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Wednesday April 25, 2018 9:00am - Friday April 27, 2018 5:00pm
Gaillard Center Grand Ballroom

2:00pm

6:00pm

Upload Charleston Welcome Shindig | The Cedar Room at Mercantile & Mash – Presented by Charleston County Economic Development
Upload Charleston is the official opening night celebration of DIG SOUTH Tech Conference. Craft brews, exotic bites and new connections await.
Shindig Sponsor: Charleston County Economic Development
Launch Sponsor: TBA
 

Sponsors
avatar for Charleston County Economic Development

Charleston County Economic Development

The Charleston County Economic Development Department is dedicated to recruiting new business, growing existing industry and improving the Charleston business climate.



Wednesday April 25, 2018 6:00pm - 8:00pm
The Cedar Room at Mercantile & Mash 701 East Bay Street
 
Thursday, April 26
 

7:00am

Registration Open
Knowledge and networking await.

Thursday April 26, 2018 7:00am - 5:00pm
Gaillard Center Downstairs Lobby

7:00am

8:00am

9:00am

Super Keynote 1 | "How Stinky is Your Cheese?" – Creating Iconic Advantage from the Start
It isn't always the biggest, baddest or fastest mousetrap that gets the mice...it's the one with the stinkiest cheese.

Reaching Iconic Status is the highest and most profitable form of branding.  The first step in achieving this is to create stinky cheese by developing signature elements that are distinctive and relevant. Come learn how successful businesses, from fortune 500 companies to startups, rise above their competition by developing signature elements that create Iconic Advantage.

Key Takeaways:      
  • Iconic Status is the highest and most profitable form of branding      
  • Creating signature elements is the first step in creating greater iconicity

Speakers
avatar for Soon Yu

Soon Yu

Author, CEO, SCY Advantage Corp
Soon Yu is an international speaker and best selling author on innovation and design who has been featured in the Wall Street Journal, Washington Post, Entrepreneur Magazine and New York Times. His book, Iconic Advantage®, challenges businesses, from Fortune 500 to venture-backed... Read More →



Thursday April 26, 2018 9:00am - 9:45am
Grand 2 – Business Stage Sponsored by Oracle

9:00am

Exhibitor Lounges Open
Explore two floors of unique exhibitor experiences at the Charleston Gaillard Center. Learn about the latest gear, check out tech-lifestyle products and services and network in a creatively-rad atmosphere.

Thursday April 26, 2018 9:00am - 6:00pm
Gaillard Center Grand Ballroom

10:00am

Dave Knox Discusses "Predicting The Turn: The High Stakes Game of Business Between Startups & Blue Chips"
About Dave Knox
As a brand marketer, venture investor, and startup advisor, Dave Knox bridges the worlds of the Fortune 500 and entrepreneurship. Dave is the author of Predicting The Turn: The High Stakes Game of Business Between Startups and Blue Chips and the former CMO for Rockfish and Managing Director of WPP Ventures. Prior to Rockfish / WPP, Knox was a seven-year veteran of Procter & Gamble, where he was instrumental in the digital turnaround that led to P&G being named to AdAge’s Digital A-List. Dave is a Managing Partner in the VC firm Vine St. Ventures and is the co-founder of The Brandery one of the top startup accelerators in the country. Dave speaks frequently on digital innovation, including keynotes at NRFTech, Back End of Innovation, Mashable Connect, SXSW, TEDx and iMedia Summit.

About Predicting The Turn
Winner of 2017 Atticus Award Grand Prix, the best-selling Predicting The Turn is your rulebook for the new game of high-stakes business. For business leaders who want to better understand the impact of innovation and how to respond, Predicting The Turn has been praised as “the best book since Clayton Christensen’s ‘The Innovator’s Dilemma'” and a “wake-up call for the Fortune 500.”

Speakers
avatar for Dave Knox

Dave Knox

Author, Investor, & Brand Marketer, Predicting The Turn
As a Brand Builder, Venture Investor, and Startup Advisor, Dave Knox brings a blend of classical marketing acumen along with entrepreneurial instinct to navigate a changing business landscape. He is recognized throughout the industry as an innovator that bridges the worlds between... Read More →



Thursday April 26, 2018 10:00am - 10:35am
Grand 2 – Business Stage Sponsored by Oracle

10:00am

Demand Generation: Growth Hacking Your Most Engaged and Savvy Customers | Sponsored by BoomTown
Sponsored by BoomTown! 

  • Moderator: Rivers Pearce, Director of Industry Relations, BoomTown
    • BoomTown is a fast growing, web-based software company specializing in an end-to-end marketing solution for real estate.  This includes an in-house digital marketing agency for lead generation, cutting-edge IDX real estate websites, and a full-featured customer relationship management system. Recently ranked as the 8th fastest growing software company nationwide on the 2012 Inc 500 list, our flagship product is being used by top-producing real estate brokerages and teams across the country.  
  • Sangram Vajre, CMO, Terminus
    • Founded in 2014, Terminus is the leading account-based marketing platform that enables B2B marketers to target accounts, engage decision-makers, and accelerate marketing and sales pipeline velocity at scale. Companies such as Salesforce, WP Engine, Vidyard, and Rosetta Stone use Terminus as a foundational platform for ABM. Learn more at Terminus.com.

Speakers
avatar for Brian Handly

Brian Handly

Founder & CEO, Reveal Mobile
Foursquare’s location data is off the charts, and even Snap acquired Placed to build out its location-based marketing strategy. Location data is nothing new, but its impact continues to evolve and reshape digital marketing––particularly in recent years. Why has location data... Read More →
avatar for Sam Lederman

Sam Lederman

Growth Manager, Shipt
Sam Lederman is the Growth Manager overseeing membership acquisition at Shipt, the fastest growing on-demand grocery delivery service in the US. With a data-driven approach, his team has been able to triple its member-base while halving acquisition cost via an array of digital strategies... Read More →
avatar for Rivers Pearce

Rivers Pearce

Director of Industry Relations, BoomTown!
Director of Marketing for BoomTown, an online real estate platform based in Charleston, SC. Rivers has over 8 years experience in the online marketing and advertising space, working with numerous Fortune 500 companies across the e-commerce, travel and real estate verticals.After receiving... Read More →
avatar for Sangram Vajre

Sangram Vajre

Co-founder and Chief Evangelist, Terminus
Sangram Vajre has quickly built a reputation as one of the leading minds in B2B marketing. Before co-founding Terminus, a SaaS platform for account-based marketing, Sangram led the marketing team at Pardot through its acquisition by ExactTarget and then Salesforce. Since the Terminus... Read More →



Thursday April 26, 2018 10:00am - 10:35am
Grand 3 – Marketing Stage Sponsored by Benefitfocus

10:00am

The Blockchain Revolution Begins: Are You Ready for DAOs and the assets that fund them?
Blockchain is still an early-stage, revolutionary technology with potential both known and unknown. For example, what is a DAO? What is a crypto-currency? What exactly are ICOs and how do I get in on the game? Should they be regulated? And what should that regulation focus on?

Dave Weisberger, Co-founder/CEO of CoinRoutes.

About CoinRoutes
Save money by trading across multiple Crypto-Asset Exchanges from our simple interface or APIs. CoinRoutes Patent Pending Client-Deployed SOR allows clients to retain complete control over their exchange keys and wallets.

Speakers
avatar for Dave Weisberger

Dave Weisberger

CEO / Co-founder, CoinRoutes
David Weisberger, CEO of CoinRoutes LLC and Head of Crypto & Equity Market Structure at ViableMkts has over 30 years of experience in market structure, quantitative finance, and trading automation.  Mr. Weisberger started his career in technology, where he built the first program... Read More →



Thursday April 26, 2018 10:00am - 10:35am
Grand 1 – Technology Stage Sponsored by ESW Capital

10:00am

VIP Lounge Open
Thursday April 26, 2018 10:00am - 3:00pm
VIP Lounge Gaillard Center

10:45am

From Startup to Enterprise: the Path to Rapid Growth | Sponsored by Oracle
Limited Capacity seats available

The road to the new digital economy is littered with companies that once dominated their marketspace and are now gone, bankrupt, struggling or no longer relevant. This disruption crosses every industry and has been made possible by cloud technologies that have lowered the barriers to market entry. Cloud is the digital economy’s new standard as it supports growth, agility, performance, and cost efficiency. And a handful of vendors are surfacing as key providers. Join us to hear from Kiran Kodithala, President & CEO of N2N Services, a high growth startup, as he discusses how a cloud infrastructure solution from Oracle helped him significantly cut costs and build a better business foundation that gives his company the upper hand while supporting an aggressive growth strategy.
 
