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Date Event Location
Sunday, 03 February

BUUG - Brighton Unity User Group Meetup

Brighton Unity User Group is a meet-up for Unity enthusiasts at all skill levels!

Whether you're brand new to the engine or have been using it for years, you are welcome to join us to discuss and share ideas and knowledge.

Be a part of the fantastic global Unity Community, get to know your fellow developers and most importantly, have a great time!

Time flies when you are having fun! It is already time for BUUG's 1st birthday and I would like to invite all of you to celebrate it with us!

To celebrate we are throwing a birthday party, BUUG Style: A Sunday afternoon party in the form of a MEGA BUUG!

At the MEGA BUUG birthday party, you can expect:
- 6 x 30 mins talks from both Unity Staff and community members
- Showcase
- Cake
- Beers

I would like to invite anyone who is currently working on something in Unity to take part in the showcase. Bring your games, we got enough plug sockets for everyone!

This is the weekend after Global Game Jam and I would love if anyone who took part could bring their game for the rest of us to test out :)

If you would like to take part in the showcase, please send me an email so I can prepare for you - lisa@unity3d.com

More info to come in the next few weeks!

Time: 12:00-17:00
Full details
TBC, please check the meetup page
Monday, 04 February

Digital Accelerator

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

- Completed in person at our Mac Training Centre in Brighton

- 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


Time: 09:30-17:00
Full details
Creative Process Digital
Eighth Floor - Telecom House, 125-135 Preston Road
Tuesday, 05 February

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
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St. Ann's Well Garden Cafe
St. Ann's Well Garden
Tuesday, 05 February

Brighton ALT NET

Now in its tenth year, Brighton ALT NET is a monthly meetup for software developers interested in the .NET platform.

No need to register, just turn up at The Skiff by 7:30. It's a very friendly crowd and everyone is welcome.

Website: brightonalt.net (http://brightonalt.net/)

Time: 19:30-22:30
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The Skiff
30 Cheapside
Wednesday, 06 February

Brighton Project Collective - Change Management

Welcome to Brighton Project Collective, a regular meet up of Brighton's digital project managers. A chance to meet other PMs, share ideas, success stories and challenges. This meet-up we are focussing on change management and sharing our tops tips on planning for, managing and reinforcing change.

People make projects, and usually there is one person who is responsible for delivering that project. If that person is you, then this is the meet up for you.

We found there wasn’t really a forum for digital producers and project managers, so this group is designed to provide an opportunity to discuss common problems, debate different approaches, share experiences and exchange knowledge about the role of people in creating success in a virtual world.

Experience tells us that spending time with like-minded professionals working in a similar role is often the best and most useful interesting way to learn and enhance skills, as well as get support, so we hope to have regular meet-ups in Brighton.

We'd like to invite you to come along to our next meet up. The lovely folk at Graphite Digital will be hosting us at their office at Olivier House, on Marine Parade.

All are welcome, whether you've been to previous events or are new to the group.

LinkedIn Group: https://www.linkedin.com/groups/6400193

Slack: https://bpcollective.slack.com/

Time: 09:30-11:00
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Graphite Digital
Olivier House, 18 Marine Parade
Wednesday, 06 February

Brighton Indies

Friendly pub meet for people who make games (and game like things!) in Brighton (and nearby!). 

Meet, chat, show us what you're working on. We're beginner-friendly, student-friendly - basically, we're friendly!

The pub has wifi and plug sockets and we've reserved tables to the left as you enter - just look for the sign.

Any questions, just let us know!

Time: 18:00-23:30
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The Fountain Head
101-102 North Road
Thursday, 07 February

VR Brighton Meetup: VR for Fashion

This special, sponsored edition of our VR Brighton Meetup will give you a chance to find out about how the fashion industry, which has always been at the forefront of experimenting with person-centred marketing channels, has creatively adopted emergent technology such as AR and VR as a medium for the masses, everything from AR mirrors as well as 360 video catwalks.

There will be a range of innovators and expert speakers describing how these technologies have revolutionised the consumer experience as well as hands-on experience with immersive demos.

