What We Do

The Beaufort Digital Corridor nurtures and promotes technology entrepreneurs. Our BASEcamp facility - located in downtown Beaufort - provides scalable office space for tech startups and coworking desks for remote workers. BDC offers networking opportunities, continuing education, and member-driven programs to help grow the tech economy in the Lowcountry.

Talent

Opportunities Abound
Tech Business Directory, Job & Talent Listings, LiveWorkMentor, CODEcamp, Game On!

Spaces

Get Working
Work Spaces, Scalable Offices, Coworking Desks, Conference Room, Event and Meeting Space

Community

Peer Networking
TECHconnect, BASEcamp Gallery, Fridays @ the Corridor, Coworking @ the Corridor, Beaufort Free Wi-fi

Capital

Accelerating Growth
Regional Tech Investors, Capital-related Education, Pitch Events, Looking to add to Investors List
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BASEcamp, Beaufort Digital Corridor Headquarters

Information Highway

From college students to recent retirees, the Beaufort Digital Corridor has attracted a variety of skills to the Lowcountry in its first two years.

Modeled after a similar program in Charleston, the Beaufort Digital Corridor helps facilitate development and growth for companies hoping to profit off of South Carolina's $11 billion tech industry.

The program is part of an effort by the city of Beaufort to address a growing concern: Many of the jobs available in Beaufort County are low-wage positions in the service sector –- and they often don't pay enough to keep pace with the rising cost of housing in the area.

Officials with the Beaufort Digital Corridor hope the old adage "If you build it, they will come" holds true for the tech industry. Headquartered in a former Bank of America branch building, the group offers meeting space, co-working spaces and incubator space. Members work with each other to mentor, problem solve and assist on projects and business plans.

"It took an effective team of people working very hard to make this happen," said Kevin Klingler, Beaufort Digital Corridor board chairman.

In the past year, four tenants have started work in the BASEcamp incubator, and several new members have joined. In addition, College of Charleston students spent part of the summer in the ImpactX internship program working on a company business plan for PollPit LLC, a "digital town hall" application.

The tech industry is only one path officials are looking at to attract young people to the area. Klingler and others at the BDC are not looking for a Google or Amazon; instead, they are hoping to see companies grow organically from local entrepreneurs, said program manager Shelley Barratt.

Jamie Fleming is one of those entrepreneurs. A native of Beaufort, he left for college and military service and then wanted to return to the area to be closer to family.

"I had come back to start to settle down, to really kind of build my life and build my family. When I returned, I ended up meeting my wife. I always thought Beaufort was a great place to raise a family," he said.

Fleming started dabbling in web design and ended up starting his own company, 1212 Designs, which now operates out of the Beaufort Digital Corridor. The corridor group also has been able to connect him with new clients and provided a good space for work, collaboration and mentorship.

"I definitely think one of the great things the BDC has been able to do is to bring creatives and tech people together, and it's created a safe space for relationship-building, personal and professional," Fleming said.

Other companies in the corridor include WaveSciences, a company that is working to commercialize audio technology previously developed for other purposes. The Beaufort Digital Corridor also hosts coding classes, networking events and "Catch Me at the Corridor" events for young students to meet technology entrepreneurs.

Klingler said the BDC and the Don Ryan Center for Innovation in Bluffton have been discussing how they can best partner to attract more technology entrepreneurs to the area. In addition, both are looking at the potential of recent graduates from the University of South Carolina Beaufort. Just as Charleston saw the opportunity to woo young professionals involved in technology, Beaufort sees the same types of people already living in the Lowcountry and hopes to help them succeed.

Member Highlight: SNS Technologies

Beaufort Digital Corridor *Member Highlight* today features: SNS Technologies.

SNS Technologies specializes in services for complete Office Network Infrastructure to small business or personal computing support. More than just your IT Department.

Trending right now: network, server, individual security to protect your data and your client data. With all the ransomeware issues, bank account online hacking, identity theft and everything that comes from a connected society and workplace everyone needs to be smart- and be protected.

  • Updated Network Firewall for you network at the office and at home ("My wife pays bills online and enters a lot of personal info while on the internet at the house, so why wouldn't you protect your home network?")
  • Current antivirus software
  • Monitoring software to let you know when issues happen or intrusions are deflected and caught
  • Application that will run monthly network scans and logs all errors and issues
  • Change your passwords every 6 months to 1 year (don't have the same password for every account)

This is really what everyone just needs to do once to setup proper monitoring and you will sleep better at night.