About Kiran
Kiran Kodithala is the founder and CEO of N2N Inc. (n2nintegration.com). Mr. Kodithala founded N2N with a mission to create an interoperable enterprise to support customers, vendors, administrators, and other staff and bring about efficiencies and economies of scale.

In addition to leading N2N Inc., Mr. Kodithala serves as President for OpenEAI SoftwareFoundation. Mr. Kodithala is actively engaged in several philanthropic activities to reduce illiteracy and promote awareness about climate change.

About N2N Inc.
N2N believes that a seamless, turnkey and secure enterprise data integration platformcan enable new business models and bring about efficiencies in the cloud-native world.N2N's flagship product, Illuminate is one of the first Cloud Integration Gateways on themarket. N2N Illuminate features API Management, API Security, and API Integration ina completely turnkey SaaS platform.

Loren Feldman is Senior Editor for Entrepreneurship, Forbes

Moderators
avatar for Loren Feldman

Loren Feldman

Senior Editor- Entrepreneurship, Forbes
Loren Feldman is a senior editor at Forbes, responsible for entrepreneurial coverage in print and online. He also co-hosts a call-in show for business owners, Mind Your Business, on Sirius XM's Wharton business network. His previous job was small-business editor of The New York Times... Read More →

Speakers
avatar for Kiran Kodithala

Kiran Kodithala

CEO, N2N Services
Kiran Kodithala is the founder and CEO of N2N Integration (n2nintegration.com). Mr. Kodithala founded N2N with a mission to create an interoperable enterprise to support customers, vendors, administrators, and other staff and bring about efficiencies and economies of scale.In addition... Read More →



Thursday April 26, 2018 10:45am - 11:20am
Grand 2 – Business Stage Sponsored by Oracle

10:45am

Storytelling and Content Creation in the Digital Arena
ABOUT MEGAN OEPEN
An award-winning Creative Director and Live Action Director, Meg has spent more than 18 years working with major broadcast and sports clients, including Under Armour, Red Bull, Google, the NBA, MLB, PGA and NASCAR, as well as clients like Dove Beauty, Gatorade, Sprite, ESPN, Delta Air Lines, Home Depot, Regal Cinemas, Chick-Fil-A and Yahoo! Sports. She’s got a soft spot for in-camera tricks, composition and animation, and loves to fuse live action and studio created worlds.
Meg earned her master’s degree in International Marketing Management and Branding from Boston University and her undergraduate degree from the College of Charleston. She understands campaign execution from both the production side and the client side, and brings a keen sense of understanding and innovative strategy to each of her projects.



Speakers
avatar for Jeremy Brodey

Jeremy Brodey

Global Director of Entertainment + Branded Partnerships, Under Armour
Strong, relationship driven marketer with 15+ years of experience in a wide variety of areas within a brand. 130th person hired by Under Armour in 2002 and over the years, not much I haven't touched.Including but certainly not limited to:-Advertising Campaigns (Print/TV/Digital)-Cross... Read More →
avatar for Matthew Hoppe

Matthew Hoppe

Art Director/ Motion Graphics, Under Armour
avatar for Jay Michelfelder

Jay Michelfelder

Global Director of Film & Video, Under Armour
Experienced Photography, Creative and Production Director with over 10 years of experience working in advertising, photography, digital and print media. Currently, I work as Under Armour’s Global Production Director, Photography, leading a team of internal and external photographers... Read More →
avatar for Megan Oepen

Megan Oepen

Head of Content House, Under Armour
An award-winning Creative Director and Live Action Director, Meg has spent more than 18 years working with major broadcast and sports clients, including Under Armour, Red Bull, Google, the NBA, MLB, PGA and NASCAR, as well as clients like Dove Beauty, Gatorade, Sprite, ESPN, Delta... Read More →



Thursday April 26, 2018 10:45am - 11:20am
Grand 3 – Marketing Stage Sponsored by Benefitfocus

10:45am

VR & AR: Reality Redefined: Preparing Your Company for Life After Screens
Over the past 70 years, computers have moved from labs into our lives – a slow-motion merger with our brains that shows no signs of stopping. Everywhere we look these days, computers call to us from every corner: on billboards, TVs, laptops, phones, watches, in our cars and even on our kitchen countertops.  Our 5G future may include artificial intelligence, blockchain, and IoT, but these are all invisible ingredients. How can we envision what’s next?  Augmented Reality and VR are merging our digital and physical worlds. Your next screen will be no screen at all.  So, how can you prepare?  Join VR / AR leader John Buzzell as goes beyond beginner-level to explain how leaders are preparing for this heads-up and hands-free future. #VR #AR #VirtualReality #AugmentedReality #Immersive
 
ABOUT JOHN BUZZELL
John Buzzell is an award-winning veteran of the digital industry and president of YOU ARE HERE, a leading immersive technology partner that helps agencies, brands and companies market and train with Augmented Reality & VR. Clients include AT&T, Porsche, Cartoon Network, the NBA, Carnival Cruise lines and NBC Sports. Buzzell chairs the global VR/AR Association’s Marketing Industry Committee and leads its Atlanta chapter.

ABOUT YOU ARE HERE
You Are Here is an immersive experience lab that uses a strategic mix of innovation and immersive technologies like Augmented and Virtual Reality to educate, engage and excite people at retail, trade shows, and events all over the world. We use technology to help people feel things and understand concepts that lead measurable experiences for customers and brands.  Our work in AR, VR and display technologies attracts and engages potential customers 4-5x more effectively than traditional methods.

Speakers
avatar for John Buzzell

John Buzzell

President, You Are Here Labs
John Buzzell is an award-winning veteran of the digital industry and president of YOU ARE HERE Labs ( http://www.youareherecorp.com/ ), a leading immersive technology partner that helps agencies, brands and companies market and train with Augmented Reality & VR. Clients include AT&T... Read More →



Thursday April 26, 2018 10:45am - 11:20am
Grand 1 – Technology Stage Sponsored by ESW Capital

11:00am

Lunch on George Street Open – Dine anytime between 11AM – 1PM
Limited Capacity seats available

Grab mobile delights at your leisure!
Delicious fare from Coastal Crust, Charleston Crepe Co., Dashi & MOMO Gastrotruck
Lunch included with VIP badge.
Lunch available for purchase with standard badge.
Please note there is no food allowed in the Sessions.


Thursday April 26, 2018 11:00am - 1:00pm
George Street Food Truck Café (outside) Parking Lot Across the Street from George Street Entrance to Gaillard

11:30am

Investing in the South: Economic Indicators, Startup Ecosystems and the State of Deal Flow | Sponsored by CRDA
Limited Capacity seats available

ABOUT CRDA
The Charleston Regional Development Alliance serves as a catalyst for long-term regional prosperity by attracting the world’s best companies, talent, and entrepreneurs.

Moderator: Alexander Chalmers, Partner, IronBridge Capital

Paul Iaffaldano, Buckhead Investment Partners
Buckhead Investment Partners, Inc. is a closely held Texas corporation specializing in multifamily real estate development, ownership and operation; Funding Incorporated is a closely held Texas corporation and an approved Multifamily Accelerated Processing ("MAP") Lender specializing in the origination and funding of FHA-insured multifamily mortgage products.

Frank Dalton, Partner, Fulcrum Equity Partners
Fulcrum Equity Partners manages over $350 million and makes equity investments in rapidly growing business that are led by strong entrepreneurs and management teams. We target companies within the healthcare, B2B SaaS and technology enabled services industries. We provide financing to meet a wide range of needs including: internal growth initiatives, acquisitions, shareholder liquidity, buy-outs, recapitalizations, and divestitures.

Amy Salzhauer, Managing Partner at Good Growth Capital
Good Growth Capital is a venture capital fund focused on early stage technology companies, primarily in South Carolina and the Southeast, leveraging proximity to closely support our founders and connect portfolio companies to each other


Speakers
avatar for Alex Chalmers

Alex Chalmers

Managing Partner, Iron Bridge Capital
Alex Chalmers is a Managing Partner at Iron Bridge Capital Partners, a Charleston, SC based private equity manager focused on real estate and technology investments. Iron Bridge is currently developing the first dedicated class A office building in Charleston focused on tech and tech-related... Read More →
avatar for Frank Dalton

Frank Dalton

Partner, Fulcrum Equity Partners
avatar for Paul Iaffaldano

Paul Iaffaldano

Managing Partner, BIP Capital
I invest in new technologies that revolutionize the digital media and marketing industries. I provide insight and experience that help new companies identify their best customers and develop winning sales strategies.In the last five years I have had several successful exits. Working... Read More →
avatar for Amy Salzhauer

Amy Salzhauer

Managing Partner, Good Growth Capital
Started multiple science-based startups out of MIT, Harvard, and Columbia University, including raising multi-million dollar VC Series A rounds while starting Ember Corporation, Lilliputian Systems, and SiOnyxFounder & CEO of Ignition Ventures10+ years in sourcing and advising startup... Read More →



Thursday April 26, 2018 11:30am - 12:10pm
Grand 2 – Business Stage Sponsored by Oracle

11:30am

Leveraging Consumer Neuroscience in the Age of Distraction
Limited Capacity seats available

The bar has never been higher for brands. Consumers are more distracted than ever, with shrinking attention spans and greater choice in how and where they consume media.
 
