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Date Event Location
Monday, 02 July

Digital Accelerator Course

This regularly run course that will equip you with an essential tool kit of digital and creative skills that our employers demand, helping you to create an impressive portfolio of work that will make you the stand-out applicant for any hiring manager. We work with hundreds of great companies across Brighton and Sussex and the course will help you to secure an exciting new job or apprenticeship.

The Digital Accelerator at a glance:
- Multiple start dates to choose from 
- A 3 week full-time course, Monday to Friday (10am-5pm)
- Completed in person at our Mac Training Centre by Hove Station
- Awards a Digital Skills Diploma valued at £2,600 but free to the participant

The Digital Accelerator course content:
- Practice using design and marketing software used by professionals: WordPress, Photoshop, InDesign
- Learn employability skills such as teamwork, networking, interview and presentation skills
- Build your own website and create an online portfolio and creative C.V.
- Understand what local opportunities are available and secure interviews for exciting jobs with great employers

Ongoing start dates:
- Monday 2nd July
- Monday 9th July
- Monday 30th July
- Monday 3rd September 

*follow the link above to register 
 

Time: 10:00-17:00
Full details
Creative Process Digital
6 Albert Works
Hove
Tuesday, 03 July

Wired Sussex Digital Finance Clinic

Are you responsible for your company finances? Wired Sussex has teamed up with Plus Accounting to provide a members’ only Clinic to help understand and advise on the successes and challenges businesses in the sector have.

This includes looking at current financial positions and future financing desires. Plus Accounting are offering free 20 minute 121 advice sessions. 

These sessions are aimed at businesses wanting guidance and advice with regard to tax planning and VAT as well as the possible implications on the business owner's personal tax. Do you have questions concerning: 

-R&D and Creative Industry Tax Claims
-EIS & Seed EIS -Corporation Tax
-Dealing with HMRC -Capital Allowances
-Payroll Taxes -VAT Or -Starting out 
-Growing your business 
-Exit strategy 

The Clinic will give you a chance to discuss your views, opinions and questions in a confidential environment and draw on the expert knowledge of Plus Accounting.
 

Time: 09:30-11:30
Full details
The FuseBox
Level 4, New England House, New England Street
Brighton
Tuesday, 03 July

Brighton Indie Coffee

Stuck indoors alone writing videogames all day? Live in Brighton & Hove? Get out of the house & come along to Indie Coffee to chat with lovely, friendly fellow Indie gamedevs!  

Time: 09:30-12:00
Full details
Alcampo Lounge
84-86 London Rd
Brighton
Tuesday, 03 July

Creative Coast - A Brighter Creative Future

How can we ensure Brighton & Hove continues to thrive as a creative place? What would make it and the surrounding area an even better home for creative and digital business to grow and thrive?

Come and share your views at Plat9rm on July 3rd from 5-7pm, Plat9rm Tower Point, 44 North Road, Brighton BN1 1YR. Refreshments will be served.

Brighton & Hove City Council alongside partners in the Greater Brighton Economic Board are developing a new place strategy which better expresses the role of the city and region as one of the UK's leading creative clusters. It is designed to ensure that residents, visitors, investors, and businesses of all types understand its unique cultural and creative strengths and to ensure that it continues to thrive through new infrastructure and tackling the barriers to growth that hold it back.

We want to hear from as wide a range of creative businesses and entrepreneurs as possible - so if you work in the creative or digital industries please come along and take part in the debate and help us shape Brighton's creative future.
 

Time: 17:00-19:00
Full details
PLATF9RM
Tower Point, 44 North Rd
Brighton
Wednesday, 04 July

The Farm - Freelancers meet up

Meeting for freelancers and small business people. Come along for a chat over a beer about work you've got, work you want, client frustrations or the latest technology. Usually 20-30 people attend over the evening. To help find us look out for the green and black sign on the table, or ask at the bar and they'll point you over to us. The pub give us discount on some drinks, so say you're with us before ordering to find out what's on offer.  

Time: 20:00-23:00
Full details
Caxton Arms pub
26 North Gardens
Brighton
Thursday, 05 July

PLATF9RM Ideas Café Hosted By Happy Startup School

Hosted by Laurence and Carlos – founders of the Happy StartUp School – Ideas Café will help you connect with like-minded entrepreneurs and share your wizard-like business knowledge.

Using the Lean Coffee format, they’ll split everyone into groups of six to eight (depending on attendance) with each group given a facilitator to guide the discussions. It's fast paced, participatory and driven by the passion of the group. Whether you’re looking to unearth a new business hack or solve a longstanding issue, you’ll leave feeling energised and inspired.
 

Time: 09:00-10:30
Full details
PLATF9RM
Tower Point, 44 North Rd
Brighton
Thursday, 05 July

Async: "Build your first Alexa app"

Amazon's Alexa has seen phenomenal take-up since its release in 2014.

Join us for a workshop by Jez Nicholson, and create your very first Alexa app in Node.js!More details TBC.

This meetup will be sponsored by Creative Technologies, so beers and pizzas for all! If you have any dietary requirements, please get in touch at hello@asyncjs.com
 

Time: 19:15-21:30
Full details
The Skiff
30 Cheapside
Brighton
Sunday, 08 July

Unity Developer Day: Brighton

The annual Unity Developer Day conference tour is coming to the UK for the first time ever — join us for an exciting day of development talks, games, and more at Unity Developer Day: Brighton this July 8th!

Unity Developer Day is a conference series dedicated to supporting local developers through the exchange of stories and skills that promote the creation of successful Unity games and interactive media.

Our Brighton edition brings together local game creators and Unity staff to share their expertise through a full-day conference track, networking lunch, and showcase of local games and projects made with Unity.

Local speakers will share experiences and insights gained throughout the creation of their Unity games - be it through programming, design, art, audio, business, and more.

Expert Unity evangelists will give talks focused on how local developers can get the most out of their work with Unity and its services.

