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Wired Sussex Festival for Digital Skills and Talent Returns

We’re so excited to announce that Talent Fest is BACK - and you’re invited! Now that we are emerging from a year of lockdown and uncertainty, it’s time to start planning the future for digital businesses. How can we best connect job seekers, graduates, career switchers and returners to work, from diverse backgrounds and outside of our Brighton bubble with rewarding, fulfilling work?

We’re hosting a five-day event from the 15th to the 19th of November to boost our region’s thriving digital industry; helping businesses hire, nurture and keep the most talented people – the people we need, to grow and deliver great work.

Talent Fest 2021 is the skills festival for the digital sector in the South East, developed to help digital, media and tech businesses in the region attract, train and retain the talent they need in order to thrive and deliver great work.

As part of Talent Fest in 2018, we unveiled our Skills and Talent Manifesto, which has the aspiration to make Greater Brighton the best place in the UK for anyone to have a career in digital.

We all know the value in attracting diverse talent and creating inclusive workplaces, where everyone can thrive.

We can see the great work that is already being done by our members and the ambition for us to collectively improve.

To help aid, support and celebrate this, we’ve put together some resources, case studies and best practices into our Diversity & Inclusion Toolkit. Check it out

Find out more about the Skills and Talent Manifesto

What's on...

How to Lead in a Post-Covid World (Online)
Digital Leadership Forum | Monday 15th November (1-2.30pm)
Join us as our panel of Digital Leaders explore the evolution of leadership as we come out of a global pandemic.

Codebar (at the FuseBox)
Workshop | Tuesday 16th November (6-9pm)
Join us for a Codebar workshop as part of Talent Fest. Learn programming in a supportive and collaborative environment at your own pace, or share your knowledge and coach students.

How to Make Your Digital Business More Diverse (at the FuseBox)
Breakfast Session | Wednesday 17th November (9-10am)
Join us for a Breakfast Session at the FuseBox with Declan Cassidy from Into Games, to discover the ways you can make your digital business more diverse.

How to Lead a Diverse Team (Online)
Digital Leadership Forum | Thursday 18th November (1-2.30pm)
Join us online to hear from our panel of Digital Leaders as they discuss how to keep ahead of diversity and inclusion. 

Pitch & Present with Louise Stevenson (at the FuseBox)
Workshop | Friday 19th November (1-2.30pm)
Join us at The FuseBox for a fun workshop with Louise Stevenson, exploring how to inject your own sense of humour into your job interviews, pitches, and presentations.

Games Jobs Live: Sussex (Online)
Showcase | Friday 19th November (4-6pm)
Looking for a new job in the games industry? Join us for a Games Jobs Live as part of Talent Fest to hear directly from games developers in and around Sussex with active vacancies.


With thanks to our sponsors:

Legal & General

Legal and General are one of the UK’s leading financial services groups and a major global investor, with international businesses in the US, Europe, Middle East and Asia. They’re experts in safeguarding people’s financial futures by investing in things that benefit everyone – like affordable homes and clean energy.


MPB are the world’s largest online platform to buy, sell or trade used photography and videography equipment. They have always been committed to making kit more accessible and affordable, helping to visualise a more sustainable future.

Plus Accounting

Plus Accounting offer a comprehensive range of accounting and tax services for clients that operate in the Technology, Media and Innovation sectors.


Interested in sponsoring Talent Fest 2021?

Get in touch with our Chief Marketing Officer, Rifa Thorpe-Tracey (

Wired Sussex

Wired Sussex is a Brighton-based membership organisation for companies and freelancers operating in the digital, media and technology sectors in Sussex. Its goal is to support its members in their quest to deliver innovation, creativity and growth, and to enhance the reputation of this fast-growing regional cluster on the international stage.