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Nurturing Beaufort's Technology Entrepreneurs | 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.

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Emma Montgomery Presents Upcoming Mobile Game "Clycktid"

Emma Montgomery is brimming with ideas. This year's winner of the Beaufort Digital Corridor's DEMOday video game pitch competition, one would never know she's actually brand new to the world of game development. The recent college graduate's plans for the immediate future revolve around "Clycktid", a mobile app that she conceptualized and is in the process of designing. Having given a rundown of every prospective detail of the game, Emma's DEMOday presentation was persuasive enough to earn an initial round of funding from Dolfin Ventures. DEMOday participants were members of a selective internship program, spearheaded by USC – Beaufort media arts Professor Jim Sidletsky, in collaboration with Dolfin Ventures and the Beaufort Digital Corridor. Now that the game accelerator has run its course, and project capstones have been delivered to the public and debated upon by DEMOday panel judges, Emma is ready to take the next steps to bring Clycktid to fruition – and onto a cell phone near you.

Emma Montgomery's background is in the realm of visual arts, and though she grew up playing video games, she channeled her passion for narrative into a B.A. in Studio Arts. A comic book fan adept at digital drawing and animation, her creativity shines through not only in the aesthetics of Clycktid, but in the realization of a truly unique digital experience. The object of the game, loosely, is to catch and collect 'cryptids', or creatures of myth and folklore, as they appear intermittently and elusively within the app. As the player maneuvers within the sprawling virtual landscape, they can catch a glimpse of Bigfoot or the Loch Ness Monster, clicking at just the right moment to snap a photo. Non-playable characters guide them through the worldbuilding, providing tips and conversation, though the game will also have a socially-connected element (such as a friends list) to make it more competitive and interactive. Time-restricted live events round out the game's offerings. Positioned as a cross between Farmville and Pokémon Go, Clycktid should appeal to those interested in fantasy or the paranormal who are looking for a low-stakes but engaging way to unwind. Patience is required to play, but the element of luck and chance involved makes it rewarding.

Though Clycktid is only her first foray into the tech field, Emma diligently powered through the requisite steps of game development, from brainstorming the initial concept, and narrowing down core mechanics, to perfecting the storyline. She describes her minimal coding experience as "a struggle", but it was one she worked to overcome, both in the classroom with Professor Sidletsky and solo in her bedroom, her workspace of choice. She has Google to thank, naming it as an indispensable resource, though she also adhered to the Agile project management technique to keep her on track.

When asked what traits make a successful game designer, Emma cites "hard work and dedication", both of which are palpable in her recent success. Her advice to those who wish to follow in her footsteps? She knows what not to do: "Don't be afraid to ask for help or feedback throughout the process (especially from peers); don't just have one idea and run with it, but have several ideas and narrow it down; and don't be afraid to throw things away or walk away from them to make something better." You don't need to develop mobile games to appreciate and apply Emma's life lessons to your own endeavors.

Clycktid is currently in the pre-production phase, and 2023 should herald a fully functional "minimum viable product". The Beaufort Digital Corridor eagerly awaits the initial offering and is thrilled to support Emma during this exciting new phase of her career.

The Importance of Goal Setting for Entrepreneurs

Setting goals is one of the most important skills an entrepreneur can cultivate. But not all goals are created equal. It's not just which goals you set, but how you set them that will factor into your eventual success. As there is no set path or playbook for entrepreneurs and their respective business ventures, effective goal setting is essential to provide structure and direction, bolster commitment, and increase accountability. The start of a new year is an enticing time to plan for major acts of reinvention and set lofty aspirations, whether for professional or personal benefit, but all too often, these goals remain mere fantasies. Whether your aim is to construct your initial business plan, hire employees, or feel less stressed on the job, there are methods and mindsets you can adopt to increase your chances of meeting your objectives.

In and of itself, goal setting is the ability to precisely identify your unique needs and execute a process to attain them. This first requires some internal reflection. All growth begins by recognizing an area for improvement, so take stock of what is missing or not working in your career or business. What issues can you remedy, and what's going well that you can implement more of? Is there a gap between where you find yourself presently, and the position you'd rather be in? If so, pinpoint what's within your sphere of influence that can bridge that divide.

