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Tuesday, April 25
 

1:00pm

1:30pm

2:00pm

C-Level Summit Badge | Keynote 1 | Grand 3 – Who Dares to Win the Future Wins: The New Neuroscience of Extraordinary Leadership & Performance
Cooper has been called “a national treasure” and “the ultimate business guru for the new millennium.” His books have sold more than four million copies. His podcast, Upwire, is rated one of the world’s top neuroscience podcasts. Cooper Strategic originates and customizes ultra-practical ways for leaders and teams to excel, innovate and set records year after year. Cooper and his firm draw on a peak performance database with over one million leaders, entrepreneurs, professionals and teams.

Speakers
avatar for Robert Cooper

Robert Cooper

CEO, Cooper Strategic
Cooper has been called “a national treasure” and “the ultimate business guru for the new millennium.” His books have sold more than four million copies. His podcast, Upwire, is rated one of the world’s top neuroscience podcasts. Cooper Strategic originates and customizes ultra-pr... Read More →



Tuesday April 25, 2017 2:00pm - 3:00pm
Grand 3 - Business Stage Sponsored by Alphavest.com

2:00pm

2:30pm

3:15pm

C-Level Summit Badge | Breakout 1 | Grand 3 – If You had to Become the Business that Puts Your Company out of Business in the Least Time, What Would be Different and Better?

Cooper has been called “a national treasure” and “the ultimate business guru for the new millennium.” His books have sold more than four million copies. His podcast, Upwire, is rated one of the world’s top neuroscience podcasts.Cooper Strategic originates and customizes ultra-practical ways for leaders and teams to excel, innovate and set records year after year. Cooper and his firm draw on a peak performance database with over one million leaders, entrepreneurs, professionals and teams.



Speakers
avatar for Robert Cooper

Robert Cooper

CEO, Cooper Strategic
Cooper has been called “a national treasure” and “the ultimate business guru for the new millennium.” His books have sold more than four million copies. His podcast, Upwire, is rated one of the world’s top neuroscience podcasts. Cooper Strategic originates and customizes ultra-pr... Read More →



Tuesday April 25, 2017 3:15pm - 3:45pm
Grand 3 - Business Stage Sponsored by Alphavest.com

4:00pm

C-Level Summit Badge | Breakout 2 | Grand 3 – Are Advertising Messages Meaningless?

Science suggests that the messages presented in ads aren’t what persuade people to buy. At best, an ad leaves a valuable vibe, impression or feeling. Sometimes the intention behind an ad and its placement are more important than the actual messaging. So how can today's marketers tap into this visceral need?  Deacon Webster, Chief Creative Officer at Walrus, will explore why the purpose and “signalling" that underpin a brand’s marketing are what actually drive audiences’ perceptions.

Deacon Webster is the Co-Founder & Chief Creative Officer of Walrus in the USA. Walrus is an independent advertising agency that has worked with national brands including Pfizer’s Emergen-C, AMC, Amazon, Bloomberg, Staples, HBO, XOJET, General Mills and more.


Speakers
avatar for Deacon Webster

Deacon Webster

Owner, Chief Creative Officer, Walrus
Deacon co-founded Walrus in 2005 with his wife, Frances. Prior to Walrus, he was the Chief Creative Officer of Mad Dogs & Englishmen, the same agency at which he began his career as a junior copywriter in 1995 and moved up the ranks to oversee creative at the San Francisco office, and then New York. He is extremely pale. His work is known for combining intelligence with humor and always respecting its audience, and has appeared in the One Show... Read More →



Tuesday April 25, 2017 4:00pm - 4:45pm
Grand 3 - Business Stage Sponsored by Alphavest.com

6:00pm

DIG ICON | Upload Charleston Welcome Shindig | Aiken–Rhett House (Elizabeth St / NOT King St) – Sponsored by Charleston County Economic Development
Upload Charleston is the official opening night celebration of DIG Innovation Conference. Craft brews from Edmund's Oast, exotic bites prepared by Chef Sarah Adams (#DIGfood), and swinging jazz with The V-Tones await!
Shindig Sponsor: Charleston County Economic Development
Launch Sponsor: CurEat 
 



Tuesday April 25, 2017 6:00pm - 8:00pm
Aiken-Rhett House 48 Elizabeth Street

6:00pm

C-Level Summit Badge | The Dewberry – Dinner & Cocktails, Sponsored by Salesforce
The Dewberry is a luxury hotel which offers old world charm juxtaposed with a distinctive modern edge. Founder and owner John Dewberry describes this as "Southern reimagined". We trust The Dewberry will inspire today’s experiential seeking, globetrotting traveler.


Tuesday April 25, 2017 6:00pm - 9:00pm
The Dewberry Ballroom & Walled Garden 334 Meeting Street

8:00pm

C-Level Summit Badge | Keynote 2 | The Dewberry – Recommenders: The Single Greatest Untapped Asset to Grow Any Business, Brand, Service or Idea

Cooper has been called “a national treasure” and “the ultimate business guru for the new millennium.” His books have sold more than four million copies. His podcast, Upwire, is rated one of the world’s top neuroscience podcasts.Cooper Strategic originates and customizes ultra-practical ways for leaders and teams to excel, innovate and set records year after year. Cooper and his firm draw on a peak performance database with over one million leaders, entrepreneurs, professionals and teams.



Speakers
avatar for Robert Cooper

Robert Cooper

CEO, Cooper Strategic
Cooper has been called “a national treasure” and “the ultimate business guru for the new millennium.” His books have sold more than four million copies. His podcast, Upwire, is rated one of the world’s top neuroscience podcasts. Cooper Strategic originates and customizes ultra-pr... Read More →



Tuesday April 25, 2017 8:00pm - 9:00pm
The Dewberry Ballroom & Walled Garden 334 Meeting Street
 
Wednesday, April 26
 

7:00am

7:00am

Registration Open
Keen knowledge and networking await.

Wednesday April 26, 2017 7:00am - 5:00pm
Gaillard Center Lobby

8:00am

8:00am

9:00am

Super Keynote 1 | Performance Hall – Breakthrough: The New Neuroscience of Accomplishing the "Impossible"
Cooper has been called “a national treasure” and “the ultimate business guru for the new millennium.” His books have sold more than four million copies. His podcast, Upwire, is rated one of the world’s top neuroscience podcasts. Cooper Strategic originates and customizes ultra-practical ways for leaders and teams to excel, innovate and set records year after year. Cooper and his firm draw on a peak performance database with over one million leaders, entrepreneurs, professionals and teams. *Reserved seating for VIPs and C-Levels

Speakers
avatar for Robert Cooper

Robert Cooper

CEO, Cooper Strategic
Cooper has been called “a national treasure” and “the ultimate business guru for the new millennium.” His books have sold more than four million copies. His podcast, Upwire, is rated one of the world’s top neuroscience podcasts. Cooper Strategic originates and customizes ultra-pr... Read More →


Wednesday April 26, 2017 9:00am - 10:00am
Performance Hall

9:00am

VIP Lounge | Founder's Lounge
Wednesday April 26, 2017 9:00am - 3:00pm
Founder's Lounge Gaillard Center

10:00am

DIG ICON — Exhibitor Lounges
Explore three 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.

Wednesday April 26, 2017 10:00am - 3:45pm
Gaillard Center

10:15am

Super Keynote 2 | Performance Hall – Building a Brand for the Digital Age

Liza Landsman, President of Jet.com, shares how the company combined a unique business model with a brand rooted in a deep understanding of digital natives to grow to $1 billion dollars in sales in just under a year in the highly competitive e-commerce category. Acquired by Walmart in August of 2016, Landsman will share how Jet plans to keep the business growing and the brand evolving. *Reserved seating for VIPs and C-Levels


Speakers
avatar for Liza Landsman

Liza Landsman

President, Jet.com
Prior to Jet, Liza was Chief Marketing Officer for ETRADE and was responsible for their marketing initiatives, including customer engagement, analytics and insights, advertising, direct online and offline marketing programs, and branding campaigns. Prior to joining ETRADE, Ms. La... Read More →


Wednesday April 26, 2017 10:15am - 11:00am
Performance Hall

11:00am

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


Wednesday April 26, 2017 11:00am - 1:00pm
George Street

11:10am

C-Level Summit Badge | Alphavest Stage (Grand 3) | Breakout 3 – If You Had to Become the Leader, Professional, or Entrepreneur, Who Most Quickly and Effectively Puts the Current You Out of a Job, What Would be Different and Better?
Cooper has been called “a national treasure” and “the ultimate business guru for the new millennium.” His books have sold more than four million copies. His podcast, Upwire, is rated one of the world’s top neuroscience podcasts.Cooper Strategic originates and customizes ultra-practical ways for leaders and teams to excel, innovate and set records year after year. Cooper and his firm draw on a peak performance database with over one million leaders, entrepreneurs, professionals and teams.