So how can marketers know if their messages broke through the clutter? How will they know if the creative was strong enough to beat the onslaught of advertising and make an emotional and lasting connection with their consumers? Asking and telling isn’t always enough. It was hard enough in the pre-digital age. Our brains cannot consciously process everything that happens around us – let alone verbally relay it with accuracy.
 
To gain real insights, we need methods that do not depend on what consumers can’t provide, but rather on what they can. Non-conscious, unbiased, neurobiological based responses. Consumer neuroscience delivers insights that go deeper than asking someone a question or having them fill out a survey.
 
Modern challenges require modern solutions.


Speakers
avatar for Dr. Carl Marci

Dr. Carl Marci

Chief Neuroscientist, Nielsen Consumer Neuroscience
Dr. Carl D. Marci is Chief Neuroscientist at Nielsen Consumer Neuroscience and co-founder, former Chairman of the Board, and former Chief Science Officer of Innerscope Research. Nielsen acquired Innerscope Research in May 2015. He still holds the position of Assistant Clinical Professor... Read More →



Thursday April 26, 2018 11:30am - 12:10pm
Grand 3 – Marketing Stage Sponsored by Benefitfocus

11:30am

Purpose-Driven Software: Product Development Designed to Grow Your Brand | Sponsored by 3Pillar Global
Speakers
avatar for Matthew Brown

Matthew Brown

Vice President of Design & User Experience, Benefitfocus
Matthew Brown is the Vice President of Design & User Experience for Benefitfocus. Since joining the company in 2004, Brown has been integral in implementing the company's design vision and company culture blueprint. He is responsible for the company's UI/UX styles and standards, integrating... Read More →
avatar for David DeWolf

David DeWolf

CEO, 3Pillar Global
David DeWolf lives at the intersection of business, technology, and leadership. He’s the Founder and CEO of 3Pillar Global, a global digital software development company. David is also an angel investor and an advisor to high growth companies. He serves on the board of directors... Read More →
avatar for Arvind Raichur

Arvind Raichur

Co-Founder & CEO, MrOwl
Arvind is the co-founder and CEO of MrOwl, a Community Interest Engine™ that brings together the best of social, search, and digital organization all in one app. He was one of the early pioneers of internet "organization". Prior to the web categorization we have grown to depend... Read More →
avatar for Doug Ransdell

Doug Ransdell

Senior Designer, Smashing Boxes
I’m a graphic designer based in Durham, North Carolina that specializes in brand development and interactive design. I have strong problem solving skills, work well with others, and enjoy seeing projects through from concept to completion. I’ve been fortunate to work with a variety... Read More →
avatar for Ben Wong

Ben Wong

Senior Manager, Internet Services, Blackbaud
BEN WONG (@bunmun) is the Senior Manager of Internet Services at Blackbaud, a leading cloud software company powering social good. He is also the Co-Founder of Birthdays For All (birthdaysforall.org), a nonprofit that provides birthday presents to foster children in the Charleston... Read More →



Thursday April 26, 2018 11:30am - 12:10pm
Grand 1 – Technology Stage Sponsored by ESW Capital

12:55pm

Welcome to Charleston: Honorable John J. Tecklenburg, Mayor, City of Charleston
Speakers
avatar for John J. Tecklenburg

John J. Tecklenburg

Mayor, City of Charleston
Charleston Mayor John Tecklenburg spent much of his career as a businessman and entrepreneur—a family legacy that began with the opening of his great-great-grandfather’s corner grocery store at St. Phillip and Wentworth streets in 1867. Mayor Tecklenburg founded Southern Oil Company... Read More →



Thursday April 26, 2018 12:55pm - 1:00pm
Grand 2 – Business Stage Sponsored by Oracle

1:00pm

Super Keynote 2 – Think Like a Journalist: How to Get Press for Your Business | Sponsored by Vertical Holdings
Limited Capacity seats available

Media attention can help catapult a business, but few entrepreneurs actually know how to get it. They’re stuck at the basic questions: How do you get a reporter’s attention? How do you tell your story in a way that’s compelling? Do you need to hire a publicist? In this keynote, Entrepreneur magazine editor-in-chief Jason Feifer explains the secret: To get press, you first need to think like a journalist. He’ll explain when is the right time to seek out media attention, how to make the approach, and how to tell your story in a way that’ll hook a reporter. And he’ll also open up his own inbox, to give you a peek into the kinds of pitches he gets -- and where many entrepreneurs go wrong.

Speakers
avatar for Jason Feifer

Jason Feifer

Editor-in-Chief, Entrepreneur Magazine
Jason Feifer is editor-in-chief of Entrepreneur magazine, and host of two podcasts: Pessimists Archive (iTunes, site), about the history of unfounded fears of innovation, and Problem Solvers (iTunes, site), about how entrepreneurs solve unexpected problems in their business.He was previously an editor at Fast Company, Men's Health, Maxim, and Boston, and has written for New York, ESPN, Slate, GQ, New York Times, Washington Post, The Guardian, and others. A novel he cowrote with his... Read More →



Thursday April 26, 2018 1:00pm - 1:35pm
Grand 2 – Business Stage Sponsored by Oracle

1:45pm

An Entrepreneur is an Attitude: A Fireside Chat with Chief Big Ass Carey Smith | Sponsored by mAccounting
Carey Smith’s tenacity and good eye for great products led him to create Big Ass Fans in 1999. Bootstrapping from day one, he successfully ran the Kentucky-based ceiling fan and lighting manufacturer until its sale in December 2017 for $500 million. More than 10 percent went to  100+ employees with stock appreciation rights, including 15 who became millionaires. An eternal entrepreneur, Carey is already working on his next venture: finding small companies and startups with big potential and helping them grow. Carey has won numerous awards for leadership, including Inc. Magazine’s Economy Hero and Ernst & Young Entrepreneur of the Year for the region. He was a regular contributor to Inc. Magazine and is frequently interviewed as an expert on starting and running a business, including outlets such as the New York Times, CNN, the Wall Street Journal and Forbes.

Loren Feldman is a senior editor at Forbes, responsible for entrepreneurial coverage in print and online. He also co-hosts a call-in show for business owners, Mind Your Business, on Sirius XM's Wharton business network. His previous job was small-business editor of The New York Times, where he created the You’re the Boss small-business blog. He has also been editor of the Web sites at both Inc. and FastCompany. Before going digital, he was a top editor and writer for print magazines such as Inc., Philadelphia, Manhattan,inc., the American Lawyer, Money, and George. He has also written for GQ, The New York Times magazine and The New York Times Sunday Business section. And he has spoken and conducted interviews at numerous conferences and seminars on entrepreneurship. On Twitter, he's @lfeldman.

Speakers
avatar for Loren Feldman

Loren Feldman

Senior Editor- Entrepreneurship, Forbes
Loren Feldman is a senior editor at Forbes, responsible for entrepreneurial coverage in print and online. He also co-hosts a call-in show for business owners, Mind Your Business, on Sirius XM's Wharton business network. His previous job was small-business editor of The New York Times... Read More →
avatar for Carey Smith

Carey Smith

Founder, Big Ass Solutions
Carey Smith’s tenacity and good eye for great products led him to create Big Ass Fans in 1999. Bootstrapping from day one, he successfully ran the Kentucky-based ceiling fan and lighting manufacturer until its sale in December 2017 for $500 million. More than 10 percent went to... Read More →



Thursday April 26, 2018 1:45pm - 2:20pm
Grand 2 – Business Stage Sponsored by Oracle

1:45pm

Anthrotech: The Very Familiar Future of our Relationship with Technology
You’re attached to your smartphone. But do you know why? It’s because you have a deep and personal relationship with it, a relationship that you’ve never had with another phone before. It’s a relationship that is almost human. We are in the first of several waves of the anthrotech movement, a movement that is making technology more human. Join Kit Hughes as he dreams about the future of friends, education, advertising, and the workforce in an eerily familiar anthrotech future.

