Wired Sussex Blog

Virtual Reality: Story telling and Brighton’s local expertise

This month the Digital Catapult Centre Brighton partnered with The Old Market across a series of events showcasing the use of virtual reality and storytelling. Richard Scott, Innovation Manager at the Digital Catapult Centre Brighton discusses why storytelling is crucial for driving the mass adoption virtual reality and how Brighton’s digital sector is uniquely positioned to take advantage of this growing field of technology. The words ‘virtual reality’ conjures feelings of immense but apprehensive excitement for me. I was brought up on Hollywood’s notions of virtual reality being just around the corner and that it would transform the way we consume …

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Getting that dream job in the Games Industry…

We have a wealth of awesome games companies in Brighton and in Sussex.  But how do you get to work for one of them? Kayleigh Peskett HR Manager at West Pier studios who is recruiting at the moment tells us how to stand out from the crowd: How to get into the gaming industry…. All too familiar questions that we all hear too often in the technology business – How do I get experience without a job? How do I get a job without experience? Where do I look for a career? Who can help me? Where do I start? …

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Calling all Brighton-based Wired Sussex Member Companies!

CALLING ALL BRIGHTON-BASED WIRED SUSSEX MEMBER COMPANIES TO TAKE PART IN CREATIVE, DIGITAL & IT OPEN STUDIOS 2014 For 5 days this September, Brighton based Wired Sussex member companies are invited to open their doors as part of Creative, Digital & IT Open Studios week. Whether you’re a small agency, just starting out or a large organisation that’s well established, we’d like you to take part! What is CDIT Open Studios? It’s a week-long event whereby Wired Sussex member companies can hold their own event under the umbrella of Wired Sussex CDIT Open Studios week as part of Brighton Digital …

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The Digital, Media & Tech Jobs Fair: the lowdown.

Friday 6th June saw the biggest sector-specific jobs fair that Brighton (and possibly the UK!) has seen.   The Digital, Media & Tech Jobs Fair saw over 1200 people through the door; 35 exhibiting companies all with at least one job on our Jobs Board; a series of talks from industry experts; workshops on finding a job with social media from the National Careers Service and 1-2-1 CV surgeries. Funded by our Intern Placement Programme the event saw job seekers of every level; from new grads looking for the latest paid internships to those already in work looking to take …

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The Big ConnectedTV Brighton Conference: speaker presentations, findings & shared thoughts

On Wednesday 4th September, as part of Brighton Digital Festival, Wired Sussex held The Big ConnectedTV Brighton Conference. Offering a practical guide to making money and reaching new audiences within ConnectedTV, the full day conference welcomed 100 attendees from various walks of the creative and digital sectors, and saw bought together some of the industry’s most creative forward thinkers & thought leaders. Speakers: Speaker’s presentations are available to view online via the links below. Matt Locke, Storythings (event host), Creating Connected Stories Richard Waterworth, YouTube/Google, How you can reach new audiences & make money with YouTube Neil Mortensen, ThinkBox, Can …

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Creative, Digital & IT Open Studios 2013 – find out what’s going on!

For 5 days this September, as part of Brighton Digital Festival 2013, Brighton & Hove based Wired Sussex member companies will be opening their doors to show you what they do, where they do it, who does what and how. There will be talks, workshops, networking and a unique opportunity to get a sneak preview of what goes on behind the scenes at some of Brighton & Hove’s most creative and innovative companies. What’s it all about? There’s nothing like seeing behind the curtain to help demystify what companies actually do. Participating organisations are opening their doors to peers, potential …

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Wired Sussex brings you The BIG ConnectedTV Brighton Conference

On Wednesday 4th September, as part of Brighton Digital Festival, we are bringing together some of the industry’s most creative forward thinkers and leaders within the ConnectedTV era, for The BIG ConnectedTV Brighton Conference: a practical guide to making money and reaching new audiences within ConnectedTV. What’s it about? Connected TV is all about the merging of traditional TV formats with other multi-media platforms, such as the internet, mobile and games. At this one day conference, our speakers will inspire and educate with case studies and discussions on some of the most innovative projects to have recently hit the ConnectedTV …

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The growth of the local games sector; from newborns to teenagers..

We’ve all heard about the successes of the games sector, especially with the ‘Black Pebble’ companies that have formed as a result of the Disney’s Black Rock office closure.  I thought it time to recap and take another look at how they’re doing, especially drilling down on some stats I’ve been examining, and to hear how the studios are managing their workforce to fit in with their growth…. Firstly I can see that over the past 12 months a healthy 22 companies have been using our Jobs Board to post a total of 46 games vacancies (of which over half …

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Untangling the Wires – TV and the web

Last week we ‘Untangled the Wires’  between TV and the web at the 3rd Wired Sussex ConnectedTV Brighton event. We were really pleased to hear from Nigel Walley, Managing Director of London based media strategy consultancy Decipher. Nigel works at the forefront of the evolving TV revolution and heads up Decipher’s work defining future formats for television advertising.  He is the Chairman of the Decipher Group of companies which includes iBurbia, the interactive media research lab and also the chair of Manchester Digital’s TV Tech Group, launched in January 2013. The event covered the theories behind ConnectedTV, the stages of TV evolution, channel branding …

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Au’Guest’ Blog post – Young Rewired State 2012

Written by Emma O’Sullivan, as part of the Wired Sussex guest blog month I spent last week running the Brighton outpost of Young Rewired State – a nationwide hackweek for young people, where under-19-year-olds have four days to put together a digital product that utilises open data with a focus on creating applications that will change the country for the better. My co-organiser and partner in crime was Edd Parris of NixonMcInnes, and Cogapp and NixonMcInnes kindly sponsored the event. We were based at the Lighthouse for our four days of coding, and they were incredibly supportive and sympathetic about …

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