POSSCON will take place in the heart of Columbia’s entertainment district, the Vista. We are excited to be hosted by these fine venues.

Tuesday, April 14th

Music Farm

musicfarmMusic Farm Columbia is a new music venue located in the Vista in downtown Columbia, SC. In just a few short months of being open, The Music Farm has played hosts to acts such as Brett Eldredge, Chevelle, O.A.R., Yonder Mountain String Band & Bone Thugs N Harmony

For more information, visit their website: http://www.musicfarm.com/

Tin Roof

In 2002 Jason and Elizabeth Sheer started the Tin Roof near Nashville’s famed Music Row. Their goal was to give musicians a place to play & a place to hang when they weren’t on stage. The tasty food, fun, eclectic environment, community of Regulars and friendly Crew helped quickly establish Tin Roof as the place to be for musicians and
non-musicians alike.

Since then we have expanded to multiple cities taking the Music City vibe on the road, and have given musicians more places to play and hang. Over the years, our stages have hosted the famous, the should have been famous, and everyone in between.

For more information, visit their website: http://www.thetinroof.com/Home/Columbia

Hilton Columbia Center Hotel

Elegant in atmosphere and striking in detail, the Hilton® Columbia Center offers the finest setting for all types of meetings and events in Columbia, South Carolina. Our meeting facilities are fully equipped to host any event, including a stunning Ballroom, professional Meeting Rooms, and Executive Boardrooms, complete with banquet and meeting amenities, audiovisual equipment and event planning services, the perfect space for your event, including conferences, business meetings, conventions, as well as social gatherings, such as cocktail receptions, gala dinners, banquets, and weddings

For more information, visit their website: http://www.hiltoncolumbia.com/index.html

The Columbia Metropolitan Convention Center


The Columbia Metropolitan Convention Center is located in downtown Columbia, making it South Carolina’s only downtown convention center. The CMCC recently celebrated its 10 year anniversary and has hosted nearly 2 million visitors during that time. The 1101 Lincoln Street location sits in the heart of “The Vista” and is a convenient walking distance from the Music Farm, where It-oLogy’s POSSCON event is being held in 2015. The break out session will be located in the Hall of Fame Room which is on the main level of the CMCC. Enter through the Lincoln Street door, make a pit-stop at the café and continue straight past the escalators to find the meeting space!

For more information, visit their website: http://www.columbiaconventioncenter.com/

Liberty Tap Room

Located in Columbia’s beautiful Congaree Vista district, Liberty Tap Room is an upscale casual dining restaurant serving traditional American cuisine with a twist in a fun, modern atmosphere. Take a seat on the patio and enjoy the sights and sounds of downtown Columbia.

With 72 beers on tap, including our own line of microbrews, we have a brew to satisfy even the pickiest of beer snobs. We also offer the best Happy Hour specials in town from 4-7 daily.

Liberty Tap Room specializes in all-American food made from the freshest ingredients. Be sure to try one of our Certified Angus Beef® burgers, juicy steaks, or fresh-baked pizzas.

For more information, visit their website: http://www.libertytaproom.com/locations/downtown-columbia-sc/

Wednesday, April 15th


14517360411_7f0bb31f45_oWhen executives at BlueCross BlueShield of South Carolina realized they need a larger pool of qualified candidates to fill positions in their growing IT department, they reached out the University of South Carolina. Instead of developing a partnership that would solve the problem only for BlueCross BlueShield, they sought a solution to address the problem across the Southeast.

USC and BlueCross BlueShield of South Carolina partnered with IBM in December 2008 to form the Consortium for Enterprise Systems Management. The Consortium was formed in part to encourage young people to learn the skills needed to manage enterprise systems, large-scale computers that process high volume transactions. Since its inception, numerous other corporate and educational supporters have gotten involved and the mission has expanded to include all aspects of computer science, engineering and technology.

