. I want people who want to help, want to grow, want to learn, want to help others grow and learn, and want to be collaborative in delivering the vision of our team. That's our culture on my team, and that cultural fit is really important.

I've interviewed people and asked why they picked a technology, and they'll say, "Well, someone told me that's what to do." And they never go beyond that. I'm not saying you have to question it all and have a say, but just at least wonder why and want to learn enough to understand why the decision was made.

What is your biggest pet peeve in business or among colleagues?

I have two. The first one that comes to mind is negativity. I think it's toxic to a team. We all gripe. We all have bad days. There are things we get frustrated by. But if that is the overall demeanor, it is toxic and it wears people down. Find the right fit for you. There's a right fit for every person. If you're in a place that's not making you happy, then it's time to switch.

The second one is people who don't treat others well. Have a little common decency, awareness of others around you.

What advice would you give new graduates seeking to work in the tech industry?

Find a place that's going to foster your growth those first couple years. When you're looking for where you want to go and what opportunity to take, look at what you are going to come out with after a year. What are you going to learn? How are your skills going to improve? How will you be better a year from now? If you can't answer that, then that's probably not a great fit. Go into it with your eyes open, because when you start in a career, you want exposure, experience. You need to start learning how the business world works.

What do you see as the future of your company?

Over time, we are going to expand from simply helping employers with recruiting and hiring into actually managing shifts through scheduling and communication. For workers, we are going to power their needs to piece together enough hours from enough employers, whether it's part-time work or a gig through an on-demand model. We're going to grow to be a strong force in the Charleston technology scene, and we hope to continue our expansion here to help grow the Silicon Harbor.

Things that we're working on right now are that gig economy – helping workers pick shifts and manage schedules across multiple employers to make sure that they're making enough to support themselves and their families.

What one person has been the biggest influence on your business life? And why?

Jay Bredenberg, who actually used to work here. When my former colleague came here and was trying to convince me to come, and I was not convinced, Jay Bredenberg and I sat down and had lunch and talked through software development. I don't even think I realized at the time that "learning organization" was the term for what I was striving to create. He and I had a lot of similarities in those respects. Trying to grow the team and encourage people to push themselves and to learn and to continually improve things.

He got me to shift my career and come over to PeopleMatter, at the time. For an engineer and an architect, he has very different perspectives. It's all about what's the value of what you're building? What's the business value? What's the problem that you're trying to solve, and is what you're building the best way to solve that problem? Learning that from him, and working with him, has definitely changed my mindset about our projects, our features, making things that really matter to the customer.

Are you a Mac or a PC? iPhone or Android?

Growing up, I was Mac. I didn't touch a PC until graduate school. I was strictly Mac, and then I went to graduate school and everything was PC, and then when I got into the business world, everything was PC. And so now if you put me in front of a Mac, it would probably be a challenge. But I have an iPhone.

What is your usual Starbucks order?

I'm very plain. I just get a Venti, room for cream.

Outside of work what keeps you busy?

My family. I have two young boys, 9 and almost 7, and a husband. We have an amazing neighborhood that's pretty active, and we have a house, so that's a never-ending list of things to do. But, we're lucky to live in Charleston. So when we get downtime, we go to the beach, we get to really enjoy everything in the community.

What has it been like building your technical team in Charleston?

I've been hiring and building teams here for a number of years, and some things are the same: It's hard to find people that will relocate here. It's gotten a little easier. But there's still that challenge. If you find someone that actually wants to be here, it's a huge win.

From a technical perspective, right now everyone on my team here is a full-stack engineer. It's hard to find someone with that full-stack experience, with intellectual curiosity and who wants to collaborate. It's important for us to find the people that fit on our team, that get excited about wanting to be on this team. I don't want someone who is going to just jump in and jump out.

But it's a small tech community. Everybody knows everybody else. And you kind of see, depending on what shop they came out of, you can almost see what their experience is going to be like. Whether it was probably very siloed where they came from, how much opportunity did they have, are they on old-stack. Even though there's so much tech, you can't just go from one company to the other because everybody's got different backgrounds and different experiences. We've had people that might have been somewhere for years, and they come out the same as they went in, very little experience and growth.

What do you see as some of the challenges recruiting tech talent to Charleston?

I don't think people (elsewhere) look at Charleston. If you're not from here, I don't think "Silicon Harbor" is that widespread. Unless they want to come here. We have someone that just joined, and they want to be in Charleston. So that was a fortunate thing. Or, they have a spouse who's coming here. But you don't usually see that. If you go to D.C., you can get a new job in a week or a day. There's just so much there. And I think we haven't quite gotten there. We're making progress, but it's not quite there.

