Why Columbia, SC?

  • You may ask why we’ve chosen Columbia, SC as the location of a premier open source event in the south.  If so, we ask you to consider the following:


    1.  Columbia is truly one of the South’s emerging cities and is hungry to host the best and brightest the open source world has to offer. The leadership of Columbia has been incredibly supportive from the beginning, as evidenced by the fact Mayors Coble and Benjamin have attended the conference every year since 2008.  If you attend we guarantee you’ll rub elbows with every level of Columbia leadership.

    2.  Columbia is within easy driving and flight distance from about any major southern city – it is truly centrally located.  Consider the following driving distances:

    Typical driving times from surrounding areas:

    • Charlotte to Columbia - 1.5 hours
    • Charleston, SC to Columbia - 1.5 hours
    • Atlanta to Columbia - 2.5 - 3.0 hours
    • Asheville to Columbia - 2.5 hours

    • Raleigh to Columbia - 3.5 hours
    • Jacksonville to Columbia - 4.5 hours
    • Knoxville, TN to Columbia - 5.0 hours
    • Birmingham, AL to Columbia - 5.5 hours

    3.  Columbia is a hub of IT activity and is a national center for the insurance industry.  Because insurance relies so heavily on IT, thousands of IT professionals call Columbia, SC and the surrounding area home.

    4.  A capital city, Columbia is the center of state government. The University of South Carolina (USC) and six other colleges and universities call Columbia home.  USC alone has nearly 30,000 students.

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  • Testimonials


    • Chris Wanstrath

      Chris WanstrathCo-Founder, GitHub

      The speaker lineup at POSSCON is world-class.

    • Matt Asay

      Matt AsaySVP, Business Development

      POSSCON turned out to be a great event. Big thanks to Jeffrey Hammond, Lee Congdon, Mark Anzani and Deb Bryant for a great AM of panel discussion

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      Deborah BryantOregon State University Open Source Lab

      Thanks to Matt Asay for moderating our panel at POSSCON. Well worth the trip to South Carolina. Great regional event.

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      Bryant PattenExecutive Direcor, National Center for Open Source and Education

      The synergy between developers, business people, and teachers makes POSSCON pretty unique, I haven't really seen this anywhere else.

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      Jon 'maddog' HallExecutive Director, Linux International

      It was very nicely run and I think you did a bang-up job. You should all be proud of what you did.

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      Matt HudsonArt Director, Palmetto Computer Labs

      This is like nothing you've ever seen before.  You can look at the pictures, you can watch the videos... but just like a concert, you have to be there.