Moderators
avatar for Jack Harvey

Jack Harvey

Managing Partner, Accelarise
Tech innovation, strategic growth, business development, venture capital.

Speakers
avatar for Robert Cooper

Robert Cooper

CEO, Cooper Strategic
Cooper has been called “a national treasure” and “the ultimate business guru for the new millennium.” His books have sold more than four million copies. His podcast, Upwire, is rated one of the world’s top neuroscience podcasts. Cooper Strategic originates and customizes ultra-pr... Read More →


Wednesday April 26, 2017 11:10am - 11:45am
Grand 3 - Business Stage Sponsored by Alphavest.com

11:10am

Breakout 1 | Performance Hall – The Sport of Innovation: What Fans Expect in a Digital World and How to Deliver it to Them, Sponsored by Raptor Group
Panel discussion dives into top trends in fan engagement, social media, eSports and other forms of digital innovation in sports. 

Moderators
avatar for Sheri Barros

Sheri Barros

VP of Marketing & Brand Ambassador, Cooper Holdings
A 15 year veteran of professional sports marketing, Ms. Barros has expanded into marketing and consulting sports, entertainment, and media properties. Her specialties include: branding, advertising, marketing partnerships & endorsements, campaign & event management, media, communications... Read More →

Speakers
avatar for Justin Park

Justin Park

CEO, RotoQL
Justin previously served as the Chief Operating Officer at A+ (aplus.com), a digital publisher founded by Ashton Kutcher. He also founded Vidaao (acquired by Skyword), an online marketplace for video production. Justin co-owned a consignment bookstore and summer storage company w... Read More →
avatar for Peter Sorckoff

Peter Sorckoff

Chief Content Officer, Atlanta Hawks & Phillips Arena
Peter Sorckoff is the Chief Creative Officer and Senior Vice President of Marketing for the Atlanta Hawks and Philips Arena. Peter oversees brand management, advertising, promotions, the fan experience/game presentation, digital and social channels, direct/e-mail marketing and team retail operations. He is also responsible for leading all creative teams in the origination and development of new and unique content in-arena, on television and in the digital environment. | | In addition to his work with the Atlanta Hawks and Philips Arena, Peter has been an exemplary member of the Calgary Flames and the Atlanta Thrashers organizations. He was also a Venue Producer for the Salt Lake Olympic Committee during the 2002 Winter Olympic Games. | | Peter sits on the board of the St. Jude's Recover Center, as well as the Community Advisory board for CBS 46. He is a Team Advisory Council Member for InStadium... Read More →


Wednesday April 26, 2017 11:10am - 11:50am
Performance Hall

11:10am

Breakout 1 | Salon 1 – Investing in the South: The Current State of Deal Flow Around the Region
Moderators
avatar for Jack Liles

Jack Liles

Partner, Chief Sales & Marketing Officer, TechCXO
TechCXO is a professional services firm that provides experienced, C-Suite professionals to deliver strategic and functional consulting services for technology-enabled companies. TechCXO Partners serve in interim or full time C-level executive roles, as C-level coaches, or as functional consultants and... Read More →

Speakers
avatar for Sean Barkman

Sean Barkman

Principal, Ballast Point Ventures
Prior to joining Ballast Point Ventures in 2011, Sean spent three years in the Technology Investment Banking Group at Raymond James where he was actively involved in both mergers and acquisitions and capital raising efforts. Sean holds a B.S.B.A. in Finance from the University o... Read More →
avatar for John Cambier

John Cambier

Managing Partner, IDEA Fund Partners
John Cambier is a founding general partner at IDEA Fund Partners, an early stage venture firm focused on investing in underserved geographies of the US. Over the past 12 years, John has used a deep understanding of technology commercialization and company formation, along with his experience managing intellectual property, licensing and contracts, to help grow technology companies throughout the Southeast. | At IDEA Fund Partners, John holds responsibilities for finance and investor relations functions, in addition to serving as a key member of the investment team and advisor to portfolio companies. John also serves as an advisor to the NC IDEA grants program, playing a key role in the company selection and mentoring process... Read More →
avatar for Frank X. Dalton

Frank X. Dalton

Founder & Partner, Fulcrum Equity Partners
Mr. Dalton is a founder of Fulcrum Equity Partners, a growth equity fund with over $140 million under management, based in Atlanta, Georgia. Prior to joining Fulcrum, Frank was a General Partner with Cordova Ventures and the managing director of Cordova Intellimedia Ventures, L.P., a $41 million early-stage/seed fund launched in 2000. He is currently a board member of ContactatOnce, Mfg.com, Preparis, Path-Tec, and Bruder Healthcare. Frank has over 16 years of experience in private investing; being involved directly and indirectly in over 100 investments, including several successful exits, such as, Accipiter, Secure Tax, Call Center Technology, Magnet Communications, Intertech, Inc., Digital Envoy, Constructware and Compliance 360. In connection with his portfolio duties, Mr. Dalton is the former CEO of Market Velocity, Inc., a service provider of promotion driven trade-in programs for the disposition of used IT assets and consumer electronics. He is also the former Chairman and CEO of Axonn, LLC, a provider of satellite tracking products and services based in Covington, LA. Additionally, he has held management positions as a chief financial officer of Caetec Systems, a venture-backed computer-aided design software company and as director of operations of Microsouth, a national computer distributor of graphics products. His background also includes investment banking to emerging technology companies specializing in mergers and acquisitions, advisory services and capital raising. Mr. Dalton started his career with Ernst... Read More →
avatar for Dave Gould

Dave Gould

Partner, TechOperators
Dave Gould is a founding General Partner at TechOperators. Having held leadership roles with both start-ups and larger technology companies, Dave offers a broad range of experience that touches every aspect of the business. A proven industry leader with a breadth of knowledge in launching and growing businesses in emerging markets, he possesses sound experience in predicting market developments, setting and adjusting strategy, and leading organizations amidst changing market dynamics. | | Dave was formerly the Chairman... Read More →


Wednesday April 26, 2017 11:10am - 11:50am
Salon 1

11:10am

Breakout 1 | Snagajob Stage (Grand 1) – The Next Frontier of Startup and Corporate Collaboration, Sponsored by Parker Poe
Executives share partnership opportunities and discuss how startups and accelerator programs should best approach corporations in order to establish relationships, license IP, become suppliers and collaborate. 

Moderators
avatar for Titania Jordan

Titania Jordan

Chief Parent Officer, Bark.us
Titania Jordan is a tech entrepreneur, television personality/producer, content creator, creative director, and emcee. Her most recent projects include Connect, Talking in Circles, and hosting NBC Atlanta affiliate WXIA’s weekly television show Atlanta Tech Edge. Titania starte... Read More →

Speakers
avatar for John Carrington

John Carrington

CEO / Founder, ZVerse
John is CEO and Founder of ZVerse, the 3D technology company revolutionizing how 3D printable content is created and managed at scale across industries from healthcare to manufacturing, commercial printing and beyond. Customers have ideas, not 3D files.  So, ZVerse was started to solve the biggest barrier to 3D printing... Read More →
avatar for Chris Heivly

Chris Heivly

Entrepreneur in Residence, TechStars
Techstars is the global ecosystem that helps entrepreneurs build great businesses through the accelerator investment programs now in 25+ cities worldwide as well as the 800+ Startup Weekends and 40+ Startup Weeks managed under the Techstars umbrella. | | In this new role, I will be working with Brad Feld (Foundry Group... Read More →
avatar for Patrick Kirby

Patrick Kirby

Managing Director, Innovation Incubator at Michelin North
Since July 2013, Patrick Kirby, is the Director of the North American Innovation Incubator for the Michelin. He is responsible for leading a group of internal innovation startups and external partnerships to discover, develop and validate new business models, ventures and technol... Read More →
avatar for Bob Quinn

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 roles for 26 years with Battelle Memorial Institute and affiliated companies. Bob most recently was the Managing Director of... Read More →


Wednesday April 26, 2017 11:10am - 11:50am
Grand 1 - Technology Stage Presented by Snagajob

11:55am

12:00pm

Super Keynote 3 | Performance Hall – Disrupting a Tired Industry: A Fireside Chat with Casper CEO Philip Krim
Find out how Philip Krim took this $200M sleep startup from $0 to $100M in the first full year, and onward to $200M in 2016. Since launch, Casper has expanded across the globe, and introduced sheets, pillows, a foundation, and even a dog mattress to it's product lineup. Casper was named one of Fast Company's 50 Most Innovative Companies in 2017, and Forbes says, “Casper can do for sleep what Nike did for sports.”

