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What is DIG SOUTH (digsouth.com)?

DIG SOUTH is the South’s Tech Hub. We focus on innovation in technology, business, marketing and culture, publishing the best of what’s happening across the region. DIG SOUTH produces DIG SOUTH Tech Conference, ETC South, South Pod, and supports the DIG NATION Member Community.

DIG SOUTH Mission

DIG SOUTH provides the contacts, content and capital opportunities companies need to succeed in the South. We create experiences that connect the smartest startups to leading global brands. And, we deliver a multichannel media voice owned by locals and headquartered in the region.

What is DIG SOUTH Tech Conference?

DIG SOUTH Tech Conference is the South’s essential tech, business & marketing conference. Created by the team at DIG SOUTH Media, DIG SOUTH Tech Conference curates 150 executive-level speakers from leading global brands, fast-growth startups and the media plus top investors. DIG SOUTH Tech Conference 2019 will welcome thousands of attendees to Charleston, the world’s top destination and a culinary mecca. Visit: charleston.digsouth.com

When and where is the next DIG SOUTH Tech Conference?

The next DIG SOUTH Tech Conference will be held April 25–27, 2018 at the Charleston Gaillard Center and other stunning locations across the Charleston.

Who attends and speaks at DIG SOUTH?

Over the last six years, DIG SOUTH has welcomed more than 10,000 attendees and 1000 speakers from the world’s leading brands, including Oracle, Salesforce, Instagram, Facebook, Jet, Casper, BuzzFeed, IBM, Twitter, Re/Code, WSJ, The New York Times, Forbes, Adobe and many more plus the South’s hottest companies, including Blackbaud, Red Hat, Benefitfocus, CNN, Coca-Cola, BoomTown, Atlatl and many more. Visit DIG SOUTH Tech Conference for details.

DIG NATION: The South’s Tech Network

DIG NATION is the South’s tech tribe providing the Contacts, Content and Capital opportunities you need to succeed in the South.

Are we exclusive to the South?

Not by a long shot. DIG SOUTH is global and NOT exclusive to the South. We believe that the best way to promote innovation across the region is to invite global brands and experts to connect, collaborate and do business with leading brands and startups based in the South. It’s a global economy and we engage in the global conversation on innovation.

Are we partisan, parochial or protectionist?

DIG SOUTH is a nonpartisan, nonsectarian, global media company focused on innovation across industries, mediums, platforms and disciplines without regard to political, religious or other affiliations. We simply believe that innovators based in the South should also have a homegrown, global media outlet focused on innovation in technology, business and culture.

How do we define innovation and the Innovation Mindset?

Innovation is how we improve our lives through new ideas, methods and devices paired with an optimistic outlook. We call it the “Innovation Mindset.” Got a problem or challenge? Let’s solve it together. Today. Now. You get the picture.

What’s the DIG SOUTH story?

In 2011, Stanfield Gray attended the AdAge Digital Conference in NYC. Connecting with executives and experts from Silicon Valley, NYC, Boston and other major tech hubs, he left inspired but frustrated that the same opportunities to work at a high level in digital technology and other creative industries were scarce in the South. Why should the region’s top talent — Apple CEO Tim Cook (an Auburn grad from Alabama) and Facebook COO Sheryl Sandberg (raised in Miami), for example – continue to leave the region? If someone chooses to go, fine. Smart move. But what if the best and brightest today could stay, launch, grow and scale a global, tech company in the South? Michael Dell and Ted Turner had already proven it was possible.

Driven to build a stronger digital economy for his two young kids, Gray founded DIG SOUTH, the first Tech Conference dedicated specifically to elevating the American South’s digital economy and building opportunities for the next generation of exceptional talent. Officially, DIG SOUTH was born on the 4th of July, 2012.

Bootstrapping with a small team, including his wife and CFO Sunny Gray, Producer Nicole Garrigan, Sponsorship Director Harriett Lee, Art Director Matthew Sheriff, and a host of other amazing friends, Gray rallied the community behind the idea and launched a Kickstarter campaign to raise a small seed fund to launch DIG SOUTH. Held April 12–14, 2013, at the College of Charleston in Charleston, SC, the first DIG SOUTH Tech Conference drew 454 paid attendees with more than a thousand guests passing through the DIG Trade Show, nightly Shindigs, Space Walk and other free events. The Conference grew exponentially each year, adding a hackathon, pitch events, demo day and other programs, while paid attendance rose to more than 2200 attendees for the most recent Conference held April 25–27, 2018, at the Charleston Gaillard Center.

To date, DIG SOUTH has welcomed more than 10,000 attendees and 1000 speakers from the world’s leading brands, including Oracle, Salesforce, IBM, Instagram, Facebook, Jet, Casper, BuzzFeed, Twitter, Re/Code, WSJ, The New York Times, Forbes, Adobe and many more plus the South’s hottest companies, including Blackbaud, Red Hat, Benefitfocus, CNN, Coca-Cola, BoomTown, Atlatl, Smashing Boxes and many more.

Visit DIG SOUTH Tech Conference for details.

What is Stanfield Gray’s background?

Stanfield Gray is the founder and CEO of DIG SOUTH and a lifelong student of innovation in the South. A Liberty Fellow in the Aspen Global Leadership Network, Gray is a graduate of the University of South Carolina Honors College and the University of Mississippi Southern Studies Master’s Program. Featured on the cover of the issue, Gray was named one of “Charleston’s 50 Most Influential” by Charleston Business Magazine in 2017 and 2018, named one of Charlie Magazine’s “50 Most Progressive,” and named a “Rock Star” award finalist by the Charleston Metro Chamber of Commerce. Gray has been a featured speaker at the Collision Conference Global Ecosystem Summit in New Orleans, the Southern C Summit, and numerous engagements in the Southeast. For further details, visit his LinkedIn profile.

How do I sponsor, advertise or exhibit with DIG SOUTH?

Give Harriott Parker a call at (843) 532-2309 or email her: harriott@digsouth.com.

How do I speak, write for, pitch, volunteer, intern or otherwise get involved with DIG SOUTH?

Send questions and suggestions to info@digsouth.com and we’ll connect you to the best DIG Team member.