Local Networking Groups in Brighton & Sussex

In Brighton and Hove and across Sussex there are many networking groups for everything creative, digital, media & technology related.

So whether you work in development, design, programming, games, UX or marketing & PR, there really is something for everyone. Find out about each of the groups below.

If you run or know of any networking groups in Sussex that you’d like us to promote, please email the details to events@wiredsussex.com and we'll add them to this page.


300 Seconds Brighton

300 Seconds Brighton is an outpost of 300 Seconds, a series of UK-based lightning talk events for the digital community. We're a friendly bunch so if you have any questions about our evenings or how to get involved, email us or say hello on Twitter @300SecondsBTN.

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ALT.NET

Brighton ALT.NET is a monthly get together for anyone interested in .NET development. We currently meet at The Skiff on the first Tuesday of every month at 7.30 pm

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Async

Async is a JavaScript-focussed meetup group in Brighton & Hove. We meet twice a month to learn, discuss and play with JavaScript and related technologies. We host presentations by guest speakers as well as hack nights, show n’ tells and community social events. Attendance is free.

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BANG - Brighton Animators Networking Group

The Brighton Animators Networking Group (BANG) provides an opportunity for animators to meet both online and offline and discuss all things animation.

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Brighton Bloggers

A community of all the bloggers in Brighton (& Hove). Started during the Virtual Festival in 2003 it has grown massively since then - in the region of 250 blogs listed.

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Brighton Content Strategy Meetup

Brighton Content Strategy Meetup is a regular gathering for people interested in content and content strategy. It's not just for people who work with content - it's for anyone with an interest in the subject and want to share ideas and learn new things.

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Brighton Farm

The Brighton Farm is a networking group for freelance web designers, developers and people with related new media skills who live in Brighton and the surrounding areas. We meet every Wednesday evening in a pub in Brighton, with about 20-30 people along each week. Occasionally we change pub, so please check the Events Calendar or our website for details..

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Brighton Games Industry Drinks

The Brighton Games Industry Drinks is a monthly meet up for the local videogames community. Usually the second Friday of every month, the games drinks is an informal gathering of all the great people that work locally in this exciting industry. Follow us on twitter for more updates and locations of the monthly meets: @gamesbrighton.

Brighton Illustrators Group

The group's aim is to support freelance illustrators through sharing of information via the monthly meetings and newsletter. They also promote illustration through their own source book, website and occasional exhibitions. Regular meetings are held on the last Thursday of every month.

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Brighton Indies

Brighton Indies is a friendly pub meet up for people who make (or are interested in making) games (and game-like things) in Brighton (and nearby).

Everyone with an interest in making games is welcome.

Brighton Indies is a place to meet, chat and - if you like! - show what you're working on. There are no talks, and you don't need to turn up at a particular time.

There are usually about thirty of us that meet on the first Wednesday of the month at the Fountain Head. We're student-friendly, beginner-friendly - basically, we're friendly. Don't worry if you haven't finished (or started!) your first project yet - come and say hi!

Like our Facebook page or follow us on Twitter for updates and reminders.

Brighton Java

Brighton Java is a group bringing together Java users, enthusiasts and learners. Our monthly meetings will include talks, workshops and socials. We're mostly based at the Skiff in Gloucester St and meet on the first Wednesday of the month.

We're interested in the whole world of Java - android development, server frameworks, Groovy, interesting tools, applications, Clojure, development methodologies and so on and so on - anything Java.

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Brighton New Media List

Started in January 2000, the Brighton New Media Mailing List is a resource aimed at people working within Brighton's new media industry. This site aggregates content created and tagged by the members of the list.

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Brighton Virtual Reality Meetup

This group is for everyone who's interested in the current and future state of Virtual Reality. VR is now a multi-billion dollar industry, with some of the best minds on earth working on it.

Let's meet up and discuss the current state of tech, where it's going, and what we can do with it. Bring demos and tech if you have them! Whether it's Oculus Rift, Razer Hydra, Leap Motion, Kinect, Myo, STEM, Morpheus, or any other tech old new, let's get like-minded people together.

We'll start off with social drinks, and see where it takes us. Find out when our next meetup is via our website.