Moderators
avatar for Steve Bertoni

Steve Bertoni

Senior Editor, Forbes Magazine
I cover the Forbes 30 Under 30 and the technology sector focusing on the entrepreneurs and investors behind the companies and innovations shaping our world. Cover stories include: Sean Parker, Spotify's Daniel Ek, Instagram's Kevin Systrom, Activist Carl Icahn, Las Vegas Sands' Sheldon Adelson, PayPal's David Marcus, Momofuku's David Chang, and Tinder founder Sean... Read More →

Speakers
avatar for Philip Krim

Philip Krim

CEO, Casper
Philip started his first technology company, The Merrick Group, out of his dorm room at the University of Texas (Hook 'em) over a decade ago and hasn't looked back. Philip enjoys asking questions, solving problems, and building things.


Wednesday April 26, 2017 12:00pm - 12:30pm
Performance Hall

1:15pm

Breakout 2 | Grand 2 – Women In Charge: From C-Suite to The Boardroom

Whether climbing the Fortune 500 ladder or launching a world-dominating, scalable startup, what does it take in today’s business climate to rise to the pinnacle of success? Get actionable advice you can use today whether you are a woman, minority or business owner hoping to build a stronger, more diverse management team.


Moderators
avatar for Emma Hinchliffe

Emma Hinchliffe

Business Reporter, Mashable
Emma Hinchliffe is a business reporter at Mashable. Before joining Mashable, she covered business and metro news at the Houston Chronicle. | https://www.linkedin.com/in/emmahinchliffe/... Read More →

Speakers
avatar for Blair Christie

Blair Christie

Chief Development Officer, Landit, Former CMO, Cisco
Blair Christie is a tech-executive and independent board member with a broad range of operating experience across Marketing, Finance, Government Affairs, Policy and Corporate Communications. She is currently Chief Development Officer for Landit, a talent management platform that delivers a unique, personalized playbook to women seeking to move their career forward. Christie also serves as Advisor to theBoardlist, a curated talent marketplace that recommends, discovers and connects highly qualified women leaders with public and private company board opportunities. Previously, she was an Executive Officer and Senior Vice President with Cisco, the world's leading networking technology company, where she spent 18 years in various roles. While at Cisco, she was recognized for her deep understanding of the industry and ability to build strong relationships with key stakeholders, along with delivering innovative campaigns, quantifiable results and building industry-leading teams. In her most recent role as Chief Marketing Officer, Christie oversaw the strongest growth of... Read More →
avatar for Carolyn Finch

Carolyn Finch

Executive Director, CEO, PowerHouse, Charleston Women in Tech
Carolyn Finch is the Founder and current Executive Director of Charleston Women in Tech (CWIT).  Founded in May 2014, CWIT has grown from 20 to over 1500 members.  Programs and events focus on supporting, connecting, and developing women of all ages for careers in tech. Finch has developed an annual mentorship program connecting over 90 women within the industry and has partnered with local companies to host quarterly networking and education events... Read More →
avatar for Michelle Van Jura

Michelle Van Jura

Founder, Intersect Communications
Michelle Van Jura is a seasoned professional with various aspects of marketing and public relations experience. Michelle’s career experience and focus has ranged from business-to-business hardware, software and Internet clients to consumer-focused products. She has handled a full-range of corporate communications efforts, crisis management, media relations and analyst relations. She recently founded Intersect Communications, believing that although the media landscape and communication channels are changing the core skills that are the foundation of PR/marketing communications are still relevant and need to be upheld... Read More →
avatar for Jen Kavanagh

Jen Kavanagh

CEO & Founder, JK Media
Jennifer is an award winning entertainment and media strategist who leads with cross-platform DNA.  As Principal at BRaVe Media Ventures, she led advisory work for major clients with an emphasis on persona mapping, sales strategy, content marketing, organizational development and OTT... Read More →
avatar for Wendy Yale

Wendy Yale

Vice President Corporate and Revenue Marketing, Illumio
As vice president of Corporate and Revenue Marketing, Wendy is responsible for Illumio’s brand, communications, and demand generation. Wendy has 18 years of experience focusing on category creation and go-to-market strategy for the B2B technology industry. Prior to Illumio, she was the head of Worldwide Marketing Programs... Read More →


Wednesday April 26, 2017 1:15pm - 2:00pm
Grand 2 - Marketing Stage

1:15pm

Breakout 2 | Salon 2 – From Seed to Private Equity: How to Navigate the Full Spectrum of Investment Stages and Opportunities, Sponsored by Heritage Trust Federal Credit Union

Every round of funding has it advantages and pitfalls. This panel of investment experts will advise on how to best swim with the sharks and whales as a company scales and grows.



Moderators
avatar for Doug Spear

Doug Spear

Attorney, Nelson Mullins
Doug Spear is the leader of the Firm's Emerging Growth and Venture Capital practice. In this capacity, he works with a team of lawyers to advise emerging and growth stage technology and life science companies, as well as venture capital firms and angel investors. The firm's practice continues to rank in the top 10 of all law firms in the eastern United States in representing venture-backed companies. Doug is extremely active in startup communities in the Southeast and beyond, working closely with founders, investors, and other advisors to help to build growing companies in various industries. Doug is also an adjunct professor at Emory... Read More →

Speakers
avatar for Alex Estevez

Alex Estevez

Venture Partner, Accel Partners
Mr. Estevez helps Silicon Valley-based Accel Partners with portfolio companies and investment opportunities based in the eastern U.S. Accel is a global leader in venture capital, having invested in Atlassian, Dropbox, Dropcam, Etsy, Facebook, Lynda.com, Slack, Squarespace and Spotify. Mr. Estevez is currently on the advisory board of BetterCloud and Grovo, both NY-based Accel investments. Prior to Accel, Mr. Estevez worked in San Francisco as CFO of Atlassian (Nasdaq: TEAM), a global leader in team collaboration software. During these three years, Mr. Estevez helped triple bookings to nearly a $300 million runrate, and he helped grow shareholder value from $400 million to $3.3 billion via minority investment with T. Rowe Price. Mr. Estevez earned an MBA with distinction from... Read More →
avatar for Bobby Ocampo

Bobby Ocampo

Partner, Revolution Ventures
Bobby is a Partner at Revolution Ventures and focuses on identifying, investing in, and helping to build innovative and impactful early-stage companies. Bobby serves as a Board Observer at Booker (formerly GramercyOne) and OrderUp. Prior to joining Revolution Ventures, Bobby was... Read More →
avatar for Dawn Patrick

Dawn Patrick

Partner, Industry Leader - Technology and Health & Life Sciences, Cherry Bekaert, LLP
As Industry Leader of Cherry Bekaert’s Technology and Health & Life Sciences practices, Dawn has dedicated much of her career to serving clients in the technology industry and supporting the technology community with her time and extensive knowledge. Additionally, Dawn leads THInc, the... Read More →
avatar for Don Rainey

Don Rainey

General Partner, Grotech Ventures
Don Rainey is a venture capitalist with a long and active relationship in the academic arena as both a professor and mentor. Don’s area of investment expertise centers around Internet and social media-related startups. He is a prolific blogger and frequent contributor to various business and VC trade publications including BusinessInsider and... Read More →


Wednesday April 26, 2017 1:15pm - 2:00pm
Salon 2

1:15pm

Breakout 2 | Snagajob Stage (Grand 1) – People That Do Hard Things and Deal with Loneliness
I spend a lot of time making things, but when things work best in my life it's because a team I am connected to has something special going on. In the next phase of my life I'm doubling down on building infrastructure for friendship in my life and in the world. I'll share the clues I've found to building a less lonely space to lead from.

Speakers
avatar for Bre Pettis

Bre Pettis

Co-Founder, MakerBot
I make things.


Wednesday April 26, 2017 1:15pm - 2:00pm
Grand 1 - Technology Stage Presented by Snagajob

1:15pm

2:15pm

Breakout 2 | Salon 1 – Give the People What They Want: A Fireside Chat with Steve Mangano, Creator of CurEat, a Hot New Curated Dining App Full of Recommendations by World-Class Chefs and other Dynamic Influencers
CurEat Founder Steve Mangano will walk attendees through the full spectrum of app development, from idea to product development to the live launch in real time. The idea for CurEat is that users will be inspired by CurEaters—without the photos and opinionated reviews common to other platforms—to patronize casual or mom-and-pop operations as well as upscale hotspots, and in turn influence others with their own endorsements. Mangano likens CurEat's lists to social media shout-outs from friends looking for great food in an unfamiliar location or those who crave a certain type of cuisine or atmosphere. "I was in New York and saw that Rochelle Johnson from Ponysaurus and Dashi listed a ramen place [on CurEat]. I used the map feature and found it was just six blocks from where I was," he says. "I went there and it was amazing."

