It’s that time of year in Charleston — DIG SOUTH ICON (Innovation Conference), the Southeast’s premier conference for digital innovators, marches into its fifth year. Leading brands will converge with the smartest, scalable startups, C-level presenters, entrepreneurs and investors on April 25–27 at the Charleston Gaillard Center and other venues across the peninsula.
The theme for this year is Breakthrough: The platforms, strategies, and tactics that will help you and your company breakthrough to the next level of growth. What strategies will help you breakthrough to new markets? How can you grow your company and exit? How can you become a successful CEO, entrepreneur, or thought-leader? Whether you’re a techie, entrepreneur, executive or investor — DIG will cover how to get to your next personal and professional level, and connect you with others aiming to breakthrough as well.
“This is where leading global brands meet fast-growth startups to do business,” said DIG ICON founder Stanfield Gray. “Executives, entrepreneurs, experts, and investors find the best contacts, content, and capital opportunities in the South at DIG ICON.”
DIG ICON boasts a speaker lineup that features 155 leading executives, entrepreneurs and venture capitalists alongside 7 super keynotes from powerhouse thought-leaders.
Headlining and kicking off the event is Robert Cooper, a sought-after management consultant, neuroscientist, and best-selling author who works with Apple, 3M, Google, Virgin, GM, NASA, Coca-Cola, and other global brands. Called “the ultimate business guru for the new millennium,” his books have sold more than four million copies. Cooper also headlines the new DIG C-Level Summit, an exclusive C-Suite event running concurrently with DIG ICON.
Other featured speakers include: Liza Landsman, Jet.com President; Jim Bankoff, VOX Media CEO & Chair; Philip Krim, Casper CEO; Jason Robins, DraftKings CEO; and Bre Pettis, MakerBot Co-founder. View the Full Speaker Lineup.
The closing keynote will be delivered by Adam Gorlitsky, the first paralyzed man to complete the Cooper River Bridge Run with the aid of a robotic exoskeleton. Gorlitsky will share his inspirational story as living proof of how innovation and technology can be used to reshape lives.
DIG ICON is packed with two days of breakout sessions focused on technology, business and marketing. Topics covered include digital marketing and advertising, neuroscience marketing, AI, VR, IoT, business development, the venture-capital marketplace, healthcare disruption, transportation, gaming, data analytics, cybersecurity, blockchain and more.
Here are just a few of many sessions you don’t want to miss:
• The Thrills & Spills of AR/VR Development
• The Next Frontier of Startup and Corporate Collaboration
• From Seed to Private Equity: How to Navigate the Full Spectrum of Investment Stages & Opportunities
• The Sport of Innovation: What Fans Expect in a Digital World & How to Deliver it to Them
• Women in Charge: From C-Suite to the Boardroom
• Next Gen Entrepreneurship Ecosystems: Beyond the Basic Pitch & Building a Sustainable Model
Learn the art of pitching a startup firsthand and discover the Southeast’s next crop of hot startups at DIG ICON’s pitch events. Innovative startups, from early to growth stage, will present their companies to an audience of investors, conference presenters, and attendees. You’ll gain insight on how to improve your own innovative ideas as you watch the startups pitch and answer hard-hitting questions from the panel of judges.
First up, Charleston’s best early-stage startups collide to pitch at the culmination of Cohort 7 of The Harbor Accelerator. The winner of the pitch moves on to DIG’s 4th annual Wild Pitch competition the following day. Billed as “The South’s Capitol of Capital,” the event will feature 12 next-stage startups.
DIG ICON provides endless networking opportunities throughout the conference to make meaningful connections and meet the right people. You could form a new partnership, land a job or meet an investor to fund your venture.
After a busy day of conference panels and sessions, there are plenty of shindigs for you to unwind, mingle and make more contacts. Don’t miss Upload Charleston, the cocktail parties, Breakthrough Bash and DIG ICON after-party — all to celebrate and support our thriving Southeast ecosystem.