WHAT DOES THE GRAND STRAND TECH COUNCIL DO?
WE PROMOTE

the technology community in the area by engaging our local companies and encouraging collaboration to solve problems.

WE CREATE

local initiatives to support the demand for resources that don’t otherwise exist in our local area.

WE SUPPORT

local businesses with their technology needs by identifying resources that can help them effectively leverage technology to support their growth.

WE ENHANCE

the local area STEM education by bringing business resources together to assist in the development of our students.

WE CONNECT

local businesses with local, regional, and national resources to create a community to support the technology growth.

WE EMPOWER

our local students and local businesses to understand simple ways to utilize technology.

A place for the Tech Community

Technology-based businesses and professionals tend to “cluster” geographically to gain additional knowledge, ideas and develop partnerships. The Grand Strand Technology Council provides that nucleus of growing and involved technology professionals and businesses.

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To Reach Across The World

The Horry and Georgetown Counties of South Carolina provide a strong infrastructure to support technology-driven businesses combined with a growing economy. Our economy must be able to reach across the world by leveraging our trained technical talent, great cost of living, beautiful climate, and unique local community culture.

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It All Started in 2007

Dr. John Sanders founded the Grand Strand Technology Council in 2007. He has been involved and started tech councils since the late 80’s, spanning the regions of Northern Virginia, Suburban Maryland, and more prominently the Greater Washington DC Technology Council. Included in his efforts of developing a tech presence in Washington DC was his service as the Chairman and CEO of TechNews, Inc. – a newspaper for leaders in the tech industry that was sold to the Washington Post in 1996.

For more than twenty years, Dr. Sanders was an investment banker, specializing in the equity financing of emerging technology corporations. He has been the principal in the initial public offerings of a dozen companies and has served as advisor to numerous other public corporations. More than forty private placements of equity capital have been organized through his efforts, including startup entrepreneurial situations as well as established public entities.

After moving to Myrtle Beach with his wife, Carole, he noticed that the Grand Strand tech industry looked much like the DC area in the early nineties!
This inspired him to start getting involved in the work of catalyzing the growth of a local tech ecosystem.

Knowing from experience that it all starts with the quality education of the school system, he used $5,000 to set up technology fairs in the Horry and Georgetown County Schools – to which he attributes success to the hard work of local educators working from within the schools. Connecting the existing technology companies with one another to share ideas, resources, and knowledge was a following objective. From this activity, programs started to take shape.

Soon after there was a Robotics Support Initiative with over 125 volunteers per year, organized by the Grand Strand Tech Council. There were also local tech industry leaders ready to roll up their sleeves and advance the regional tech landscape, from whom the Startup.SC initiative for entrepreneurial support was founded.

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Apr
21
Thu
Women in Technology Luncheon @ Waccamaw Center at Fantasy Harbour
Apr 21 @ 11:30 am – 1:30 pm
Jun
8
Wed
Women in Technology Luncheon @ Grand Strand Technology Council
Jun 8 @ 11:00 am – 1:00 pm

The young women of AAST will be presenting the projects that are going to the national technology student competition! Come to enjoy lunch and network with outstanding local female leaders in tech.

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Aug
25
Thu
Women in Technology Luncheon @ Grand Strand Technology Council
Aug 25 @ 11:00 am – 1:00 pm

Come to enjoy lunch and network with outstanding local female leaders in tech.

Alyssa Dugan, Co-Founder and Software & Game Designer of Honor Education, will be sharing her story on building her company to advance STEM education through gaming.

Louise Connell, Supplier Diversity Coordinater at BMW, will also be speaking about opportunities for female and minority business owners through BMW’s events and programs.

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Dec
14
Wed
Women in Technology Luncheon @ Grand Strand Technology Council
Dec 14 @ 11:30 am – 1:30 pm

Come to enjoy lunch and network with outstanding local female leaders in tech.

Amanda Blair, Computer programmer at Quilmont, will be sharing her journey into the IT field from Student to Professional.

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Feb
10
Fri
Women in Technology Luncheon @ Horry Georgetown Technical College
Feb 10 @ 11:00 am – 1:00 pm
Women in Technology Luncheon @ Horry Georgetown Technical College | Conway | South Carolina | United States

Come to enjoy lunch and network with outstanding local female leaders in tech.

Speaker: Professor LouAnn Timmons

Biography: Professor LouAnn Timmons has worked in the IT field for over 20 years before starting at HGTC as an adjunct in January of 2009 and subsequently becoming a full time professor. Two years ago she moved to the position of Academic Chair of the CPT/DA department. LouAnn got her Master’s Degree in Information Technology from American InterContinental University. Ms. Timmons moved to Myrtle Beach from Japan, where she lived for 4 years, working with the military as a civilian for the IT department followed by the Inspector General’s office and teaching for Central Texas College. She also taught for Middle Georgia Technical College for Continuing Education Courses for the military at Robins AFB Georgia.

We will be taking a tour of Horry Georgetown Technical College Campus in the 1000 building. We will get to see all of the technology that HGTC has to offer for all upcoming students.

 

Apr
11
Tue
Women in Technology @ Grand Strand Technology Council
Apr 11 @ 11:30 am – 1:30 pm
Women in Technology @ Grand Strand Technology Council | Myrtle Beach | South Carolina | United States
Our speaker for WIT (April 11th) is Irina Batchelor with ArchetypeSC:
Irina Batchelor is a junior developer for ArchetypeSC.  ArchetypeSC is a Myrtle Beach based technology company that can create custom application solutions, protect your information, and provide superior data analytics to move your business forward.  Come out and here Irina talk about being a junior developer at one of the fastest growing tech companies in the area!
Jun
14
Wed
Women in Technology @ Grand Strand Technology Council
Jun 14 @ 11:00 am – 1:00 pm
Women in Technology @ Grand Strand Technology Council | Myrtle Beach | South Carolina | United States

For this very exciting WiT Luncheon we are happy to welcome Dorien Morin-van Dam.

Dorien Morin-van Dam is the owner of More In Media, located in Myrtle Beach, South Carolina. More In Media has been serving the Grand Strand and beyond for over six years. As a freelance social media consultant and strategist, Dorien helps small businesses with their social media strategy, planning and execution. Dorien is also a coach and trainer, concentrating on teaching video marketing and social media management. Her most favorite things to do are blogging, teaching and speaking about all things social media.

Dorien also manages a busy household with four teens and three dogs, runs marathons and loves to bake for her family. A fairly recent vegan, she’s rediscovering the joy of cooking! Born and raised in the Netherlands, Dorien wears her orange glasses to proudly represent her Dutch heritage everywhere she goes.

Aug
9
Wed
Women in Technology @ Grand Strand Technology Council
Aug 9 @ 11:00 am – 1:00 pm
Women in Technology @ Grand Strand Technology Council | Myrtle Beach | South Carolina | United States

Come to enjoy lunch and network with outstanding local female leaders in tech.

Oct
11
Wed
Women in Technology @ Grand Strand Technology Council
Oct 11 @ 11:00 am – 1:00 pm
Women in Technology @ Grand Strand Technology Council | Myrtle Beach | South Carolina | United States

Come to enjoy lunch and network with outstanding local female leaders in tech.

Dec
13
Wed
Women in Technology @ Grand Strand Technology Council
Dec 13 @ 11:00 am – 1:00 pm
Women in Technology @ Grand Strand Technology Council | Myrtle Beach | South Carolina | United States

Come to enjoy lunch and network with outstanding local female leaders in tech.