It's also worthwhile to distinguish a 'want' from a goal: wanting is passive desire for a certain outcome, regardless of practicality, but a goal provides a route forward and makes up part of a broader strategy. "A new pair of shoes" is a want, but "saving x amount of money per month to afford new shoes" is a goal. Wants cannot be tracked with data and metrics; goals can and often should be. After all, the only thing separating a goal from a wish is a concrete plan!

Entrepreneurs, in particular, rely upon decisive and clear goal-setting in day-to-day life. From as early as writing the mission statement, it's important to know where you want to go – and how you intend to get there. Goals make up the very identity of your business and brand: they encapsulate your essential, basic functions as an entity. A business enterprise is ever-evolving, and goals provide a sense of structure and a projection for an uncertain future. Set them wisely, and they'll propel you forward.

One surefire way to formulate an actionable goal is to use the acronym SMART, making certain it is specific, measurable, achievable, relevant, and time-bound. These criteria were established by corporate consultant George T. Doran in his 1981 publication, There's a SMART Way to Write Management's Goals and Objectives. The conditions speak for themselves, but to extrapolate, they help ensure that:

Your goal is whittled down to its most basic essence and lacks any vagueness or overreach (Specific);

Your progress towards – or away from – your goal is trackable with graphs or numbers (Measurable);

Your goal is theoretically reachable given your particular skills and constraints (Achievable);

You've selected a goal that is likely to reap professional benefits and complement the mission of your organization (Relevant);

And deadlines are in place to keep up momentum and avoid pitfalls such as procrastination (Time-Bound).

So, you have an aspiration in mind – now what? The work is only just beginning. Follow-through is not guaranteed, and maintaining a goal to fulfillment is a skill in itself. Keep reading to learn the best methods to use when chasing your next major milestone.

  • Physically write out or type your goals on a piece of paper instead of merely holding them in your mind. The more frequently you see it, the better.
  • Map out any foreseeable obstacles you are likely to encounter, and strategize how to face them before they occur.
  • Progress towards your goal in the smallest increments possible. Subdivide it into easy-to-accomplish, satisfying steps. Start by biting off as little as you can chew, and expand from there.
  • Establish a tantalizing rewards system to keep yourself encouraged along the way. Recognize and celebrate your wins as they occur.
  • Visualize your future accomplishments as tangibly as possible. What will it feel like when you reach that goal? Look like? Manifest it in your mind's eye as if success is an inevitable outcome.
  • Don't be afraid to allow room for adjustments or plan B's. Being adaptable does not signify a failure. If a goal does not come to fruition, maybe it's time to pivot.
  • Employ proven project management techniques (i.e. Agile, Scrum) and softwares (i.e. Asana, Monday.com) to stay organized and streamline your workflow.
  • Take your goal public to keep yourself accountable to the expectations of those around you. Tell your trusted allies what you intend to achieve to provide extrinsic motivation.
  • Focus on progress, not immediate results. Record every move you make in a positive direction to remind yourself what you've invested and how far you've already come.
  • Mix up short- and long-term goals so tasks at hand don't seem insurmountable, and the stakes aren't always high. Alternatively, set "good, better, and best" levels to any given goal, gradually increasing in difficulty.

GRIT Announces First Keynotes & Call for Startup Stage Contestants

GRIT, The Creative Coast's innovation conference, brings together the best and brightest entrepreneurs, technologists, makers, creatives, leaders, and change agents in the region. Formerly called Geekend, the 2023 event is returning after a two-year hiatus as GRIT, and will include exciting keynote presentations, panels, and access to new ideas and people to spark attendees' momentum. The event is set to take place from January 26th to 28th at the Savannah Cultural Arts Center.

Mariah Hay, former CXO at Help Scout and VP of Product at Pluralsight, will take the stage as a keynote speaker. Hay will share her experience designing products for tech education, the choices her teams have made to avoid weaponization (i.e. - using data about an individual's learning patterns to judge them and block opportunities for jobs and advancement), and how human centered design can inform the ethical underpinnings of our missions, our companies, and our bottom lines.