So, over the years, I've had people accept an offer, say, "We'll come and scope," and then the spouse can't get a job because there's tech, there's medical and there's hospitality. Our schools are not great, and it's expensive to live here. So, they have to want to be here in this area. They have to see the beauty and everything that Charleston has to offer and want that as well.

Salaries around here have gotten better. But for years it was not competitive for what you can make somewhere else with cost of living somewhere else, and then what jobs here were paying versus what our cost of living is. It wasn't in sync. It's getting better, but I think we still have a little bit of that as well.

What are your thoughts on how Charleston's technical landscape has grown?

It has. Years ago, if you think about where it was when the Charleston Digital Corridor started, we had a lot of Department of Defense contractors. I think you had big dogs, DoD, and then there wasn't that much else. There are so many more tech startups of all different flavors right now. Now you really have the gamut of different sized companies, different product lines.

So you're really getting to see a little bit more choice in where you want to be and what you want to work on. Code is code, but the benefit is finding the subject matter that you're passionate about, that you can apply that to. We're seeing more of that choice, where you can really marry your technical capability to what subject matter is interesting. Because those are the most enjoyable problems to solve, when it kind of marries those two sides of yourself.

Trenton Area Soup Kitchen Selects Charityproud For CRM

After a thorough evaluation by David Schuchman of Princeton Technology Advisors, the Trenton Area Soup Kitchen (TASK) has announced Charityproud as its preferred donor management software.

Schuchman says, "Charityproud stood out to us by its delivery via the cloud, ease of use and number of tools that will consolidate many aspects of TASK's workload under one platform–-volunteers, events, donors, grants and mailings to name a few. The advanced technology, affordability, and customer service put them over the top."

TASK worked diligently with Charityproud to design a volunteer module that will create a more efficient sign-up process, as well as streamline communications from the organization to its volunteers. It provides the nonprofit with a calendar of recurring options, easy registration for individuals and groups, as well as self-assigning tasks for the organizer.

"We were impressed by Charityproud's accommodating nature to enhance the software to meet our needs. The ability to have our volunteers integrated into an organized database will allow us to serve them and our clients better," explains Executive Director, Joyce Campbell.

Charityproud founder, John Zhang, is thrilled to be working with TASK.

"A client that is forward-thinking and invested in the collaborative process of an ever-growing, cloud-based platform is very valuable. We look forward to supporting more nonprofits that rely heavily on volunteers."

Marilyn

Charleston Entrepreneur Launches Women’s Social Network

Sometimes a photo or experience feels "Facebook worthy."

You want to share it with friends, family, colleagues and anyone else who will take time to look, read and perhaps comment.

But other times, you might want to share things anonymously, without worrying what the people you know will think, says Patrice Drayton, a Charleston entrepreneur who has created a social networking application where women can do just that.

Through her app, called Marilyn's Secret, Drayton is focused on creating a community where women have the freedom to express themselves without judgment from parents, employers, friends and others.

"Being a woman, we always have to have our hats on," Drayton said. "Every day, we put on this face and we get made up, and we present ourselves to the world in the way that they want us to be presented. And it's a heavy burden."

Drayton compares her social network to therapy, without the associated cost.

"Talking about things is very therapeutic," she said. "Sometimes all you need is for someone to listen. And here at Marilyn's Secret, there are other women who will listen, and who will give you advice without shaming you."

Drayton gives the example of someone whose parents do not approve of the demographic she chooses to date. On Marilyn's Secret, she can discuss a dating relationship and receive feedback, encouragement and insight from other women without drawing negative attention from family members, who might follow her on other social networks.

One reviewer of Marilyn's Secret in the App Store compares the network to an earlier mode of online connecting: "It reminded me of the old AOL chat room days."

The app which launched in May, and is now available in both the Apple and Google app stores, had about 100 users by mid-July, Drayton said. 

Drayton has raised more than $150,000 from an angel investor and some additional funds through an Indiegogo campaign. She is seeking venture capital investment.

On Marilyn's Secret, users create a profile that could feature their own name and photo – but it doesn't have to.

That's an important difference from participating in a private group or setting privacy features on other social networks, including Instagram and Facebook, Drayton said. On those platforms, participants' profiles are still searchable and accessible through back-end routes, such as hashtags and common friends, she said.

