Wired Sussex Blog

The Digital Catapult Centre Brighton and Redevco launch a call for innovative digital companies to apply to its Retail Innovation project.

      The Digital Catapult Centre Brighton (DCCB) is delighted to announce it is accepting applications from digital companies to become part of its Retail Innovation project. The project will look at developing ideas, products and services that deliver inspiring customer experiences to shoppers, specifically utilising virtual and augmented reality (immersive) technology. Shortlisted companies will gain the access to innovation prizes, insight and feedback from retail experts and to cutting edge immersive hardware – in order to refine their ideas. Additionally, they will have a chance to be showcased in a live retail environment in Brighton, as DCCB has …

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Announcing a New Residency Programme at the FuseBox

We are delighted to announce that the Digital Catapult Centre Brighton is open for applications for its new residency programme, based at The Fusebox. This residency programme is intended to support digital entrepreneurs, tech visionaries and creative technologists who are looking to turn their ideas and initiatives into successful innovations. What kind of people or businesses are you looking for? These residencies are part of the Digital Catapult’s programme of activity in Brighton. This means we are looking for individuals or small teams working on ideas, concepts and products that align with (or utilise) their areas of focus. These are immersive …

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Educating in Virtual and Augmented Reality: An interview with Curiscope

Last week Digital Catapult Centre Brighton held it’s fourth Virtual Reality (VR) / Augmented Reality (AR) Meetup, hosting a diverse and rapidly growing community, passionate about exploring the bleeding edge applications of immersive technology. That meetup focused on how VR/AR is being used to teach, educate and train. We were lucky enough to have Curiscope, a company who are pioneering educational adventures in VR and AR, to give a presentation on this topic. Curiscope have very recently relocated to Brighton from London and we caught-up with Curiscope’s CEO, Ed Barton to hear his thoughts on the future of VR/AR as …

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Big Data in Brighton

This week Digital Catapult Centre Brighton hosted a big data meet up, bringing together local academics, businesses and enthusiasts to discuss the opportunities and application of big data. Morgan McCarthy of CDO Partners (a data and analytics consultancy) and a resident at The Digital Catapult Centre Brighton, organised the meetup. He shared his thoughts about why he is so passionate about unlocking the value of data and why he thinks big data is not just the province of large organisations. Why did you decide to organise a Big Data meet up? “There is an incredibly strong interest in Brighton around …

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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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Opportunity to be a Digital Catapult Centre Brighton Virtual Reality Resident.

  As part of our Digital Catapult Centre Brighton programme we are offering residencies and support to start-ups, innovators and creatives who are working in Virtual Reality. What does Digital Catapult Centre Brighton do? The Digital Catapult Center Brighton runs a series of projects and events which support businesses to develop and release new products and services to market. We have developed a number of themes of focus which currently include ‘Retail Innovation’, ‘Positive Ageing’ ‘Smart Places’ and explore emerging technologies such as Internet of Things, Virtual Reality, 5G and Blockchain. At the centre we support a cohort of businesses …

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A hello from Rich, the new Innovation Manager at the Digital Catapult Centre.

I am really excited to be joining the team here at Wired Sussex and have been spending the last few weeks meeting our fantastic residents. The Digital Catapult Centre Brighton, is dedicated to helping businesses take their digital innovations to market through collaborative R&D. As Innovation Manager, I look to bring together local businesses, Universities and large corporations to collaborate on innovation projects. Going forward I will be working on a variety of projects within ‘The Internet of Place’ – these include; 5G, IoT, Connected Cars, Retail Innovation, Blockchain, Virtual/ Augmented Reality, Smart Cities and Positive Ageing. I would love to hear …

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Applications now open for our IOT Care Clinic

Following on from our ‘Tech Beyond the Screen: the Internet of Things, Technology and Positive Ageing’ event on the 9th June Digital Catapult Centre Brighton and IoTUK will be partnering to run an intensive one-day event which will bring together a number of care homes and care providers to explain their challenges to specially selected SMEs. Throughout the day a number of workshops will take place to explore these challenges in more detail and discuss possible technological solutions to the problems raised. The aim of the event is to give SMEs insight into the problems faced by the care sector …

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Digital Catapult Centre Brighton – One Year In

It’s one year since we launched Digital Catapult Centre Brighton, so I wanted to take this opportunity to look back at what’s happened over the past 12 months. The Digital Catapult Centre Brighton offered a platform on which we could deliver large scale, impactful projects that explored the Centre’s main theme of The Internet of Place. Given the scope and scale of the opportunity this presented we made a strategic decision to work with our cluster from the early stages so that, together, we could explore this theme and begin to develop projects from which our cluster would get real …

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IOTUK Retail Pit Stop: The Future of the High Street

Through our Digital Catapult Centre Brighton programme we partnered with IOTUK to run a new model of 2-day intensive event called a ‘Pit Stop’. The aim of the event was to explore the ways technology can grow the high-street through the application of real-time data, the improvement of retailer productivity and the creation of innovative retail experiences. An overview of the day can be seen here: https://youtu.be/IEjqpbsiEws At the event we had a fantastic mix of large and local retailers, SMEs and academics, and we are really excited at some of the new connections, partnership and projects which have already begun …

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