Southland Kicks Off With A Bang

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Southland – billed as the Southern Culture and Technology conference – kicked off last night with a rousing intro by Pando Daily founder, Sarah Lacy, who made it clear she wants attendees to warmly welcome guests to the stage. A practice run to greet former model Christy Turlington failed so Sarah had the crowd start again.

When Christy came on stage she was warmly greeted by the audience and Sarah. The interview focused on her transition from model to founder of the non-profit Every Mother Counts – an organization dedicated to making pregnancy and childbirth safe for every mother.

Christy Turlington at SouthlandSE

Christy Turlington being interviewed by Sarah Lacy


While some did not see the relevance of the conversation Turlington and Lacy were having on stage, the interview may have set the stage for the entire conference which could be: there is value here, but you may need to expand your horizons a bit to find it.

Chattanooga is well represented at Southland with five startups being showcased. Ambition, Bellhops, Iron Gaming and Skuid all hail from the Scenic City. San Diego based Feetz, a 2014 GIGTANK participant, is also on the docket.

Team members from kuid representing Chattanooga at SouthlandSE

Team members from Skuid representing Chattanooga at Southland

Over the next two days we’ll seek out some of the teams showcasing during the event. Be sure and follow @BusinessChatt on Twitter for updates throughout the day (and night).

Buffalo Clover rocking the stage at Southland.

Jon is a Digital Marketing Strategist and Creative Media Specialist who has helped companies of all sizes with their marketing efforts. As a board member of the Chattanooga Technology Council, and is actively involved in covering the emerging business tech scene. Find him on Twitter @jonfmoss