Moderators
avatar for Elliot Volkman

Elliot Volkman

Tech Reporter, Tech.co
Blue Acorn is an award-winning ecommerce agency that is dedicated to collaborative client partnerships in an effort to develop experiential websites and stores. With an existing and well established presence, our brand stands apart from our competitors, but until recently we did... Read More →

Speakers
avatar for Stephen Mangano

Stephen Mangano

Founder, CurEat
The CurEat app arose from Mangano’s passion for food, love and appreciation for chefs and restaurants and his innate entrepreneurial spirit. Growing up in Queens and with roots in Italy and family in Australia and Argentina, Mangano has a deep respect and appreciation for all cuisines and cultures. A passionate cook with Italian heritage, Mangano received a degree in hospitality management from Florida International University and an MBA from University of North Carolina in Chapel Hill. His hospitality background led him to work for Hilton Hotels in Miami and the greater New York area, including Manhattan. His business background brought him into the consulting field where he worked with Fortune 500 companies and international clients incorporating extensive travel all over the world. From starting his own consulting company to investing in his local community, Mangano is well versed in both local and international business development. | | An active community member... Read More →


Wednesday April 26, 2017 2:15pm - 3:00pm
Salon 1

2:15pm

Breakout 3 | Alphavest Stage (Grand 3) – Next Gen Entrepreneurship Ecosystems: Moving Beyond the Basic Pitch & Building a Sustainable Model – Sponsored by Charleston County Economic Development
Moderators
avatar for Stephanie Hughes

Stephanie Hughes

Producer, Marketplace Tech
Stephanie Hughes is the producer of Marketplace Tech, which examines the growing digital economy and looks at how technology is changing the work we do every day. She also works on the Codebreaker podcast. Before joining Marketplace, Stephanie worked as a producer for Bloomberg Radio, where she produced interviews with guests ranging from energy mogul T. Boone Pickens to mobile game executive Niccolo de Masi. Previously, she worked for WYPR, the NPR affiliate in Baltimore, where she was one of the producers of the year-long, multi-platform series... Read More →

Speakers
avatar for Jennifer Bonnet

Jennifer Bonnet

Director/General Manager, Advanced Technology Development Center (ATDC)
| Jennifer is a recovering entrepreneur turned entrepreneurial economic development professional focused on helping entrepreneurs launch, grow and scale technology businesses in Georgia.  | | Jennifer serves technology entrepreneurs through her role as Director/General Manager of the Advanced Technology Development Center (ATDC), Georgia's Technology Incubator. While at ATDC, Jennifer has spearheaded the development of a recurring year round curriculum and statewide expansion. | | Jennifer has a passion for female technology entrepreneurs and is the founder of StartupChicks, a non-profit membership organization. StartupChicks is focused on connecting, educating and inspiring women and girls to become STEM focused entrepreneurs. | | Jennifer is a former technology entrepreneur with over 25 years experience in Information Technology and Software Development specializing in web and mobile technologies. Jennifer has held numerous CEO/CTO positions in bootstrapped, angel and venture-backed technology... Read More →
avatar for Josh Dorfman

Josh Dorfman

Director of Entrepreneurship, Venture Ashville
Josh leads Venture Asheville and is a green economy entrepreneur, author, and strategic adviser focused on building mainstream audiences for mission-driven brands. He is also Managing Director of Asheville Angels, the EDC’s member-based angel investor network that finds and funds startups in Asheville and across the Southeast. Previously, Josh launched and directed VineMarket.com, an Amazon.com e-commerce business specializing in natural and organic food. He has been Vice President of Marketing for GoodGuide, a... Read More →
avatar for Chris Heivly

Chris Heivly

Entrepreneur in Residence, TechStars
Techstars is the global ecosystem that helps entrepreneurs build great businesses through the accelerator investment programs now in 25+ cities worldwide as well as the 800+ Startup Weekends and 40+ Startup Weeks managed under the Techstars umbrella. | | In this new role, I will be working with Brad Feld (Foundry Group... Read More →
avatar for Dan Roselli

Dan Roselli

Managing Director, Queen City Fintech
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 in the community. Packard Place houses 6 different business incubator programs; RevTechLabs(Revolutionary Tech), QCFinTech(Financial Service... Read More →



Wednesday April 26, 2017 2:15pm - 3:00pm
Grand 3 - Business Stage Sponsored by Alphavest.com

2:15pm

Breakout 3 | Snagajob Stage (Grand 1) – Religion Then Retail: Creative as Currency. Creative Without Strategy is Art. Art is Highly Subjective. And Subjective Things are Easily Dismissed.
Speakers
avatar for Peter Sorckoff

Peter Sorckoff

Chief Content Officer, Atlanta Hawks & Phillips Arena
Peter Sorckoff is the Chief Creative Officer and Senior Vice President of Marketing for the Atlanta Hawks and Philips Arena. Peter oversees brand management, advertising, promotions, the fan experience/game presentation, digital and social channels, direct/e-mail marketing and team retail operations. He is also responsible for leading all creative teams in the origination and development of new and unique content in-arena, on television and in the digital environment. | | In addition to his work with the Atlanta Hawks and Philips Arena, Peter has been an exemplary member of the Calgary Flames and the Atlanta Thrashers organizations. He was also a Venue Producer for the Salt Lake Olympic Committee during the 2002 Winter Olympic Games. | | Peter sits on the board of the St. Jude's Recover Center, as well as the Community Advisory board for CBS 46. He is a Team Advisory Council Member for InStadium... Read More →


Wednesday April 26, 2017 2:15pm - 3:00pm
Grand 1 - Technology Stage Presented by Snagajob

2:15pm

Wild Pitch | Grand 2 – Fast-Growth Startups Make the Case for Capital to Elite Investors

DIG SOUTH’s Wild Pitch is the South’s Capitol of Capital, the event where fast-growth startups make the case for funding to top-shelf investors.

Judges listed as "Speakers" on this session schedule entry.

AMICUS – Charlotte, NC
We are in business to end stories about waste, mismanagement and poor performance in the non-profit sector.

BEDKIN – Charleston, SC
BedKin is Homesharing for friends.

CETERUS – Charleston, SC
Combining the expertise of professional accountants and our next-generation automation, Ceterus provides real-time financial insights and industry-specific benchmarks though Edge, a convenient, cloud-based, mobile platform.

CORSTRATA – Savannah, GA
Using our mobile health technology, wounds are photographed, auto-measured, documented and sent securely to our expert who then identifies the type of wound and suggests an evidence-based treatment and wound dressing. By managing the wound’s treatment over time, Corstrata heals wounds faster at a lower cost.

COURIER – Charlotte, NC
Courier is a marketing platform to help banks better message and engage their existing customers at the right time to reduce churn and increase their value.

CURU – Charlotte, NC
Curu is a mobile app that finds simple actions that will largely improve a user’s credit score.

FSLOGIX – Alpharetta, GA
FSLogix allows enterprises to take full advantage and global scale out of their Citrix, VMware, Amazon, and Microsoft virtual desktop solutions in public and private cloud.

INTERLOOP – Charleston, SC
Interloop is an end-to-end Sales Execution & Forecasting platform that uses artificial intelligence and machine learning to helps sales teams understand where to focus so they close more business faster.

2ULAUNDRY– Charlotte, NC
2ULaundry is the Amazon of services, starting with premium laundry and dry cleaning delivery.

ZIKHER – San Francisco, CA
Zikher is an open API based solution for credit unions, community and regional banks that automate and streamline loans, mortgages and account opening process.

PT on Demand; Charleston, SC
PT on Demand operates a proprietary platform that delivers personalized therapy regimens to customers directly on their smart device or computer

JUDGING CRITERIA
1. Clarity of Idea: What’s your idea and is it original?
2. Problem Identification: What problem are you solving?
3. Market Size and Accessibility: Who else has this problem?
4. Solution Quality: How will/do you solve the problem?
5. Assessment of competition: How does your customer currently solve this problem?
6. Revenue Model: How are you going to make money?
7. Market Strategy: How are you going to find customers?
8. Team: Who are you and why should we care about the company?
9. Vision: Where will you go from here?

PRIZES

  • The first-place winner of the 2017 DIG SOUTH Wild Pitch will receive a sponsorship package to DIG SOUTH 2018 valued at $2500.