Featured Talks:

Keynote: Unity 2018 Roadmap
Josh Naylor - Team Lead Evangelism, EMEA, Unity (@JoshNaylor)

ProCore: Communicating Creative Intent Across Teams
Liz Mercuri - Technical Evangelist, Unity (@FragFox)

Jonathon Wilson - Senior Designer, Coatsink (@Omnislash92)

Progressive Lightmapper and GI: How to Get the Most From your Lighting
Ciro Continisio - Technical Evangelist (@CiroContns)


Full schedule coming in early June! Follow #UnityDeveloperDay on Twitter to catch news about talk announcements, event updates, and more!

Meet with Unity Recruiters

Come meet the Unity Recruiting Team at Unity Developer Day! They'll be at the event to answer your questions and discuss local and global opportunities with Unity.

100% of the proceeds raised from the ticket purchases will be donated to SpecialEffect. To learn more about this amazing charity and how they help people with physical disabilities play video games, please visit their website https://www.specialeffect.org.uk/
 
Cost:  20
Time: 09:30-18:00
Full details
Unity Technologies
103 Stroudley Rd
Brighton
Tuesday, 10 July

The Laymans Guide to Planning, Creating and Managing a Website

Workshop No. 1 - 10th July, 5.30pm to 7.00pm

Some people feel that using jargon makes them sound smarter or fit in better with what they do. This is particularly true when discussing websites or anything technical. These workshops were created with that in mind. To cut through the jargon and present a layman’s guide to planning, creating and managing a website.

Have you ever wanted to have more control over your website? To have a simple conversation with someone to help understand how to plan, create and manage a website? If so, this short series of workshops is for you.

Run by Steve Gallagher of Jumpstart Web Design, Development and Branding Services, based at FW Worthing, this series of three workshops starts in July with workshops 2 and 3 in September and October respectively.

Workshop 1: 10th July 2018 - planning a website, from creative or business idea to key content, user journey and essential information you must include. What you should be thinking about when you begin and the key information you need to get started.

Workshop 2: 11th September 2018 - creating a website, understanding domains, hosting and servers, an introductions to WordPress, how WordPress works, what are themes and plug-ins and how to use them.

Workshop 3: 16th October 2018 - managing a website, including web hosting, updating content and plug-ins, setting up and understanding Google Analytics, back-ups, connecting third party services like Mailchimp and moving your website to a new provider if needed.

Brought to you by Jumpstart

WHO’S THIS FOR
These workshops were created with small business owners in mind but are useful to anyone looking to bypass the jargon and get clear and simple guidance to help plan, create and manage a new website, orre-design an existing website.

The workshops will be useful for:
• small business owners
• new start-ups

WHO THIS ISN’T FOR
Though you might benefit from applying some of the ideas we cover this workshop is NOT for users with prior web design or development experience.

Please arrive at 5.30pm for a prompt 6.00pm start
 

Time: 17:30-19:00
Full details
Freedom Works
31 Chatsworth Road
Worthing
Wednesday, 11 July

Artificial Intelligence: Growing Local Knowledge & Expertise

Is your business working in Artificial intelligence (or interested in what AI might deliver)?

The University of Sussex is planning a doctoral training centre with a specific emphasis on AI and wants to discuss it with Wired Sussex member companies to ensure it is framed and developed with you in mind.

The project would give businesses access to a locally-based, world-class centre of excellence in AI and would be connected to Queen Mary, Southampton, Open and Portsmouth universities.

The University of Sussex want to develop partnerships with local businesses who might help them design the doctoral training to ensure it is industry-relevant and to provide the students with placement opportunities.

If you are interested in discussing AI with other local businesses and with the University of Sussex, learning how you can connect with this opportunity and with university expertise in AI, come along to this event.

** Please Note **

This event is a benefit of Wired Sussex membership and therefore exclusive to Wired Sussex Members. You can check if you are or if your company is a member on our directory. Not a member? Find out about the advantages of joining Wired Sussex here.
 

Time: 18:00-20:00
Full details
The FuseBox
Level 4 North, New England House, New England St
Brighton
Wednesday, 11 July

Making Human Like AI. Could We Help Make It Happen?

I will be giving a talk entitled:

"Making Human-like AI. Could We Help Make It Happen ?"

Topics I will raise will include:

: Top-down design of AI systems & virtual world modelling.

: Implementing a simulated understanding of 65 pre-verbal core language "atoms" as a bootstrap to real computerised language understanding.

: Understanding and modelling time.

: Understanding and modelling cause and effect

: Minimising AI risks and maximising benefits.

: The need for open source community-based AI development & supervision

 

Time: 19:00-21:30
Full details
Barclays Eagle Labs
1 Preston Road
Brighton
Wednesday, 11 July

The Farm - Freelancers meet up

*The location of this event has been moved* 

Meeting for freelancers and small business people. Come along for a chat over a beer about work you've got, work you want, client frustrations or the latest technology. Usually 20-30 people attend over the evening. To help find us look out for the green and black sign on the table, or ask at the bar and they'll point you over to us. The pub give us discount on some drinks, so say you're with us before ordering to find out what's on offer.
 

Time: 20:00-23:00
Full details
The Battle of Trafalgar
34 Guildford Road
Brighton
Thursday, 12 July

The Secrets of Growing A Business

A business growth seminar for Sussex entrepreneurs and directors is being run on Thursday July 12th from 9.15am to Midday by Simon Palmer, a Director of UK Business Mentoring.

The ticket-only event will be a masterclass outlining the key principles of business growth. It is designed to help business owners and directors seeking support in growing their companies or preparing for restructure and sale. It will cover:

· A model to highlight the strengths and weaknesses of your business

· Increasing your business profitability in 6 simple steps

· The importance of your style as a manager/leader

· Getting the best out of your people

· Building a business to sell

The Surrey business growth seminar will be hosted by Simon Palmer. Simon is a Fellow of the Chartered Association of Certified Accountants and began his career in public practice working with SME businesses. He then moved into Financial Services and spent 25 years with GE Capital in a variety of Finance and Treasury roles, both in Corporate and business platforms, including Project Management, M&A and Treasurer positions. Simon also has extensive international experience having lived in the Netherlands, Germany and the USA for a total of 16 years.