In January 2011, the Consortium rebranded itself with the friendlier, more appealing IT-oLogy. Today, IT-oLogy is a national non-profit collaboration of companies, academic institutions and other organizations dedicated to growing the IT talent pipeline, fostering economic development and advancing the IT profession by being the power behind IT-oLogy.

For more information, visit their website: http://it-ology.org/

Parking Information

Unless you’re within walking distance of downtown Columbia you’ll probably need to park when traveling to the conference. So, please make a note of the details below and let us know if you have questions.

A friendly reminder - POSSCON 2015 will take place in two locations this year - in the Vista on Tuesday, April 14 and at IT-oLogy on Wednesday, April 15.

Tuesday, April 14

Registration and morning welcome/keynote, as well as the Front-End developer track, will take place at the Music Farm, 1022 Senate Street, Columbia, 29201. Two parking garages will be available to attendees:

Closest/first choice:

Public parking garage directly behind the Hilton Hotel, which is located at 924 Senate Street. This garage has 900 spaces but will be busy as most local hotels are sold out during the week of the conference. The daily maximum in the garage is $10, if you park all day.

Second choice:

Public parking garage at 820 Washington Street. This 675 space garage is located at the corner of Washington and Lincoln and has a $10 per day maximum also. It’s about a two block walk to the Music Farm.

Wednesday, April 15

Registration and morning welcome/keynote, as well as all programming, will take place at IT-oLogy located at 1301 Gervais Street, Columbia SC 29201.

Closest/first choice:

USA Parking Garage that is attached to the IT-oLogy building, which is located on 1301 Gervais Street. The garage entrance is located between the Bank of America ATM and the IT-ology building on Gervais Street. The cost is $4 for all day parking with a voucher which will be available at the registration desk. Please note that you must park in a visitor parking spot above the 5th floor.

Second choice:

There are metered spots located around the building.

Hotel Information

Congratulations!  We SOLD OUT our block at the Hyatt Place Hotel, and then several more blocks.

If you still need a room  please contact Staybridge Suites and make your reservation quickly.  Staybridge is nearly brand new and it’s just 1-2 minutes from The Vista and the conference location.  We guarantee you’ll like it. To place a reservation, call (803) 451-5900 and ask for the POSSCON group block, which is only $149 a night.


All attendees of POSSCON will be staying at the brand new Hyatt Place Hotel located in the heart of the Columbia entertainment district and just steps away from the conference location. The hotel is a beautiful new 6 story building with 130 spacious guest rooms. You’ll never have to settle for anything less than a freshly made meal, an ice-cold beverage, a selection of specialty beverages made with Starbucks espresso roast, or a delightful bite of your favorite dessert. Experience the convenience of our free a.m. Kitchen Skillet, the 24/7 Gallery Menu & Market and the Coffee to Cocktails Bar.

Other amenities the Hyatt Place Columbia/Downtown/The Vista Stay includes are:

  • Complimentary HOT Breakfast
  • Complimentary Wireless Internet
  • 24 hour made to order food service
  • Indoor Saltwater Pool
  • On Site Fitness Center
  • Valet Dry Cleaning
  • On site Guest Laundry
  • 24 Hour Business Center with remote printing capabilities

The hotel is located within a short walking distance of multiple restaurants and only minutes from a variety of local downtown area attractions, including The Congaree Vista and the State Capitol. Hyatt Place Columbia/Downtown/The Vista is also minutes from the Columbia Metropolitan Convention Center, Colonial Life Arena and the University of South Carolina.

 We have officially booked up the Hyatt!

Location Information

POSSCON will be taking place within The Vista, which is located in downtown Columbia, SC. The Vista is Columbia’s top arts and entertainment district for a reason. Actually, there are hundreds of reasons visitors and residents flock to the 1,200-acre National Register Historic District. While Columbia’s industrial and rail hub once gathered dust, today the rustic warehouses and mills enjoy new lives as music and entertainment venues, art galleries, delightful boutiques and award-winning restaurants. If you want the city’s most popular shopping, dining and art, it’s on tap in The Vista.