InsureSign top ranked e-signature software 4th time in a row

InsureSign ranks as the No. 1 e-signature software for fourth consecutive time

In its latest quarterly report, G2 Crowd named InsureSign the top e-signature software in several categories, including usability. G2 Crowd, the leading business solutions review site, pulls data from over 500,000 verified-user reviews to determine its seasonal software rankings. InsureSign has remained in the top spot since being named an industry leader in summer 2018.

The Charleston-based software is the leader in overall satisfaction, with 4.9 out of 5 possible stars. Part of users' overall satisfaction comes from the software's relationship score (a customer service-related category in which InsureSign is also No. 1). A near-perfect 98% of InsureSign users report a likeliness to recommend, compared to an industry average of 92%.

InsureSign leads the e-signing category in results as well, with InsureSign users relaying quick returns on investment, easy user adoption and more.

"Our main focus is to make life as simple as possible for our users through our easy-to-use e-signing software, dedicated customer service and innovative time-saving features," said Joe Floyd, founder and CEO of InsureSign. "The outpouring of positive feedback from our users on G2 Crowd shows our company is excelling in those arenas, and we plan to continue finding new ways to better provide for our customers."

InsureSign is utilized by tens of thousands of users across a variety of industries, including ABC Shark Tank star Scrub Daddy.

All of InsureSign's users enjoy a suite of features that ensure their documents get signed in the easiest way possible, from unlimited signatures to auto archival and much more.

For users who want to optimize the e-signing process even further, InsureSign offers a premium plan that includes a unique host of tools such as text-message signing, reusable forms, in-person signing options and more.

Matt D'Angelo: Tech Professional

Matt D'Angelo is Vice Chairman of the Board for the Beaufort Digital Corridor and has worked in the software industry for over twenty years. He is currently Service Delivery Manager at Veritas Technologies LLC. He and his wife Cheryl, a local real estate agent, recently became owners of Beaufort's Ballenger Realty. Matt's advisement has been vital to several programs at the Digital Corridor, most notably Live Work Mentor - where college students develop their tech product over the summer at BASEcamp.

Where did you grow up?

I grew up outside of Greenville, in Greer, SC. It was rural when we moved there and experienced rapid growth. As kids we were all on various sports teams- we didn't really have video games so we did things like play out in the culverts that were laid out in a field that would eventually become the drainage and water source for our neighborhood.

How did you come to be in Beaufort?

Cheryl and I vacationed to her parents' Hilton Head timeshares for many years, and one day we went on a romantic bed and breakfast trip to Beaufort. For years we'd go on vacation thinking "we could move here" and on one vacation five years ago, we looked at houses on Hilton Head. When the first one didn't work out, we cast a wider net on Zillow and found our Beaufort home. We left vacation early to look at the house, loved it, and put it under contract on Monday. We loved the house, I loved the water, and Cheryl loved the small-town feel.

What was your most memorable early job? What did you learn from it?

My second job was with Right Source, a company that marketed IBM mainframes, AS-400s, and ThinkPads. We would put the computers into big display cases and ship them from venue to venue, and host events for 300 people to view the new IBM hardware. I produced the shows, and was eventually part of the team we sent to Europe to open an office there. I lived there for a year after I was married–so there I was in my mid-twenties transferred to Europe and got to travel to every capital in Europe as well as several countries in Asia.

After that, whenever international work would come up, the companies I worked for would say, "Well, Matt's had a lot of international experience..." so I got even more opportunity for international work. Cheryl and I have been so many places that our 'bucket list' is now just creative. It was only my second job, but it was the first one that launched everything for me in technology. Also, being in marketing, I got great experience working with senior executives with million-dollar marketing campaigns.

Did you have a managerial drive early on, or did you acquire it through experiences?

At my heart I'm an analyst, and what I've always done is take a collection of things that make the business "go" and organize them. At the company I worked for the longest, I documented/organized our project management methodology- literally wrote the book. I enjoy startup work and efforts to make processes repeatable and improvable. I can quickly get to the bottom of an issue or process, and work with the stakeholders to streamline plans. After enough years of seeing best practice and building experience, I wanted to lead the way through transformations myself.