Ranked number 1 in the UK for business mentoring and coaching, UK Business Mentoring typically supports private businesses with turnover of £0.5m - £25m, seeking significant growth, requiring strategic assistance, or looking for support in structuring a business sale or exit.

 

Time: 09:15-12:00
Full details
Europa Gatwick Hotel & Spa
Balcombe Road
Crawley
Thursday, 12 July

Wired Sussex Breakfast Session: Mastering Marketing Automation

The Wired Sussex Breakfast Sessions share best practice on subjects ranging from marketing and branding to intellectual property and investment opportunities. And there’s coffee and croissants too. What’s not to like? 

Mastering Marketing Automation: 

Making the most of marketing automation means using the right tools to successfully attract and keep customers; when used successfully, it can lead to a better understanding of your audience and help drive increased conversions, boost leads, and ultimately generate more revenue for you and your business. 

At this session, we will explore the strategies you can use to streamline your approach to marketing; helping you gain a deeper insight of your audience, nurture customer engagement and craft a more results-driven approach to sales, as well as look at the pros and cons of the leading platforms, including: Hubspot, Sharpspring, Infusionsoft etc. 

So, whether you’ve just launched a start-up and looking to scale or a seasoned industry professional wanting to reassess your current goals, this event will help you understand what marketing automation means and how you can use the tools in a marketing automation platform for your business. 

We will be joined by: 

Lindsey Pickles, Director and Founder of Bright Dials Digital Marketing Lindsey has over 20 years experience in the tech, digital and media industries working with clients all over the world. 

Adam Lee, Director and Founder of No Pork Pies Adam has 15 years digital marketing experience working with both global and local brands, including:  GiffGaff, Claims Direct, Thomsonlocal, Brandwatch and many more excel at Search and conversion focused marketing.

 

Time: 10:00-12:00
Full details
The FuseBox
Level 4 North, New England House, Brighton
Brighton
Thursday, 12 July

Unconscious Bias Training

Diversity is recognised as one of the biggest opportunities in the creative economy - driving innovation in content creation and experience design and with the potential for significant social and economic impacts locally and globally.

Creative expression and cultural engagement can help us to tackle the personal, social and global challenges we face, but instead the sector and its output usually reflect and consolidate wider inequalities.

There is now a large body of research that show us that unconscious and hidden bias explain a great deal of our patterns of behaviour around diversity. Unconscious biases don’t just affect the decisions that we make, they also affect how we communicate with people every day.

We are delighted to welcome leading consultants Challenge to Lighthouse Brighton to lead a free training workshop in Unconcious Bias for professionals working in the creative digital and cultural sector

They will help define unconscious bias, investigate why it is inherent in us all and how we can recognise and deal with it in our work.

The event runs from 10am to 1pm and will be followed by a light lunch and a facilitated discussion about how we can model diversity within our creative activities.

It is free but must be booked in advance.

This event is part of the fringe of a brand-new track at DEVELOP that aims to demonstrate the value of University research and development (R&D) to the games industry. It is sponsored by Connected Futures, one of the University of Brighton’s five research and enterprise themes, and convened by Professor Karen Cham.

The traning is supported by Refiguring Innovation in Games (ReFiG) : a 5 year project supported by the Social Sciences and Humanities Research Council of Canada. Composed of an international collective of scholars, community organizers and industry representatives, ReFiG is committed to promoting diversity and equity in the game industry and culture and effecting real change in a space that has been exclusionary to so many. The University of Brighton leads on collaborative research actviity with the games industry and with the wider creative digital and cultural sector.
 

Time: 10:00-14:00
Full details
Lighthouse
28 Kensington Street
Brighton
Thursday, 12 July

Brighton Podcast Meet-Up

Are you a podcaster in the Brighton area, keen to meet others and share ideas?
Are you interested in starting a podcast but not quite ready to take the leap?

If so, the 4th Brighton Podcast Meet-Up will be right up your street!

Taking place at the beautiful offices of Brilliant Noise, just a literal stone's throw from Brighton station, it's a great chance for an informal chat, a bite to eat, and to meet people from all experience levels in the weird and wild world of podcasting.

Our guest speaker will be renaissance man Kobi Omenaka; host of a number of shows including “The Wire: Stripped” which hit the #1 in both the iTunes Culture and TV & Film charts. He addition to this, Kobi has hosted podcasts for The Guardian, helped to launch the “British Podcast Awards” in 2017, and co-created the excellent Flixwatcher podcast.

Join us on July 12th to hear Kobi's talk about his journey through podcasting as both a passion and a business.

This event is FREE, but please do RSVP so that we can estimate attendance numbers.
 

Time: 18:00-21:00
Full details
Brilliant Noise
International House, Queens Road
Brighton
Thursday, 12 July

The beer's on us: Brighton self-employed meetup

Have a drink on us, chat with like-minded people and make new connections. 

"That was the funnest networking meeting I've ever attended. See you at the next one!!" - Jane H Are you a freelancer, contractor or small business owner based in or near Brighton?

We'll be at BrewDog on Thursday 12th July, from 6pm. There are limited places so book your spot now.
 

Time: 18:00-20:00
Full details
BrewDog
52-54 Grand Parade
Brighton
Thursday, 12 July

VR Brighton Meetup #15: Games and Gaming

Our VR Brighton Meetups offer the chance for you to see how Virtual, Augmented and Mixed Reality is being used to revolutionise a variety of industries. Our meetups also provide an opportunity for you to network with innovators and have hands-on experience with immersive demos.

This particular event will delve into the world of immersive games and gaming. The UK video game market is estimated to grow to $143.5 billion by the end of 2020 and VR/AR is viewed as it's fastest growing sector. The event will highlight some of the companies working in the field and discuss the barriers we need to overcome to allow the VR games industry grow.

This event is for you if you or your business are interested in producing, developing or playing video games. As well as hearing from our chosen speakers, you will have the chance to get your hands on some great demos and network with other people and businesses interested in this rapidly growing field.