Marilyn's Secret users go through an authentication process via Facebook to confirm they are a female.

Drayton was inspired to create the network because, having moved around throughout her life, she never stayed in one place long enough to get to know people well enough to confide in them, she said. But she longed for a community of women with whom she could be herself.

"Talking about my feelings and expressing the things that I wanted to express has really helped me become a better version of me," Drayton said.

At the same time, she heard frustrations from women around her about getting unwanted blowback from their social media posts.

Drayton said she could not find an existing app that provided the online experience she sought, so she decided to build it.

Drayton started working on Marilyn's Secret two years ago while earning her bachelor's degree in business at the College of Charleston. She worked with a development team to create the app.

The name of the app comes from actress Marilyn Monroe, whose pictures hang above Drayton's desk in a space at the Charleston Digital Corridor's Flagship building.

"Everyone knows how iconic Marilyn was and how tumultuous her life was because of the secrets she had," Drayton said. "Some of her secrets were exposed, but for the most part, I feel that women are notorious for keeping secrets, and we do that well. Sometimes too well. "

"Those secrets can hurt us and they can kill us. I honestly believe that Marilyn's secrets led her to her demise. No woman should feel the weight of those secrets on her shoulders."

Digital Corridor Announces Six New Companies At The Flagships

The Charleston Digital Corridor is pleased to announce that six tech companies have commenced operations at the Flagship tech-focused business incubator facilities located in downtown Charleston over the past three months. Of the six companies, five have expanded to Charleston from across the United States. These companies join twenty-five other companies currently in residence at the Flagships and include:

Since the Flagship and Flagship2 opened for business in 2009 and 2011 respectively, the Digital Corridor has graduated 146 companies with 25 currently in residence. These companies have attracted just under $200 million in capital investment.

Founded and headquartered in Oshkosh, Wisconsin, AdvertiseCast has chosen to set-up business development and growth operations at the Flagship. "What drew the company to the region is the burgeoning technology scene and the pool of business talent coming from local colleges," said Founder & CEO, Trevr Smithlin. "We look forward to playing a role with local job creation while also serving as a growth medium for innovative brands to reach their target customers to grow their businesses."

"It is an honor to host these wonderful tech startups through their business journey," said Charleston Digital Corridor Director, Ernest Andrade. "With the development of Flagship3, we will quadruple our capacity to host even more tech companies from around the country and cement Charleston as a premium destination for tech companies on the East Coast."

CODEcamp Kids in session

CODEcamp Kids Hits Its Stride

Fourteen middle school students sit behind Chromebook-lined tables in a conference room. A few can barely see over the top of the computer. This diverse group of students from across the Lowcountry are participating in a summer session of CODEcamp Kids, a program offered by the Charleston Digital Corridor that teaches the basics of web development.

By week's end, the students, ages 10 to 14, learned to build their own webpages, construct hyperlinked mazes and create Magic 8 Ball applications that answer questions. "They're typing every single thing out," said Katy Brockmann, one of two Moultrie Middle School science educators who lead the camp.

That's different from other coding programs where students use shortcuts, dragging and dropping blocks of code. "You have to tell this over here that it connects with that, and if you spell this wrong here, it's going to mess up over there," Brockmann said. "It's a lot. It's hard."

Brockmann and co-teacher Darren Michaels call this Version 2.0 of CODEcamp Kids. It's gone through several iterations since last summer, when they came on board, and several more before that.

As Brockmann and Michaels prepare to teach the after school program at Moultrie Middle for a second school year, they say the curriculum is ready to scale if other teachers and schools are willing to step forward to learn and teach it.

Teachers in training

CODEcamp Kids is an offshoot of the adult version of the program, which the Charleston Digital Corridor began offering in 2012. The program for middle schoolers began in 2015 and was first taught at the Charleston Digital Corridor's downtown Flagship by professional software developers.

Both the adult and student CODEcamps are designed to prepare workers in the Lowcountry for the growing number of local technology jobs.

"Traditionally we have imported workers," said Ernest Andrade, Director of the Charleston Digital Corridor Foundation. "We need programs to train those already here."

Andrade said he began the program for students because he saw a gap in school curriculum.

Brockmann and Michaels joined the effort last summer. They brought to the table their experience teaching the camp's target age group. Their involvement also enabled the Charleston Digital Corridor to offer a pilot program on weekdays after school on the campus of Moultrie Middle, making it more convenient for students and parents.

What Brockmann and Michaels did not bring was a prior experience of coding. Both volunteered to teach the course knowing they had to get up to speed on a complicated subject in a short time frame.