  • 2nd place receives 2 badges to DIG SOUTH ICON 2018

  • 3rd place receives a bag of DIG Swag


Moderators
avatar for Titania Jordan

Titania Jordan

Chief Parent Officer, Bark.us
Titania Jordan is a tech entrepreneur, television personality/producer, content creator, creative director, and emcee. Her most recent projects include Connect, Talking in Circles, and hosting NBC Atlanta affiliate WXIA’s weekly television show Atlanta Tech Edge. Titania starte... Read More →

Speakers
avatar for Christopher M. Langford

Christopher M. Langford

Managing Director, Lowe's Ventures
Chris leads the venture capital arm for Lowe's, the Fortune 50 home improvement company. He leads sourcing, evaluation and management of early stage investments and facilitates interaction between the early-stage community and Lowe's.
avatar for John Osborne

John Osborne

EA, Charleston Angel Partners
Director of The Harbor Entrepreneur Center and EA of Charleston Angel Partners. Talk to me about connecting in Charleston, funding companies, and balancing entrepreneur life with being a Dad and Husband.......oh, and cornhole!
avatar for Dawn Patrick

Dawn Patrick

Partner, Industry Leader - Technology and Health & Life Sciences, Cherry Bekaert, LLP
As Industry Leader of Cherry Bekaert’s Technology and Health & Life Sciences practices, Dawn has dedicated much of her career to serving clients in the technology industry and supporting the technology community with her time and extensive knowledge. Additionally, Dawn leads THInc, the... Read More →




Wednesday April 26, 2017 2:15pm - 3:00pm
Grand 2 - Marketing Stage

3:15pm

Super Keynote 4 | Performance Hall – Fireside Chat with Jim Bankoff, CEO/Chair, Vox Media
Discover how this Emmy-winner and former EVP of AOL leads the web’s hottest new media companies – Vox, SB Nation, Eater, The Verge, Polygon, Curbed and Racked. Get the inside scoop on Bankoff’s personal and professional breakthroughs and how he applies those lessons to leading a global new media company today.

Moderators
avatar for Steve Bertoni

Steve Bertoni

Senior Editor, Forbes Magazine
I cover the Forbes 30 Under 30 and the technology sector focusing on the entrepreneurs and investors behind the companies and innovations shaping our world. Cover stories include: Sean Parker, Spotify's Daniel Ek, Instagram's Kevin Systrom, Activist Carl Icahn, Las Vegas Sands' Sheldon Adelson, PayPal's David Marcus, Momofuku's David Chang, and Tinder founder Sean... Read More →

Speakers
avatar for Jim Bankoff

Jim Bankoff

Chairman & CEO, Vox Media
Jim Bankoff (@Bankoff) is the Chairman and CEO of Vox Media, running all aspects of what has become the fastest-growing digital media company today. Vox Media builds smart media brands people love, empowering trusted, talented voices with proprietary technology to create and distribute stories that reach audiences of hundreds of millions across all digital platforms.Recently, Bankoff has been named to... Read More →


Wednesday April 26, 2017 3:15pm - 4:00pm
Performance Hall

4:00pm

6:00pm

6:00pm

6:00pm

6:00pm

Official DIG ICON After-Party (All badge holders) – Sponsored by Republic Garden & Lounge
Drink specials for DIG ICON badge holders starting at 6pm until they run out. General public may also attend but specials reserved for badge holders.

Wednesday April 26, 2017 6:00pm - 10:00pm
Republic Garden & Lounge 462 King Street
 
Thursday, April 27
 

7:00am

7:00am

Registration Open
Thursday April 27, 2017 7:00am - 4:00pm
Gaillard Center Lobby

8:00am

9:00am

Super Keynote 5 | Grand 2 – Creating Breakthrough Brand Strategies: When to Stay True to the Past, and When to Break with It
Speakers
avatar for Micky Onvural

Micky Onvural

Chief Marketing Officer, Bonobos
Micky is the Chief Marketing Officer of Bonobos, the better-fitting menswear brand. At Bonobos she is responsible for all aspects of building and communicating the brand story, as well as driving revenue via all marketing channels. Prior to Bonobos, Micky has worked across audien... Read More →


Thursday April 27, 2017 9:00am - 9:45am
Grand 2 - Marketing Stage

9:00am

VIP Lounge | Founder's Lounge
Thursday April 27, 2017 9:00am - 3:00pm
Founder's Lounge Gaillard Center

10:00am

Breakout 4 | Alphavest Stage (Grand 3) – The Thrills & Spills of AR/VR Development: How to Help Your Business Grow and Harness its Full Potential Through the Power of AR/VR
Did you know that 28 million people will be paying for VR and AR content by 2018? If executed correctly, this new technology can be a huge opportunity for your business to differentiate their sales and marketing efforts from everyone else. During this session we'll hear directly from companies who have discovered new and innovative ways to leverage augmented and virtual reality to help their business grow and succeed. We'll also highlight commonly made mistakes that they've uncovered so that you can avoid them.

Speakers
avatar for John Cater

John Cater

Product Architect, Atlatl Software
John Cater graduated magna cum laude from Columbia College Chicago with a Bachelor's in Video Game Design in 2014.  He immediately started working at Atlatl Software Inc. in Charleston, SC as a C# Unity Developer where he is still employed.  His hobbies include quantum physics, c... Read More →
avatar for Francis Duranceau

Francis Duranceau

Lead Field Engineer, Unity Technologies
Francis started his career over 11 years ago as an embedded Software Engineer in the field of automotive and robotics. Later on, he moved toward gaming industry with stops at Electronic Arts, Autodesk and as a freelance developer. Now, he's the Lead Field Engineer at Unity and is... Read More →
avatar for Andrew Hanold

Andrew Hanold

Software Developer, Atlatl Software
avatar for Sanjay Mistry

Sanjay Mistry

Vice President of Business Development, VIMaec
Sanjay Mistry brings 20 years of user experience and sound technical, development, and business expertise. He has dedicated his career to working in the design, film, and games industries and possesses in-depth knowledge of each global market, ranging from product development to sales.Sanjay was the Global Director for the Architecture, Engineering and Construction (AEC) and Manufacturing industries at Unity Technologies, responsible for developing a new business vertical, with supporting new tools and driving revenue growth. Prior to this Sanjay was the head of sales and marketing at Shotgun Software, where he was responsible for driving global revenue growth. (Autodesk Acquired Shotgun 2014). He has also held positions at Autodesk, Softimage (Autodesk Acquired Softimage 2008), Electronic Arts, and Alias|Wavefront. He has worked with the most notable brands within the Media and Entertainment industry, including Sony Pictures, EA, Disney, and Warner Brothers. Sanjay has received many accolades and was part of the development team at Alias|Wavefront, the creator of Maya, when it won an Oscar for outstanding... Read More →


Thursday April 27, 2017 10:00am - 10:45am
Grand 3 - Business Stage Sponsored by Alphavest.com

10:00am

Breakout 4 | Grand 2 – Consumer Data Deep Dive: The Legal and Regulatory Requirements for the Collection, Processing, Sale, Transfer and Use of Consumer Data in the US and How it Impacts Your Business

This presentation will discuss the applicable legal and regulatory requirements for the collection, processing, sale, transfer and use of consumer data in the US. The acquisition and use of consumer data represents a valuable and critical asset of the business at all stages of a company's life cycle. The ability to leverage consumer data for business purposes requires careful thought, foresight and robust planning in order to maximize the value of such data assets. Whether a company is in its early stage of formation, seeking investors or preparing for an exit, the freedom and flexibility to exercise full control of the company's data assets creates value which will continually appreciate over the life of the company.

Listen as David F. Katz, Partner at Nelson Mullins Scarborough, LLP, Practice and Data Management Practice Leader and Bess Hinson, Privacy and Data Management Associate in the Columbia South Carolina Office present on this timely and important topic.

http://www.nelsonmullins.com/attorneys/david-katz
http://www.nelsonmullins.com/attorneys/bess-hinson

 


Speakers
avatar for Bess Hinson

Bess Hinson

Attorney, Nelson Mullins
Bess Hinson is an associate in Nelson Mullins Riley & Scarborough's Privacy and Information Security Practice Group. She advises clients on data security considerations and matters related to privacy laws. Bess represents clients at all stages of incident response from investig... Read More →
avatar for David Katz

David Katz

Attorney, Nelson Mullins
David Katz is a partner in Nelson Mullins Riley & Scarborough's Atlanta office where he leads the Privacy and Information Security Practice Group. He provides legal advice on matters related to the privacy laws affecting multiple sectors of the economy including retail, financial... Read More →


Thursday April 27, 2017 10:00am - 10:45am
Grand 2 - Marketing Stage

10:00am

Breakout 4 | Snagajob Stage (Grand 1) – Disruptive Technologies in the Healthcare Industry & How to Adapt
Innovative healthcare executives discuss recent breakthrough technologies that are accelerating the evolution of efficient healthcare delivery, and how those innovations apply to any business.  