This event is likely to sell out so if you are interested in coming along, please book your place as soon as you can.

If you have any questions about this event or would like to know more about demo or speaking opportunities, please drop us a line chris@wiredsussex.com.
 

Time: 18:00-21:00
Full details
The FuseBox
New England House, New England St
Brighton
Friday, 13 July

#ShakeItHUB Design & Marketing Help Hub

We provide this free #ShakeItHUB for businesses to be able to ask design and marketing related questions and have them answered by experts Meg (design and websites) and Rachael (marketing and PR).

All sessions welcome drop-in visitors, to which we will provide your business with tips, advice and quick fixes. Perhaps you have an idea for a marketing campaign and want some feedback or help getting started? Want to know how much work goes into a press release and where to start with it? Need a website but don’t know where to start? We can help! Or simply come have a friendly chat with us! 

We are a design and marketing company specialising in rebranding and repositioning with skills in web & graphic design, marketing, PR and SEO.
 

Time: 10:30-12:00
Full details
Worthing Town Hall Training Room
Chapel Road
Worthing
Saturday, 14 July

Rebel Makers Horsham

Please bring

Please bring your own laptop and any gadgetry you see fit such as Arduinos, Raspberry Pis... we have a limited amount of kit we provide.

The event

Come along and be part of a community forming around playing, building and learning with technology. We'll be meeting monthly (Every 2nd Saturday) to exchange skills, learn new ones and work on personal and group projects. We are open to exploring anything tech, from electronics and programmable hardware, right through to writing code, developing working prototypes and the digital product lifecycle.

We'll propose project ideas from month to month; from building apps around opendata to mashing electronics for the internet of things. Keeping an ear to the ground, we'll also propose entering competitions.

We want this to be your club, a place for problem solving, teamwork and the confidence to voice an opinion.

CodeClub and Pioneers

We are now an offical CodeClub (http://www.codeclub.org.uk) for 9-13 year olds and participate in the Pioneers Challenge set termly by the Raspberry Pi Foundation for 11-15 year olds (https://www.raspberrypi.org/pioneers/).

Who is behind this?

Locally, HackHorsham and Red River Software. Nationally, the Rebel Makers based in Birmingham, a network of Rebel Maker Clubs across the country.

New to coding and electronics?

Then this is the perfect place to learn, come along and learn a new skill!

Location

Entry and exit from the building will be via the Conference Entrance at the left handside of the building if you are facing the front entrance of the buiding. This door will be locked so you will need to press the buzzer by the Conference entrance door to speak to security to let you in. We will try to have someone at the door until 2.15pm to let you in without having to buzz security.

We will be in rooms: Boden/Hastings/Knepp. As you come in through the Conference door, you will see on the wall, a map of the rooms to direct you to them.
 

Time: 14:00-17:00
Full details
Parkside Building, County Hall North
Chart Way
Horsham
Monday, 16 July

Design Brighton pre-launch

Join us for a drink and hear about our plans for Design Brighton. We have come together after frustrations that Brighton businesses are often overlooked in favour of the well-known or always used, particularly London. We intend to collectively shout about what we have to offer as a design rich city and address the challenges of resourcing and retaining talent. Design Brighton will put Greater Brighton on the map – join us to hear how you can be part of the celebration and festival.

Sponsors 
Stickland Wright 
The Cowell Consulting Group 
Wolfstrome
Stokes Group
Groundsure
Lollipop
Midnight Communications
RIBA
RLF 
Minton Young
 

Time: 17:30-19:30
Full details
The Auditorium, Brighthelm Centre
North Street
Brighton
Monday, 16 July

A New Economic Strategy For Brighton & Hove

Brighton & Hove City Council is currently developing a new economic strategy for the city which they claim will be ‘disruptive’ and ‘trailblazing’.

At this special Wired Sussex event, you will get the chance to hear more about that strategy from the Council’s Executive Director Economy, Environment & Culture Nick Hibberd, and then discuss how it fits with your challenges as a digital company or freelancer doing business in the city.

This event follows on from the successful workshop we held as part of the recent Skills Summit, which demonstrated that the cost of both doing business and of living in the city is a core issue for our members.

To get informed and to get your voice heard by the Council, sign up for this event now.
 

Time: 18:00-19:30
Full details
The FuseBox
Level 4 North, New England House, New England St
Brighton
Tuesday, 17 July

Professional Services Marketing Conference

Consortium Business Solutions invites all marketing professionals working for law and accountancy firms and other professional services businesses to attend our inaugural conference under the theme of ‘360 degrees’. Sometimes we get so bogged down in the routine tasks of our jobs that we forget to consider the wider picture and look around us – and we mean properly look around us, in a 360 degree way. What view do our customers really have, at various touch points when dealing with our company? Looking at the whole customer journey, what turns them on and off?

Attend this half-day conference to hear from our expert speakers on how your client’s 360 degree view can be improved. You will come away with useful pointers, ideas and a better idea of what your clients want! Lunch on arrival and a drinks reception afterwards will give you plenty of opportunities to network and discuss best practice with your peers. 

This event is run in partnership with the Chartered Institute of Marketing, and tickets can be purchased via the event page.
 
Cost:  59
Time: 13:00-18:00
Full details
Arora Hotel Gatwick Crawley
Southgate Avenue
Crawley
Tuesday, 17 July

The Layman's Guide to Planning, Creating and Managing a Website

Workshop No. 1 - 17th July, 5.30pm to 7.00pm

Some people feel that using jargon makes them sound smarter or fit in better with what they do. This is particularly true when discussing websites or anything technical. These workshops were created with that in mind. To cut through the jargon and present a layman’s guide to planning, creating and managing a website.

Have you ever wanted to have more control over your website? To have a simple conversation with someone to help understand how to plan, create and manage a website? If so, this short series of workshops is for you.

Run by Steve Gallagher of Jumpstart Web Design, Development and Branding Services, based at FW Worthing, this series of three workshops starts in July with workshops 2 and 3 in September and October respectively.