In Hay's former role as Chief Experience Officer at Help Scout, a customer support platform for small and medium businesses, she led all of R&D (including engineering, product management, and product design) across eleven domestic and international teams, delivering a product that boasts a 20%+ trial conversion rate within a B Corp business model. Under her previous leadership roles as the Vice President of Product and Head of Practices at Pluralsight, they successfully launched its technology learning platform in June 2016, and by mid 2017, it was serving more than 40% of Fortune 500 companies.

Matthew Mottola, CEO of The Human Cloud, will speak on the digital, remote, and decentralized model of work, what it means for the future of work, and how leading companies are taking advantage of this inevitable workforce transformation as experts predict over 50% of the workforce will be self-employed freelancers in the next five years. Mottola is a global leader on the digital, remote, and decentralized model of work and led over 50 Fortune 500 companies to spend up to $100 million on freelancers from leading theMicrosoft freelance toolkit. He founded the venture-backedVenture L, a Shopify for independent professionals to grow their businesses, and published The Human Cloud, 2021's leading book on how technology is transforming work, with HarperCollins.

The GRIT Conference will continue to announce speakers and panelists on its social channels (@gritconference) and website, www.thegritconference.com.

The event is also an opportunity for eight startups to pitch their endeavors to a panel of judges for the chance to win over $10k in cash and prizes during Startup Stage. Companies interested in competing should submit an application by December 19, 2022 at 5pm. Applications can be found at https://www.f6s.com/grit-startup-stage-2023/apply.

Those interested in attending the GRIT Conference can purchase EARLY, Early Bird Tickets for only $49 through December 15th. On December 16th, the ticket price will increase to $99. For more information and to purchase tickets, visit www.thegritconference.com.

Beaufort Digital Opens Applications for Board Positions

ATTN: Do you have an interest in helping build the tech / startup ecosystem in Beaufort? Also want to make an impact by volunteering your time serving on the board of a non-profit? If the answer to both of the above questions is yes, consider applying for one of our open board positions for 2023.

Apply to Become a BDC Board Member

Currently accepting applications for anticipated board openings in 2023. Application deadline Jan 31, 2023.

The board's nomination task force will review all applications and notify candidates for interview. Candidates will be evaluated on the following criteria to determine eligibility: Previous Volunteer / Leadership Experience, Involvement with the Beaufort Digital Corridor, Skill / Expertise Relevant to Support the BDC's Current Mission, Fundraising Experience, Leadership Attributes and Commitment.

Instructions:

Download PDF application below and submit completed application along with your most recent resume/CV and a professional bio to: info@beaufortdigital.com by deadline of 1/31/23.

APPLY NOW

The 12 Best Holiday Gifts for Remote Workers and Co-Workers

Have you been wondering what the remote worker in your life could really use for the Holidays? If you're more of a practical gift-giver, or if you yourself co-work and need gift suggestions to give others, this list is for you. Everything on it can help streamline the workday or add an extra sense of convenience. Plus, it's all available via Amazon Prime for one-step ordering. Happy shopping!