Whether you work in fashion or are simply interested in how immersive technologies could empower this sector, this event is for you. Come along to network, collaborate and learn from likeminded individuals. 

We are excited to announce that we will be joined by:

Sanj Surati, Founder of Tiger Heart who has developed an arresting Ocular Intelligence visualisation to show how people, industries and countries overlap. The visual highlighted how the connecting circles and strands of industry bisect and diverge with the smaller circles of the countries. The Ocular Intelligence aimed to ‘beautify’ data and present a simple way of discovering which industries are in the room, where they are based, what trends can be deduced and provoke debate around the need to collaborate more.

Bushra Burge, Founder of BB Studio, a creative technology company which focuses on engaging ways to tell stories using a considered and innovative user-centred design process to harness the newest technology impactfully. Recent projects have included have included engaging immersive stories using virtual reality integrated with proprietary wearable technology used for educational and science communication, fashion marketing. BB Studio has been awarded Wearsustain EU H2020 grant 2018, chosen for publication and presentation at the Electronic Visualisation and the Arts Conference, British Computer Society 2018 and awarded finalist at the New European Media awards 2016.

**More speakers to be announced shortly**

A big thank you to our sponsor BB Studio

BB Studio Logo

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 a message to Chris at chris@wiredsussex.com.

Did you know we run a residency programme at The FuseBox for those developing immersive, connected, intelligent or data-driven products or services? If you would like to find out more about becoming a resident or get a tour of the space, get in touch.

Time: 18:00-21:00
Full details
The FuseBox
Level 4 North, New England House, New England St.
Thursday, 07 February

WorthingDigital Social

Join us for our monthly dose of chit-chat with like minded folk from across the digital sector. Find us in the bar with the WorthingDigital sign on the table

Time: 20:00-21:00
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The Cow and Oak
67 Brighton Road
Friday, 08 February

#ShakeItHUB Free design and marketing help

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

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 (this is not a workshop), 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!

Time: 10:00-11:30
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The Projects
8a Ship Street
Tuesday, 12 February

UX Brighton February double bill

UX Brighton is pleased to showcase two new talks.

Rachel McConnell on 'How to take your content from zero to hero'

Content is the foundation of web design - from site strategy to interaction design. Yet many companies still underestimate the value of content and there are huge skill gaps in this area. I'm going to talk about what content design is, how it overlaps with design roles, why it's important, and how you can start to think more about your content, including tips for creating better conversations with users.

Rachel is the author of ‘Why you need a content team and how to build one’. She is currently senior content designer at Deliveroo but has previously produced content for brand such as M&S, John Lewis, Tesco, Nationwide and Flora. Rachel is on a mission to educate design teams on the the importance of content and help businesses increase their content maturity.

Fiona MacNeill on 'A UX perspective on ‘bring your own data’ in healthcare' 

We will consider the journey of a patient having elective surgery: from time spent on the waiting list, then the operation, followed by recovery at home. The patient, let’s call them Val, has their own personal health data and information gathered from their smartwatch and smartphone which they are willing to share for a limited time. There are some in the national context who believe this personal health data is valuable and would like to make it available to healthcare professionals, but where might provisioning access to patient data and information add value to service delivery? This talk portrays a generative approach to answering this question with a few UX research titbits along the way. The talk is based on an MSc dissertation at the University of Brighton; supported by fieldwork in a healthcare setting.

Fiona MacNeill is an eLearning professional who has occupied themselves with research into UX and IoT over the past few years; culminating in the recent completion of an MSc in user experience design. Their prior background, working as a visual artist and curator stoked interests in visual representation, wayfinding and audience experience which organically lead them to user experience. MacNeill is a habitual problem solver, oft troublemaker and resolute defender of accessibility, but most of all wants to make human/computer interaction just a little bit better for everybody.
Cost:  4
Time: 19:00-22:00
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The Skiff
30 Cheapside
Wednesday, 13 February

Tech for Good Meetup

Breaking the cycle of homelessness: how can tech help?