Build Brighton

BuildBrighton is Brighton's hackerspace - a collective of like minded people who love to build stuff with electronics.

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Film Professional Networking

Film Professional Networking run networking events for film industry people in the Brighton & Hove area. Come along and make professional relationships with those making feature films. We have guest speakers and an open mic slot for those pitching projects. Venue: Brighton Rocks Bar.

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Functional Brighton

Functional Brighton is a local meetup group that aims to bring together people interested in functional programming languages (Haskell, Scala, F#,   Scheme etc.) and functional programming styles in any language. We meet at The Skiff at 7pm on the third Tuesday of every month. Visit our meetup page for details of upcoming sessions.

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Glug Brighton

For designers, creatives, clients and friends. Glug is for us, for everyone we know and everyone they know... Tired of boring networking events, this is a great event to meet people and have a few beers at the same time. In partnership with Glug London Made Studio and Studio Output, Agency Rush and Crush bring Glug to Brighton.

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Google Developer Group

GDG Brighton is a recently formed Google Developer Group chapter. We meet on the first Tuesday of each month to talk about Google technologies, with a focus on all things Android. Follow us on Twitter for more updates and info on our monthly meets: @gdgbrighton

Horsham Coworking

Horsham Coworking is a friendly coworking meet-up for freelancers and home office workers in Horsham. Bring your laptop, work alongside others, chat and collaborate. We meet twice a month, normally every other Wednesday.

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The HR Digital Media Group

The HR Digital Media Group is run by Wired Sussex and Martin Searle Solicitors and welcomes business owners, HR managers, directors and employees responsible for personnel issues who work in the digital media sector. We have regular quarterly meet ups with guest speakers as well as offer an opportunity to confidentially share challenges, ideas and important information. Events are free to members (membership costs £25 per year) – to find out more contact events@wiredsussex.com

Mobile Brighton

Formerly Brighton iPhone Creators, as of 2012 we cover all mobile/smartphone platforms. This is the meet-up for anyone with an interest in iPhone development. If you have ideas for apps, or you want to start coding for your iphone, or just want to meet other like-minded folks then come along. Bring iPhones. If you've got anything you've made yourself, definitely bring it along!

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Open Coffee Sussex

Open Coffee Sussex is a regular morning meeting at Cafe Delice in Brighton's North Laine on the 2nd Thursday of each month from 8:30am to 10:00am to help Brighton Digital Startups and Agencies quickly achieve £1M revenues with less than 15 staff - by providing free access to experienced digital entrepreneurs and investors, once a month in a relaxed environment.

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PechaKucha Night

PechaKucha Night was devised in Tokyo in February 2003 as an event for young designers to meet, network, and show their work in public.Drawing its name from the Japanese term for the sound of "chit chat", it rests on a presentation format that is based on a simple idea: 20 images x 20 seconds. It's a format that makes presentations concise, and keeps things moving at a rapid pace.

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SheSays Brighton

SheSays Brighton is an open group offering free networking events with high quality speakers. Mainly for women working in the digital, media and creative industries in Brighton/Sussex Past themes include: 'creativity and innovation', 'getting into code', 'identity and image' 'overcoming obstacles' and many more.

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The Sustainable Business Network

The Sustainable Business Network (Part of the Sustainable Business Partnership) links like-minded businesses interested in improving their environmental sustainability. Network events include Sustainable Business Breakfasts, which feature expert speakers and local case studies are held across the whole of Sussex.

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Worthing Digital

Worthing's premier, indeed only, regular meet up for people in the digital industry, WorthingDigital organises talks and networking every fortnight at Worthing Coworking or a central pub. Talks range from business improvement through to the latest web technology.

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UX Brighton

Let’s see how many people we can get together to form an informal group of user experience / interaction / web designers. The aim would be to meet on a semi regular basis maybe using the 20×20 Pecha Kucha presentation format maybe just bringing in problems / concepts or whatever to discuss in an atmosphere of open collaboration.

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WriteClub

Do you write stuff? Join a handful of friendly writers for informal chats over coffee (in the morning) or beer (in the evening). WriteClubbers write stories, novels, comics, poems, plays, TV and film scripts, articles for the press and copy for businesses.

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