  • Savor Vault: This ingenious document storage system is like a folder – reinvented. With vertical and horizontal hanging files to sort all your important printouts, and 5 compartments across two pull-out drawers for storing smaller items, you'll be organized as soon as you sit down for the day and open it up. When you're finished, the dual magnetic and string-tie closures hold all your effects safely inside.
  • iVoler Laptop Stand: This aluminum-alloy laptop stand, available in 4 colors, is completely foldable and portable. It slides neatly into the included drawstring pouch, making it as convenient as it is functional. Adjustable, it also offers 6 height options to ease neck strain and make both meetings and marathon TV sessions more comfortable.
  • Video Conference Ring Lighting Kit: Small but mighty, this mini clip-on ring light comes with a bevy of options. Powered by USB, you can choose from 5 different color temperatures simulating natural daylight, and 5 different light intensities to suit whatever milieu you decide to work in that day. Never go unnoticed in a Zoom meeting again!
  • Hap Tim Carry-On Backpack with Laptop Sleeve: This large-capacity commuter backpack from Hap Tim is surprisingly stylish for how roomy it is. The two diagonal exterior pockets create visual interest, but it's the plethora of interior pockets, mesh pouches, and elastic cable holders that make it essential for anyone whose office travels with them. The inner laptop sleeve and shoulder straps are both thoroughly padded, and the square-mouth design makes it easy to pack and find your (many) belongings within. Choose from colors including mint green, sky blue, pink, and teal.
  • Caperci Stackable Lunch Box: One thing you'll almost certainly want to pack while coworking is lunch. This sleek Caperci container, inspired by the Japanese bento box, makes it simple to not only transport your meal, but prepare it, too. The locking lid up top stores the included utensils, while the middle compartment has 3 separate sections for snacks and sides, as well as a 'ramekin' space for condiments or dressing. The bottom compartment is split in half, but holds 4 cups total for a main dish (or even a bit of dessert)! It's safe in the dishwasher, the microwave – and, being leakproof, the inside of your backpack or tote.
  • Multi Charging Cable: Never get caught without your charger again. Which charger? All of them! With a USB on one end, and a Lightning charger, Micro USB, and Type C USB on the other, you can charge your devices simultaneously or just mix-and-match what you need to use. It's 4.3 feet long, and wrapped in nylon braiding to make it durable and long-lasting. USB adapter not included.
  • Silensys E7 Noise-Canceling Bluetooth Headphones: These candy-colored over-the-ear Bluetooth headphones make a statement: do not disturb! Whether your goal is to work in silence or to hear every last instrument in your favorite song, you'll be in your own little world with these noise-canceling Silensys headphones. They also have a built-in microphone for hands-free communication. They can work for 30 hours on a single charge, but don't worry about your ears getting sore, because the padding is said to be "marshmallow-like." Take clear calls and avoid distractions with a pair in red, yellow, green, or purple.
  • Ticktime Pomodoro Timer: This isn't your grandmother's kitchen timer. Designed with the Pomodoro time management system in mind, set this hexagonal timer on each of its sides to begin a 5, 10, 15, 20, 25, or 30 minute work session. Then, watch as the color LED screen gradually counts down, cycling from red to green. The alarm can be muted, making it perfect for shared workspaces. Tiny enough to fit in your palm (or purse), this will be a game-changer for anyone who has trouble getting into a state of flow.
  • Desk Accessory Supply Set: This complete desk accessory kit is missing only the pens and pencils. It includes a stapler, scissors, tape dispenser, staple remover, phone stand, and more – all the essentials you'd find in an office, all in one place. Made in a translucent blue-to-yellow gradient acrylic with gold metal accents, it'll look elegant spread out on any hot desk or cafe bar counter.
  • SchoolCubez Portable Desk Organizer: This contraption is like a workspace in a bag – literally. What looks like an average travel portfolio with a handle actually folds out into a 3-walled cubicle with a base for stand-alone balance. But it's not just a desk divider, either. On each side of the "wall" are essential storage and organizational features: a document folder, headphone hanger, clipboard clip, supply pouches, and a zippered slot for notebooks or a laptop. It even comes with a whiteboard for brainstorming. Simply stow it and go, no need to remove any of your things. Make any shared workspace your own instantly with this foldaway cubicle.
  • Orbitkey Organizer Case with Wireless Charger: The Orbitkey Nest keeps all your small valuables in one place – and keeps them fully charged. Say goodbye to clutter with this handsome organization box that secretly hides a wireless charger embedded in the lid. It has designated spots for an SD card, credit cards, and a spare key, but the plastic inner dividers are modular to securely grip anything you put inside. This is perfect for commuting with important, easily-lost items such as a mouse, power adapter, USB flash drive, pocketknife, earbuds, and loose cash. Paired with internal padding for safety, you'll never break or misplace any of your essentials while on the go, or have to worry about low-battery alerts once at your destination.
  • HPRT Wireless Inkless Printer: This compact, wireless printer is the definition of 'convenience'. At a size of 12 x 2.5 x 2, it's significantly smaller than a normal printer, and it works via Bluetooth or USB. Ink isn't even needed, as it uses Thermal Transfer technology to print, and it's compatible with regular A4 sized paper. With its own charging cable and carrying case, this printer is as portable as they come.

