Wired Sussex Blog

Our New Board Members

We had an amazing response to our request for expressions of interest in joining the Wired Sussex board and we’re thrilled to announce five new additions to the Wired Sussex board of non-executive directors. Our new directors will help us in our ambition to support the growth of a world-class digital, media and technology sector that is creative, passionate and inclusive, and the whole Wired Sussex team is looking forward to working with them. Without a further ado, we would like to say a big welcome to: Sophie Davies-Patrick, Engineering Director at American Express Sophie has been working in the …

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5 simple tips to improve your directory listing

As the member services coordinator for Wired Sussex, I’m often asked how you can get the most out of a listing on our directory pages. You see, one of the many benefits of joining Wired Sussex is that you’ll be added to our growing directory of over 2000 talented companies and freelancers working in the digital, media and creative sector in Sussex. Many of our members regularly secure direct leads and business referrals as a result of their directory listing, as it is searched by thousands of people every month looking for web, design, marketing and other digital media services …

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Wired Sussex is recruiting new non-executive directors. Interested?

Update: Applications to become a Wired Sussex director are now closed. Wired Sussex is growing and we are looking to recruit two (possibly three) new members to serve on our board of non-executive directors. We specifically want to broaden the board’s representation of digital industry specialities and improve its diversity. Being a non-exec director of Wired Sussex is a unique opportunity to help guide the future of the digital cluster based around Brighton. What’s in it for you? It’s not money. Non-executive directors at Wired Sussex don’t get paid. But… being a non-executive Wired Sussex Director is a unique opportunity: to …

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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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Lunch – props to Forgotten Cuts

Lunch. We’re being fed by gluten free specialists Forgotten Cuts, regulars at Brighton’s Street Diner. They’ve done meat and vegan options served in card boxes (no plastics) over a rice salad. And it’s gorgeous.    

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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Would University research expertise help you solve a problem in your business?

At Wired Sussex we know from feedback from our member companies that when they partner with University expertise it can be extremely beneficial to their business, but often the challenge comes from finding the right people at the University with the right knowledge and with time to spare to help them. Often, it’s a case of seeing who you already know rather than who you actually need. Wired Sussex has a new programme that might be able to help you gain new knowledge or solve a problem by accessing expertise at the University of Sussex. As part of the programme, …

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