More details coming soon, please check the meetup page. 

Time: 18:00-20:30
Full details
Grand Central
29-30 Surrey Street
Wednesday, 13 February

Lean Agile Brighton Meetup - Lego Serious Play + Scrum

We are happy to invite Vasilis Gkogkidis to be our facilitator for this Lego Serious Play (LSP) workshop where he will share with us his “outside looking in” perspective on the Scrum framework.

Scrum may be the most famous Agile framework used by organisations all over the world.

Vasilis is a Lego Serious Play facilitator with experience in many different setups and types of workshops. From strategy sessions with companies to teaching management at the University of Brighton to facilitating LSP sessions for 40 people in conferences he will share with us his view of what Scrum is and how to combine it with LSP.

Come along to this workshop to have a taste of what Lego Serious Play is and how it can be used in Scrum and to to teach Scrum and the underlying principles of being agile.

Workshop Outline:
* Skills Building: where you will learn how LSP works and get the necessary skills to build models
* Sprint Planning: Vasilis will give you a backlog of tasks and have you decide how to work in teams to finish them
* Sprint: you work in teams to make what needs to be made
* Daily Stand-up: you will have one or two stand-ups during the sprint to make improvements on how you work
* Sprint Review: you will present what you produced to everyone and share what went well and what needs improvement

For more information on Scrum have a quick read at the Scrum guide written by its creators Ken Schwaber and Jeff Sutherland.

For more information on Lego Serious Play have a read at the open source guidelines released by Lego in 2010, describing Lego Serious Play.

Time: 19:00-21:00
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The Skiff
30 Cheapside
Friday, 15 February

GLUG Brighton Meets... Pinky & Cub Studio

Happy 2019 Gluggers,

We have some great events planned for this year in Brighton, and to kick us off we would like to invite you to The Vine Club for the first Glug Brighton Meets event.

We will be meeting and hearing the stories from two brilliant creatives Pinky & Cub Studio.

SPEAKER - Cub Studio

Cub Montage

Cub Studio was founded in 2014 bringing BAFTA and Lovie award winning school friends together in creative partnership. With over 25 years of video and digital experience, and an appetite to school young blood, Cub Studio is pushing 2D animation to new arenas. Their passion for sport, current affairs and comedy gives Cub a balanced and unique story telling prerogative that engages and entertains audiences.

See website : https://www.cubstudio.com


Pinky Montage

Pinky is a Brighton artist and illustrator who started out as a graffiti writer in Hull. His psychedelic images have taken him all the way to China via the West Coast Skateboard scene amongst other wierd trips.

See website: http://www.pinkyvision.com

Join us for talks, visual delights & conversation plus lots of "not working” opportunities with like minded creatives.

There are only 80 tickets available for this event so grab a ticket soon.

Events Deets.

Date: Friday 15/02 2019
Timings: 6.30pm - 10pm 
Venue: The Vine Club, 11 Vine Street, Brighton BN1 4AG

Cost:  10.5
Time: 18:30-22:00
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The Vine Club
11 Vine Street
Tuesday, 19 February


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
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Evening Star
Surrey Street
Thursday, 21 February

Breakfast Session: How to Win the Right Work for Your Business

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?

Winning business that aligns with your company’s goals and values is not only important for your business development but also for your client relationships and work satisfaction. However, having a clear understanding of your purpose and what your ideal client looks like is easier said than done.

At this breakfast session, we’ll be exploring how you can put your purpose, goals and morals first; ultimately winning the right projects and clients for your business, without feeling as though you’re losing out on potential revenue.

Helping lead the session, we’ll be joined by Wired Sussex members who are experienced in strategic business development and will share what they’ve learned from many years of winning clients that align with their business goals and values. This will then be followed by an informal discussion where you can pick their brains on how their advice can apply to your own business model.

So, whether you’ve just launched a start-up and are still considering what your purpose should be, or are a seasoned industry professional looking to boost your agency further, this event will help you understand what’s important when choosing the projects and clients that are right for you.

