SOCO describes itself as Columbia’s first co-working community. That is, it’s a place where designers, freelancers, remote workers, digital entrepreneurs, hackers and general creative types convene, collaborate and encourage one another to find success. For those who don't work traditional jobs, it's a place to have an office, meet people and form teams to take on new projects.
Last week, SOCO, which is located in the Vista, celebrated its one-year anniversary having hosted over 40 community events and accumulating more than 20 regular members, according to a company news release.
“Our vision for SOCO was to create a sort of center of gravity for the creative community to work, convene and connect in unique ways,” says Gene Crawford, SOCO cofounder and a producer for the three-day CovergeSE conference, in the press statement.
In order to build upon its continued growth, the company is launching Columbia’s first Code Academy in collaboration with Greenville's Iron Yard, an organization focused on turning people into professional, junior-level programmers within an intense three-month period. The first sessions begin in January and will mainly focus on web design. Applications are available here.
“When smart, talented, passionate people come together in an inspiring environment ... powerful things happen," says Greg Hilton, another SOCO cofounder and former director of the Tminus6 startup accelerator. "That’s the mentality we’re trying to build here."
If you play well with others, SOCO is holding a free co-working day on Aug. 29 at 9 a.m. and is located at 823 Gervais Street, Suite 220.
3LAU on Sunday, October 26th and the Unofficial Skrillex Mothership Tour After-Party on the 27th. More information and tickets for both can be found here. VIP tables available.
Four Miles, Twelve Doughnuts
Winston’s Wish aims to increase knowledge and understanding of children with autism, and you can help by participating in the 4.donut Race on October 25th. Start at Edventure Children’s Museum, run 2 miles to Krispy Kreme, eat 12 doughnuts, and run back! Registration is required and can be done here before October 23rd at 5 p.m.
Bluegrass, Bidding, and BBQ
Join The Palladium Society Thursday, October 23rd from 7-10 p.m. for its 11th annual silent auction, featuring music by The Mustache Brothers and catering by Bourbon and The Oak Table. Tickets are $30 at the door and include admission, drinks, and food. Get yours online now!
King Lear in Finlay Park
October 16th-18th and 22nd-25th, the South Carolina Shakespeare Company presents William Shakespeare’s King Lear. All performances held at the Finlay Park Ampitheatre at 7:30 PM. For tickets and more information, click here or call 803-665-2000.
The Other Place at Trustus Theatre
Juliana Smithton is a successful neurologist whose life seems to be coming unhinged. A mystery unfolds as fact blurs with fiction, past collides with present and the elusive truth of Juliana’s mental health boils to the surface in The Other Place, running at Trustus Theatre October 17th through November 1st. There will be a talk-back following the matinee on October 19th. Tickets can be purchased here or by calling the box office at 803-254-9732.
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