Wired Sussex Blog

Au’guest’ Blog month – Killing yourself with a London commute?

> For the fifth instalment of our guest blog month we have Ed Chessman’s account of how he fell in love with Brighton and out of love with commuting. Ed Chessman, @cubeworks found his ideal job working for Cubeworks as their Business Development Director I’m not sure about you, but traveling to London every day to live ‘the dream’ sometimes just doesn’t add up. 20 minutes to the station, an hour or more on the train, walking to the office, and then all repeated on the way home – that’s over 3 hours of life lost every day. I fell …

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Au’guest’ Blog month – Internships = Job Opportunities!

> For the fourth instalment of our guest blog month is Laura Hough’s account of how her internship placement led to securing permanent work. Laura Hough, @LauraAnnHough works at Message Digital Design I was nervous about moving back to Sussex after three amazing years in Cornwall. I knew that finding a job would be hard work, but I wanted to move down to Brighton eventually and work in the area. After gaining a few bits and pieces of work experience to put on my CV none of the positions seemed to come to fruition, and so I began to nose …

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>Au’guest’ Blog month -Breaking into Digital

> Our third instalment comes from our very own Arren Wilkinson with his account of how he broke the graduate unemployment cycle and came to work for us. Arren Wilkinson, @aa_wilkinson works as our Wired Sussex Marketing and Events Assistant As I made my way towards The Funky Fish Club on a bleak January morning, the sky overhead reflected how I felt about my current job prospects. As one of a growing number of unemployed graduates it can sometimes take a concerted effort to feel anything other than a mere statistic. Having left University I was eager to enter into …

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Au’guest’ Blog month – Putting an end to the London commute

> For the second instalment of our guest blog month is Keri Kennedy’s account of finding her ‘London job’ here in Brighton: Keri Kennedy found her ideal job at TW Cat I’m Keri, an Artworker/mac person who has worked in London for most of my 12 year career. I made the move from West London to Hove in 2007 with the view to commute to my much loved advertising production job at The Guardian. I was soon going to realise how exhausting the 2 hour door to door journey would be and took the plunge a year later to find …

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Au’guest’ Blog month – Reflections from a recent graduate job seeker

>Launching our guest blog month is Jo Petty’s account of what it’s like to leave the London smog behind to finally join the Wired Sussex community and live the Brighton lifestyle: Jo Petty, @joapet found her ideal job at easyJet Holidays After graduating from my journalism degree course last year I was ready and raring to go to put all my new skills to use, and I knew that I wanted to move down to Brighton to live with my boyfriend, Dan (@cham). I’d lived in London all my life, and after three years of to-ing and fro-ing to Brighton …

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>Brighton Mini Maker Faire – Call for Makers

> We’re really pleased to hear from guest blogger, Mike Pountney.   Mike is part of BuildBrighton – a community and workshop for local makers to get together and do amazing things.  Thanks Mike! ***** On Tuesday this week, I joined a whole host of Brighton creative types at the Brighton Digital Festival ‘town hall’ meeting at Fabrica, which I attended as part of the Brighton Mini Maker Faire committee. There certainly are some excellent plans for workshops, installations, and of course the many top-notch conferences like dConstruct and Flash on the Beach. It’s shaping up to be a very enlightening September in …

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>How I Made It: From Luminous Socks to Pioneering Digital Marketing, with Seth Richardson of DC Storm

> Introducing the ‘How I made it’ series of interviews for Wired Sussex by Steve Penfold. This series will chart the highs and lows of successful tech startup founders in Brighton and beyond to help inspire others to take the plunge. DC Storm helps marketers increase sales, deliver higher ROI and target their digital marketing spend better. The intuitive technology platform and first class service provide actionable insight and control across all digital channels; ensuring clients have the competitive edge to succeed online. Seth co-founded DC Storm in Brighton in 2004, designing and coding the early versions of its ground-breaking …

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>Proper quality internships are good for the sector and for the interns

> So much of our local graduate talent ends up in a call centre working for a low wage in a field completely unrelated to their degree, career goals and interests. They fall into the ‘can’t get experience without a job / can’t get a job without the experience’ and our Sussex Internship Programme (SIP) is a solution that directly tackles the problem. SIP is the exact oppostite of those  exploitative unpaid work placements or the ‘give a friend’s kid a freebie ‘ schemes which have damaged the idea of internships recently. SIP is a real quality internship programme, in …

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>Innovation From Below: One Digital priorities in 2011

>Last week in Manchester I attended the steering group of the One Digital Alliance (www.onedigital.org). In case you don’t know, One Digital comprises four independent support organisations like Wired Sussex covering Brighton (that’s us) Bristol, Manchester and London. It enables us to share and compare with others who have similar aims and, importantly, it is a way of having more political clout with the government, the EU and others in support of our member companies. One Digital gives us access to decision makers at a senior level in a way that wouldn’t happen if we all tried to do it …

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>Brighton Fuse: a Unique Project for a Unique City

>Brighton Fuse is a 2-year, million pound project aimed at supporting and enhancing the connections between artists and creative practioners in the city and the digital, media and technology cluster. In the past there has been a bit of a tendency towards a year-zero attitude with some of the digital community, i.e. because digital technology was confronting and reinventing so much in so many areas – from journalism to the music industry to healthcare – then it didn’t have much to learn from the arts and the craft based traditions it was so busy challenging. This project is based on …

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