WITX Schedule - April 8

2:00 p.m. - Keynote

Building a Thriving Tech Community
Ernest Andrade

Founder and director of the Charleston Digital Corridor

3:00 p.m. -
Learning eXchanges

  • Analytics: Transforming Data to Information to Insight
  • Impact of BYO Cloud (Bring Your Own Cloud) on Organizations
  • IaaS – build or buy?  The evolution of IT to the Hybrid Data Center
  • How to Use Bootstrap to Create Modern, Professional Websites WITHOUT a Web Designer

4:00 p.m. -
Learning eXchanges

  • Big Data Panel: What should you know?
  • How to "Make it Rain" on a Startup Budget
  • Navigating the Business of Social Media
  • Bootstrap (Part B)

4:30 p.m. - Exhibits Open

Students, faculty and local technology companies present their latest research and technology tools. Network with local IT professionals in a casual environment

5:30 p.m. - Ignite - WITX

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What Wilmington can learn from the successes
of Charleston SC

Ernest Andrade
Executive Director of the Charleston Digital Corridor Ernest Andrade


  • How the dynamics of community success have changed – Open networks have overtaken closed hierarchy driven organizations.
  • Your best consultants are in front of you – your own community – When was the last time you asked local entrepreneurs and emerging tech-related businesses what you could do that may improve the business climate for them?
  • Relationships of substance vs. obligation and convenience – What if having to do something was at odds with your relationship with other organizations?
  • Chasing gazelles vs. hunting elephants – Over 80% of business growth occurs from within a community. How you spend your time and resources matters.
  • Ditch the studies and start a process of strategic doing – Why implementing small, tangible and practical items is a lot more important than commissioning expensive reports looking for a silver bullet that does not exist.


Ernest Andrade is the principal of Andrade Economics and the founder and current director of the Charleston Digital Corridor, a successful public-private business development partnership launched in February 2001 to attract, nurture and grow knowledge-based companies in Charleston, South Carolina.

Ernest brings a private sector mindset to his various public roles at the City of Charleston. His accomplishments include: growing the city from 38 to over 100 square miles, increasing Charleston’s tax base by over $2.5 billion and 30,000 residents, executing a strategic plan to recruit competitive economic development projects with a capital investment of over $500 million, and positioning Charleston as a premier destination for knowledge-based companies by growing the Digital Corridor from 18 to over 100 companies since its launch in 2001 with average wages twice the regional average.

Ernest was born and reared in Kuwait and lived in India prior to emigrating to the United States in 1981. He became a naturalized citizen in 1996. He holds a BS in Business Administration from the College of Charleston and a Master of Public Administration from the University of South Carolina and the College of Charleston.

Sponsored by the Information Systems / Master of Computer Science Information Systems Advisory Board, Information Systems and Operations Management and Computer Science Departments and the
Cameron School of Business

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