In your own words, what do you do?

Veritas makes software and hardware relative to backing up data. My role as a Service Delivery Manager is most often doing Project Management work - I work with strategic customers that have complex requirements, where I can pull together activity from cross-functional teams: developers, sales, customer, service team, etc.

Veritas is a continuation of what I've been doing for some time; I've always moved towards business with opportunities for improvement and efficiency. Right now, we're experiencing change management, looking to reinvent ourselves as industry standards are changing. This makes me want to stay there and is what drew me to this type of work in the first place.

What is your management style?

I'm usually in roles that are building and formalizing processes, and I love mentoring. In these roles, my value is most often that I can take the existing building blocks, find the nuances that are missing, and help build a more robust solution. My management style is 'lead by duplication' where I serve in the role to establish the way we want it done, and then duplicate to others. I've found that people respond really well to personal, public recognition. So I try to first establish the process, then encourage and mentor.

What lessons have you learned from past bosses?

One of the most critical lessons I've learned is how to reward to get results and build loyalty. After any accomplishment, always look back at what you've done and learn, and then recognize achievement. When you ask a lot from people, recognize it, and recognize them.

Be completely honest as you evaluate your progress. Up front if I've properly explained what I expect, I will reward a job well done, but I have also earned the right to be constructively critical. Don't dwell on it, but correct, mentor for a better outcome, and move on.

What's the biggest misconception about being a good manager?

That you always have to be right.

Do you have a morning routine? How do you start and end your day?

In the morning I have a set routine: get up with the kids for school, drink a fair amount of coffee, and have a devotion. Here in Beaufort, as everybody knows, you end the day with a glass of wine and a sunset. If you also have a boat, then it is glass of wine, sunset, on the boat.

What obstacles have you faced in business? How have you overcome them?

Things that don't fit 'the program' are the obstacles, and people are always the biggest things that don't fit. After all, we are all different. You can always get rid of an old printer and get a new one. But if people won't change, you have to find another way to communicate the message, or move them to something they DO fit, or let them go. I'd much rather see somebody grow than get let go, and since I love mentoring and process improvement, I enjoy this part of growth.

What do you look for in the people you hire or add to the team?

Enthusiasm. Action. Even if you're going to do something wrong, at least do something. We can always learn and improve if it's done wrong. You can't steer a parked car, so be moving so we can achieve, or at least you can be guided.

What is your biggest pet peeve in business or amongst colleagues?

Doing the same thing twice, such as doing something successfully, and then again because somebody wasn't paying attention.

Also, when people don't act after the expectation is set and the course of action is clear. ...always be moving.

What advice would you give those aspiring to be managers?

The further you go up the chain, it's all about simplification. The lower your role, you are in the weeds and in the details. Your manager needs to be able to take all these details and give five bullets to their boss- who is getting the same thing from six other people. Colin Powell said, "Great leaders are great simplifiers". Consolidate and report in a simplified manner for the person who has more responsibility than you.

What advice would you give new graduates seeking to work in the tech industry?

Try a small company that does exactly what you want, and be there long enough so that they have to call on you all the time. You will learn how to do everything, then you may find what you might like to specialize in. Also, at the small firm you get a bigger title quicker- if you're the Director of Marketing where there were seven people, then you go to a place that has 70 people, your path to Director of Marketing has an advantage.

What do you see as the future of data?

Mountains and mountains of dark data has been saved but is not indexed and known - somebody's got to comb through and see what useful information is there. I bet one of AI's early initiatives will be to analyze data to categorize, and discover the best ways to present the data's best use. Right now, firms are paying millions of dollars for more manual analysis, using keywords they think might be relevant and important. But the only way to service these giant volumes is through automation. For example, GDPR (General Data Protection Regulation) in Europe is basically the right to be forgotten. Each person has the right to edit or remove data about yourself, and the data being collected and saved these days is enormous. To comply, people holding this data must know what they have. For example, all social media apps have to meet those requirements by demonstrating a full knowledge of all held data. If they cannot, the fines are staggeringly high. Google analytics is tapping in on maybe the last few years' worth of information, but there's much, MUCH more out there.

How do you juggle your responsibilities?