KIT HUGHES, CEO, Look Listen

Kit Hughes is a typical technology entrepreneur. He dropped out of college to start a company (it failed), spent a period of time homeless (by choice), and became an overnight success (slowly).

Eventually, Kit returned to school as a two-time research fellow at the University of Georgia, leading experimental technology research projects and exploring mobile computing and connected devices. He credits his business smarts to his studies in strategy and innovation at MIT.

In his agency career, Kit has worked with a variety of B2B and B2C brands across multiple touchpoints: AnheuserBusch, BP, Char-Broil, Coca-Cola, Flextronics, GE, NCR, Philips and Steve Harvey.

He co-founded Look Listen with his collaborator in punk bands, Paul Sternberg. Under Kit’s leadership as CEO, Look Listen was recognized as one of the fastest growing privately held companies in the US by hitting #408 on the INC 500 in 2015—staying on the list three years in a row—and has been in the top 100 fastest growing companies in Atlanta three years in a row, according to the Atlanta Business Chronicle Pacesetter Awards.

Speakers
avatar for Kit Hughes

Kit Hughes

CEO, Look Listen
For almost 20 years, playing in rock bands, creating technology-inspired drawings and sculptures, designing packaging for Anheuser-Busch and Coca-Cola, shaping retail experiences for BP and Valvoline, studying strategy and innovation at MIT Sloan, speaking about brand strategy at... Read More →



Thursday April 26, 2018 1:45pm - 2:20pm
Grand 1 – Technology Stage Sponsored by ESW Capital

1:45pm

The New CMO: Why Product Development Experience Now Defines the Role
The role of CMO has evolved significantly thanks to rapid changes in the product development process (including more frequent launches and instant customer response to products.) As a result, it’s become increasingly important for top marketing and operations executives to have constant access to - and collaboration with - the product teams. As Chief Operating Officer of Snagajob, Jocelyn Mangan manages not only marketing and day to day company operations, but also the engineers and product developers for the company’s technology suite. With an extensive background in product management, Jocelyn will explain why it is increasingly important for top executives, specifically CMOs, to oversee and interact with their product teams. All too often, CMOs lose sight of the importance of being involved in the development of new products as a strategic way to facilitate growth and produce winning marketing strategies. Marketers have instead focused their attention on short-lived goals to drive business expansion, when building long-term collaborative strategies have the ability to bring more success. Product development processes play an integral role in shaping a company’s objectives and reach to target customers, making it essential for top executives to understand the systematic process of what it takes to bring a product to the market. The new CMO knows the value in understanding a product from conceptualization to market entry and the benefits it generates for marketing. In this session, Jocelyn will give insight into the value of collaboration between CMOs and product teams and what this new, cross-border role means for companies seeking new customers. Marketing executives will learn how to better align the product, design, marketing and engineering teams into a single org that can result in better products, happier customers, and higher sales.

After this session, you’ll be able to:
- Build and sell better products with this new cross-border role for CMOs.
- Toss out the traditional org chart and place marketing and product teams under one umbrella.
- Map teams to areas of focus, rather than disciplines.
- Improve efficiency across the company by sharing cross-functional goals that are based on outcomes, not features.
- Understand why it’s important to “picture” and “market” to your customer.

Speakers
avatar for Jocelyn Mangan

Jocelyn Mangan

COO, Snagajob
The role of CMO has evolved significantly thanks to rapid changes in the product development process (including more frequent launches and instant customer response to products.) As a result, it’s become increasingly important for top marketing and operations executives to have... Read More →



Thursday April 26, 2018 1:45pm - 2:20pm
Grand 3 – Marketing Stage Sponsored by Benefitfocus

2:30pm

Generations: the Evolving Life Stages of Customers (Consumers) and What that Means for Your Business and Brand
Tery Spataro, Executive Vice President & Innovation Director, CCG Catalyst Consulting Group

Speakers
avatar for Tery Spataro

Tery Spataro

Executive VP & Innovation Director, CCG Catalyst Consulting Group
"The real connection is between the brand and customer, rather than just the stuff."Not your ordinary labcoat researcher! Curiosity drives Tery's passion and ambition to create customer experiences that improve the life of the customer. She synthesizes data for insights, uses design... Read More →



Thursday April 26, 2018 2:30pm - 3:05pm
Grand 2 – Business Stage Sponsored by Oracle

2:30pm

The Future of FinTech: What Does the Disruption of Financial Services Mean for Your Business? | Sponsored by Parker Poe
A discussion of the latest fintech trends including blockchain, cryptocurrencies, emerging markets, crowdfunding, security and other financial services innovations.



Speakers
avatar for Jason Davis

Jason Davis

CEO, Hoard Inc
avatar for Jason Grad

Jason Grad

CEO, Bstow
Jason Grad is the founder and CEO of Bstow, the leading all-in-one mobile fundraising platform. An award-winning entrepreneur, he is a Techstars and Venture for America mentor and a former top salesperson at Yelp, where he also co-led the Yelp Foundation 501(c)(3).Grad's company... Read More →
avatar for Dan Roselli

Dan Roselli

Co-Founder, Packard Place
Dan and his business partner and wife, Sara Garcés, are co-founders of Packard Place which focuses on the core values of "Innovation. Entrepreneurship. Community.” Packard Place is devoted to developing fast growth entrepreneurial companies and has over 100 companies as residents... Read More →
avatar for Jeremy Welch

Jeremy Welch

Founder, CEO, Casa
Jeremy Welch is the Founder of Casa, the best personal key system on the planet.



Thursday April 26, 2018 2:30pm - 3:05pm
Grand 1 – Technology Stage Sponsored by ESW Capital

2:30pm

The Future of TV Advertising in Today’s Digital World
  • Moderator: Todd Johnson, VP, Emerging Technology, YuMe by RhythmOne
  • Susan Engleson, Senior Director of Product, comScore
  • Mary Catherine Wallace, Media Supervisor, DRUM
  • Matthew Durgin, Director of Smart TV Content Innovation, LG Electronics

With nearly 3 in 4 households using Connected TV (CTV) on a daily basis, marketers must consider shifts in device preference and behavior to reach and influence connected consumers. The role of CTV - which includes internet-connected Smart TVs, streaming media devices, game consoles, and Blu-ray disc players - is fast becoming integral to digital advertising campaigns. But is CTV ultimately here to complement or cannibalize broadcast TV? In this panel, the future of TV advertising will be debated and discussed, offering insight into the ways in which traditional TV and CTV can coexist and highlighting the success of CTV campaigns to date.

ABOUT YUME
YuMe by RhythmOne is a leading provider of video and connected TV inventory, unique consumer insights, and cross-screen targeting technology, helping global advertisers better reach and engage consumers wherever and however they consume video content. YuMe's strong demand offering is backed by the supply-side strength of RhythmOne's industry-leading programmatic platform, which provides access to data-driven audience targeting in a verified, brand-safe environment. RhythmOne's end-to-end platform - coupled with the world-class service of its account teams - provides more direct, efficient and effective connections, driving ROI for advertisers and publishers. Founded in 2004 in the UK, RhythmOne is headquartered in San Francisco with offices in the US, UK, Europe, APAC and Canada. For more information, please visit www.rhythmone.com.

Speakers
avatar for Matthew Durgin

Matthew Durgin

Director of Smart TV Content Innovation, LG Electronics
Matthew Durgin is Director of Smart TV Content Innovation for LG Electronics, USA. He has built more than 50 partnerships including Netflix, Amazon, Hulu, Sling TV and many more for LG within the past 10 years and brought these services into hundreds of LG's connected electronics... Read More →
avatar for Susan Engleson

Susan Engleson

Senior Director of Product, comScore
In her role as Senior Director, Emergent Product at comScore, Susan Engleson spends her days working on the next generation of media measurement, including measurement of over-the-top streaming and smart speakers. This includes managing comScore’s Connected Home and OTT Intelligence... Read More →
avatar for Todd Johnson

Todd Johnson

VP of Emerging Tech, YuMe
Todd Johnson is the VP of Emerging Technology for YuMe, the leading independent multi-screen video advertising company. Todd joined YuMe in December 2013 and is based out of Chicago. Todd works with top national brands as well as local market players to identify media trends and partner... Read More →
avatar for Mary Catherine Wallace

Mary Catherine Wallace

Media Supervisor, DRUM
Mary Catherine Wallace is a Media Supervisor at DRUM with 8 years of experience in both traditional and digital media. She sharpened her skills across business verticals and media types, starting in the print world and now happily residing in the digital world. She has worked on a... Read More →



Thursday April 26, 2018 2:30pm - 3:05pm
Grand 3 – Marketing Stage Sponsored by Benefitfocus

2:30pm

DIG Workshop: Shifting Strategy Skills in the Age of Automation & AI
Limited Capacity full
Adding this to your schedule will put you on the waitlist.

