2nd annual Dig South to bring digital experts to Charleston

Staff Report
Published Feb. 11, 2014

The second annual Dig South, the Southeastern festival on the digital economy, will host 175 speakers over five days this April in Charleston.

The speakers will discuss software and app development, marketing and social media, investment capital and digital publishing, among other topics.

The festival is designed for entrepreneurs, early-stage startups, “C-level” executives and investors in digital technology, marketing, publishing, media and other businesses using a digital platform.

Session topics will include big data, the media, social media, multichannel marketing, cloud computing, mobile platforms, revenue models, entrepreneurship, investment capital, cyber security, digital health, digital publishing, tech culture, branding, gaming and ecosystems.

“Launched last year, Dig South is dedicated to growing and elevating all things digital in the Southeast, connecting entrepreneurs, executives, founders, funders, coders, gamers, designers, dreamers and innovators across the spectrum,” according to a news release.

The interactive, music and digital festival will be April 9-13. Roughly 750 participants are expected at the conference, and 5,000 attendees are expected at the expo, concerts and networking events.

“This slate of top-shelf presenters represents the industries of the future,” Dig South founder Stanfield Gray said in a statement. “With a superb first year under our belt, we’re excited to invite the public to interact, connect with and get inspired by more than 175 leading innovators in technology and other creative industries.”

Top presenters include:

  • Richard Bullwinkle, head of television innovation at Samsung Electronics in San Francisco.
  • Will Marre, CEO of ReaLeadership Alliance in San Diego.
  • Scott Lamb, international vice president of Buzzfeed in New York.
  • Jesse Redniss, chief strategy officer at Mass Relevance in Austin, Texas.
  • Brent Herd, Southeast sales director of Twitter in Atlanta.
  • Ben Ortman, social business connector and innovator of global accounts at LinkedIn in New York.
  • Marci Zaroff, chief marketing officer of Portico Brands in New York.
  • Tige Savage, managing partner at Revolution Ventures in Washington, D.C.
  • Clay Delk, content strategist at Facebook in Palo Alto, Calif.
  • Dan Juengst, product marketing of the cloud business unit for Red Hat in Washington, D.C.
  • Sid Evans, group editor at Time Inc. in Birmingham, Ala.
  • Lisa Maki, co-Founder and CEO of PokitDok at Menlo Park, Calif.
  • Jim Russell, partner and chief innovation officer at McKinney in Durham, N.C.
  • Jason Denenberg, entrepreneurship director at LaunchTN in Nashville, Tenn.
  • Tim Kelly, founder of Zubie in Charleston.
  • Jessica Derrick, vice president and brand development director at Garden & Gun magazine in Charleston.
  • Jonathan Jeter, innovation consultant at What If in New York.
  • Manoj Govindan, senior vice president of strategic partnership at Merrill Lynch in Charlotte.

“The culture of the web is shifting, and in 2014 we'll see the rise of a global Internet culture, with memes born in Brazil, migrating to Russia and then going viral globally,” Buzzfeed Vice President of International Scott Lamb said in a news release. “I can think of no better place to talk about viral media as a global language than Dig South in Charleston.”

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