Moderators
avatar for Stephanie Hughes

Stephanie Hughes

Producer, Marketplace Tech
Stephanie Hughes is the producer of Marketplace Tech, which examines the growing digital economy and looks at how technology is changing the work we do every day. She also works on the Codebreaker podcast. Before joining Marketplace, Stephanie worked as a producer for Bloomberg Radio, where she produced interviews with guests ranging from energy mogul T. Boone Pickens to mobile game executive Niccolo de Masi. Previously, she worked for WYPR, the NPR affiliate in Baltimore, where she was one of the producers of the year-long, multi-platform series... Read More →

Speakers
avatar for Tina Joros

Tina Joros

General Manager & VP, AllScripts
Tina Joros is the Vice President and General Manager of the Open Business Unit. Tina is responsible for managing the day-to-day operations of the Allscripts Developer Program (ADP), ensuring information, documentation and support is available for developers through online tools, such as the Allscripts Developer Portal... Read More →
avatar for Steve Jungmann

Steve Jungmann

Founder & Managing Director, Somerset & Church
Steve is the Founder & Managing Director of Somerset & Church, LLC - a boutique data platform and software development firm helping small and emerging firms collect and realize the value in their data. The firm is focused on the consumer and health markets and is building a data... Read More →
avatar for Heather Samarin

Heather Samarin

Chief Product Officer, AristaMD
Over 18 years experience in product design and product management leadership.  Her passion and success has been in customer-centered innovation; building engaging, end-to-end solutions that drive recommendation to others.  This passion has been exercised through her executive ro... Read More →
avatar for Erin Trimble

Erin Trimble

Senior Manger, Corporate Development, athenahealth
Erin Trimble is a Senior Manager on the Corporate Development team at athenahealth, where she oversees the company’s strategic investment arm (the ‘More Disruption Please’ Accelerator). Prior to joining athena, Erin was a Venture Fellow at Rock Health, a full-service seed fund fo... Read More →


Thursday April 27, 2017 10:00am - 10:45am
Grand 1 - Technology Stage Presented by Snagajob

10:00am

DIG ICON – Exhibitor Lounges
Explore three 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.

Thursday April 27, 2017 10:00am - 3:45pm
Gaillard Center

11:00am

Breakout 5 | Grand 2 – Virtual Breakthroughs: How Companies Can Prepare to Leverage Augmented, Virtual and Mixed Reality Opportunities in a Pokemon Go World. And Why You Should be Building Products Now
Moderators
avatar for Adam Sharpe

Adam Sharpe

Director, Content Strategy, You Are Here
Adam Sharpe is the Senior Production Manager at You Are Here, an immersive experience studio. Adam has had an interest in technology since a young age having built his first website at the age of 8 and his first computer at the age of 12. At You Are Here he manages a team that... Read More →

Speakers
avatar for John Buzzell

John Buzzell

President, You Are Here
It takes more than ever before to engage people. As a business, you need your audience in the moment - your moment. That's why I work at an "immersive experiences" studio in nearby Atlanta, Georgia. We use emerging technologies including Mixed Reality, Virtual Reality, Augmented Reality, Projection Mapping, LED Walls, and more. Building on more than 25 years' working in the interactive field, I lead an interdisciplinary team to create engaging, memorable, and measurable digital experiences. We help a number of brands and companies engage people at retail, trade shows, and events. Clients include... Read More →
avatar for Jessica Hockin

Jessica Hockin

Director of Product, TRICK 3D
Jessica Hockin serves as the director of product at TRICK 3D, an Atlanta-based immersive media studio specializing in 3D animation and augmented and virtual realities. Jessica Hockin leads the Floorplan Revolution product group, a first-of-its-kind real estate visualization solution that enables both residential and commercial real estate builders and developers to showcase their properties to prospects in beautiful life-like ways through 3D and VR... Read More →
avatar for Zach Pousman

Zach Pousman

Co-Founder, Head of Strategy, Variable Labs
Zach Pousman is a digital innovator and strategist, designing better ways for people and technology to work together. Zach has a deep background in human-computer interaction, including ethnographic and qualitative research methods to uncover unmet customer and user needs, which serves him well as Variable... Read More →


Thursday April 27, 2017 11:00am - 11:45am
Grand 2 - Marketing Stage

11:00am

Breakout 5 | Salon 1 – Our Connected Future - Finding True Utility at the Intersection of Market and Mission
Speakers
avatar for Scott Moody

Scott Moody

Co-Founder & CEO, K4Connect
F. Scott Moody is the co-founder, CEO and Chief Client Advocate of K4Connect (Raleigh, NC), a mission-centered company that creates solutions that serve and empower older adults and those living with disabilities. The Company enhances its clients lives through an integrated connected-life software platform that brings together the best in home automation products, health and wellness technologies, and communication and social functionality... Read More →


Thursday April 27, 2017 11:00am - 11:45am
Salon 1

11:00am

Breakout 5 | Salon 2 – Don't Let 'em Breakthrough: Information Assurance and Continuity Management – Sponsored by VeriStor
This panel will share insights on the challenges of keeping your data secure and safe, via the simple insight, “Don't Let 'Em Breakthrough Trifecta” 1) Proactive Assessment 2) Mitigate Risk 3) Ensure Continuity. Panelists hope to create vested collaborations with the audience throughout DIG ICON.

Speakers
avatar for Kyle Bubp

Kyle Bubp

Founder & Principal Consultant, Savage Security
For over a decade, Kyle Bubp has been elevating the state of security for enterprises, service providers, government organizations and the industry at large. Throughout his career, Kyle has worked on several privileged and classified U.S. government projects for multiple 3-letter... Read More →
avatar for Michael Pittenger

Michael Pittenger

Vice President, Security Strategy, Black Duck Software
Mike Pittenger has more than 25 years of management experience, and 15 years in security. He previously served as Vice President and General Manager of the product division of @stake. After @stake’s acquisition by Symantec, Pittenger led the spin-out of his team to form Veracode. ... Read More →
avatar for Michael J. Stolarczyk

Michael J. Stolarczyk

Vice President, VeriStor
Michael joined VeriStor in May, 2016 to architect the vision and blueprint for the company’s Cloud Managed Services business. His unique expertise in developing processes and operations from the ground up, empower his team to deliver the solid data security and dynamic bandwidt... Read More →
avatar for Robert Strechay

Robert Strechay

Vice President of Product, Zerto
Rob Strechay is the Vice President of Product for Zerto. Working with customers, partners, engineering and the rest of the Zerto executive team to ensure an innovative roadmap and delivery of quality software. Prior to joining Zerto, Rob was the Worldwide Director of Product Mana... Read More →


Thursday April 27, 2017 11:00am - 11:45am
Salon 2

11:00am

Breakout 5 | Snagajob Stage (Grand 1) – Why Traditional Org Charts Deserve Re-Thinking

With more than two decades of experience building iconic global mobile apps and marketing-leading software products for brands like OpenTable, CitySearch, Ticketmaster and now Snagajob, Jocelyn Mangan knows what success⎼and failure⎼look like. She has learned how to empower complex teams with diverse skill sets to work together toward a common goal. In this session, Jocelyn will address why and how she is challenging traditional org structures, and why it is truly important to put the customer first.  


Speakers
avatar for Jocelyn Mangan

Jocelyn Mangan

COO, Snagajob
Jocelyn Mangan serves as Snagajob's chief operating officer where she is responsible for the creation and management of products that connect workers and employers and leading all marketing efforts to accelerate the growth of Snagajob's national brand. Mangan has almost two decades of experience building iconic global mobile apps and market-leading software products. As the former head of product for OpenTable, she oversaw the vision, strategy and development of the company's consumer and restaurant products. Prior to that, Jocelyn held senior roles at TicketMaster, where she successfully led the first multi-lingual, Olympic ticketing website from concept to implementation. Mangan was honored as a member of the 2016 column of Henry Crown Fellows and the Aspen Global Leadership Network at the Aspen Institute. Prior to that, Mangan was named to Fast... Read More →


Thursday April 27, 2017 11:00am - 11:45am
Grand 1 - Technology Stage Presented by Snagajob

11:00am

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


Thursday April 27, 2017 11:00am - 1:00pm
George Street

11:00am

Pitch Event | Alphavest Stage (Grand 3) – Next Wave of Fintech Innovation Brought to You by 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.

Teams pitching today:
Amicus
Catapult / @catapult_hq
Courier / @thelemonapp
Curu / @CuruCredit 
Envudu / @envudu
Edquity / @edquityapp
Finsophy / @SpaceVault
Zikher / @zikherinc

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.

