ConvergeSE Offers Locals 20 Percent Off Web Conference Tickets, April 15-18, 2015

(Columbia, SC) – ConvergeSE, Columbia, S.C.’s next-generation web design and development conference, is offering Columbia locals $100 off of the conference price, held April 15-18, 2015 in the historic downtown Congaree Vista district of Columbia, S.C., by using the code “lovelocalscola” online at Register for ConvergeSE 2015. Single day tickets will reflect a 20% discount.

The seventh annual ConvergeSE will host attendees from across the globe for keynote talks by big-name speakers from Adobe, Paypal, RetailMeNot, The Iron Yard and cult movie “Sharknado,” as well as an event held in partnership with the organizers of Bonnaroo.

36|86 Public Startup Party

ConvergeSE is partnering with Launch Tennessee (LaunchTN, who produce the Bonnaroo Festival) to present a 36|86 Southern Series startup pitch contest, party and live concert during ConvergeSE on Wednesday, April 15, 2015, from 2:00 to 8:00 p.m. at Music Farm in downtown Columbia.

Prime networking time with food and drinks runs from 6:30-8:00 p.m. Tickets, just $10 for the public and free to ConvergeSE attendees, are available for purchase online at

“One of the coolest new aspects of this year’s event is that we’re bringing new, never-before-seen things to the Midlands, like the 36|86 startup party, produced by the same company that produces Bonnaroo,” says ConvergeSE founder Gene Crawford. “It’s an afternoon of panels and speakers, and then ten startups will pitch their business idea to investors, like the show Shark Tank.”

Open to the public, the 36|86 event allows forward-thinking and entrepreneurial locals and visitors to mix, in signature ConvergeSE style. Crawford is also excited to partner with Indie Grits film festival and the Columbia-based Palmetto Open Source Conference (POSSCON) during this year’s conference.

Events will be held in alternative venues around the Vista like the Music Farm Columbia concert hall and the SOCO Cowork, as well as more traditional venues like the Columbia Metropolitan Convention Center and the Vista Hilton, which will serve as the hub for hotel stays.

The conference will be broken out into different “tracks” that will focus on design/UX (user experience), front-end, development, and business/marketing.

The ConvergeSE mission is to provide inspiration, motivation and insight into how you design the web. Now in its seventh year, ConvergeSE is gaining real traction in the region. According to data provided by the Columbia Convention and Visitors’ Bureau, the 2013 conference generated an estimated $120,000 in economic impact.

Full conference passes to ConvergeSE are $475 per person, and single day tickets are offered for $150 per person. Educational passes and paid workshops are also available for purchase. All ConvergeSE tickets can be purchased online at Register for ConvergeSE 2015.

About ConvergeSE

ConvergeSE 2015 is produced by UnmatchedStyle and The Iron Yard. UnmatchedStyle is a Columbia, SC-based web development brand led by Gene Crawford, Giovanni DiFeterici and Jay Barry. UnmatchedStyle also produces conferences in Jacksonville and Orlando, Fla., Richmond, Va., Austin, Tex. and Nashville, Tenn. The Iron Yard is a web design company that trains high-quality developers and startups, with locations across the Southeast, including Columbia. To learn more about ConvergeSE and to register, visit



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