Tech Conference Comes to Duling School

Jackson, Mississippi — Sandbox Live is a two-day technology conference (March 31 and April 1) that seeks to draw attention to the app and internet business economy in and around Jackson and Mississippi. Led by Mantle., a coworking company and technology incubator based in Fondren, Sandbox Live is hosted by over twenty partners which have banded together to feature tech startups based out of Mantle. Inc.ubator and from around Mississippi.

The event will also feature music and independent films live from Duling School’s Auditorium. The event is free to attend with food and drinks available a la carte from Fondren area restaurants. Access to networking events and discounted food and drinks are available by pre-purchasing All Access Passes from Proceeds from Sandbox Live go towards the founding of a new coding and development school aimed at Jackson high school seniors to be named Sandbox Prep.

“We are a tech-first event this year,” says Christopher Lomax, founder of Mantle. a coworking space and technology incubator in the Fondren area of Jackson. “However, we are hoping to sow the seeds for a wider conference that could include a more in-depth music and film repertoire in future years. The goal is to create a community organized and embraced conference to bring awareness to the mass of creatives walking around Fondren, Jackson, and Mississippi, whether those creatives are in tech, music, or film.”

Mantle. is helping launch and orchestrate Sandbox Live, a live version of their technology newsletter, alongside community partners including Ardenland, First Commercial Bank, Butler Snow, Cabot Lodge, Weir Boerner Allin, Fondren Cellars, and Cathead Vodka. Mantle. is a coworking space and technology incubator located in the revitalized Duling School in Fondren. According to Lomax, Mantle is both flexible and inexpensive office space and a community for early stage businesses and displaced professionals. The company is also opening a second higher price point option for established businesses in Fondren Corner named Mantle Suites  this month. Mantle Inc.ubator is a mobile-technology-first business incubator that gives entrepreneurs with ideas for mobile applications free workspace and startup consulting in exchange for small equity stakes in the resulting companies.

Sandbox Live will feature three technology panels, including a Technology Education Panel led by ReThink Mississippi of the William Winter Institute, a Developer Panel led by the Jackson Area Web and App Developers (JAWAD), and a technology investing panel led by Boom Jackson Magazine. The tech-side of the conference will have two keynote speakers, one hackathon, and a pitch opportunity for seed-stage technology companies from Mantle. and around Mississippi. Two bands and three film screening opportunities will be sprinkled into the tech lineup on Friday or Saturday starting at 10 a.m. at Duling Auditorium. Attendees should stay tuned to Sandbox Live via Instagram and Twitter (@sandboxlivejxn) for announcements including bands, movies, and speakers as they are released over the next month leading up to the event.

A number of premium events are available over the course of the weekend, such as networking events, a technology investor rooftop reception and wine tasting hosted by Fondren Cellars, a vodka tasting and patio party hosted by Cathead Vodka to kick off the weekend, and a “Silent Film” version of The Wizard of Oz presented by Butler Snow on the Duling Lawn. Premium All Access Passes and additional, more detailed information about the event can be found at

More information about co-working at Mantle. or its incubation program or any of the companies working in or around Mantle. is available from Mantle.’s technology newsletter “Sandbox” is free and can be downloaded at

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