20 SEATS AVAILABLE
email: producer@digsouth.com to reserve


Speakers
avatar for Zach Pousman

Zach Pousman

Co-Founder / Head of Strategy, Variable Labs
Zach Pousman is an ethnographically-inspired designer of new digital services and digital tools. He loves to dig into people's lives and then lead teams to build prototypes and products to delight people as they work, live, shop, and play. Zach applies methods, tools, and approaches... Read More →


Thursday April 26, 2018 2:30pm - 3:05pm
Salon 2 A+B

3:15pm

Cracking the Gender Code: How to Stack the Odds in Your Favor | Sponsored by Wells Fargo
Everybody knows the tech and media industries are innovative and progressive, right? Until you know – at the top levels – they aren’t. It’s time to bridge the gap on gender equality.

According to Scientific American, decades of research by organizational scientists, psychologists, sociologists, economists and demographers show that socially diverse groups (that is, those with a diversity of race, ethnicity, gender and sexual orientation) are more innovative than homogeneous groups. It seems obvious that a group of people with diverse individual expertise would be better than a homogeneous group at solving complex, nonroutine problems. It is less obvious that social diversity should work in the same way—yet the science shows that it does.

These hard-working, passionate, pioneering women reflect on how they rose through the ranks and how we can all move, collectively, forward. The case is clear, diversity will give your company a competitive edge.

And, bottom line, brilliant women are good for the bottom line.

Speakers
avatar for Sharon McGhee

Sharon McGhee

Charleston County Aviation Authority
Currently, she is the Minority, Women, Small Business Administration Coordinator for the Charleston County Aviation Authority, where she is responsible for building relationships and partnerships with minority, women-owned, small businesses, non-profits, private, governmental and... Read More →
avatar for Jill Rowley

Jill Rowley

Chief Growth Advisor, Marketo
After 20 years in Silicon Valley, I moved to Charleston, South Carolina to invest in Silicon Harbor. I'm currently enrolled in Leadership Charleston, a 10-month program offering an intensive and up-close look at the most challenging issues and opportunities facing Charleston. After... Read More →
avatar for SCRA

SCRA

President & Founder, Pace PR
SCRA fosters South Carolina's Innovation Economy by supporting entrepreneurs, enabling academic research and its commercialization, and connecting industry to innovators.
avatar for Sarah Tourville

Sarah Tourville

CEO & Founder, Media Frenzy Global
Sarah Tourville is the CEO and founder of Media Frenzy Global, an integrated PR and Marketing agency that serves technology companies in the US and UK. Sarah founded Media Frenzy Global in 2006 to help technology companies create a media frenzy™ with meaningful media coverage, brand... Read More →
avatar for Krissa Watry

Krissa Watry

CEO, Dynepic



Thursday April 26, 2018 3:15pm - 3:50pm
Grand 3 – Marketing Stage Sponsored by Benefitfocus

3:15pm

How to Find the Right Investor in the Right Location at the Right Time | Sponsored by Office Evolution
Moderator: Jack Harvey, CEO, Accelarise
Alex Western, Managing Partner, ESW Capital
Josh Manchester, Managing Partner, General Partner, Champion Hill Labs
Gordon Caudle, President, Attain Traction

Speakers
avatar for Gordon Caudle

Gordon Caudle

President, Attain Traction, LLC
Gordon's passion is developing strong, healthy, functional and cohesive management teams who want to clarify, simplify and achieve their vision through implementation of the Entrepreneurial Operating System (EOS).  He is interested in connecting with:  + Entrepreneurs who are interested... Read More →
avatar for Jack Harvey

Jack Harvey

CEO, Accelarise
Tech innovation, strategic growth, business development, venture capital.Jack Harvey is a proven growth-oriented technology executive with results-driven performance in a variety of complex technical fields including data science, neuroscience, social media, ad tech, mobile payments... Read More →
avatar for Josh Manchester

Josh Manchester

General Partner, Champion Hill Labs
Ten years experience in the venture capital industry. Invest opportunistically, globally, at all stages.  I was also an infantry and combat engineer officer in the US Marine Corps for about six years.
avatar for Alex Western

Alex Western

Managing Director, ESW Capital
Alex Western is a Managing Director with ESW Capital, a leading tech-focused private equity firm.  At ESW, Alex founded and has built the proprietary deal team focused on company-direct, carve-out, divestiture, and special-situation transactions. Previously, Alex was a Vice President... Read More →



Thursday April 26, 2018 3:15pm - 3:50pm
Grand 2 – Business Stage Sponsored by Oracle

3:15pm

How to go Viral on Mobile and Get Millions of App Downloads
Anish Dalal, CEO, Sapphire Apps

Speakers
avatar for Anish Dalal

Anish Dalal

CEO, Sapphire Apps
Anish is the Co-founder of Sapphire Apps. His company helps make apps TREND and achieve viral traction. They combine influencer marketing and their own unique ASO (App Store Optimization) approach to amplify their client's mobile app. | | Sapphire Apps has taken apps in the retail... Read More →



Thursday April 26, 2018 3:15pm - 3:50pm
Grand 1 – Technology Stage Sponsored by ESW Capital

3:15pm

DIG Workshop: The Dockerization of .NET: An Introduction to Docker and .Net Core
20 seat available; email producer@digsouth.com to reserve a spot.

Speakers
avatar for Brian White

Brian White

Senior Solutions Architect, Small Footprint
With a background in business and as a weekend studio potter, Brian White’s unique experiences fuse his creative passion with technical problem solving, bringing software solutions into form. As a senior solutions architect, he questions the status quo and asks if there’s a better... Read More →



Thursday April 26, 2018 3:15pm - 3:50pm
Salon 2 A+B

4:00pm

Super Keynote 3 | The Surprising Power of Enoughness: How Great Leaders Build Empathy
"I’m not successful enough, I'm not rich enough, I'm not doing enough…” So many of us are driven by a deeply rooted belief that we are not good enough. We achieve and achieve, and even when we successfully reach our goals, we soon learn that success and enoughness do not come hand in hand. In a #MeToo world increasingly mired in fear, it's more important than ever for leaders to say "enough is enough" and step into a place of awareness and empathy. Through her decade-long career as the #1 gymnast in America, a Wall Street analyst, serial entrepreneur, and now the Founder and CEO of SheWorx, the leading organization empowering female entrepreneurs, Lisa discusses how leaders can move from a place of scarcity into one of abundance to build truly inclusive cultures.

Lisa Wang, Founder & CEO, SheWorx
Forbes 30 U 30 Venture Capital | Keynote Speaker | US Hall of Fame Gymnast
"Gold Medal Gymnast Takes On Gender Equality In Silicon Valley" - Forbes
The latest episode on my Enoughness Podcast, "How To Focus on The Things That Matter"

Lisa Wang is a former 4x National Champion and US Hall of Fame gymnast turned serial entrepreneur. She is the Founder & CEO of SheWorx, the leading global platform empowering 20,000+ women to build and scale successful companies through access to top mentors and investors. SheWorx is focused on closing the funding gap by collaborating, not competing.
Lisa is a member of the Forbes 30 Under 30 Class of 2018 in Venture Capital and CIO Magazine's Top 20 Female Entrepreneurs to Watch in 2017 and 2018. She is a writer for Forbes and Fortune focused on driving gender parity in entrepreneurship. She is the Executive Producer and host of the 5-Star Enoughness podcast. Lisa is a graduate of Yale University.
SheWorx is the leading global platform and event series empowering 20,000+ female entrepreneurs to build and scale successful companies. We’re closing the funding gap by collaborating, not competing, and democratizing access to top mentors & investors. SheWorx has differentiated itself as a leader in driving the movement for gender parity in entrepreneurship.

Speakers
avatar for Lisa Wang

Lisa Wang

Founder & CEO, SheWorx
Lisa Wang is a former 4x National Champion and US Hall of Fame gymnast turned serial entrepreneur. She is the Founder & CEO of SheWorx, the leading global platform empowering 20,000+ women to build and scale successful companies through access to top mentors and investors. SheWorx... Read More →



Thursday April 26, 2018 4:00pm - 4:45pm
Grand 2 – Business Stage Sponsored by Oracle

5:00pm

Relevance Bash (all badges) | Sponsored by Wells Fargo
Official DIG SOUTH end of day 1 bash. Additional tickets for non-badge holders can be purchased here.


