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Another great year for Creative, Digital and IT Open Studios

Brighton Digital Festival is over for another year, and what a year it's been! With so much success, we're looking forward to getting a full roundup.

As staunch supporters of Brighton Digital Festival, Wired Sussex like to get involved in lots of different ways. But one of the more major ways we contribute to this fantastic and fast-growing grassroots festival is by coordinating a five-day event during the month long celebrations: Creative, Digital and IT (CDIT) Open Studios. It is an opportunity for our member companies to throw open their doors and show off what they do, where they do it and how. Wired Sussex have done it every year since the festival started, and this year was no exception.

2014 saw approximately 300 people attending 33 events from 22nd to 26th September, with 27 companies taking the plunge and letting people in for a sneak peak.

From barbeques to workshops, networking to guides on your career; there were events across the sector and across all kinds of skill sets. New people were met and visitors learned about everything from design to development, from intranet to social media; you can see what they did on the CDIT Open Studios web page.

Early figures indicate that we improved upon last year's attendance figures, and had an average attendance rate of around 80% across all events held.

One of the most powerful influences over the festival, which has increased year on year, is social media; and CDIT Open Studios had it's fair share.

Using a free online service we got some approximate figures on the performance of the hastag '#BDFOpenStudios' throughout the Twittersphere.

The buzz and participant-generated interaction was really good, and gives us something to build on further in the future, specifically by ensuring we get even more replies by engaging on an individual level too.

After a great year, we are very much looking forward to next year's event already and learning how we can make it even better by using the feedback and data we have collected from this year.

All future events like these - and many others - can be found on our Event Calendar, which helps to support and promote events in the county. But the best way to keep on top of what's happening and to be the first to know is be signing up for Wired Sussex Event Alerts - delivered straight to your inbox with all the latest creative, digital and IT happenings.

Carmel Anderson, Events Coordinator

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