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Wired Sussex Events within Brighton Digital Festival: The Low Down

This September see’s Brighton Digital Festival, a month long celebration of arts and digital culture within over 150 events across the whole of Brighton.

It’s a great opportunity that we like to make the most of taking part in, so we’re running a whole series of events as part of the Festival this year.  I’ve pulled them all together below in (what I hope is) a handy overview of the month from our perspective.

0S2015_logoCreative, Digital & IT Open Studios

Tuesday 1st September – Friday 4th September, various times, various locations

For 4 days this September, Brighton based Wired Sussex member companies will be opening their doors to show you what they do, where they do it and how.

From talks and workshops to games tournaments, this is a unique opportunity to see what goes on behind the scenes and network with some of Brighton's most creative and innovative companies.

Find out who is taking part and what's going on below. For more information about each CDIT Open Studio and for event times, just click through to each participating company's eventbrite link(s) where you will find instructions of how to register for your free place. Spaces at each event are very limited so please register asap if there's an event that you would like to attend.

Find out more about who's taking part, what's going on and how to register for a place here.

0S2015_logoWired Sussex’ CDIT Open Studio Event: The Joys of Networking

Tuesday 1st September, 3.30pm – 5.30pm at The FuseBox

I’ll be talking about and exploring networking opportunities and best practice, sharing top tips and offering advice on how to maximise your experience of networking and making new connections.

The session will include:

  • Identifying the variety of networking events and opportunities available
  • An overview of community events and meetups to attend
  • Bringing value to a networking event
  • Identifying potential contacts
  • Useful introductions: a how-to
  • Things to avoid
  • Follow ups

If you are a student; a recent graduate; looking to make new contacts; searching for potential collaboration opportunities or if you’re a little shy and new to the networking scene this event is for you!

More information and event registration here.

0S2015_logoWired Sussex’ CDIT Open Studio Event: Finding Work in the Digital, Media & Tech Sectors

Wednesday 2nd September, 6pm – 8pm at The FuseBox

Alongside Wired Sussex' Jobs and Talent Manager Kelly, Terry Swann, Global Recruitment Manager at Brandwatch & Sam Spencer, Production Manager at City & Guilds Kineo will be giving advice about what employers expect from your application to work for them.

This will be a practical session, useful for students, recent graduates and/or those looking to change careers.

The session will include:

• CVs
• Covering letters
• Standing out from the crowd
• Do you fit with the company culture?
• Interviews

More information and event registration here.

Digital Catapult Centre BrightonDigital Catapult Centre Brighton Breakfast Drop In

Friday 4th September, 9.00am – 11.00am at The FuseBox

The Digital Catapult Centre Brighton is an R + D lab where SMEs, start-ups, large corporates, universities and others can come together to work on innovative digital projects, to create real value from new products and services.

It's based on the Internet of Place – real-time, location-based use of digital technology and data. It will also give regional businesses access to 5G technologies, to help them develop new products that keep them ahead of the game.

We take a determinedly human-centric approach to data and technology, which is underpinned by the belief that –when it comes to generating wisdom from data – the context in which people use and engage with it is king.

This Digital Business Breakfast Session is here to help you understand more about the Digital Catapult Centre Brighton and opportunities for engaging with the project as it develops.

At this event we'll be joined by American Express, so as well as finding out about the project and meeting the people involved, it's a great opportunity to meet and network with representatives from AMEX to find out why they're involved in the Digital Catapult Centre Brighton and potential opportunities to collaborate on projects that will develop over the course of the Digital Catapult Centre Brighton.

This event is free to attend but please sign up in advance to let us know that you’re coming so that we can make sure we've got enough pastries, fruit and coffee!

More information and event registration.

