Wired Sussex Blog

Robots and Disguise

Thursday and Friday last week saw the return of the annual New England House Xmas Open Studios and, as there were so many exhibitors this year, Wired Sussex kindly offered up part of their office to a couple us. Pearl Primrose and myself (aka My Little Robot) had the pleasure of setting up in the warm office and enticing people in with minced pies (courtesy of Wired Sussex’s Caroline) and woolly beards. Yes, that’s right, woolly beards! PP’s amazing crochet beards were a hit with the boys and girls alike and one lucky gentleman got away with the last deal …

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Welcoming (various bits of) the world to Brighton

It was fantastic to be able to show off Brighton as a brilliant digital, media & technology hub to international UKTI reps and sector specialists last week. These people sell different parts of the UK to creative and tech businesses in their home territory. The two day visit to the city was a chance for us to raise their awareness of Brighton as the place for creative businesses from overseas to base themselves in the UK. The reps flew in from all over the world: Sydney, New York, Delhi, San Francisco, Bangalore, Milan, Sao Paulo, Toronto, Munich, Houston, Singapore, Guangzhou, …

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Why I think you should respond to all job applicants

by Caroline Morris of Wired Sussex I just want to give my two pence worth on this as I feel quite passionate about the subject and also maybe a bit protective over the jobseekers out there. Today I received a hand written letter in the post asking if there are any job opportunities at Wired Sussex.  It’s very unusual to ever get anything like this by snail mail these days, especially when there’s only an address to respond to.  It would be easy to dismiss it as like everyone else,we’re pretty busy here.  My initial reaction was probably the same …

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The wonders of working for a democratic agency…..

At the Wired Sussex Home Brewed event with Will McInnes as part of Brighton Digital Festival, founder and MD of NixonMcInnes and Wired Sussex Board Member Will spoke about his new book  Culture Shock, an inspirational guide for better ways to do business in the 21st century. So what are the challenges of working in a democratic organisation? How should we be approach doing business in the 21st century and how realistic is it to put such ideas into practice? NixonMcInnes ‘newbie’ Bruce Waskett shares his experience of working in one of the most democratic organisations in the world in line with …

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Caroline’s Super Morriso success!

Phew that was tough, but what a journey… My epic cycle ride across the Andes to the Amazon in Peru and my charity quest is finally over.  Thanks for sharing it with me and showing all of your support; I couldn’t have done it without you and there’s too many of you to mention, but I’ll be forever grateful. Cast your mind back to all of my charity fundraising at the beginning of the year including the ‘Wired for Sound’ Stick it On event, my mega cycle training schedule and then preparing my trip to be part of Brighton Digital …

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What is TV? What will TV become? The Gartner Hype Curve in relation to TV connectivity

The second Wired Sussex ConnectedTV Brighton event took place during Brighton Digital Festival. Jonathan Vernon, My Mind Bursts, shares his account of the event…. What is ‘connected’ TV? Jen Topping spoke of connections to a plethora of devices through TV and to the Internet.  Stuff changes.  Jen spoke of the creative opportunity, of how people work and come together – not just 4OD, but how it changes the way producers, directors and web designers conceive TV.  She is looking for people to come up with programmes that work from the start across all the opportunities. Richard Griffiths, Principal Lecturer in …

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From Brighton to the Cherokee Nation…

There was lots of fantastic creative chaos at the official launch of the Brighton/Cherokee Nation Digital Cultural Exchange Project which took place as part of Brighton Digital Festival. Cherokee Nation Project Manager (UK) Fenella Tallon, gives her account of the event…. One uneventful Friday afternoon, a call came into the Wired Sussex office from the Cherokee Nation… What? A digital media company? No? Who on earth? The real Cherokee Nation in Oklahoma USA, no way? Well, yes way in fact! And from that call in 2011, a cultural digital exchange programme was born linking two schools in Brighton & Hove …

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Tales of a Creative City – Initial Findings from the Brighton Fuse Project

Interim findings from the Brighton Fuse project were shared at a recent Wired Sussex event, Tales of the Creative City which took place as part of Brighton Digital Festival. We were lucky to have the help of local SEO content/copy writer & social media specialist Liza Baron at the event.  Here, Liza shares her thoughts and experience of the presentation of the Brighton Fuse project’s interim findings.   This month I attended Tales of a Creative City: What Brighton Fuse might mean for the future of the Creative, Digital & IT sector, a series of talks about the Brighton Fuse project’s preliminary …

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Fighting for Better Broadband for Brighton

Today (17th September) Brighton & Hove Council submitted the city’s bid for government funding to improve our business broadband infrastructure – The Ultra Fast Broadband Bid. Wired Sussex has put a lot of time into supporting and collaborating on the bid – we have met with the head of UK broadband strategy at the Government (twice), with those who have submitted previously successful bids at Bristol, Manchester and Birmingham, with the senior management at Virgin and BT and with the Creative Industries Minister Ed Vaizey. We have spoken about the bid at the Westminster Forum and last week Wired Sussex …

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Au’Guest’ Blog post – Curiosity, Pirates & Tea

Written by Digby Killick, Insights & Analytics Executive at Beyond, as part of the Wired Sussex guest blog month                     I came to Brighton when I joined the University of Sussex to study Neuroscience. An unusual choice of degree which I had chosen from a variety of biology based courses I had applied for, purely because I could. All I knew at that point in time was that I was curious, was capable of University, and I most certainly wasn’t ready for the real world. So I spent three years learning …

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