Workshop 1: 17th July 2018 - planning a website, from creative or business idea to key content, user journey and essential information you must include. What you should be thinking about when you begin and the key information you need to get started.

Workshop 2: 18th September 2018 - creating a website, understanding domains, hosting and servers, an introductions to WordPress, how WordPress works, what are themes and plug-ins and how to use them.

Workshop 3: 23rd October 2018 - managing a website, including web hosting, updating content and plug-ins, setting up and understanding Google Analytics, back-ups, connecting third party services like Mailchimp and moving your website to a new provider if needed.

Brought to you by Jumpstart

WHO’S THIS FOR
These workshops were created with small business owners in mind but are useful to anyone looking to bypass the jargon and get clear and simple guidance to help plan, create and manage a new website, orre-design an existing website.

The workshops will be useful for:
• small business owners
• new start-ups

WHO THIS ISN’T FOR
Though you might benefit from applying some of the ideas we cover this workshop is NOT for users with prior web design or development experience.

Please arrive at 5.30pm for a prompt 6.00pm start
 

Time: 17:30-19:00
Full details
Freedom Works - Creative Hub
Fonthill Road
Hove
Tuesday, 17 July

Wired Sussex Members' Summer Meetup

Join us for an evening of informal networking with others working in the local digital, media and tech community.

Whether you're a freelancer, director or an employee of a larger agency, we’d love you to join us! Averaging 140+ attendees; If you've not been before, the event offers a great opportunity to connect with others working in the sector locally. So, why not come along and share your latest news, learn about potential joint working opportunities or just to have a chat with other like-minded folks - it's all pretty informal!

Meeting other members and talking to Wired Sussex about what you and/or your company needs is one of the best ways of getting the most out of your membership. After all, the more we know about you, the better we can help. 

To make sure that you get the most from attending, the Wired Sussex team will also be on hand to help with introductions, so if there's anyone in particular that you'd like to speak to, or if you are looking for someone with a specific expertise, just let us know. 

The event is exclusive to Wired Sussex members, and that includes all employees of member companies, but you will need to register a ticket in advance to guarantee your place.
 

Time: 17:30-23:00
Full details
Patterns
10 Marine Parade
Brighton
Tuesday, 17 July

.NET South East July - Shahid Iqbal

Please arrive between 6:00pm and 6:25pm. Talks will start at 6:30pm. Once the talks are under way we may not be able to guarantee access.

Kubernetes for .NET developers by Shahid Iqbal

Everyone seems to be talking about Kubernetes with companies seemingly tripping over themselves to support or adopt it.

In this talk we'll introduce Kubernetes, discuss the key concepts of the platform, it's high level architecture and how to get a Kubernetes cluster up and running in minutes.

We'll talk about and demo deploying .NET applications to Kubernetes and we'll finish with a discussion of the future where you can deploy both legacy and modern .NET applications to the same platform.

If you're interested in Kubernetes and you're not a .NET developer this session still has something for you

Shahid is an independent consultant working with companies to help migrate their existing applications to the cloud and to build natively for the cloud using technologies such as Kubernetes.

A .NET developer/architect with nearly a decade of experience he is usually happiest working with the latest technologies and playing around with gadgets or talking about cars.

In his spare time, he pretends to be a photographer usually picking stunning locations and pressing the shutter button at the right time.
 

Time: 18:00-21:00
Full details
Madgex
1 Gloucester Place
Brighton
Tuesday, 17 July

BrightonAnalytics

We will be talking analytics and drinking beer...

A little bit of background. We started meeting in 2012 (see http://www.brightonanalytics.co.uk) and had a brief spell as http://cafeanalytique.com, thinking that we didn't necessarily need beer. And we don't but it is nice to drink a nice beer once in a while (and occasionally talk shop). So we are back - this time using Meetup, which seems to be the way to do this sort of thing these days. Please RSVP to let us know you are coming!
 

Time: 18:00-21:00
Full details
The Evening Star
55-56 Surrey St
Brighton
Wednesday, 18 July

Note Taking during test sessions

Note taking is an essential skill for a Tester, but one many struggle with. It can be difficult to know what information to capture and how to capture it. There are many different approaches we can use but it all comes down to what works best for you.

In this sessions discussion we will cover the following: * Why note taking in testing is important * Trying out different note taking approaches * Evaluate the pros and cons of note taking approaches 

• Important to know If you are coming as a mentor, make sure you tell us via the RSVP questionnaire. Also, comment with dietary requirements. Sponsors: This session is kindly sponsored By Legal and General.
 

Time: 18:00-21:00
Full details
Platf9rm
Tower Point, 44, North Road
Brighton
Wednesday, 18 July

Kubernetes for Java Developers

James Grant returns to look at what developers need to know about Kubernetes, the popular open source container management solution. The talk will cover:

* A basic intro to building a Docker container of your Java application and how to run it.
* An Introduction to Kubernetes and how it looks to your application when it runs
* Using the new JVM features in Java 10 to make your application work better in containers

This talk is relevant for both beginners and experienced docker users. James will look at why you should be using containers to run your application, how to get a basic application running, and the benefits of working with Kubernetes. We'll also consider how Kubernetes user can separate platform and application operations.

Food and drink will be provided - details TBC.

The Brighton Java code of conduct is available here: http://brightonjava.com/code-of-conduct/
 

Time: 19:00-21:00
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The Skiff
30 Cheapside
Brighton
Wednesday, 18 July

The Farm - Freelancers meet up

Meeting for freelancers and small business people. Come along for a chat over a beer about work you've got, work you want, client frustrations or the latest technology. Usually 20-30 people attend over the evening. To help find us look out for the green and black sign on the table, or ask at the bar and they'll point you over to us. The pub give us discount on some drinks, so say you're with us before ordering to find out what's on offer.  

Time: 20:00-23:00
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Caxton Arms pub
26 North Gardens
Brighton
Thursday, 19 July

HR Digital Media - Managine Ill Health and Disability

Our HR Digital Media Group was founded in 2006 by Fiona Martin, co-founder of Martin Searle Solicitors in partnership with Wired Sussex.

