Wired Sussex Blog

Talent 2017: Why it’s needed

Brighton and Hove’s digital and creative economy is now worth more than £1 billion to the city each year. It is a driving force behind the city’s economy and Greater Brighton’s recent devolution bid supported the ambition of doubling the value of our cluster in a matter of years. However, the Brighton Fuse Report warned of an emerging skills gap that could prove to be a “critical issue” and a potential “barrier to growth” for our sector. Addressing this skills deficit is the biggest challenge we face to ensure the growth of our cluster is not hindered by a lack …

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Talent 2017: Sponsorship Opportunities

Talent 2017: a 3-day festival dedicated to helping businesses in the region attract, train and retain the digital talent they need to grow their business. It will run from Wednesday 15th March – Friday 17th March 2017, and we’re expecting to attract over 1,200 individuals across a range of events, making it the biggest digital skills festival south of London. Show your support By sponsoring Talent 2017 your company will be showcased to great talent, it will build your reputation, and help support the future of our sector. By aligning with the festival, you’ll gain access to new audiences and build relationships with …

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The Skiff Coworking: The Journey So Far…

Wired Sussex is very proud to continue to support the Skiff coworking space as it moves to its new bigger, brighter home at 30 Cheapside in Brighton. The Skiff started in 2008 in a small basement in Brighton’s North Laine with space for a couple of dozen. It then moved to space for 80, then 150 and now its new home has capacity for around 240. It’s managed and owned by ourselves and Indua Community. That original small basement was Inuda’s idea. And we thought it was a really good one, which is why we have grown it together with …

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Bognor Regis: Changing the narrative

Bournemouth and Bognor Regis came together last Tuesday evening (15 November) at Oxfords Bar in Bognor Regis town centre. Not literally, but in the form of Matt Desmier, innovation consultant, event organiser, one-third of Think Creative Do and one of the UK’s top 100 Digital Champions. “People. Assets. Networks” @mattdesmier talking about the success of Bournemouth’s creative + digital community for @bognorregishub event. pic.twitter.com/teMjNJpN9N — WiredSussex (@WiredSussex) November 15, 2016 Matt was the guest speaker at this month’s community check-in event for the Bognor Regis Creative Hub and talked to us about Bournemouth’s transformation from a town known as a ‘retirement capital’ to …

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The iKettle: A Storm in a Brighton Teacup

Big data specialist Mark Rittman is resident here at WiredSussex’s home, the FuseBox. His epic eleven hour struggle to brew a cup of tea using an Internet of Things (IoT) kettle went viral globally, earning him thousands of retweets and generating requests to be interviewed by the The Guardian, The Independent and others. Mark’s story obviously resonated with many people. In the Fusebox he chatted to us about how his story is not about technology failing or even the lengths an Englishman will go to make a good brew, but instead it demonstrates the massive opportunity that sits behind IoT and …

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Love Your Job Guest blog #10 Pragmatic Web – WordPress Design & Development Agency

This is the ninth in a series of guest blogs from members, this time from Pragmatic Web. I’ve been asking member employees how they got into & why they love their jobs, so they can share their wisdom & inspire you: Michael Rochester – Back-End WordPress Developer How did you get into Back-End WordPress Development? It all started when my uncle recommended a “Teach Yourself C++ in 30 Days” book for my 12th birthday. Lets just say, it took a longer than 30 days! The book gave me an intense interest in programming, which led to me moving to Brighton to study Computer Science …

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Building a Creative Digital Hub in Bognor Regis

Last Tuesday evening we held another of our ‘community check-in’ events in Bognor Regis. We’re working with West Sussex County Council and Hemingway Design to launch a creative hub in the old waiting rooms at Bognor Regis station and this event was an opportunity to share our progress so far with the local creative community. There was a good turn out for what proved to be a fun night of hearing people’s views and exchanging ideas. We will be holding more of these events over the coming months so keep an eye out for the dates and venues as we …

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Becoming part of the creative, digital and tech world

As part of Open Studios Week we invited Gem Barton author of ‘Don’t Get a Job…Make a Job’, to talk about modern strategies and approaches to finding work and ‘making it’ in the digital sector.. Focusing on the innovative ways to create your own opportunities, Gem discussed using social media, networking, and explored some of the unique routes people have taken into the sector through the sharing of case studies and advice. Don’t worry if you missed it though as you can watch her entire talk right here! And if you want to see  more about the case studies be …

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What a week! – Creative, Digital & IT Open Studios was another success!

  We were thrilled to run the Creative, Digital & IT Open Studios Week this year as part of Brighton Digital Festival and it didn’t disappoint! We saw 28 Wired Sussex member companies getting involved, together putting on a fantastic range of 37 events across the week.   It has been a real testimony to the variety and strength that is the creative, digital and tech cluster in and around Brighton. We had companies ranging from Web and Games Developers, Animation, Graphic Design, Digital Marketing, SEO, Accounting, Strategy, Research & Development, Networking and more! We had a few newbie’s this year allowing the week to expand further …

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Innovation in elderly care: Collaborating with the technology sector

Early in July the Digital Catapult Centre Brighton hosted an event that brought together the elderly care sector and technology providers to discuss potential areas of collaboration (an overview of the event is available here). This event highlighted the challenges that exist in the elderly care sector; decreased funding, increased regulatory pressure and ever growing demand and complexity of services from our ageing population.  Despite this, the elderly care sector has been slow to adopt new technology to alleviate these problems. However, this event also hinted at the great potential of technology to improve the quality of life for elderly …

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