Wired Sussex Blog

Talent2018: Creating a Skills Manifesto For Our Digital Sector

In June 2018, Wired Sussex organised Talent2018, a three-day skills festival for the digital sector designed to support our digital, media and tech industries. It included a Skills Summit at the University of Brighton; a one-day conference that brought a hundred digital business leaders together to explore how, collectively, we can support the growth of a sustainable talent pool that benefits both our individual organisations and our digital sector. After a morning of talks which featured a series of reflections from different businesses, we ran a workshop that asked participants to consider three key questions: 1: How should businesses work …

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Helen Kennedy introduces the World Café workshop

Helen Kennedy is Head of Media at University of Brighton. She’s an influential leader and important connecting point between the academic world and our tech and creative businesses. She is also lead research on the Refig project, with Canadian funding, aiming to instigate transformations within the games industry. Helen: Partnership is dear to the heart of Brighton University. The School of Media is only two years old. It was born out of the much bigger School of Art and Design. Not all courses are directly aligned with the challenges we’ve heard about this morning, so there is constant work to do. …

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Panel Discussion: The Big Challenge

Claire Hopkins introduces the panel. The discussion is around pinpointing the biggest challenges to attracting, training and retaining talent in Brighton. [writer’s note: I’ve largely removed Claire from the copy but she’s asking the questions and deftly guiding the conversation] Tom Chute I’m from Pragmatic, a 55 person company in Brighton. When we hit 30 staff we realised we need to formalise HR and recruitment, so that was me. Ed HIckey I’m from Dab Apps, based here in Brighton, I’m Commercial Director. I’ve been at Dab Apps for 2-3 years and before that I grew teams at digital product firms here and internationally. I’m …

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Chloe Langford and Zara Syversen, of Gene Commerce

Chloe Langford and Zara Syversen are both front end developers and mentors at Gene Commerce, talking together about their experience as young talents getting into tech, how each of them found Gene Commerce and are creating their paths into the digital sector. Chloe speaks about her experience in apprenticeships and in employment training, before coming to Gene Commerce. Zara, who grew up in Sweden, speaks about her own journey in work and training, especially her desire to move abroad. Once she’d got to Brighton, she decided to stay and develop her career here. When Zara came across women’s coding and networking group Code Bar she started …

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Caroline Walmsley, CEO of Further My Future

Caroline Walmsley co-founder and CEO of Further My Future and Director of progressive management consultancy Hello Sailor! – from 2014-2016 Caroline was CEO of Brightwave. Further My Future launched last summer; it’s a tech careers guidance company that speaks directly to young people, to help them make decisions about their future careers. Caroline has an unerring communication skill of talking with younger people at the start of their careers, rather than speaking down to them. Today she’s speaking on How Can We Do More For Emerging Talent? Caroline: I’ve made a shitload of mistakes as people in the room can tell you, …

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Keynote: Eugenie Teasley, Head Of Cities at Uber

10:15am KEYNOTE SPEAKER Eugenie Teasley of Uber is our Keynote Speaker. Eugenie is Uber’s Head Of Cities for the South of England. She’s been a Director of The Goodall Foundation, was the founder of Spark+Mettle, contributed to the Queen’s Young Leaders programme and in 2014 she was listed in The Guardian’s 35 Under 35 Women To Watch in the UK. Her keynote title today is What Do You Do When It All Goes Really, Really Wrong? Eugenie: I’d agreed to do this talk, before I’d even taken up the post at Uber. I’ve only been at Uber for eight weeks, so I …

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Skills Summit live blog tomorrow from 9am

A quick heads up, if you’re attending tomorrow’s TALENT 2018 Skills Summit for Wired Sussex members (or if you’re not – but you’re still interested in following online): from 9am tomorrow I will be online here, live-blogging the full day. So watch this space. The speaker lineup looks terrific, so it should be a very insightful day. I’ll try to capture as much of the atmosphere as possible. You’re very welcome to communicate with the live blog via Twitter, either using the hashtag #talent2018 or replying to @wiredsussex or my own feed @lofiarts.    

It’s all about culture – guest blog by Chris Ricketts

How do I attract the best talent? How do I hang on to my best people? How do I grow a pipeline of talent to help scale my business? Virtually all the Owners, MD’s and Directors of tech/digital SME’s I’ve met over the past year in Brighton & Hove have been asking themselves these questions…. When I spoke at Talent2017 I shared what I had learnt at eBay about how they attract, retain and develop top talent across their European platforms and classified businesses. One of my key learnings was that top tech talent essentially looks for a few key …

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Talent2018: showcase your company to great talent

Over three days in June (5-7th), we’re holding Talent2018, the skills festival for the digital sector, to provide businesses with the opportunities and support they need to attract, train and retain talent. Taking place at Brighton Dome on 5th June, Talent2018: Jobs Fair gives businesses the chance to showcase their company and job opportunities to around 1500 jobseekers looking to take their first (or next) step on the digital, media and tech career ladder. Becoming an exhibitor at the Jobs Fair is a great platform for you to raise your company profile; with opportunities promoted heavily to our unequalled network …

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