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Creative, Digital & IT Open Studios: Call for Participants Now Live!

From Monday 5 - Friday 9 September as part of Brighton Digital Festival, Brighton based Wired Sussex Member companies will be opening their doors to show off what it's like to work for some of our most creative and innovative businesses.

THE CALL FOR PARTICIPANTS IS NOW OPEN!

WHAT IS CREATIVE, DIGITAL & IT (CDIT) OPEN STUDIOS?

It's 5 days of events whereby Wired Sussex member companies create and host their own events under the umbrella of Wired Sussex CDIT Open Studios week.

CDIT Open Studios presents a unique chance for the public, students, graduates and peers to find out what goes on behind the scenes at some of Brighton’s most innovative creative, digital & IT companies.

It’s a fantastic opportunity to showcase what you can do in a creative and engaging way; previous years' have seen a whole range of events and participants from all walks of our sector; hosting talks, workshops, games tournaments and lunches.  This is a unique opportunity to get involved and show off what goes on behind the scenes in Brighton's most creative and innovative companies.


WHEN IS IT?

Monday 5th - Friday 9th September


WHY SHOULD YOU TAKE PART?

1. IT’S AN EXCUSE TO CELEBRATE ALL THINGS DIGITAL

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(Harvey & John, CDIT Open Studios 2015. Photo by www.lighttrick.co.uk)

It’s a great opportunity to be part of Brighton Digital Festival 2016 – a month-long celebration of digital culture running throughout Brighton & Hove every September. The festival provides an exciting platform for a community led programme and last year alone, featured over 150 events with a combined audience of over 45,000 people.

2. IT GETS YOUR NAME OUT THERE

(Ribot, CDIT Open Studios 2014. Photo by www.lighttrick.co.uk)

If you’re looking to raise your company’s profile in the Brighton and beyond, taking part in CDIT Open Studios is a great way to increase your local exposure and get noticed:

The #BDFOpenStudios hashtag had almost 400 tweets and a reach of 239,000 people during Open Studios week last year alone. You can see some highlights onthis Storify.

Additionally, your company logo will be on our marketing materials including flyers and posters, and will be listed on the Wired Sussex events calendar and Open Studios website.

You’ll also have an individual event listing in the Brighton Digital Festival website.

3. IT HELPS YOU MAKE NEW CONNECTIONS

(Tilt, CDIT Open Studios 2015. Photo by www.lighttrick.co.uk)

What better way than to do so than opening your doors up to show them exactly who you are, where you work, and what you do? Share information with peers and others in the industry, meet new talented graduates and students, or just show off your awesome work space to whoever wants to see it.

4. IT’S FREE AND EASY

(Clearleft, CDIT Open Studios 2014. Photo by www.lighttrick.co.uk)

It’s totally free to take part and also a free and open brief, which you organise in-house. We have a few event guidelines, but outside of that it’s completely up to you what type and scale of event you organise. To give you an idea of previous years, we have seen talks, taster workshops, hacks, BBQs, training sessions and ping pong tournaments.

5. WE’LL HELP YOU

(Propellernet, CDIT Open Studios 2015. Photo by www.lighttrick.co.uk)

Aside from helping with promotion, we’ll be on-hand to offer advice on anything you need to organise your event. You can ask us any questions about CDIT Open Studios by emailing events@wiredsussex.com, calling us on 01273692888, or coming along to one of our drop-in advice sessions:


HOW DO YOU GET INVOLVED?

If you’re interested in taking part just drop an email to laura@wiredsussex.com and I'll send you out event guidelines and the participant registration form.

Once you've got your event locked-down you can submit it via this link.

If you'd like to discuss ideas do pop along to a drop in session on:

Wednesday 1 June, 4 - 5pm at The FuseBox

Wednesday 15 June, 4 - 5pm at The FuseBox

And of course, if you have any questions at any point, feel free to get in contact.


CURIOUS ABOUT PREVIOUS CDIT OPEN STUDIOS?

See who took part last year.

See the photos from last year.


JOIN IN OR FOLLOW THE CONVERSATION FOR THIS YEAR’S CDIT OPEN STUDIOS WITH #BDFOPENSTUDIOS

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