Thursday April 26, 2018 5:00pm - 6:30pm
Gaillard Center Downstairs Lobby
 
Friday, April 27
 

7:00am

Registration Open – Conference, Day 2
Friday April 27, 2018 7:00am - 4:00pm
TBA

7:00am

WiFi | Network: DIG2018 Password: DIG2018!
Case Sensitive


Friday April 27, 2018 7:00am - 5:00pm
Gaillard Center Grand Ballroom

8:00am

DIG Coffee Hour
Guzzle up, DIG NATION, and refuel for day 2!

Friday April 27, 2018 8:00am - 9:00am
TBA

9:00am

Super Keynote | VR, AR, & the Future of Work- Rachel Sibley, VR/AR Faculty at Singularity University
In an age of information, attention is our scarcest resource.  We are constantly bombarded with sound bytes, images, headlines, and more.  Whether numb to the cacophony or overwhelmed by it, each of us will soon find new ways to navigate the morass of data we inhabit. A fundamentally new immersive computing paradigm is emerging—and with it, new ways to learn, communicate, collaborate, and lead.

Immersive, spatial computing is poised to revolutionize business, entertainment, education, healthcare, and more. Still, the platforms that power these experiences—whether in VR or AR—have yet to coalesce around optimal user experiences and high-impact use cases remain nascent.

How do we capitalize on the potential of VR & AR?  Where do we look to understand these new technology paradigms? When should prescient leaders jump in to innovate and invest?

In this talk, I’ll share insights based on my expertise as a consultant and executive helping startups & fortune 500 companies implement VR & AR solutions; data from developers worldwide who actively build embodied VR & AR experiences; and a decade of experience as a professional dancer, choreographer, and performer.

I hope our audience will leave this talk with an understanding that immersive technology is more than glorified film and bigger than gaming. This technology upends narrative control, unleashes mosaic perspectives, and demands embodiment. Thanks to immersive technology, tiny screens that clamor for our attention give way to objects and experiences that respond to our humanity.  In VR & AR, we discover that all knowledge is contextual and interaction can be a form of art.  And when we do that, we transform not only how humans interact with information, but also how humans fundamentally understand the world.

Speakers
avatar for Rachel Sibley

Rachel Sibley

VR/AR Faculty, Singularity University
Rachel Sibley is a futurist and marketing/communications strategist who specializes in immersive technologies—primarily Augmented and Virtual Reality. In her current role as AR/VR Faculty at Singularity University, she works with entrepreneurs and Fortune 500 companies around the... Read More →



Friday April 27, 2018 9:00am - 9:45am
Grand 2 – Business Stage Sponsored by Oracle

9:00am

DIG SOUTH Exhibitor Lounges Open
Explore two floors of unique exhibitor experiences at the Charleston Gaillard Center. Learn about the latest gear, check out tech-lifestyle products and services and network in a creative, festive atmosphere.

Friday April 27, 2018 9:00am - 6:00pm
Gaillard Center Grand Ballroom

10:00am

How Tech Tools & Other Innovative Solutions Contribute to Economic Development in the 21st-century | Sponsored by Charleston County Economic Development
  • Moderator: Ryan Heafy, Director of Operations, 6AM City
  • Craig Kinley, Co-Founder, The ThinSchool
  • Chris Sloan, Chair, Baker Donelson’s Emerging Companies Group
  • Marcus Shaw, CEO, CO.LAB
  • Nick Jordan, CEO, Smashing Boxes

This group of panelists will discuss a multi-view approach to civic engagement, startup ecosystems and innovative initiatives that foster smart economic development. What will make the difference between the merely average and the truly great cities of this century? What partnerships can be formed with private industry today that will lead to future sustained growth and vitality? How do our startup ecosystems contribute to the effort? 

Speakers
avatar for Ryan Heafy

Ryan Heafy

Director of Operations, 6AM City, LLC
Let's talk innovation in the media landscape. | | 6AM is developing a scalable network of hyper local media properties. Delivered via a publishing technology platform designed to maximize audience participation. Where the public are publishers. | | We aggregate, curate, condense... Read More →
avatar for Nick Jordan

Nick Jordan

CEO, Smashing Boxes
As CEO and co-founder of Smashing Boxes, Nick is passionate about technology, innovation, and entrepreneurship. He is a graduate of the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill where he studied Business Administration. He is dedicated to helping cultivate the next wave of entrepreneurs... Read More →
avatar for Craig Kinley

Craig Kinley

Co-Founder, The ThinSchool
Senior Executive that guides and assists operational and growth strategies for start ups, institutions and businesses with focus on operational excellence and management execution.
avatar for Marcus Shaw

Marcus Shaw

CEO, CO.LAB
Marcus K. Shaw is the Chief Executive Offier of The Company Lab (CO.LAB). CO.LAB supports entrepreneurial growth in southeast Tennessee by working with entrepreneurs to refine their business models, test their ideas with customers, pursue capital and partnerships, and connect with... Read More →
avatar for Chris Sloan

Chris Sloan

Shareholder, Baker Donelson
Chris Sloan is chair of Baker Donelson’s Emerging Companies Group in the Firm’s Nashville office. He focuses his practice on start-ups and other emerging businesses, as well as handles complex software and other IT transactions for both small and large companies alike.Sloan helps... Read More →



Friday April 27, 2018 10:00am - 10:35am
Grand 2 – Business Stage Sponsored by Oracle

10:00am

VR Commerce is Here: The Monetization of Immersive Content
Virtual reality (VR) has emerged as the world’s most engaging new medium and a powerful tool for creating visual and emotional experiences that inspire action among audiences. Although gaming has been the primary use for VR thus far, Payscout, a leading global payments processing provider, has introduced VR Commerce, the first live frictionless payments  technology for virtual reality. This expansion of in-VR purchasing opportunities is revolutionizing the VR and payments industries, while opening up new markets to new sectors.

Cleveland Brown, CEO of Payscout, will explore the monetization of immersive content, which enables consumers to interact with media and purchase products in a 360-degree video experience. This development is a major step in the VR industry which is expected to accrue a total revenue upwards of $28.3 billion by the year 2020, surpassing hardware earnings for the first time. To remain relevant, sectors such as retail, non-profit, and travel/hospitality will need to embrace VR commerce to allow consumers to interact with their products in an emotionally immersive environment and experience.

The projected impact of this kind of commerce is immense, but how can brands leverage these powerful experiences and start monetizing immersive content? How can you or your company use VR to remain relevant? This session will explore the potential of VR Commerce, the growth of the industry, and the powerful impact frictionless payments technology will have on the future.

Speakers
avatar for Tealanie Baldwin

Tealanie Baldwin

Associate, Care Women Deserve
Virtual reality (VR) has emerged as the world’s most engaging new medium and a powerful tool for creating visual and emotional experiences that inspire action among audiences. Although gaming has been the primary use for VR thus far, Payscout, a leading global payments processing... Read More →



Friday April 27, 2018 10:00am - 10:35am
Grand 3 – Marketing Stage Sponsored by Benefitfocus

10:00am

How to Shed Your Fears and Be the Intrapreneur and Entrepreneur You're Meant to Be
Motivated. Inspired. Ambitious.

Entrepreneurs are deified and labeled in many ways but there's a grittier, emotional and
secretive side to the entrepreneurial lifestyle.

Dig in with award-winning tech celebrity, Esosa Ighodaro (COSIGN, Black Women Talk Tech),
for first-person tales of entrepreneurship you wouldn't believe in her fireside chat with TheStreet.com
reporter Jordan French. Concludes with a Q&A with the audience. An opportunity for photographs with Esosa are
provided to the first ten attendees.

Esosa Ighodaro is a leading figure among women in tech and black women in entrepreneurship. The cofounder of New York-based Black Women Talk Tech, she is an "Under 30 CEO" and was named to CIO magazine's list of "top female entrepreneurs to watch." Esosa's company, COSIGN.co, connects you to your favorite brands and retailers in just one tap. COSIGN is the first app to make products in your photos ready-to-buy, turning your social media followers into customers and your style into a way to earn cash rewards.

Esosa--known for her personable and accessible stories we all can relate to--is joined for a warm and lively fireside chat with Jordan French, multi-media journalist and reporter at TheStreet.com.