Speakers
avatar for Dan Roselli

Dan Roselli

Managing Director, Queen City Fintech
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 in the community. Packard Place houses 6 different business incubator programs; RevTechLabs(Revolutionary Tech), QCFinTech(Financial Service... Read More →




Thursday April 27, 2017 11:00am - 1:00pm
Grand 3 - Business Stage Sponsored by Alphavest.com

12:00pm

Super Keynote 6 | Grand 2 – Building a Decentralized Internet
The internet is broken - hacking, tracking, paswords, and middlemen are all a threat to our freedom and safety on the internet. Now more than ever, it's clear we need a new internet that gives the power back to the users and puts security and freedom at the forefront of the architectural design. Blockstack is at the forefront of building this more secure, decentralized internet and provides a platform for building server-less applications. We believe the dream of building a truly decentralized internet is now within reach, and are excited to tell you about how we can make it happen. 

Speakers
avatar for Ryan Shea

Ryan Shea

Co-Founder, Blockstack
Ryan Shea co-founded Blockstack, a new decentralized internet for people to take back control of their data. With his co-founder Muneeb Ali, Blockstack has raised funding from top investors like Union Square Ventures and Naval Ravikant. Ryan majored in Mechanical and Aerospace E... Read More →


Thursday April 27, 2017 12:00pm - 12:30pm
Grand 2 - Marketing Stage

1:00pm

Breakout 6 | Alphavest Stage (Grand 3) – The Science of Decision Making – AI, Biometrics and Neuroscience - What it all means to Brands and Buyers- Sponsored by Oracle
Lately everyone is talking about AI, but most aren't talking about it accurately. Businesses are scrambling to implement AI and Neuroscience into their decision making process and data analysis, but most aren't doing it in a manner that will produce significant result. We plan to help brands clearly define AI, Neuroscience and biometrics and how they fit into their business goals and provide improvements. People are still figuring out what each of these scientific methods are. For Neuroscience they are trying to implement it by reading people's biometrics and unconscious responses, yet they do not understand the cognitive nature and the effect of the five factor model, behavioral economics or even Darwin’s theory and how knowledge in these areas can effect a customer’s decision making progress up to 10 seconds before they even know it. As for AI, it’s the wild west – terms are being thrown around incorrectly, there isn’t a true understanding of machine learning, vs cognitive, or deep learning, or even the statistical logic used may be counter intuitive to their objectives. I’ll help the audience understand each of these pieces, bring together the future of ‘mindset advertising” and how the World of Everything (WoE) will guide strategy and implementation moving forward.

Speakers
avatar for Gregory Yates

Gregory Yates

CMO, RICG
Greg's tenure includes over twenty years of building new brands and rescuing stale ones that were falling out of vogue. Previously, he was CMO of InvestingChannel, Managing Director of Intuition and held senior roles at Fox Interactive Media, IGN, UGO and imeem. As Chief Marketi... Read More →



Thursday April 27, 2017 1:00pm - 1:45pm
Grand 3 - Business Stage Sponsored by Alphavest.com

1:00pm

Breakout 6 | Grand 2 – Storytelling Through Products: How to Build a New Brand & Leverage the Right Marketplace
Moderators
avatar for Beezer Molten

Beezer Molten

President, Half-Moon Outfitters
As president and owner of Half-Moon Outfitters, Beezer Molten draws on his own experiences in the field to provide customers with the finest equipment and apparel for travel and sport in the outdoors. Molten works to build team spirit and exceptional customer service by encouraging staff to spend time outside, knowing that they will return with additional expertise which enhances the customer experience. Molten acts as buyer, selecting many of the products Half-Moon sells and determines the path the individual stores will take each season in terms of new gear, clothing, equipment and other items. In order to stay current on the latest equipment available, he spends a significant amount of time traveling and enjoying the outdoor activities his stores outfit. Born in Clemson, S.C., Molten has lived around the state, including Greenville, Columbia and... Read More →

Speakers
avatar for Gene Cook

Gene Cook

CEO and Founder, MotorCrew Inc.
Gene Cook is an innovative general business manager and Product leader with extensive experience in consumer-facing marketplaces. Over a deep career at eBay, he led the new business group for eBay North America, overseeing $6B in annual sales while rapidly scaling successful initiatives across Collectibles, Art, Business... Read More →
avatar for Eric Holmberg

Eric Holmberg

Founder, Craftsman, J.Stark
J. Stark was founded on my desire to create something tangible. I’d spent the previous decade building digital representations of things – ghosts that would vanish the moment they were unplugged. It began as a rediscovery of my own potential and became something much greater. I learned it... Read More →


Thursday April 27, 2017 1:00pm - 1:45pm
Grand 2 - Marketing Stage

1:00pm

Breakout 6 | Salon 1 – Touch of Grey: Operating Innovative Startups in Regulatory Grey Zones
Innovation and disruption are moving through the economy in new ways - particularly in services that can be easily socialized, such as the hotel business, the taxi industry, and the education market. As socially driven disruption progresses, companies like Aribnb, Uber and Coursera run into more and more regulatory hurdles. New entrants to many markets face ill fitting (and ill defined) regulatory structures. Investor Chris Dixon described many of the companies operating in this space as “regulatory hacks.” As Dixon described: “Sometimes the businesses that change regulations are startups. Startups don’t have the resources to change regulations through lobbying. Instead, they need to start with regulatory hacks: “back door” experiments that demonstrate the benefits of their ideas. With luck, regulators are forced to follow.” This session will explore operating as a startup in such spaces. How do you assess when to move forward in such gray areas? What do you consider? What resources do you look to?

Speakers
avatar for James Peters

James Peters

Head of Global Compliance & Legal Services, LegalZoom
James Peters is the Head of Global Compliance & Legal Services for LegalZoom, responsible for directing product development strategies and managing regulatory compliance related to new legal services offerings. James has served as an adjunct professor at Michigan State University... Read More →


Thursday April 27, 2017 1:00pm - 1:45pm
Salon 1

1:00pm

Breakout 6 | Salon 2 – Startup Dreams Can Come True: How Terminus Hustled to Grow 5X
The sign of a SaaS startup's potential is when the company hits $1M in ARR. A best-in-class SaaS company gets to $1M in Year 1, grows from $1M to $3M in ARR in Year 2, and then grows from $3M to $9M in Year 3. Terminus just celebrated its 3rd birthday, and the company is on track to exceed those metrics. 

As Terminus is the original name for the city of Atlanta, the startup has quickly become a recognized brand for the technology community in ATL. Terminus has grown to 100 employees, graduated from the Atlanta Tech Village, and won awards such as #1 Best Place to Work, Startup of the Year, plus more than a dozen other accolades. 
In this session from Co-Founder & CMO Sangram Vajre will share the secrets to success at Terminus including building a new category for B2B account-based marketing, strategically raising funding, and the “magic triangle” of product-market fit. Session attendees will be eligible to win a copy of Sangram’s book “Account-Based Marketing for Dummies” plus gain new insights on how marketing can help fast-track a startup’s success. 

Speakers
avatar for Sangram Vajre

Sangram Vajre

Co-Founder & CMO, 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 platform launched in 2015, the company has experienced white-hot growth winning accolades such as Atlanta's Startup of the Year, #1 Best Place to Work from The Atlanta Business Chronicle, and #1 in Employee Appreciation from The Atlanta... Read More →


Thursday April 27, 2017 1:00pm - 1:45pm
Salon 2

1:00pm

Breakout 6 | Snagajob Stage (Grand 1) – Mastering the Gig Economy: How to Deftly Assemble & Manage Globally Distributed Teams and Land Top Clients, Sponsored by Innovecs

Sure, you can live and work almost anywhere you want to in the digital age. But how do you increase your client base, manage the workflow and optimize as you scale – from anywhere? How do you find exactly the right talent at a rate you can afford. And how do you get everyone on the same page, delivering a quality product consistently and on time? Our panel of experts from diverse industries will break down the process for you and deliver actionable advice you can deploy without delay. Gear up!


Moderators
avatar for Paul Sparrow

Paul Sparrow

Partner/CMO, Chief Outsiders
Paul is a Partner & Chief Marketing Officer at Chief Outsiders, and he serves as an Advisor to Dig South. Chief Outsiders helps small and mid-size company CEOs achieve their growth vision as an outsourced executive and collaborative member of his/her leadership team. You won't need us forever, but... Read More →

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Todd Chalfin

VP of Sales, InMotionNow
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Doug Dyer

Managing Director, Innovecs U.S. & VP of Gaming, Innovecs
| A technology executive for over 20 years, Doug is currently leading Innovecs' expansion efforts in the US. He previously held leadership roles at Microsoft, THQ, and Warner Bros. He was CEO of publicly-traded Oasys Mobile and most recently consulted for leading interactive, VR... Read More →
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Mike McAuliffe

Managing Director, Accelerance
Accelerance has organized the global marketplace for software development services –dedicated, fully on boarded, collaborative teams- operating the most efficient and effective platform for Buyers and Sellers to meet. Critical to the platform success is Accelerance’s rigorous... Read More →


Thursday April 27, 2017 1:00pm - 1:45pm
Grand 1 - Technology Stage Presented by Snagajob

1:00pm

Alphavest Stage Grand 3, Pre-Function– "Perfect Day" Book Signing With Cokie Berenyi
Professionals prone to LDD have constructed their whole lives around their businesses. Work comes first, and their hobbies, passions projects, friends, and family members get what’s left over. Exhaustion and overwhelm become a way of life. This breakout session will give you the LDD cure - the elusive holy grail that practically every entrepreneur wants to find but secretly doubts its very existence: a healthy, balanced lifestyle with a thriving business that makes you want to get out of bed each morning. This cure is the Perfect Day formula, and it has the power to change your life. Whether that means climbing the peak of Kilimanjaro or sailing a distant sea, giving a TED talk in front of hundreds of people or launching your fifth startup, this session is your roadmap to launching yourself into the life you’ve always dreamed of. 