Somewhat procedurally – planning has become more important as my responsibilities have increased. If I make a note of the most important few actions for each of my responsibilities, I'll make sure to at least address the key items.

When I travel, I like to go during the middle of the week and work my other plans around Monday and Friday openings. Then to maximize efficiency, if you prepare for your own tasks, and state the expectations of others before you go, your time will be more productive as you go. The need for preparation cannot be overstated.

What one person have been the biggest influence on your business life? Why?

One of my past bosses created a group of us to be a 'transformation team,' and we worked at three different companies effecting transformation of the business to a higher level. I worked with him for eight years, and each time our mission was to set new process to bring about the desired change, and GO GET IT. He was a doer and he was very recognition-oriented. He asked a lot from you, but we always reviewed the success, and recognized the effort. I was able to watch the success of that method, of that action orientation, and the constant motion of learn/adjust/move which largely mark my current style.

What inspires you?

For work, I just want to get something done better, faster, stronger. Generally, in life? Faith, family, and freedom. I feel like I'm called to go do the best I can.

Are you a Mac or a PC? iPhone or Android?

Oh, PC! All the way.

What's a book you always recommend?

My favorite book is Tale of Two Cities. Another very good book, The Heart and the Fist, is about an intellectually and physically gifted guy pursuing his life's mission. While he pursued his path, (Rhodes Scholar, Navy Seal, and most recently Governor of Missouri) he learned and decided quickly and was able to find his calling and drive for excellence.

What is your usual restaurant order?

Hearth Spicy Italian Pizza with lots of peppers.

Outside of work what keeps you busy?

I'd rather be on the water than on the land, so somewhere on a boat, hopefully with a fishing rod in my hand. We are also serious in our faith, so we're very involved in church activities.

Ballenger is going well- he did great job building a business that has lasted a long time, and is liked enough to win Beaufort's favorite realty several years in a row. Since coming aboard, we've done some simple things like office renovations, and cut a cost here and add a cost there, but largely we'll keep following the business model. The secret to any go-forward success will be that everybody loves Cheryl. In fact, the secret of my life for the last twenty-five years is everybody loves my wife and I'm just along for the ride. We will continue to make Ballenger Realty feel more like a family than a collection of agents and workers so everyone will continue to love working there. My responsibility is mostly the operations side, and Cheryl is the expert running the business of real estate. Everett is still with us as Broker in Charge and provides long term consistency throughout our transition.

Member Highlight: Southern Sentry

Beaufort Digital Corridor *Member Highlight* today features Southern Sentry.

Southern Sentry is a systems integrator that provides security, fire & life safety protection systems. This includes alarm, video surveillance, access control and integrated automation systems.

Familiar with the community's needs and on top of local ordinances and codes, owner David Roos has let us know they are well-versed in the integration of the internet of things (IOT) devices.

Southern Sentry has provided home and business security locally for over fifteen years. "We go that extra step for our neighbors – just like anyone in this community would."

Member Highlight: MILLER Design & Marketing

Beaufort Digital Corridor's first *Member Highlight* appropriately features Miller Design & Marketing, who helped us get started on a comprehensive marketing/ messaging campaign in roll-out process now.

Aaron Miller is a pro when it comes to "how do you get from a hazy idea to the real thing?" And indeed, "Impactive design combined with the right message can make a big difference for your business."

MILLER does LOGO DESIGN & BRANDING, GRAPHIC DESIGN & PRINT MATERIALS, WEBSITE DESIGN & DIGITAL MARKETING, PRODUCT DESIGN, PACKAGING & DISPLAYS.

BDC will post Member Highlights twice a month.

Beaufort Digital Corridor Offers Spring 2019 CODEcamp

The Beaufort Digital Corridor is pleased to announce a spring offering of CODEcamp – Introduction to Web Development class. Registration is open now for this limited seating opportunity.

CODEcamp is a project-based, introductory code education program designed for busy adults of all backgrounds and experience levels in a convenient, affordable after-hours guided class format. Students learn fundamentals of HTML, CSS & JavaScript with a combination of written and verbal instruction using real-time online programs that show results instantly.

Instructor Matt Shaw, senior software engineer, will again lead the eight-week CODEcamp course: Saturdays from 10:00am-1:00pm from March 23 to May 11, 2019 at the Corridor's BASEcamp facility. The Corridor is currently looking for sponsors for the program and funding to enable two students to take the CODEcamp course on scholarship.