They spent two long days last summer in a sort of boot camp with the existing CODEcamp Kids team. They describe the training as overwhelming, involving 89 lines of code in a single day.

"We had no idea what we were doing," Brockmann said.

"Our heads were spinning last year this time," Michaels added.

You wouldn't know it to see them teaching this summer. They present the building blocks of HTML, CSS and Javascript in terms accessible to young beginners. They bounce seamlessly between instruction and assistance, keeping students on track and interested. They anticipate questions before students ask, but also encourage them to rely on one another or to find answers using online resources.

Andrade said Brockmann and Michaels have been instrumental to the program's success. He has worked with them to fine-tune the program based on student and parent feedback over the past year. For example, after a 12-week program last Fall, the team decided on two shorter eight-week sessions this past spring.

"The ultimate goal is to expand the CODEcamp Kids After School program to schools beyond Moultrie Middle to reach more students," Andrade said. "But a challenge is finding teachers who are willing to learn to code and take on the extra hours even though they are competitively compensated."

A 2016 report by Google and Gallup on computer science and coding education in public schools nationwide cited the lack of qualified teachers as a significant barrier to offering such courses. The survey also found that many schools lack money to train teachers, having to devote their resources to testing requirements. To overcome the money issue, the Charleston Digital Corridor funds the training through their iFiveK fundraising event, in addition to investments from enlightened businesses and individuals in the community.

CODEcamp Kids is funded by the Charleston Digital Corridor, a public-private partnership, and by the tuition that students pay. Tuition for the weeklong summer camp, which runs for three hours a day, is $195. The After School program, an hour-and-a-half course that runs Monday through Wednesday for eight weeks, costs $595. Essentially, the valuable code education program is just a few dollars over the price of most after school activities.

A start at Moultrie Middle

Moultrie Middle School became the first site for the CODEcamp Kids After School program in part because of teachers' and administrators' rising interest in teaching coding.

Anna Dassing, who was principal at Moultrie Middle at the time, said she and the school's teachers had been asking themselves whether they were preparing students for the world in which they will live.

"Again and again and again, coding came up," said Dassing, now principal of Lucy Beckham High School, planned to open in 2020 in Mount Pleasant.

Dassing said the focus of school computer courses has long been computer applications – like keyboarding and Microsoft Excel – rather than computer programming.

"Middle school is a crucial time for students to begin exploring coding," said Millibeth Currie, chair of the science department at Moultrie Middle School. "When students register for high school classes, the options are extensive."

"You can't do it all," Currie said. "If they don't even have it on their radar, they are not going to register and take any of those coding classes. They just won't."

Since 2001, Currie has led a program called Women in Charge, which encourages middle school girls to pursue science, mathematics and technology. The Charleston Digital Corridor supports the Women in Charge initiative at Moultrie Middle, and that connection paved the way for the school to be the first after school site for CODEcamp Kids.

"Ernest was looking for a place to plant the seed, and Moultrie just happened to be a really good, fertile ground for it," Dassing said.

Dassing and Currie say schools should institute coding as part of middle school curriculum. "That's what needs to happen," Currie said. "That's what the workforce is saying. They are begging us, 'Please, introduce this earlier.'"

For the time being, the tuition-based CODEcamp Kids is a good starting point, they said. "I think sometimes you have to go slower in order to go faster later," Dassing said.

Pioneering the course

Brockmann and Michaels say the fine-tuning of the program over the past year should make it easier to recruit and train new teachers in the future. They have revised the curriculum based on what's worked best, and a new software platform has improved the flow. They would train teachers the way they now teach the students, they said.

The expertise that the pair has developed with the course didn't come overnight.

They describe last fall's pilot program as a learn-as-you-go effort, with hours spent in the evenings preparing to teach the next afternoon's camp. They recall weekend meetings to iron out kinks and frantic troubleshooting messages sent to each other during the school day. "Here she was trying to teach, and I'm like, 'Katy, we are on in two hours. How are we going to get this down?'" Michaels said.

What drew the teachers to the extra assignment?

Michaels said he jumped at the chance to learn something different. "Most teachers could go in and teach 15 or 30 years of the same subject. That freaks me out," said Michaels, whose regular courses include robotics, forensics and flight and space. "Every two or three years, I need something new."

For Brockmann, it was the money.

"I was like, 'I'm not making it as a teacher. I have to make ends meet,'" said Brockmann, whose courses include robotics and civil engineering. "And this opportunity for a $40-an-hour, extra kind of thing came up in an email from our head of the science department."

