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Who's who & What's what at Dig South

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What's What

With dozens of sessions to choose from and scores of presenters, it's difficult to decide who and what to see during Dig South. So we turned to some local tech lovers and asked them what they wanted to see.

Digital Publishing & New Media

Hunter Boone (Fox 24 senior producer, Charleston Grit) recommends: Small Screen Rules: Maximizing Video (Sat., 11 a.m.)

"If you're struggling to keep viewers and trying to get hits for your videos, you need to stay for this panel. You potentially have five seconds to keep your online viewer attached."

We also recommend:
Get Social: How to Leverage Social Media Mania (Sat., 1 p.m.), featuring Twitter, Twitpic, and Facebook
Pub Wars: The Power, Passion, Platforms and Perils of Digital Publishing ( Sun., 10 a.m.), featuring Biblioboard, Advantage Media, Where Writers Win, Populr.me, Bublish

Business & Marketing

Jay Fletcher (J. Fletcher Design) recommends: Knowledge and Process: Clients Helping Clients (Sat., 9 a.m.)

"The title of this presentation sums up 99 percent of the struggles professional creatives like myself go through, and who better to learn from than the godfather of graphic design in Charleston, Gil Shuler."

We also recommend:
Domain SE: What's in the Air and Why it Matters on the Ground (Sat., 9 a.m.), featuring Blue Ion, CRDA, Innoventure, UnmatchedStyle/ConvergeSE
Digi-Development: DIY Fundraising and Sponsorship (Sun., 9 a.m.), featuring Blackbaud, Good Done Great

Technology Services

Micki MacNaughton (S.C. Research Authority) recommends: Start Me Up (Sat., 2:45 p.m.), Entrepreneurship 101 (Sun., 9 a.m.), Speed Dating for Start-ups (Sun., 9 & 10 a.m.)

"Since our technology ventures sector focuses on high-tech, start-up companies by making investments and supporting these guys, we think these sessions will be interesting and insightful for innovative companies to attend."

We also recommend:
Gear Up: Apps, Tools, and Emerging Technologies (Sat., 11 a.m.), featuring BoomTown, Blue Acorn, EmbeeMobile
Digital Precision: Deep Dive into Data, Google Analytics, and AdWords (Sat., 11 a.m.), featuring Digitas, Broadstreet Interactive, Coastal Community Foundation of S.C.

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Who's Who

They don't call us the Silicon Harbor for nothin'. Here's a quick rundown of some of the prominent movers and shakers in the growing local technology sector.

Blackbaud — Daniel Island-based software and technology services company specializing in fundraising tools for nonprofits.

BoomTown — Crafting a real estate web platform from their offices on Rutledge Avenue, BoomTown is one of the fastest growing tech companies in the area.

PeopleMatter — Growing their web-based human resources management system since 2011, PeopleMatter is consistently announcing new venture capital investment and just opened swanky new digs on upper King Street.

Benefitfocus — One of the Holy City tech veterans, Benefitfocus operates a web-based workplace benefits management product.

SPARC — Another D.I.-based software dev firm that's grown its portfolio from government projects to workplace software products, SPARC says it will double its workforce in 2013.

CreateSpace — Formerly BookSurge before being bought by Amazon, CreateSpace offers print-on-demand services for independent book publishers.

BiblioLabs — Have a collection of leather-bound books? BiblioLabs helps clients like the British Library digitize and distribute ye olde printed word.

Levelwing — Metrics, metrics, metrics. Levelwing helps its customers mine and analyze data to optimize their companies' performance.

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