We welcome business owners, HR Managers, directors and employees responsible for personnel issues who work in the Digital Media Sector. 

This Session How to avoid and deal with sexual harassment in the workplace Sexual harassment in the workplace has been the talking point throughout 2017 and 2018. 

#MeToo spread virally as a hashtag to highlight how widespread sexual harassment in the workplace is and to encourage women to speak out. Employment lawyers are now dealing with complex claims, often involving the police. It is vital that business owners and HR take complaints of sexual harassment seriously and carry out a thorough investigation. 

This session will help employers: 
*ensure that they protect their employees against harassment and allegations of harassment 
*promote a culture based on equality and respect educate their workforce on expected behaviours 
*provide examples of recent cases to highlight preventative steps that can be taken. 

Booking The event will be held at our Brighton Office from 9.15am to 11.15pm on Thursday 24 May. 

Events are free for members. Membership costs £25 per year to cover refreshments. 

Membership invoices will be issued upon your second HR Matters meeting and are to be paid by cash on the day.
 
Members of the HR Digital Media Group include Fresh Egg, Ideal Networks, Brilliant Noise, Boz Boz, Nvisage, Clearleft, Bright Interactive (Asset Bank) and National Numeracy. If you have any queries please call Chloe Murphy on 01273 609911, or email chloemurphy@ms-solicitors.co.uk. 

 

Time: 09:15-11:15
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Martin Searle Solicitors
9 Marlborough Place
Brighton
Thursday, 19 July

PLATF9RM Presents: How to find the best new talent

Many businesses rely on interns and apprentices to make their cogs turn. But where can you find the best young talent, and what options exist? Come and explore the many ways you can get access to fresh young brains to support your business growth. ??

We’ll have the team from University of Sussex and the Sussex Innovation Centre, plus an Apprenticeship expert from Greater Brighton MET. They’ll guide us through the options and resources available– including apprenticeships, funded interns, placements, masters students and the Catalyst team.

Please be advised that filming and/or photography may be taking place at the event. If you do not wish to appear in any images captured please let us know so that we can take appropriate steps to ensure you are not included. Please refer to our Privacy Policy for further information
 

Time: 16:00-18:00
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PLATF9RM
Tower Point, 44 North Rd
Brighton
Thursday, 19 July

Silicon seaside 3.0

Barclays Digital Eagle Lab and Plus Accounting are collaborating to bring you Brighton's very own gaming and tech industry event.VR, gaming, beer, pizza, tech and much more, come along for your chance to immerse yourself with various local professionals from this powerful and exciting industry.Do not miss out!  

Time: 18:00-21:00
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Barclays Eagle lab
1 Preston road
Brighton
Thursday, 19 July

WorthingDigital social

Meet your local digital community for an informal get together

Time: 20:00-23:00
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The Corner House
80 High Street
Worthing
Friday, 20 July

Take my word for it, the rise of voice technology

On Friday 20 July, Good Rebels is delighted to welcome the Lovie Awards to Brighton, to present this year's Lovie Talk.

Take my word for it

How the rise of voice technology makes the world faster, more convenient, and more accessible; but is silently distorting our perception of reality.

The talk will focus on the rise and evolution of voice technology, the challenges for brands when designing voice experiences (for example, how do you create a brand's identity when you don't have images, logos, etc.) and case studies from a range of brands and organisations.

Tickets are free but strictly limited, register quickly to secure your place.

Tea, coffee and water is provided.
 

Time: 12:30-13:30
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PLATF9RM
Tower Point, 44 North Road
Brighton
Friday, 20 July

Lovie Awards x Good Rebels: The rise of voice technology

On Friday 20 July, Good Rebels is delighted to welcome the Lovie Awards to Brighton, to present this year's Lovie Talk. Take my word for it How the rise of voice technology makes the world faster, more convenient, and more accessible; but is silently distorting our perception of reality.

The talk will focus on the rise and evolution of voice technology, the challenges for brands when designing voice experiences (for example, how do you create a brand's identity when you don't have images, logos, etc.) and case studies from a range of brands and organisations.  

Tickets are free but strictly limited, register quickly to secure your place. Tea, coffee and water is provided.
 

Time: 12:30-13:30
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Platf9rm
Floor 5, Tower Point
Brighton
Monday, 23 July

Brighton Digital Women: Purposeful careers in digital marketing

Life and career coach Juliette Dyke, The Coastal Coach, joins us as we help you rediscover meaning and purpose in your career in digital marketing.

Based in Brighton, Juliette helps purpose driven women, who want to create a meaningful life and career they love.

Juliette's talk "Do you have a job, a career or a calling" and short interactive group exercise will help you hunt for the good stuff in your current role.

After the talk, Brighton Digital Women directors Rachel, Lana, and Allegra, will join Juliette for a panel discussion around career progression in digital. We'll share our experiences around freelance, in-house, and agency life and open the floor for your questions, comments and discussions.

Come join us and reignite your digital fire!

Free prosecco on arrival and healthy(ish) snacks for all.

All genders and levels of digital experience/interest welcome :)
 

Time: 18:30-20:30
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Eagle Labs Brighton
1 Preston Road
Brighton
Tuesday, 24 July

FuseBox Brown Bag Lunch: The challenge of creating user-friendly exper

Bring your sandwiches and join us for this informal lunchtime talk in the FuseBox joined by Dr. Diego Martinez Plasencia. Diego Martinez Plasencia is a researcher on 3D User Interfaces and multi-user Virtual Reality worlds. He believes that the traditional VR arrangements (e.g. Head-mounted devices, specialized spaces such as Caves) stand in the way of usable experiences. He suggests that reduced spaces, data gloves, helmets, sensors (and the dozen wires that go with them) are not something that is going to become mainstream in everyday life and VR needs to adapt to a world in which users are continuously connected and surrounded by their digital life. So, he has been thinking about systems that allow users to get the benefits of collaborative VR worlds, but in formats that can integrate in their day to day life.