In addition to CODEcamp, we are excited to introduce SC Codes, a free continuing education platform that students can access at their own pace from home, or through in-person events and mentorship at partner sites. BASEcamp will act as a partner site for participants to gather once a month and practice what they have learned. CODEcamp participants are encouraged to further their education via SC Codes.

The Digital Corridor has partnered with Build Carolina to connect South Carolinians to the education and resources they need to unlock careers in technology. The free code education initiative provides further knowledge in the languages introduced at CODEcamp and includes other relevant coding languages like Command Line, Ruby, Java, and React.js. "Connecting to the state's initiative is a powerful way for Beaufort to get in on an important future workforce resource" said Shelley Barratt, Beaufort Digital Corridor Program Manager.

About SC Codes: SC Codes is a learning platform and coding community. A collaboration powered by the S.C. Department of Commerce's Office of Innovation and Build Carolina, SC Codes not only provides free access to technology education, it also connects, trains and empowers programmers across our state.

Upcoming Events

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CODEcamp Beaufort III

Registration open now for the eight-week CODEcamp - Intro to Web Development course, Saturdays from 10:00am-1:00pm from March 23 to May 11, 2019. Read more HERE about our third offering of CODEcamp and how BASEcamp is now a partner site for SC Codes.

This is a BYOL (bring your own laptop) event!

Don Ryan Center for Innovation Trail to Ale 5K

Our neighbors in Bluffton, the Don Ryan Center for Innovation, are putting on their inaugural Trail to Ale 5K! It takes place Thursday, April 25, 2019 from 6:00-8:00pm.

This one-of-a-kind 5K happy hour event is for runners, beginners, young professionals, all professionals, side-hustlers, companies, community and more! Run through the nature trail at Buckwalter Place followed by a post-race party & awards celebration at Southern Barrel Brewing Co.

Coworking in Beaufort, SC

Coworking @ the Corridor

Want to work alongside entrepreneurs and check out what's going on at Beaufort Digital Corridor's BASEcamp? Join our resident community and like-minded remote workers each Friday for Coworking @ the Corridor at no cost.

Spend the day working out of BASEcamp, Beaufort's premier business incubator and coworking office. Pick a desk, settle in and get productive. High-speed Wi-Fi and access to conference space is included.

Geekend - Savannah's Tech & Innovation Showcase

Geekend is a two-day conference for entrepreneurs, technologists, creatives, makers, leaders and change agents from Savannah and beyond. Established in 2009, it has evolved to become a celebration of innovation in business, technology and the arts.

BDC member and BASEcamp resident Brian Canada is a presenter!

Venues in Savannah for various activities: Service Brewing Co, The Distillery, SCAD Museum of Art, Jepson Center for the Arts,  Savannah Cultural Arts Center

Coworking in Beaufort, SC

Coworking @ the Corridor

Want to work alongside entrepreneurs and check out what's going on at Beaufort Digital Corridor's BASEcamp? Join our resident community and like-minded remote workers each Friday for Coworking @ the Corridor at no cost.

Spend the day working out of BASEcamp, Beaufort's premier business incubator and coworking office. Pick a desk, settle in and get productive. High-speed Wi-Fi and access to conference space is included.

Coworking in Beaufort, SC

Coworking @ the Corridor

Want to work alongside entrepreneurs and check out what's going on at Beaufort Digital Corridor's BASEcamp? Join our resident community and like-minded remote workers each Friday for Coworking @ the Corridor at no cost.

Spend the day working out of BASEcamp, Beaufort's premier business incubator and coworking office. Pick a desk, settle in and get productive. High-speed Wi-Fi and access to conference space is included.

Fridays @ the Corridor - 'Find Us' Friday

May 10th Fridays @ the Corridor is our alternating 'Find Us' Friday- where the public is invited to come find out more about our members who also may attend. See if we can match you up with a particular member's service. If there's something techie you've been itching to ask, come on in and let's see if we can help!

Learn more and register HERE. For "office hours" it's a suggested donation if you come in and join us for lunch and we'll extend the time to 2pm.

Contact us if you are interested in sponsoring lunch for this Fridays @ the Corridor.