We’ll be joined by:

Stuart Davies, Head of Digital and Co-Founder of Creative Bloom

Stuart is an experienced Digital Marketer, Commercial Manager and Project Director with a demonstrated record of achievement in a wide range of product and service related industries across multiple countries in the UK, Europe & Asia Pacific.

Currently, he’s the Head of Digital and Co-founder of Creative Bloom - a digital marketing consultancy & training provider, which specialises in supporting Ethical & Green sectors.

They help the good guys get found!

Ben Potter, Business Development Mentor

When it comes to business development, Ben’s witnessed the good, the bad and the ugly and now he’s on a mission to make the experience of buying and selling digital services better by helping agencies craft a winning approach to business development.

As well as his work with agencies, he writes for Econsultancy, delivers training at the world’s biggest digital conference, BrightonSEO, and has been acknowledged as one of the UK’s most influential business developers in the BD100!

* Please Note **

The Wired Sussex Breakfast Sessions are a benefit of 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: 09:00-11:00
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The FuseBox
Level 4 North, New England House, New England St.
Thursday, 21 February

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

“When I moved halfway across the world, the Crunch Meetups were a great way of connecting with the local freelance and small business community. They are such fun and relaxed time, and I felt included right off the bat. James is an excellent host, he goes above and beyond to accommodate everyone there.” Holly Johanna - Designer

"That was the funnest networking meeting I've ever attended. See you at the next one!!" - Jane H

"The atmosphere is really laid back. The people who go are inspiring - some are just starting their freelance career while others are very experienced. I highly recommend attending if you are looking to find out about how to become a successful freelancer." - Bernhard Meiler, Print and Web Designer.


 Are you a freelancer, contractor or small business owner based in or near Brighton?Have a drink on us, chat with like-minded people and make new connections. We'll be at BrewDog on Thursday 21st February, from 6pm.There are limited places so book your spot now.

Time: 18:00-20:00
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52-54 Grand Parade
Thursday, 21 February

CTO Meetup - Thursday Series

Moving from monolith to micro services, dealing with legacy applications, introducing new programming paradigms such as reactive programming / data flows, facing the fear of rebuilding software and the myth of feature parity, how to justify the investment, etc.. Fascinating topic, come along to start the conversation, ask questions and share experience.  

Time: 19:00-22:00
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The Lord Nelson Inn
36 Trafalgar Street
Wednesday, 27 February

Artificial Intelligence: The Revolution for SMEs

AI - 'artificial intelligence' - promises to bring revolution to many parts of our lives: Smart assistants, fully robotic workplaces, driverless cars, "fake news" propaganda. As the digital world around us becomes smarter, what are the implications socially & economically? And what does the future really hold for us in a world of AI?

This interesting and informative talk is delivered by Sven Latham from Noggin. Sven is a self-confessed data and computer geek, using big data & AI to analyse town centres. As part of this, Sven is currently running a project to measure and understand towns across West Sussex, and is participating in a number of academic programmes using AI within smart cities.

Time: 17:30-19:30
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The Dome, University of Chichester
Upper Bognor Road
Bognor Regis
Thursday, 28 February

SAFE Network Meetup

Welcome to the first SAFE Network: Brighton Meetup in 2019!

We are looking forward to meeting up with as many local SAFE Network fans as possible for an informal evening of discussion and socialising.

We are still in the early stages of organizing everything, and will send out updates when details are finalized. But save the date and RSVP if you want to be kept in the loop! :)

2018 was a huge year for the SAFE Network with highlights including the release of the PARSEC consensus algorithm, the first ever European DevCon and the journey towards SAFE-Fleming becoming ever closer. So now is the time to get in on the action!

We welcome MaidSafe long-time enthusiasts as well as beginners. So don't feel like you have to be an expert to join us! if you are completely new to MaidSafe and just want to know what is all about, come along anyway. There will be plenty of people around to clue you in, and informal discussion and questions are encouraged.

Time: 19:00-21:00
Full details
The New Unity
52-53 London Road
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