More about this event

A brown bag meeting is a casual meeting that occurs during a lunch period. This type of meeting is referred to as a brown bag meeting because participants bring their own lunches to the meeting. The meeting typically takes place in the workplace, usually in a training room or conference room.

This event has been specifically created for FuseBox residents and Wired Sussex Members. If you would like to know more about FuseBox residency, Wired Sussex membership or have any questions about this event, we would love to hear from you! Drop a line to Rosalie@wiredsussex.com

More information and tickets here. https://www.eventbrite.co.uk/e/fusebox-brown-bag-lunch-the-challenge-of-creating-user-friendly-experiences-in-vr-tickets-48126793535
 

Time: 12:00-13:30
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The FuseBox
Level 4 North, New England House
Brighton
Tuesday, 24 July

Knowledge Hub with Agile App Co.: Is there an app for that?

There were 2.4 billion smartphone users in 2017 and 5 million apps available to download; it's hardly surprising that mobile apps are now used more than websites. Consequently, app development is a must for businesses and is an increasingly common method of B2B and B2C engagement.

This workshop, run by Developer and Founder of Agile App Co. Alex Strong, will guide you through the journey of app development. 

The session will cover the key areas to think about when coming up with app ideas including feasibility and budget and will take you through the stages involved in bringing an app to market.
 

Time: 13:00-14:00
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Sussex Innovation Centre
Science Park Square
Falmer, Brighton
Tuesday, 24 July

Impaladev presents: Mobile Happiness

Impaladev presents a workshop on Mobile Happiness. We'll be looking at cutting the cost of making and managing apps (although many of the points are relevant to web and desktop applications).

This free workshop is aimed at project managers and product owners but will be useful for anyone involved in mobile, from developers to testers. We will discuss specific problems facing attendees, with exercises to produce actionable actions to make everyone happier. We'll look at:

- Lesser-known problems that wreck mobile projects
- How to catch problems before they make life difficult
- What to do tomorrow if it's already going wrong
- Discussion of our real-life experiences and lessons in mobile
- The secret of Project Management

Doors open at 5:30pm, with the event starting promptly at 6pm. There will be some snacks and drinks available.

What have our previous attendees said?

- Brad and James draw on their practical experience to provide a thorough overview of the challenges that mobile developers and project managers face, combined with a practical approach that inspires optimism

- Some great insight from these highly experienced mobile practicioners - can't wait for the next one!
 

Time: 18:00-20:00
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The Skiff
30 Cheapside
Brighton
Wednesday, 25 July

Brighton DevOps, Testers and Developers Social Meet-up

Social Event to network, make new friends and connections.

Free Bar Tab, soft and alcoholic beverages for all.Meet and network with other technical professionals.

Guest talk by industry leaders from software development houses.Meet Broadlight, Brighton’s exciting Cloud and DevOps Start-Up.Meet TWH Consulting.
 

Time: 18:00-21:00
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The Mesmerist
1-3 Prince Albert Street
Brighton
Wednesday, 25 July

Creating more meaningful work and workplaces

During this evening workshop, you’ll be able to try out a simple, powerful tool which helps you resolve issues with work and life. It can be used by individuals and organisations. It is called the Map of Meaning.

We are delighted to host Celine Mckeown, founder of Do What Matters and Map of Meaning International certified practitioner. Celine will be speaking about her experience of working with the Map of Meaning and she will run a workshop in which we will all have a chance to use the map to examine an issue, project or opportunity within your personal or organisational working context.

Celine has worked for many years with Lani Morris and Marjoleijn Lips-Wiersma, co-authors of The Map of Meaningful Work. She has experience of working with the map in coaching, leadership development, team coaching, strategic decision-making and connecting individual and organisational purpose.


What is the Map of Meaning?

The Map of Meaning shows the key dimensions necessary for meaningful work and meaningful living.

The Map of Meaning helps us:

- define and stay in contact with what is most important to us as we grapple with the challenges of daily work and life

- consciously create meaningful work and a meaningful life

- take practical action

- transform organisations in evolutionary and revolutionary ways

Based on over 15 years empirical research in many countries, the Map of Meaning gets straight to what matters most.

Celine McKeown is founder of Do What Matters and a Member of Future Considerations. She has over 15 years’ experience supporting purpose-driven people and organisations to identify and express their unique role in the complex system of social and environmental change. Her purpose as a consultant and coach is to inspire more meaningful, responsible and creative workplaces and livelihoods.


This event is part of the beginning of a conversation with people in Brighton about how alternative models can be used to address challenges facing organisations today, whether they be (traditional/non-traditional) businesses, not-for-profits, schools or hospitals.

Join us for an evening of insight and interactive workshops.


Logistics:

We'll be in the Nightingale room, which is upstairs in the Grand Central pub next to Brighton station.

Arrive early so you can grab a drink at the bar on the ground floor, and then join us upstairs for the talk, which will start at 6:30pm.

If you want to eat at the pub, 2 choices:

1. Arrive 5:30pm-ish, eat and come up and join us for the talk after, or

2. Order your food after we finish at 9pm and stay around and have a chat with whoever else is staying (Celine McKeown, Sally May and Hayley Lawes will be staying for a while). The pub's kitchen is open until 10pm.
 
Cost:  10
Time: 18:30-21:00
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Grand Central Pub
The Nightingale Room, Grand Central Pub, 29-30 Surrey Street
Brighton
Wednesday, 25 July

The Farm - Freelancers meet up

Meeting for freelancers and small business people. Come along for a chat over a beer about work you've got, work you want, client frustrations or the latest technology. Usually 20-30 people attend over the evening. To help find us look out for the green and black sign on the table, or ask at the bar and they'll point you over to us. The pub give us discount on some drinks, so say you're with us before ordering to find out what's on offer.  

Time: 20:00-23:00
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Caxton Arms pub
26 North Gardens
Brighton
Thursday, 26 July

Freelance Designer Show and Tell

This meet up is an opportunity to catch up with other freelance designers based in and around Brighton. Hopefully it will give us all a chance to talk about any issues we are having with work, get feedback on projects or just enjoy getting to know some other designers. Feel free to bring anything with you that you would like to share or discuss. This can range from a project you are working on, to a book that you've found really helpful!  

