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Creative, Digital & IT Open Studios 2013- The break down

From Monday 23rd September to Friday 27th September some of Brighton’s most cutting-edge companies will be opening their doors to the public as part of the Brighton Digital Festival 2013.

As the CDIT Open Studios week gets closer, with just a week until we kick start events, we thought it would be useful to share highlighting the key areas these events will be covering.

These events will offer a rare behind the scenes glimpse into what makes these companies tick as well as some great career and graduate opportunities. Open to industry professionals, students, graduates and creative people- this rare opportunity to network and discover is not to be missed.

Since our last post we have had two new companies join CDIT Open Studios week, Brandwatch and NixonMcInnes, adding further social strategy and analytical aspects to the week.

With 22 companies taking part all in one week we know how brilliant but daunting it can be trying to choose the events best suited for you. For that reason we have sorted out each event according to sector- making it easy for you to see which events would be best for you to attend.

Please see below for a breakdown of the participants events by sector:


  • Cardens Accountants-5 days of accountancy advice on VAT, tax credits and record keeping
  • Crunch Accounting- 3 days of advice, workshops and discussions for freelancers and small businesses


  • Spook Studio- Networking event with an opportunity to see how Spook Studio help to build thriving businesses
  • Cogapp- An event for people who deliver/manage projects providing na opportunity to discuss challenges, tips and share advice.
  • BTV Post- Tour of the BTV Post studios providing an insight into the inner workings of a cutting-edge post production facilities house
  • Latest TV- Meet the team and find out how to get involved in making TV with no barriers
  • Online creative- Senior Colourist, Darren Mostyn will demonstrate colour grading techniques and workflows on broadcast and TV commercial projects he has worked on. The session would be ideal for those who have an interest in online colour grading and finishing techniques for television.
  • Persistent Peril- An informal chance to meet and discuss what Persistent peril does. There are six thirty minute time slots between 10am and 4.30pm, and a maximum of two slots per session.


  • Pure360- A sneak peek behind the scenes at a fast growing digital marketing company Pure360, meet the team, find out what each department does and the career opportunities available to you.
  • Zero G Media- a 'Brilliant business blogging' workshop, as well as an 'Effective email marketing' session.
  • Upstream- Upstream's 1 hour breakfast workshop on Multilingual Digital Marketing to find out how to move your online presence into Europe, what is involved and how to get started.
  • Propellernet- An event focussed on marketing- introducing a way of thinking that's focused on people and not marketing channels.
  • DC Storm- An event for ambitious graduates to have a tour of the DC Storm offices, meet the team and Listen to a presentation about DC Storm’s position in digital marketing and how you can get involved in their internship program.
  • Brandwatch- Brandwatch is launching a brand new product that combines data with their love of beauty to produce something revolutionary. Their event offers the opportunity to visit their offices and get a first peek at this new product.
  • Brightminded- Two days of events at The Dock including workshops and sessions on: Business start-up for little or no money, Social Media for Start-ups, Web Development,3D Printing and Design and Product development with little or no money.
  • NixonMcInnes- A insight into the inner workings of a Social business consultancy with the opportunity to network, see how NixonMcInnes help clients to solve problems and meet the team.


  • Wired Sussex Jobs- CV Surgery and Recruitment advice for business workshop with Wired Sussex’s Caroline Morris.
  • Brightwave- Brightwave and DV8 Sussex are teaming up to show how apprenticeships can help uncover the next generation of digital and creative superstars in Brighton. There will be presentations from some interesting speakers on the success of Apprenticeships, as well as from Brightwave's own apprentices who will 'bring a unit to life' and showcase the quality of work they've produced in the workplace following their time in the classroom.
  • Ideal Networks- See the team give interactive demonstrations of how state of the art voice, video and mobile technologies can transform how organisations do business, helping them to become more flexible, agile and effective. Ideal Networks are always looking for talented graduates so if you're ambitious and interested in a career in IT this event is for you.
  • DC Storm- An event for ambitious graduates to have a tour of the DC Storm offices, meet the team and Listen to a presentation about DC Storm’s position in digital marketing and how you can get involved in their internship program.


  • Dabapps- Short 30-60 min sessions on Python programming language, the Django web framework, designing web-based APIs and version control with Git and GitHub.
  • ribot- An opportunity to meet the team and see how ribot works. There will be talks throughout the afternoon on the following projects:

Large-screen human-adaptive User Interfaces  The new battle between 1st & 2nd screen experiences

 •Designing the store around the app - digital-led retail architecture • ribotDays and related internal experiments

 • Emotional design as the basis for UX (with case studies)


Brighton Media Centre- Companies within Brighton Media Centre form three days of events showcasing 3D design and print, and motion capture.

Hopefully this has made it easier for you to choose which ones you would like to attend.

For more information and for details of how to register to go along to any of the events as part of CDIT Open Studios week, check out the event webpage here.

Meanwhile, you can follow all the buzz and conversations surrounding the CDIT Open Studios week at #BDFOpenStudios.

If you have any questions about CDIT Open Studios week, please feel free to contact Nina on 01273 692888 or at

BDF Events & Marketing Intern

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