Beaufort Cultural District Bench Unveiling

About the Project: The Beaufort Cultural District has created a series of six customized benches portraying the unique cultural aspects of our town. These creative and functional benches will be placed throughout the Cultural District of Beaufort at their corresponding shuttle pick-up points.

The Beaufort Digital Corridor digital creatives helped design the artwork for the bench that will sit at our shuttle pick-up outside BASEcamp. Once the bench has been installed, stay tuned for the magic touch that will be added by Dr. Brian Canada, USCB Associate Professor of Computer Science, and his students.

TECHconnect

TECHconnect is a monthly networking event held at BASEcamp for professionals working in and around technology with the goal of creating and advancing our local tech economy. Come and join the conversation!

Please RSVP to info@beaufortdigital.com

Coworking in Beaufort, SC

Coworking @ the Corridor

Want to work alongside entrepreneurs and check out what's going on at Beaufort Digital Corridor's BASEcamp? Join our resident community and like-minded remote workers each Friday for Coworking @ the Corridor at no cost.

Spend the day working out of BASEcamp, Beaufort's premier business incubator and coworking office. Pick a desk, settle in and get productive. High-speed Wi-Fi and access to conference space is included.

Coworking in Beaufort, SC

Coworking @ the Corridor

Want to work alongside entrepreneurs and check out what's going on at Beaufort Digital Corridor's BASEcamp? Join our resident community and like-minded remote workers each Friday for Coworking @ the Corridor at no cost.

Spend the day working out of BASEcamp, Beaufort's premier business incubator and coworking office. Pick a desk, settle in and get productive. High-speed Wi-Fi and access to conference space is included.

SC Codes Meetup

This is our first SC Codes (free online continuing coding education) meetup as a partner site where those learning to code can gather and do their coding alongside other coders with a volunteer mentor(s) on board to answer questions and offer guidance. These mentors may have experience in different programming languages, and we will announce for each monthly meetup what expertise may be there. 

For this meetup, our current CODEcamp instructor, Matt Shaw, will be there (JavaScript, HTML, CSS, and more). We will also have a USCB CSci student there as well (HTML, CSS).

Count on the last Saturday of each month as our SC Codes Meetup. We are excited about #coding at BASEcamp!

Coworking in Beaufort, SC

Coworking @ the Corridor

Want to work alongside entrepreneurs and check out what's going on at Beaufort Digital Corridor's BASEcamp? Join our resident community and like-minded remote workers each Friday for Coworking @ the Corridor at no cost.

Spend the day working out of BASEcamp, Beaufort's premier business incubator and coworking office. Pick a desk, settle in and get productive. High-speed Wi-Fi and access to conference space is included.

Coworking in Beaufort, SC

Coworking @ the Corridor

Want to work alongside entrepreneurs and check out what's going on at Beaufort Digital Corridor's BASEcamp? Join our resident community and like-minded remote workers each Friday for Coworking @ the Corridor at no cost.

Spend the day working out of BASEcamp, Beaufort's premier business incubator and coworking office. Pick a desk, settle in and get productive. High-speed Wi-Fi and access to conference space is included.

Coworking in Beaufort, SC

Coworking @ the Corridor

Want to work alongside entrepreneurs and check out what's going on at Beaufort Digital Corridor's BASEcamp? Join our resident community and like-minded remote workers each Friday for Coworking @ the Corridor at no cost.

Spend the day working out of BASEcamp, Beaufort's premier business incubator and coworking office. Pick a desk, settle in and get productive. High-speed Wi-Fi and access to conference space is included.

Coworking in Beaufort, SC

Coworking @ the Corridor

Want to work alongside entrepreneurs and check out what's going on at Beaufort Digital Corridor's BASEcamp? Join our resident community and like-minded remote workers each Friday for Coworking @ the Corridor at no cost.

Spend the day working out of BASEcamp, Beaufort's premier business incubator and coworking office. Pick a desk, settle in and get productive. High-speed Wi-Fi and access to conference space is included.

SC Codes Meetup

SC Codes meetup! We are a partner site where those learning to code can gather and do their coding alongside other coders with a volunteer mentor(s) on board to answer questions and offer guidance. These mentors may have experience in different programming languages, and we will announce for each monthly meetup what expertise may be there.

Mentors for this meetup tba.

Count on the last Saturday of each month as our SC Codes Meetup. We are excited about #coding at BASEcamp!