Time: 09:00-12:00
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The FuseBox
Level 4 North, New England House, New England St
Brighton
Thursday, 26 July

How Google scales UX with the Material Design System

Elizabeth Churchill, Director of UX at Google will share insights about how Google uses the Material Design system to effectively scale UX.

Design systems reduce replicated work, improve designer / developer collaboration and are a critical part of creating consistent user experiences across a range of products.

Elizabeth will introduce Material Design, Google’s design system and share with us how Google is evaluating the effectiveness of the Material Design System for designers, developers, and end users.

You can find out more about Material Design at material.io

Dr Elizabeth Churchill is a Director of User Experience at Google. Her field of study is Human Computer Interaction and User Experience, with a current focus on the design of effective designer and developer tools and the creation of usable, useful, and delightful user experiences.

Elizabeth has built research groups and led research in a number of well known companies, including as Director of Human Computer Interaction at eBay Research Labs in San Jose, CA, as a Principal Research Scientist and Research Manager at Yahoo! in Santa Clara, CA and as a Senior Scientist at PARC and before that at FXPAL, Fuji Xerox’s Research lab in Silicon Valley.

Elizabeth gained a BSc and MSc at the University of Sussex before going onto complete a PHd in Cognitive Science at the Cambridge University.

Elizabeth is a regular keynote speaker on topics related to design, UX research, human computer interaction and related topics at the intersection of computation, interactive technology, people, and society.

Come and join us for a slice of Pizza and a beer from 6:30pm, we will start the talk at 7pm.

A huge thank you to Brandwatch for supplying the beer, wine, pizza and hosting.
 

Time: 18:30-21:00
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Brandwatch
1st Floor, Sovereign House, Church Street
Brighton
Thursday, 26 July

Brighton Data Forum meetup

Hi welcome to the Brighton Data Forum - a meet up designed to bring together the people and organisations based in Brighton doing great work with data.

There's a whole range of amazing individuals, companies and thought leaders based locally doing incredible things and we want to help encourage a Brighton-based community around all of this activity.

We're hoping to have a blend of semi-formal talks from local speakers as well as informal data chat. Currently we're covering a whole range of data-related topics including governance, management, integration, visualisation, analytics, data science etc. so there's plenty of scope to find something of interest.

Thanks and look forward to seeing you there!
 

Time: 18:30-20:30
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North Laine Brewhouse
27 Gloucester Place
Brighton
Thursday, 26 July

Brighton Web Development Meetup

Steve Honeyman will be presenting his talk on creating wonderful CSS applications which he is also demonstrating to the Ampersand conference in July. This is a very creative presentation and will show some great ideas on using CSS to make beautiful web UIs.

Also, if anyone has any pet projects they want to show to the group then we would be very keen to hear from you?
 

Time: 19:00-21:00
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The Skiff
30 Cheapside
Brighton
Friday, 27 July

FuseBox Monthly Tours

The FuseBox residency programme is picking up speed and to offer the opportunity to see what we're all about, we are opening our doors up for group tours. 

Tours are run by Hub Manager Rosalie, every 4th Friday of the month from June to August 2018 and are open to all. 

If you know of anyone interested in being a resident and would like the opportunity to be shown about, please help us spread the word with the link above. 

 

Time: 12:00-13:00
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The FuseBox
Level 4 North, New England House
New England St
Friday, 27 July

Brighton Emerge

At the moment, Brighton is one of the UK's most important centres for business. We are here to propel this growing ecosystem by connecting large Businesses, Freelancers and Small Enterprises on a personal level.

Our aim is to become a catalyst for collaborations and new projects, a growth bed for new ideas, and a celebration for the creative and progressive variety of businesses, professionals and experts that call Brighton their home.

We will be achieving this through regular meetup events, centred around small-table format talks, discussions, entertainment, professional demonstrations and interactive sessions. All intended to inspire new connections and networks to form, from the participants.

This, will be kicking off on Friday the 27th of July at 20:00 with a series of booked experts ranging from Senior Environmentalists to Projection Mapping Specialists, to Traditional Shadow Puppeterrs, all demonstrating, entertaining and sparking discussion for small intimate groups, one table at a time. All attendees will get the chance to participate in all talks, by all the booked speakers, by moving along after each 15 minute slot has finished.

For this event there will be 6 experts, the final list of which will be announced in the weeks leading up to the event.

All tickets are free, but we will be limiting tickets to 50 and will be only allowing one ticket per business.



FAQs

Are there ID or minimum age requirements to enter the event?

We will have a bar so 18+ only please.

Do I have to bring my printed ticket to the event?

This will help us a lot but not essential.
 

Time: 20:00-23:00
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The Skiff
30 Cheapside
Brighton
Monday, 30 July

Digital Accelerator Course

This regularly run course that will equip you with an essential tool kit of digital and creative skills that our employers demand, helping you to create an impressive portfolio of work that will make you the stand-out applicant for any hiring manager. We work with hundreds of great companies across Brighton and Sussex and the course will help you to secure an exciting new job or apprenticeship.

The Digital Accelerator at a glance:
- Multiple start dates to choose from 
- A 3 week full-time course, Monday to Friday (10am-5pm)
- Completed in person at our Mac Training Centre by Hove Station
- Awards a Digital Skills Diploma valued at £2,600 but free to the participant

The Digital Accelerator course content:
- Practice using design and marketing software used by professionals: WordPress, Photoshop, InDesign
- Learn employability skills such as teamwork, networking, interview and presentation skills
- Build your own website and create an online portfolio and creative C.V.
- Understand what local opportunities are available and secure interviews for exciting jobs with great employers

Ongoing start dates:
- Monday 30th July
- Monday 3rd September 

*follow the link above to register
 

Time: 10:00-17:00
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Creative Process Digital
6 Albert Works
Hove
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