Member Spotlight: Charanor Marcano

Charanor Marcano is a woman of many talents: she's an entrepreneur. She's an instructor. She designs accessories – and digital user interfaces alike. She's even been a stock broker, in one of her previous lives. What can't she do? She has yet to find out. Twice a Magna Cum Laude graduate (first from South Carolina State University, in Business Administration, then from the Fashion Institute of Technology), Charanor is no stranger to long hours and lofty goals. These days, she not only works in tech full-time, but runs her own thriving leather goods business, hand-crafting each item from scratch. So how does she do it all? The Beaufort Digital Corridor was able to sit down with our featured member this month and ask her all about where she came from, and how she got to the place she's in now.

Charanor considers South Carolina her home, because it puts her close to her family. In fact, she cites her mother as her biggest inspiration in life, due to the "passion and work ethic" she displays as an early childhood educator. Charanor discovered her own passion for the arts at a young age, as the creative classes were always her favorites in school, recalling how math and reading bored her in comparison. "Even when I was younger," she says, "I would remake clothes. Now I know I can trust my hands, and have a good eye for design." She eventually leveraged her analytical side to earn a Bachelor's in Business Administration. But the itch to create never quite let up, even as she brokered stocks at Lehman Brothers and worked as a compensation analyst for major corporations. That's when Charanor proceeded to earn another degree in Accessories Design. She had such an aptitude for it, she could practically teach the class – so that's exactly what she did, rising to the level of Adjunct Professor. During her time living and teaching in New York City, she was able to count Calvin Klein, Marchesa, and Kenneth Cole amongst her employers, learning more about fashion and starting to develop her own eponymous line of accessories.

Then Covid hit, and Charanor recognized an opportunity amongst the upheaval: to make and sell leather face masks. "They were selling like hotcakes," she recalls proudly. Her accessories collection was taking off, but she wasn't settling down just yet. She realized she "didn't want to have to live in a big city," and relocated back to her home state of South Carolina to further expand her business – and, once again, her skillset. This time, she would become certified by Google in User Experience (UX) and User Interface (UI) Design. Now, she's as adept with a sewing machine and thread as she is with Adobe XD and Figma.

Charanor quickly landed a professional position at Luxoft in her new field of choice, and being remote, it afforded her a certain flexibility to balance her artistic and technological endeavors. They may seem at odds, but both roles she fills are actually quite complementary. "They're very similar – the inspiration process, the user interview to figure out what customers want before you even start designing. We do pencil sketches and mockups. In leather design we do patterning; in UX, wireframing. They run parallel to each other." Regardless of medium, she takes special care to make sure her work produces a "sense of delight" in whomever is experiencing it. "A fun fact about both UX and leather design," Charanor tells me, "is that they're some of the few careers you can do while watching TV in the background! For me, it improves my productivity." And it must be effective, as she manages to juggle her full-time post with her independent business pursuits. How? "I set my priorities. I learned I'm better at my full-time job when I'm fulfilled in my personal business. And I wake up at 5:30 in the morning – an hour in the morning is worth three in the afternoon."

That's not her only piece of advice, either. "I would tell anyone, 'operate in integrity.' There's a level of performance you're capable of, and you know when you're not doing your best. And if you are, advocate for yourself." That includes the way you put yourself and your services out there. Charanor markets herself on social media, but the majority of her sales are made word-of-mouth and in-person, and she credits the Beaufort Digital Corridor with expanding her networking prospects. "I've been able to connect to other tech industry professionals who have become friends. Even to the extent of putting on a (Digital Detox) workshop, I'm able to use all facets of myself to be a part of the community and give back as well." Now, she's been actively involved with the BDC for half a year.