Brockmann and Michaels say any teacher could lead a CODEcamp Kids session – not just science teachers. "As long as they have the passion for it and they are committed, I think anyone can teach it," Brockmann said.

Program's reach

Last fall, 14 students participated in the CODEcamp Kids After School program at Moultrie Middle School, and 11 were on a waitlist. Two shorter sessions in the spring brought a total of 17 more students.

Two summer camp sessions in July, held at the Charleston Digital Corridor's downtown Flagship building, saw a total of 21 middle school students. "CODEcamp Kids exceeded our expectations and hopes. Our daughter thoroughly enjoyed the program, learned a great deal and continues to learn by using some of the online software recommended by the friendly and engaging educators," said Melinda D.

Brockmann and Michaels plan another fall semester of CODEcamp Kids After School at Moultrie Middle. The program is open to students from other middle schools.

"At this age, children are not afraid of computers," Michaels said. "Some are more comfortable on computers than holding a pen and paper, and more comfortable with technology than their parents."

"Don't be afraid to do this," he added. "Instead of playing with the apps, instead of playing the video games, you could actually learn how to make them."

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Intro to Web Development

CODEcamp is a continuing tech education program designed for busy adults exploring a potential new career in the software industry or working professionals seeking a career change. Students learn the fundamentals of web development (HTML, CSS & Javascript) in a hands-on classroom environment. This CODEcamp class:

  • Introduces coding & web development in a convenient and affordable after-hours format
  • Help uncover a passion and potential career in the high-wage, high-demand tech industry
  • Features a balance of lecture & lab with students writing code from the very first class
  • Are delivered by passionate professionals from Charleston's tech companies

Learn more and register HERE.

Fridays @ the Corridor - Expanding Voice Interaction Technology to the Mobile, Noisy World

Amazon, Google, and now Apple have brought us a Star Trek technology - talking instead of typing to a computer that actually works! At least it does when you are in a quiet, indoor environment, such as your home or office.

At the August Fridays @ the Corridor, Wave Sciences Corporation Founder & CEO, Keith McElveen, will discuss how Wave Sciences built its hearing-in-noise and over-distance technologies that work for people and devices and where they can go from here as voice becomes the everyday computer interface that people want to use everywhere. Learn more and register HERE.

Amazon Lex and Using NodeJS MicroJS/Redux As a Pattern for Building Bots

Please join us for an AWSome talk from Tom Wilson as he presents, "Introducing Amazon Lex and Using NodeJS MicroJS/Redux as a Pattern for Building Bots."

Why Redux is a great fit for UX Apps?

It turns out to be a great solution for managing any kind of state, and working with Lex and bots, it's all about state management.

In this talk Tom will provide the following:

* Introduction to Amazon Lex and API

* How to leverage Redux to manage Fulfillments of Intents for Lex

* Demo of a simple working bot

Learn more HERE.

Fridays @ the Corridor - Innovation Spotlight: Ceterus

Any entrepreneur will tell you that building a successful start-up company is extremely challenging - requiring focus and tenacity. At our September Fridays, Ceterus Founder & CEO, Levi Morehouse will discuss the inspiration behind the formation of Ceterus, the challenges he has encountered along the way and how he is overcoming these business challenges to become one of the most successful start-ups in Charleston. Learn more and register HERE.

CODEcamp Meetup

Technology is in every aspect of our lives. Attend our CODEcamp meetup to learn the basis of what drives the technology we use every day. It may just spark an interest that leads you to pursue a career in web development.

During the CODecamp meetup, you will:

  • Learn about our Introduction to Web Development course
  • Meet our expert instructors
  • Hear about tech ed opportunities beyond CODEcamp

Register HERE.

Intro to Web Development

CODEcamp is a continuing tech education program designed for busy adults exploring a potential new career in the software industry or working professionals seeking a career change. Students learn the fundamentals of web development (HTML, CSS & Javascript) in a hands-on classroom environment. This CODEcamp class:

  • Introduces coding & web development in a convenient and affordable after-hours format
  • Help uncover a passion and potential career in the high-wage, high-demand tech industry
  • Features a balance of lecture & lab with students writing code from the very first class
  • Are delivered by passionate professionals from Charleston's tech companies

Learn more and register HERE.

Revolve Conference

Revolve is an event for people seeking to grow their careers or businesses through better design and smarter marketing. Learn more and register HERE.