Charleston Tech Scene 101


October 24, 2018

By Jamie DeMent

Charleston’s IT workforce has grown 3.5X faster than the U.S.’s since 2010, with 28 people moving daily to the three-county Charleston region. And it’s no real secret why. “Coding in the Carolinas” gives you the opportunity to do innovative work in a place that inspires, from the beauty of the beaches to the collaborative community of entrepreneurs, educators, and fellow tech talent. Lots of people and organizations, like the Charleston Digital Corridor and the Harbor Entrepreneur Center, are engaged in creating, scaling, investing, mentoring, and building a supportive environment for tech talent and business.

With 300+ tech companies and 11k+ employees – the momentum of the growing IT/cybersecurity community supports all the region’s industries, from hospitality to defense to aerospace and automotive. Charleston offers diverse career opportunities and is focused on attracting and retaining tech talent now and into the future through initiatives like Charleston Open Source.

“You can spend the morning coding on the beach, have a few oysters for lunch, and present your stack in the afternoon.”
– AJ Richichi, CEO/Founder, Sentio

With all this momentum Charleston | SC continues to top national rankings. Here are few rankings to keep top of mind and share with others:

  • Ranked4th for “America’s Biggest Boomtowns”- MagnifyMoney, 2018
  • Ranked 4th for “Best Place to Start a Career”- Wallethub, 2018
  • Ranked 4thfor “Best midsize U.S. metro for Jobs” – Forbes, 2017
  • Ranked 3rd for “East Coast Cities Attracting Millennials” – Inc, 2017
  • Ranked 25th for “Next in RTech”– TechNet 2017

“With the boom in technology-focused enterprise, we have seen many startup companies take advantage of setting up shop in one of the most beautiful communities in the country.” – Lillian Rudacille, Project Manager, eGroup

Learn more and stay connected with these local tech, entrepreneurial and IT education resources:

1 Million Cups 
Harbor Entrepreneur Center 
Startup Grind 
Charleston Regional Development Alliance 
Women Entrepreneurs of Charleston 

General #CHSTECH:
Charleston Digital Corridor 
Dig South |
Meetup- Charleston Women in Tech 
Lowcountry Armed Forces Communication and Electronics Association (AFCEA) 
Charleston Defense Contractors Association 
Charleston Technology

Tech Education:
Charleston Women in Tech CodeOn 
SC Codes 
Jack Russell Software Coding School

Job Opportunities:
Charleston Open Source
Silicon Harbor
Charleston Works

Is there a resource you think should be included on this list? Email: [email protected]

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Jamie DeMent | Marketing Services Manager
843.760.4522 | [email protected]

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