With a strong sense of community and enthusiasm for public outreach, Charanor is thrilled to share her arts expertise and entrepreneurial wisdom with the Beaufort Digital Corridor, and Lowcountry residents at large. While she is "grateful for the ability to do work that I love every day," the richest part of her career, Charanor says, is "the warmth and nostalgia I get seeing clients enjoy something I made with my own hands." It's this people-centered approach that has helped make her so successful in every area she ventures into. No matter if she's stitching together a supple leather wallet or devising the most functional layout for an app, she takes every step forward "from a place of love and respect."

If you would like to support Charanor Marcano in her dual ambitions, her new website, Charanor.com, has recently been published, and more workshops open to the public are on the horizon.

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Kids' CODEcamp: GameOn Level 1

Join us Fri, 02/03 at the Beaufort Digital Corridor "BASEcamp" for a kids' CODEcamp for 6th - 8th graders.

Be sure to sign up today to reserve your spot!

Level 1: Character Design

Ready to create a whole new world? This course offers the basics of character design and coding. Design your own sprite and bring them to life with animation frames, well-made coding scripts, and creative mathematics. No need to go at it alone - you will have a live instructor to help answer questions and debug your program.

We recommend your student become familiar with Scratch prior to the course, as some tasks are intermediate. You can create a Scratch account for free by clicking here.

What Students Get:

  • BDC tour
  • Video Game Development Booklet
  • Live Instruction
  • Character Sprites & Video Game Assets
  • Total Lesson Time: 2 hours

Cost:

  • $30 per student
  • Light snack will be provided
  • Bring your own laptop

Parking:

  • Metered parking in lot
  • Free street parking on Carteret

Coffee Convos (Feb. 2023)

Come share in one of our Coffee Convos, where you'll enjoy a piping-hot brew, a delicious donut, and inspiring conversation with fellow get-up-and-goers!

This monthly meeting follows an Agile-style format, allowing for a collaborative and dynamic discussion as attendees share their insights and experiences on the topic of their choosing (voted on by the group). The combination of tasty treats, a relaxed atmosphere, and the opportunity to have your voice heard, makes for an event both engaging and productive. Bring your best ideas and a pair of listening ears!

Location:

  • Beaufort Digital Corridor
  • Main Floor - Team Room

Cost:

  • FREE
  • Coffee & Donuts provided

Parking:

  • Metered parking in lot
  • Free street parking on Carteret

Reserve your spot now on Eventbrite!

Beaufort Women In Tech Meetup: Galentine's Day

Are you a woman in tech looking for a community of fellow boss babes? If so, you're invited to join the Beaufort Women In Tech meetup group! We meet monthly on the 2nd Thursday of each month.

Join us for a Galentine's Dinner at Saltus River Grill on February 9th at 5:30 PM! Celebrate the holiday with the special ladies in your life and enjoy a delicious dinner at one of Beaufort's finest restaurants. The menu features a variety of dishes that are sure to please any palate, and their expert staff will be on hand to recommend the perfect wine or cocktail to complement your meal. Saltus River Grill is located at 802 Bay Street, Suite C, Beaufort, SC. So gather your best gal-pals and RSVP today on Meetup – it's the perfect way to start off the Valentine's Day weekend!

Pitch Practice (Feb. '23)

The early bird gets the worm (or is it 'the early mouse gets the cheese')?

Either way, rise & shine to start your day with hot java, donuts, and a side of hustle by attending the BDC's monthly Pitch Practice program. Over the course of an hour, you'll have a chance to explore entrepreneurship in a casual, fun, supportive, and low-pressure environment. Attendees will be given the opportunity to deliver a 60-second elevator pitch and get instant feedback from the community to help them perfect their presentation.

Building off the success of the first Startup Weekend in Beaufort, the BDC is working to cultivate entrepreneurship within the community. This program seeks to keep the momentum going and give folks the chance to learn more about being an entrepreneur while honing their skills of description and persuasion.

Save your spot today through Eventbrite!

Lunch & Learn: Programming 101 (Build Carolina)

Interested in exploring a career in software development? Join us to learn about Build Carolina's free programs that can help you skill up!

Register Here

Careers in technology are more needed, and more attainable, than ever. With many employers removing degree requirements for software development roles, the doors are now open to anyone willing to put in the work and learning time to gain the skills employers are desperately searching for.

