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March 24, 2024 | Tom Ballard

Charleston AI Summit opens on Wednesday, full day of sessions scheduled for Thursday

A total of 30 speakers will present during the event.

Dig South’s Charleston AI Summit opens this Wednesday, March 27 at 5 p.m. EDT with the Upload Charleston welcome event and rolls into a full day of sessions on Thursday, March 28 at the Sottile Theatre in the downtown area.

If artificial intelligence is your thing, it might be worth the five-hour drive from East Tennessee. Jim Wanner, Chief Executive Officer (CEO) and Co-Owner of KeyMark, is the keynote speaker. His topic is “AI in Action: The Journey from Theory to Practical Applications.” Other speakers include:

  • Igor Jablokov, CEO and Founder, Pryon;
  • Andre Tost, Distinguished Engineer, IBM;
  • Melissa Hortman, Technology Strategist for Research, Microsoft;
  • Sachin Patel, Principal Owner, SpursTech;
  • Eric Holtzclaw, Founding Partner and Chief Strategist, Liger;
  • Zach Pousman, CEO, Helpfully;
  • Huong Nguyen, Founder and  CEO, Shiloh Events;
  • Jason Williamson, Vice President, Oracle;
  • Alex Shtarkman, Vice President, Revolution Ventures;
  • Morris Nguyen, Founder and CEO, Predicate HPG;
  • Bob Quinn, CEO, SCRA;
  • Chris Clark, Co-Founder and Chief Technology Officer, Digital Ignite;
  • JT White, Chief Product Officer and Co-Founder, Aug X Labs;
  • Shennice Cleckley, Co-Founder, L. Cleckley Media;
  • Korbin Graves, Customer Engineer, Google Cloud;
  • Carrie Jaquith, Global Head of Digital Product, Abaxx Technologies;
  • Dave Ingram, CEO and Co-Founder, Querri;
  • Alec Coughlin, Chief Operating Officer, Gemini Sports Analytics;
  • Matt Bell, Executive Director, SC Launch Program at SCRA;
  • Sam Havelock, Former Navy SEAL, Founder and Publisher, The SOFX Report;
  • Joe Fabie, J.D., Founder and CEO, Zitles;
  • Bijan Ghom, Senior Counsel, Saxton & Stump;
  • Jeremy Stipkala, U.S. Patent Attorney, Thrive IP;
  • Denver Smith, Attorney, Butler Snow;
  • Jody Stoehr, Co-Founder, SIMPL-C;
  • Carter Kennedy, CEO and Co-Founder, SoloInsight; 
  • Paul Ihme, Co-Founder and Managing Principal, Soteria;
  • Franco Cardillo, Executive Director, Digital Transformation Strategy and Operations, MUSC; and
  • Brandon M. Welch, Founder and CEO,


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