Roughly 300 attend Googlefest

Roughly 300 attend Googlefest

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As many as 300 people have filled Trident Tech’s Complex for Economic Development to learn about a variety of the free tools Google offers for small business owners, educators and nonprofit employees.

The second Googlefest at Trident Tech runs from 8 a.m. to 4 p.m. Wednesdsay and includes speakers from Google and the following community and business leaders:

  • Berkeley County Supervisor Dan Davis
  • Pamela Gregory from Sen. Tim Scott's office
  • Bernie Straub, vice president of information technology at Trident Technical College
  • Ernest Andrade, executive director of the Charleston Digital Corridor
  • Tina Arnoldi, director of information management at the Coastal Community Foundation 
  • Amanda Graham and Dodiet Sutardjo with local tech company Blue Acorn

“Googlefest is helping to create a smarter, tech-savvy workforce for Charleston, Berkeley County and all of South Carolina,” said Berkeley County Supervisor Dan Davis. “It’s important to make sure each and every one of our citizens has the tools to master the internet. This conference is a great way to learn those skills.”

“Google is committed to our data center communities and this is our biggest event of the year in Berkeley County,” said Eric Wages, Site Operations Manager for Google’s Berkeley County data center. “We enjoy having the opportunity to help small businesses, educators and nonprofit leaders learn digital tools that will help them be more successful.”

Other presenters include Richland School District Two teachers Mary Sansonetti- Wood, a technology integration specialist and Donna Teuber, a technology coordinator, who explained to more than 100 educators how they use Google apps in their classrooms.