Speakers
avatar for Jordan French

Jordan French

Editorial Staff, TheStreet
Jordan French is on the Editorial Staff at TheStreet and a freelance multimedia journalist who covers finance and technology. An engineer and former enforcement attorney at the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission, he is the cofounder of five companies, earning recognition from Inc... Read More →
avatar for Esosa Ighodaro

Esosa Ighodaro

cofounder, COSIGN
Esosa Ighodaro is the Co-Founder and President of COSIGN. COSIGN is a tech platform that allows brands to create, distribute, and monetize visual content through social media influencers and brand advocates. Her role heading up marketing and growth has resulted in a partnership with... Read More →



Friday April 27, 2018 10:00am - 10:40am
Grand 1 – Technology Stage Sponsored by ESW Capital

10:00am

VIP Lounge Open | Sponsor TBA
Friday April 27, 2018 10:00am - 4:00pm
VIP Lounge Gaillard Center

10:45am

Successful Entrepreneur Exit: How to Strategically Approach Your Capital Needs on the Way to an M&A or IPO | Sponsored by Entrepreneurs' Organization



Speakers
avatar for Clint Gharib

Clint Gharib

Founder, Oxford Financial
Clint is the founder and a senior member of Oxford Financial. His life was forever changed when he was able to stay in college from gains made in the stock market, and he has had a passion for using the markets to accomplish dreams since then. Mitigating risk has been and remains... Read More →
avatar for Vicky Jones

Vicky Jones

Former CEO, BRAND FEVER, BRAND FEVER
For more than two decades, Vicky Jones has led brand strategy and creative innovation that grows brand awareness, organization growth, and purpose-driven cultures for more than 600 organizations—everything from brand reinvention, positioning, customer and employee experience for... Read More →
avatar for Cliff Oxford

Cliff Oxford

CEO, Oxford Center for Entrepreneurs
W. Cliff Oxford marked his initial entrepreneurial success as the founder and CEO of STI Knowledge, Inc. – a pioneering first market mover in developing knowledge-based systems and services for the Fortune 1000. STI Knowledge was considered a cultural phenomenon with worldwide organic... Read More →
avatar for Steve Swanson

Steve Swanson

Former CEO, Automated Trading Desk
Steve Swanson co-founded Automated Trading Desk (ATD), a pioneer in high frequency trading in 1989. In 2001, Swanson was named President and CEO where he was responsible for growing ATD to 7% of US daily equity trading volume. In 2007 ATD was sold to Citigroup for $680 million... Read More →
avatar for John Yates

John Yates

Partner, Morris, Manning & Martin, LLP
Mr. Yates has practiced exclusively in the technology law field for 30 years. He chairs the Technology Group at Morris, Manning & Martin, LLP, one of the leading law firms in the country. The firm represents private and public technology companies, entrepreneurs, and business services... Read More →



Friday April 27, 2018 10:45am - 11:20am
Grand 2 – Business Stage Sponsored by Oracle

10:45am

The 9 Rules of Crisis Communications in the Age of Distrust
At Greenbrier we’ve created a nimble consulting firm that allows some of the world’s leading companies, organizations and individuals to quickly recover from crises and execute flawless public affairs. We provide strategic advice and tactical execution to clients facing complex image, marketing, branding, media, legal and political challenges.



Speakers
avatar for Lane Kasselman

Lane Kasselman

Co-Founder, Greenbrier
Lane Kasselman is a nationally recognized expert in crisis and public affairs. He ran communications and public affairs for Uber, navigating regulations in the new shared economy and playing a crucial role in creating the company’s permanent regulatory frameworks in states and cities... Read More →



Friday April 27, 2018 10:45am - 11:20am
Grand 3 – Marketing Stage Sponsored by Benefitfocus

10:45am

The Future of Transportation and Mobility Tech (And How It Will Impact Your Bottom Line)
Transportation companies are now software companies, too, with the need to track millions of data points and consider the full spectrum of challenges related to manufacturing, urban infrastructure, renewable energy, autonomous vehicles, regulations, privacy and much more. These four experts will share the latest trends and innovations, and discuss how vehicles of the future will effect you and your business.

Speakers
avatar for Jeff Curry

Jeff Curry

Founding Partner, Mere Mortals
Jeff Curry helps brands envision an ever-better future. With over twenty years of experience in corporate strategy, product marketing, consumer communications and business transformation consulting, Curry has worked with iconic brands as well as startups. Across a range of industry... Read More →
avatar for Eric McCarthy

Eric McCarthy

VP Government Relations, Proterra



Friday April 27, 2018 10:45am - 11:20am
Grand 1 – Technology Stage Sponsored by ESW Capital

11:00am

11:00am

Food Truck Rodeo - Open 11AM - 1PM
Grab mobile delights at your leisure!
Please note there is no food allowed in the Sessions.


Friday April 27, 2018 11:00am - 1:00pm
George Street Food Truck Café (outside) Parking Lot Across the Street from George Street Entrance to Gaillard

11:30am

Health Tech Innovations: Empowering Providers to Deliver Safer, Higher Quality Healthcare | Sponsored by SE Healthcare Quality Consulting
Stephanie K. Sargent, VP Product Development & Quality, SE Healthcare Quality Consulting

The SE Healthcare team has been at the forefront of improving safety and quality in healthcare for over 10 years. From the smallest practices to the largest health care systems, our proven tools and strategies help healthcare organizations Mitigate Risk, Improve Reputation, and build the foundation to Enhance Reimbursement negotiations.

Dr. James McElligott, Medical Director of Telemedicine at MUSC (Medical University of South Carolina)

The Medical University of South Carolina  (MUSC) is a public institution of higher learning the purpose of which is to preserve and optimize human life in South Carolina and beyond. The university provides an interprofessional environment for learning and discovery through education of health care professionals and biomedical scientists, research in the health sciences and provision of comprehensive health care.

Amanda Noyes Hodges, CSPO, Product Manager Tabula Rasa Healthcare

The Tabula Rasa HealthCare family of companies provide new beginnings for our clients, through innovative service models and fresh approaches to healthcare technology. Our leaders understand that to maximize patient experiences and outcomes, they must help providers to balance efficiency and scalability with safety and individualization of care.

Speakers
avatar for Shandon Fowler

Shandon Fowler

Founder | Principal, Four8 Insights
I am a product leader and nationally recognized expert in the rapidly evolving healthcare and benefits technology spaces.I have 15+ years’ accomplishments in technology product management, product marketing and content management, exceeding ambitious business goals and driving innovation... Read More →
avatar for Amanda Hodges

Amanda Hodges

Product Manager, Tabula Rasa Healthcare
Innovation Evangelist via Product Management. Current Industry = Healthcare, specifically Medication Risk Mitigation & Pharmacogenomics.  Past Passions = Solving Math Equations, Computer Science & Writing Code, as well as Hackathon Organization.Specializes in: Leading Fantastic Teams... Read More →
avatar for Steve Jungmann

Steve Jungmann

Partner, Accelarise
I’m a veteran consumer and health tech product executive, creating and launching hardware and software products at startups and established companies such as Apple, Microsoft and Bose. The fun is where product ambiguity meets a fast-changing market.At Somerset & Church, we help... Read More →
avatar for James T. McElligott, M.D., MSCR

James T. McElligott, M.D., MSCR

Medical Director for Telehealth, Medical University of South Carolina (MUSC)
James T. McElligott, M.D., MSCR, is the Medical Director for Telehealth at the Medical University of South Carolina (MUSC) and an Assistant Professor in the Division of General Pediatrics at MUSC Children’s Hospital.  He oversees the Center for Telehealth at MUSC. Dr. McElligott’s... Read More →
avatar for Stephanie K. Sargent

Stephanie K. Sargent

VP Product Development and Quality, SE Healthcare
Stephanie Sargent, MHA, RN, CPPS is a seasoned clinical and Lean Six Sigma professional with more than 25 years of experience in health care. As a certified Lean Six Sigma Black Belt, she is skilled in identifying clinical and operational performance gaps to decrease professional... Read More →



Friday April 27, 2018 11:30am - 12:10pm
Grand 2 – Business Stage Sponsored by Oracle

11:30am

How to Become a CMO: A Marketers Journey from Middle Management to the C-Suite
Jeff Perkins, CMO, Parkmobile

Navigating a career in marketing is a challenge.  At times, it can feel like you're stuck and there's no opportunity to breakthrough to the next level. That was exactly where Jeff Perkins found himself in 2011.  He was trapped in a mid-level marketing role and he couldn't find a path upward in the organization. Just five years later, Jeff became the CMO of one of the fastest growing companies in the US. In this session, Jeff will discuss his journey from a marketing manager to executive and share the valuable lessons learned along the way. He will show how aspiring marketing leaders need to not only be high performers in their current job, but also focus on building their personal brands  and networks for the long term. If you aspire to be a CMO one day, this is a must-see session.