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Helen "Cokie" Berenyi

Founder, CEO, Alphavest.com
Cokie is a 20+ year veteran in the investment world, a CFP®, Wall Street disrupter, peak bagger, Perfect Day Engineer, Serial Entrepreneur and terrified mother of two.


Thursday April 27, 2017 1:00pm - 2:00pm
Grand 3 - Business Stage Sponsored by Alphavest.com

2:00pm

Breakout 7 | Alphavest Stage (Grand 3) – The Importance of Relevant Content in E-commerce
This panel will cover the importance of relevant content in eCommerce, and how how agency, eCommerce, and content distribution work together and are starting to live under the same roof.

Moderators
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Liza Kirsh

Vice President of Business Development, Adweek
Liza joined Adweek in 2013 as Vice President of Marketing to lead marketing efforts and brand strategy. Liza was responsible for Adweek's marketing initiatives driving engagement across all platforms, especially digital and experiential. During her tenure she launched Adweek's custom content division, developed strategic partnerships and expanded the event portfolio. She also oversaw the central marketing group, which included creative services, events and public relations. Today, Kirsh leads business development efforts for several divisions under management responsible for strategy, activation and client... Read More →

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Colin Daretta

CEO & Founder, WellPath
Colin is a reformed investment banker turned entrepreneur and investor | interested in how technology can be a catalyst for change in otherwise | mature industry verticals, both B2B and B2C. He is the Founder of WellPath, | a business designed to leverage technology to redefine t... Read More →
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Logan Lee

Co-Founder & CEO, Wine Awesomeness
Logan Lee, co-founder—alongside three friends—of Wine Awesomeness, wants to make wine, well, more awesome. The wine ecommerce and editorial side kick, thebacklabel have become one of the largest millennial wine drinking audiences on the web with more than one million eNewsletter... Read More →
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Samantha Plue

President, D3 NYC
Samantha Plue is President of D3 NYC, a strategic creative agency rooted in collaboration with clients to develop creative that engages, connects, and moves people to act. Sam joined the agency in 2012 to help build out the digital offerings of the agency, and was made Partner... Read More →


Thursday April 27, 2017 2:00pm - 2:45pm
Grand 3 - Business Stage Sponsored by Alphavest.com

2:00pm

Breakout 7 | Grand 2 – Mobilizing the Future: Breakthrough Innovations and Top Trends in Transportation, and What They Mean for Consumers & Regulatory Agencies
Moderators
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Henry Grabar

Staff Writer, Slate
Henry is a staff writer at Slate who covers cities. Previously, he was a senior editor at Urban Omnibus and the author of the Science of Cities column for Next City. His work has appeared in the Atlantic, the Wall Street Journal, and elsewhere.

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Morris Ellison

Economic Development, Real Estate and Business Litigation Partner, Womble, Carlyle, Sandridge & Rice
Morris Ellison is an attorney whose practice includes counseling startup and mature knowledge based companies. In addition, Mr. Ellison assists international companies who do (or wish to do) business in the United States, as well as American businesses as they engage in international markets. He has a particular focus on the Israeli market, as he leads Womble... Read More →
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Patrick Kirby

Managing Director, Innovation Incubator at Michelin North
Since July 2013, Patrick Kirby, is the Director of the North American Innovation Incubator for the Michelin. He is responsible for leading a group of internal innovation startups and external partnerships to discover, develop and validate new business models, ventures and technol... Read More →
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Joachim Taiber

Chief Technology Officer, International Transportation Innovation Center (ITIC)
Born and raised in Germany, Dr. Taiber enjoyed his academic training at the Swiss Federal Institute of Technology in Zurich (ETHZ), Switzerland, where he first graduated with a master degree in mechanical engineering in 1991 and then completed his PhD degree in Technical Sciences in 1996. | After his studies Dr. Taiber started his professional career at a Swiss software start-up company in 1995. He joined BMW Group in 1997 as in-house consultant in the vehicle development division where he worked on different aspects of functional integration and validation of vehicle systems, vehicle electronics platforms as well as vehicle program management. He assisted the CEO as technology advisor and supported the CIO in a major reorganization of the IT division which resulted in holding different leadership positions in the areas of IT strategy, IT program management, IT innovation management and IT benchmarking. In 2003 Dr. Taiber was engaged in the initial planning team to implement the masterplan of a 250 acre automotive research campus in South Carolina closely located to the BMW US manufacturing site as a public private partnership model and to help shape the strategic collaboration with Clemson University. The first facility created on the Clemson University International Center for Automotive Research (CU-ICAR) campus in 2005 was the BMW Information Technology Research Center (ITRC... Read More →


Thursday April 27, 2017 2:00pm - 2:45pm
Grand 2 - Marketing Stage

2:00pm

Breakout 7 | Salon 1 – One-Page Marketing Plan Guaranteed to Increase Your Traffic, Leads & Sales Sponsored by Q4Launch
Marketing doesn't have to be complicated! In our 1 Page Marketing Plan we'll break it down for you to help you focus week by week on what you need to be doing and help you build a weekly plan and formula for success!

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Matt Bare

Founder, Q4Launch
Founder - Q4Launch – July 2008 – Present – Charleston, South Carolina Area | Q4Launch is a full-service design and internet marketing firm working with a wide range of clients throughout the United States. We are startup junkies who design beautiful websites, market your best ide... Read More →


Thursday April 27, 2017 2:00pm - 2:45pm
Salon 1

2:00pm

Breakout 7 | Snagajob Stage (Grand 1) | The New Numbers Game: How to Accurately and Safely Use Customer Data to Drive Marketing & Business Decisions, Sponsored by BoomTown
Moderators
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Michelle Van Jura

Founder, Intersect Communications
Michelle Van Jura is a seasoned professional with various aspects of marketing and public relations experience. Michelle’s career experience and focus has ranged from business-to-business hardware, software and Internet clients to consumer-focused products. She has handled a full-range of corporate communications efforts, crisis management, media relations and analyst relations. She recently founded Intersect Communications, believing that although the media landscape and communication channels are changing the core skills that are the foundation of PR/marketing communications are still relevant and need to be upheld... Read More →

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Dorie Wallace

VP of Customer Success, Blackbaud
Dorie Wallace is the newly appointed Vice President of Customer Success at Blackbaud, the leading provider of software and services to nonprofits with 35,000 customers worldwide. She has been with Blackbaud for 18 years serving in leadership roles in professional services, product management, and customer support before leading the customer success organization. During her tenure in support, the team increased customer satisfaction by 13 points and increased first contact resolution by 35 points all while decreasing costs over $1M. Prior to working at Blackbaud, she worked in hospitality management in... Read More →
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Brock Ward

Digital Marketing Manager, BoomTown
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Read Ziegler

President, Vantedge
Read Ziegler is President of Vantedge, a strategic insights, analytics & marketing performance company which he founded in 2005. Vantedge recently became part of Cooper Holdings, a full-service, integrated marketing company serving some of the world's most innovative brands... Read More →


Thursday April 27, 2017 2:00pm - 2:45pm
Grand 1 - Technology Stage Presented by Snagajob

3:00pm

Super Keynote 7 | Grand 2 | I Got Legs: How I Learned to Stop Worrying and Love the Exoskeleton
Adam Gorlitsky, the first paralyzed man to complete the Cooper River Bridge Run, a historic 10k race in Charleston, South Carolina, using a robotic exoskeleton – twice

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Adam Gorlitsky

Founder, I Got Legs
My name is Adam Gorlitsky, and I am the Founder/Chairman of I Got Legs. I Got Legs is a 501(c)(3) non-profit organization dedicated to helping victims of paralysis walk again by raising awareness about emerging medical technology.  | | I have been paralyzed from the waist down f... Read More →


Thursday April 27, 2017 3:00pm - 3:45pm
Grand 2 - Marketing Stage
 


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