Learn all about free online coding courses, mentorship opportunities, and career resources for anyone interested in programming - whether you're brand new to code or looking to add technical skills.

Build Carolina is a non-profit dedicated to further reducing any barriers into technology careers for South Carolinians. Learn more about Build Carolina's program offerings (most of them are 100% free!) and how you can gain the skills needed to launch a career in this ever-growing industry.

Meet the Speaker:

Kaity Miller is the chief operating officer of Build Carolina, a South Carolina non-profit organization focused on advancing the state's technology community through demand-driven job training programs, relevant employer resources and meaningful connections in the industry. She oversees all programs' development, implementation and day-to-day operations. Formerly Build Carolina's program director for SC Codes and Develop Carolina, she has extensive experience in South Carolina's tech space.

Miller is passionate about lowering existing barriers into technology careers and serves as a board member for Charleston Women in Tech. She is a highly skilled public speaker and presenter and is an expert on a multitude of topics ranging from diversity in the tech industry to how to diversify tech talent using non-traditional pathways. Previous engagements include DiverseIT Summit Breakout Session speaker, Growth Summit 2021 panel moderator, SC Tech Webinar Series panelist and Million Women Mentors SC Symposium speaker, among others.

A graduate of the College of Charleston, Miller was awarded a 2022 SC Women in Business Award by Charleston Business Monthly and was a Campus Designee for the 2020 Leadership Institute associated with the Level Up Coding Institute.

Cost:

  • Donation (pay what you can)
  • Lunch & light refreshments will be provided

Parking

  • Metered parking in lot
  • Free street parking on Carteret

Register Here

TECHConnect February

TECHconnect is the BDC's signature happy hour 'meetup' networking event for tech professionals. Come mingle and connect with like-minded people, fellow entrepreneurs, start-ups and VCs! Food and drinks will be provided, and attendance is free.

TECHConnect takes place the third Thursday of every month from 5:30-7:30pm at Beaufort Digital Corridor's BASEcamp (500 Carteret Street, Suite D, Beaufort, SC 29902).

Digital Detox: Wine Pairing 101

Take a break from screens and engage your senses at our Wine Pairing 101 event, where you will learn the basics of pairing wine varieties with cheeses and chocolates. Our expert sommelier will guide you through the process of selecting the perfect wine to complement your delicacy of choice, from understanding the different types of wine and their characteristics, to pairing specific wines with specific dishes. You will also have the opportunity to sample an array of fine wines and foods, and discover new pairings that you may not have considered before. This is a great opportunity for wine lovers and foodies alike to expand their knowledge and taste buds. Hop offline and join us for this fun and informative evening!

Location:

  • Beaufort Digital Corridor - Upstairs Landing Pad - Hargray Classroom

Cost:

  • Donation (pay what you can)
  • Light refreshments & wine will be served

Parking:

  • Metered parking in lot
  • Free street parking on Carteret

Reserve your spot today on Eventbrite!

Women in Tech Meetup

Are you a woman in tech looking for a community of fellow boss babes? If so, you're invited to join the Beaufort Women In Tech meetup group! We meet monthly on the 2nd Thursday of each month.

Pitch Practice

The early bird gets the worm, or is it the early mouse gets the cheese?

Either way rise & shine to start your day with hot java, donuts and a side of hustle by attending the BDC's monthly Pitch Practice program. Over the course of an hour, you'll have a chance to explore entrepreneurship in a casual, fun, supportive, and low-pressure environment. Attendees will be given the opportunity to present a 60-second elevator pitch and get instant feedback from the community to help them profect their prose.

Building off the success of the first Startup Weekend in Beaufort, the BDC is working to cultivate entrepreneurship. This program seeks to keep the momentum going and give folks the chance to learn more about being an entrepreneur while honing their skills.

Lunch & Learn

Join us monthly for a lunch & learn series featuring different guest speakers and topics talking about all things tech.

Lunch & Learn

Join us monthly for a lunch & learn series featuring different guest speakers and topics talking about all things tech.