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The DIG SOUTH festival celebrating innovation and the digital economy returns April 9-13. It’s bringing top presenters, networking opportunities, and even a hackathon, but you don’t have to be a Silicon Harbor whiz to get in on the action. Pick your personality below to see what the event has in store for you, then find full details at digsouth.com
Wednesday, 4-6 p.m.
Pay a visit to Charleston’s technology and creative companies, organizations, and nonprofits; connect at sponsored meet-ups; and peruse pop-up studios.
Free. Locations vary.
DIG Music Series
Wednesday-Saturday, times vary
Enjoy performances throughout the week, including shows by Mechanical River with Grace Joyner and Johnny Delaware on Wednesday, The Lone Bellow (below) with Jordan Igoe on Thursday, and a DJ and silent disco on Friday.
Locations, times, & prices vary.
Wednesday-Saturday, all day
Stop into the Halsey Institute’s 34-seat, street-side cinema to catch a series of digital shorts playing continuously. There’s popcorn, too!
Halsey Institute of Contemporary Art, College of Charleston, 161 Calhoun St. Free
Dig deeper at the festival’s centerpiece offerings
Conference Day 1 & 2
Thursday & Friday, 9 a.m.-5 p.m.
Buy a badge for one or both days, catching keynote presenters such as BuzzFeed’s Scott Lamb and Portico Brands’ Marci Zaroff (both shown below), panels, forums, and more. Getting an all-access day pass grants entry to other special events.
College of Charleston TD Arena, 301 Meeting St. $325-$250
Expo: Tech & Creative Industry Showcase
Thursday, 10 a.m.-5 p.m. & Friday,
10 a.m.-3 p.m.
Hear live music and presentations; check out cool gear; and connect with companies and innovators in technology, design, digital media, publishing, and more.
College of Charleston TD Arena, 301 Meeting St. Free
Saturday, 4 p.m.-midnight
Hosted by Holy City Beard and Mustache Society’s Paul Roof (above), this finale starts with the free Digathalon “geek battles” (teams face off on vintage arcade games and more). Then party the night away with a concert featuring HoneySmoke and Logan Venderlic opening for Natural Child.
The Alley, 131 Columbus St. For general public: Concert, $15; $10 advance
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Thursday, 11 a.m.-2 p.m.
& 3-5:30 p.m.
First, watch grad and undergrad students pitch their business plans, products, and services for the chance to win cash, investment capital, mentorships, and more. Then, startups take the stage to sell their ideas to accredited investors in front of a live audience. Open to Conference-goers with limited seats available to the general public.
Charleston Music Hall, 37 John St.
For general public: $15; $10 advance
Become a Dignitary
Go big with the “Dignitary” all-access festival pass. It includes admission to the Conference and most other happenings, plus exclusive shindigs, such as a launch party at Bay Street Biergarten and brunch at High Wire Distilling Co.