Digital Catapult Centre BrightonDigital Catapult Centre Brighton: Investigating Blockchain Technologies: Cryptocurrencies, Ethereum and DAPPs

Wednesday 16th September, 10:00am - 5:00pm at The FuseBox

Have you heard of Technologies such as Cryptocurrencies, Bitcoin, Blockchain, Ethereum, De-centralised Apps (DAPPs) etc and would like to find out more?

Bitcoin, a digital currency and payments system that does not require any trusted third parties to operate, was invented in 2009 and has since become an approximate 4 billion dollar industry.

Bitcoin introduced the Blockchain, a special kind of public database secured by cryptography. Over the past two years in particular, the concept of the blockchain has given rise to many projects who have looked to generalise its applicability to domains beyond just currencies and payment systems.

During this event we will investigate Blockchain technologies and their applicability to solving real-world business and organisational problems. There are 2 morning sessions and an afternoon workshop.

The 2 morning sessions are more general, suitable for anyone interested in finding out about these ‘disruptive’ technologies, particularly entrepreneurs and digital media and tech businesses. The afternoon session is a ‘hackathon’ meant for developers who would like to delve deeper and play around with blockchains. We will be running blockchains, creating accounts and coding simple DAPPs...

Find out more and register for a place here.

supporting imageUKTI: Think Creative, Be Global

Monday 21st September, 10.00am – 4.00pm at Brighton Dome

This September we are partnering with UKTI to bring representatives from more than 12 key global markets to Brighton.

If you are looking to start or grow your businesses’ overseas revenues, this event is for you.

Be Creative, Think Global” offers creative, digital and technology businesses a unique  opportunity to meet UK Commercial Officers from all across the globe, provides workshops and one-to-one clinics with experts offering international market knowledge, access to up to date business intelligence and tailored advice on succeeding in overseas markets.

For any business with ambition, this is an exclusive opportunity to learn from the experts, meet your peers and understand how to access and grow new market opportunities.

More information and event registration.

bdx-logoBrighton Digital Exchange – a  new model for digital infrastructure?

Wednesday 23rd September, 1.30pm – 6.00pm at The FuseBox

Learn how the co-owned Internet hub and server hosting facility will serve Brighton businesses and help grow the digital, creative and tech sectors.

The Brighton Digital Exchange (BDX) is a group of digital businesses working together in innovative ways to improve the digital infrastructure available to the Brighton business community.

At the heart of BDX is a cooperatively-owned and run data centre, where member businesses can peer and colocate equipment; and from which they can provide services to Brighton businesses.

Join us on Wednesday 23 September, as part of Brighton Digital Festival, to find out what the Digital Exchange is, what it means for businesses in Brighton and how you can engage with it.

This event is free to attend but please register asap to secure a place.

Digital Catapult Centre BrightonDigital Catapult Centre Brighton:

Retail Innovation and the Internet of Things: Trends and Opportunities

Thursday 24th 1.30pm – 6.00pm at The FuseBox

The Internet of Things.  It’s shaping our cities and lives in every way, growing and evolving at a rapid pace across a variety of sectors, from digital and creative to retail, leisure, lifestyle and art.

At this event we will be bringing together the people at the forefront of retail innovation around IoT.  We will be looking at recent trends and developments within this space, challenge areas and opportunities opening up within the future – the distance and not so far away.

Join us to discuss what has led to recent developments in this space.  We’ll be exploring opportunities for growth going forward and looking at what this means for creative & digital businesses.

This is a practical event where we’ll be hearing from thought leaders in this area with case studies and inspirational learning opportunities, offering knowledge and experience of creating and implementing innovative ideas within this theme.

This event is free to attend but please register asap to secure your place.

So, that’s it from us, but there’s a whole host of events taking place as part of the Festival that are too good to miss, so be sure to check them out on the Festival website here.

If you’ve got any questions about any of our events taking place during the Festival, or about our events in general, feel free to drop me an email at any time.

Oh, and if you are heading to any events and are looking for some tips on how to make the most out of networking opportunities, check out my blog post, The Joys of Networking.


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