Speakers
avatar for Jeff Perkins

Jeff Perkins

CMO, ParkMobile
Jeff Perkins is Chief Marketing Officer of Parkmobile, the leading provider mobile parking solutions. Prior to Parkmobile, Jeff was the CMO of QASymphony where he helped establish the brand and grow revenue 500% over a three-year period. He also has held senior marketing leadership... Read More →



Friday April 27, 2018 11:30am - 12:10pm
Grand 3 – Marketing Stage Sponsored by Benefitfocus

11:30am

Understand How Investors Think to Maximize Your Value | Sponsored by ESW Capital
Alex Western, Managing Partner, ESW Capital

Speakers
avatar for Alex Western

Alex Western

Managing Director, ESW Capital
Alex Western is a Managing Director with ESW Capital, a leading tech-focused private equity firm.  At ESW, Alex founded and has built the proprietary deal team focused on company-direct, carve-out, divestiture, and special-situation transactions. Previously, Alex was a Vice President... Read More →



Friday April 27, 2018 11:30am - 12:10pm
Grand 1 – Technology Stage Sponsored by ESW Capital

1:00pm

Super Keynote | Cosmic Technology- Tina Rodriguez, Healing Artist
In the realm of our current technological systems, the creation of such is constructed from the mind, limited to what we see and perceive in our external world. Imagine what could be created when connected to the infinite source of energy available to us in disconnecting from the external and connecting inward as well as upward into the realms of interdimensional intelligence. Call it God, Spirit, Source -- We are all connected to a greater creative force that imbues all things. When we take a moment, a breath, and can "tune in," we enter an ever expansive field of energy, the limitless information that can assist us in our day to day lives which not only helps us, physically, emotionally, mentally, but it then translates to creating resources that are not only relevant to humanity but have a long lasting positive effect to the whole of creation. Through the use of Sound-- which is the base of all creation (as they say everything is vibration, frequency, energy), immerse yourself in the infinite where all is possible in inspiration and connectivity-- to oneself and the limitless being that you are, and to the whole of the cosmos.

Tina Rodriguez, Healing Artist, manosdeoro.org

Tina Rodriguez is a multi-modality healer, filmmaker and musician from Austin, TX. Drawing from her soul's experience and knowledge found in the etheric field of the Akashic Records--channeling messages from the Earth and Ocean, Angelic realm, Ascended Masters, Star and Interdimensional Beings through the use of narrative and documentary storytelling, as well as high vibrational sound (with multiple instruments and her four octave range voice), Tina’s intention is to create content that raises consciousness and awareness of the heart and soul to bring healing to the world and all beings. A practitioner for almost 15 years, Tina's expertise in the realms of integrative whole body wellness involve getting to the root of disharmony and disease in the body and mind by accessing the heart and healing wounds of the soul for both the individual and the collective. It is here that we can release any energy that no longer serves, having the opportunity to heal, integrate and bring into harmony and balance that which can serve us, so we can come to know our truest selves and be of service to others.

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Tina Rodriguez

Healing Artist, manosdeoro.org
Top performing executive negotiating deals for the acquisition of movies, series and documentaries. Creator of the networks long range planning schedules as well as oversees the day to day scheduling of the network. Leads the promo planning of interstitial content on air, developed... Read More →



Friday April 27, 2018 1:00pm - 1:45pm
Grand 2 – Business Stage Sponsored by Oracle

1:00pm

2:00pm

DIG Workshop: Monetized – The 7 Laws To Striking It Rich With Free Apps
Ethan Levy, Lead Designer, N3TWORK

This talk draws on my experience working as the lead designer of Top Grossing hit Legendary: Game of Heroes, as well as years working as a monetization design consultant, to explain the 7 laws of monetization. It first explains the golden equation at the heart of the freemium business model (cLTV > eCPI) and the seven most important things to understand about your users when figuring out your monetization strategy. It will combine examples from both games, apps and the physical world to explain how successful products put these laws into action. The purpose of the talk is to equip audience members with the critical knowledge they need when designing their monetization strategy.

Speakers
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Ethan Levy

Lead Designer, N3TWORK
This talk draws on my experience working as the lead designer of Top Grossing hit Legendary: Game of Heroes, as well as years working as a monetization design consultant, to explain the 7 laws of monetization. It first explains the golden equation at the heart of the freemium business... Read More →


Friday April 27, 2018 2:00pm - 2:45pm
Salon 2 A+B

2:00pm

Pitch 1 | Next Wave of Fintech Innovation Brought to You by Charlotte's Queen City Fintech
Queen City Fintech
Providing world class mentorship and capital to fintech startups from around the globe; all in the heart of financial services hub Charlotte, NC.

About The Program
Queen City Fintech is a 12-week accelerator program designed to mature financial technology startups through intense mentorship from leading banking executives, business development professionals, and venture capitalists and attorneys, among others in Charlotte's robust business community. Accepted companies also receive an upfront capital infusion of at least $20,000 per company with the potential for follow on funding for the top performers in the program.

Why Charlotte?
Charlotte, NC is the second largest financial center in the US. Led by former Bank of America executive and serial entrepreneur Dan Roselli, Queen City Fintech offers access to executive level members of each of Charlotte's Fortune 500 financial services institutions. With low cost of living and some of the best quality of life in the US, there is no better city in the US to grow a fintech startup than The Queen City.


Friday April 27, 2018 2:00pm - 3:00pm
Grand 3 – Marketing Stage Sponsored by Benefitfocus

3:00pm

DIG Workshop: FOMO Marketing- How You Can Acquire Users Without Linking
Limited Capacity full
Adding this to your schedule will put you on the waitlist.

In this talk, Thomas will walk you how you can market to people without including a link. He will teach you the foundation, how to run the campaign, and how to scale. He has delivered over 10M social media impressions and has helped clients accumulate over 1M downloads with this method. This method applies to anyone in the B2C space trying to connect with 15-25 year old.

Thomas Ma is the co-founder of Sapphire Apps. Sapphire Apps partners with rising companies to make their apps TREND. On the experimental side, Sapphire partners with social media influencers to give them a chance to increase their revenue through trendy apps such as the Emoji Maker. On the personal side, Thomas is a big fan of traveling. He has been to over 15 countries within the past few years including Thailand, Spain, Germany, Norway, China, and more.

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Thomas Ma

FOMO Marketer and Co-Founder of Sapphire Apps, Sapphire Apps
Thomas is the co-founder of Sapphire Apps. His company helps make apps TREND.They combine influencer marketing and their own unique ASO approach to amplify their client's mobile app.He is a specialist in FOMO marketing. He has been featured on VICE, Forbes, INC, Huff Post, and more.Track... Read More →


Friday April 27, 2018 3:00pm - 3:45pm
Salon 2 A+B

3:15pm

Pitch 2 | DIG SOUTH Wild Pitch: Growth and Early-Stage Companies Build a Case for Capital | Sponsored by SCRA
Judges:
Bob Quinn, Executive Director, SCRA
Jason Williamson, Vice President, Startup Ecosystem at Oracle
Jill Sorensen, Director, SCRA Entrepreneurial Program and SC Launch, Inc

The Oracle Cloud offers complete SaaS application suites for ERP, HCM and CX, plus best-in-class database Platform as a Service (PaaS) and Infrastructure as a Service (IaaS) from data centers throughout the Americas, Europe and Asia. For more information about Oracle (NYSE:ORCL), please visit us at oracle.com.

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Bob Quinn

Executive Director, SCRA
As Executive Director of SCRA, Bob leads an organization that fosters South Carolina’s Innovation Economy by supporting entrepreneurs, enabling academic research and commercialization, and connecting industry with innovators.Prior to joining SCRA in 2016, he worked in various executive... Read More →
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Jill Sorensen

Director of Entrepreneurial Programs, SCRA
Chartered in 1983 by the State of South Carolina as a public, non-profit corporation, SCRA fosters South Carolina's Innovation Economy by supporting entrepreneurs, enabling academic research and its commercialization, and connecting industry to innovators. The SC Launch program is... Read More →
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Jason Williamson

VP Startup Ecosystem, Oracle
Jason Williamson is the VP of the Startup Ecosystem at Oracle. He leads Oracle’s collaboration with the VC and PE comminuties and their portfolio companies around the globe. Prior to Oracle, jason was atAmazon Web Services (AWS), where he created and led several key initiatives... Read More →



Friday April 27, 2018 3:15pm - 4:45pm
Grand 3 – Marketing Stage Sponsored by Benefitfocus

5:30pm

DIG SOUTH Post-Pitch Party Hosted by Harbor Entrepreneur Center
Bring a smashing end to DIG SOUTH Tech Conference and the Wild Pitch at this closing bash. Surrounded by tech companies, a brewery, cafe, yoga studio and a food hall, the Harbor Entrepreneur Center is located in the heart of Charleston's tech innovation district at Pacific Crate & Box.


Friday April 27, 2018 5:30pm - 7:30pm
Harbor Entrepreneur Center 1505 King Street