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April Newsletter

The Digital Roundup

We’ve loads of great news from our members this month, and the first shout-out goes to Make Real; they’ve been selected to develop immersive training content for two Construction Industry Training Board consortium projects.
 
We saw some cool work from RMV Productions; they collaborated with BRIT award winner Tom Walker to create animated assets, from lyric videos to social media promos and screen visuals for his live performance on X Factor.
 
As part of their ‘Giving Back’ initiative, Elucidat worked with the Survivors’ Network, a Brighton charity for survivors of sexual violence, creating an interactive online app to help those who’ve suffered trauma.
 
It’s onwards and upwards for Freedom Works; they opened a new flexible office and co-working space near Gatwick, adding to their portfolio of sites across Hove, Worthing and Chichester.
 
We saw a fascinating VR project from RBD Design: taking users on a journey through two antique maps, including the first known printed map of Amsterdam, which was showcased at the prestigious Tefaf Art Fair in Maastricht, the Netherlands.
 
Congratulations to Ty Abiodun who recently launched his book ‘A Sense of Place’, a project exploring the idea of place and how they develop strong identities and cultures.
 
Buff Motion welcomed a new addition to their creative team, designer and illustrator Ann Macleod who moved down from Glasgow to pursue a career in Illustration.
 
It’s an exciting time for Charanga right now, scooping 2 awards in 8 days for 'Best Product to Support Art, Music and Drama in the Classroom' and 'Outstanding Digital/Technological Resource'. They also announced a collaboration with acclaimed violinist Nicola Benedetti, bringing her "With Nicky" video series to their global network of music teachers, schools and pupils.
 
…Remember, if you’ve got any news to share (such as new work, products, services, clients or award wins) you can post it on our Member News Board

Thank you for coming!

This week we hosted our first Members’ Meetup of the year and had a brilliant evening catching up and networking with peers in the local digital, media and tech community.
 
Thanks to everyone for coming along on a night of pretty wild weather (!), and a big thank you to our sponsors Fastnet for supporting the event. If you’re looking for a local internet service provider or want to find out more, check them out here.

Photos from the evening are now up on our Facebook page, so take a look and feel free to tag and share.

 

Get involved with Talent Fest 2019

In June, we’re holding Talent Fest 2019, our three-day skills festival for the digital sector to help digital, media and tech businesses in the region attract, train and retain the talent they need to thrive.
 
The first day of the festival, the Jobs Fair is your chance to meet talented people and promote your business as a great local company to work for. If you’re interested in exhibiting at the Jobs Fair, find out more here.
 
And if you’d like to help us in our mission to make our region the best place in the UK to discover and nurture new talent, we’re looking for supporters. Find out about sponsorship opportunities and the benefits here.

 

Upcoming Breakfast Sessions

Telling Your Brand's Story
Tuesday 30th April, 9-11am at The FuseBox

Are you looking to reinforce your brand values and raise awareness of your business?
 
At our next Breakfast Session, Brand Language Consultant Al Robertson will talk about how you can bring your brand to life, what makes for a strong brand personality, how you can create a tone of voice that cuts through the noise and what makes for truly gripping content. Come along!
 
How to Become a Mentor
Wednesday 22nd May, 9-11am at The FuseBox

Do you want to help others in our industry benefit from your experience?

Mentoring is not only a great way to support and encourage others to develop their skills and knowledge but also creates an opportunity for you to enhance your leadership skills, gain new perspectives and fresh ideas, and achieve personal career gains.
 
At this Breakfast Session, we’ll be joined by Ben Bennett (Omnitude), Claire Hopkins (Ideal) and Rob Verheul (Graphite Digital) who’ll be talking about what it means to be a mentor and how to successfully become one. Get your free ticket.
 
A special thanks to Plus Accounting for sponsoring our upcoming Breakfast Sessions!

 

Art + Tech: a unique opportunity for artists

We’ve launched a new fully-subsidised 6-month residency programme at our innovation hub The FuseBox for artists who are interested in utilising emerging technologies, like immersive, interactive, 5G and quantum computing, in their work and engage with how data and data-generation might facilitate that.
 
The Arts Driva @ FuseBox programme gives artists in the Coast to Capital LEP region an opportunity to extend their practice using new technological tools and platforms, develop methods to further impact and communicate with audiences, and establish relationships with an extensive network of individuals and organisations.
 
Interested or know someone who might be? Find out more and how to apply here or come along to one of our Open Days.

 

How to craft the perfect job advert

We help our members recruit for over a thousand jobs posted on Wired Sussex each year and, along the way, we’ve noticed some common mistakes that companies make that limit the potential for their adverts to reach and attract the right calibre of candidates.
 
With that in mind, here are our top tips (and the pitfalls to avoid!) when putting together your next job advert.

 

Going through a recruitment drive?

Our Jobs Board is the go-to place for many wanting to take their first or next step in the digital, media and tech sector. With over 200,000 unique views each month, it’s the perfect place to advertise your vacancies.
 
To support our members in their recruitment efforts, we offer deals on the bulk purchase of job adverts, helping you save money on your recruitment costs whilst providing even more exposure around your roles. Take a look!

 

5G Testbed Accelerator Programme

Wednesday 17th April, 6-8pm at The FuseBox
If you are interested in creating applications that will benefit from 5G connectivity, our 5G Brighton testbed (operated in partnership with Digital Catapult) may be able to help you.
 
We are launching a new round of our 5G Testbed Accelerator Programme. This 12-week programme provides access to the tools, facilities and expertise needed to discover, develop and test new products and services using 5G technologies.
 
Want to find out more about the programme? Join us at this information evening.

 

Creating multi-user immersive experiences

VR Brighton Meetup, Thursday 25th April, 6-9pm at The FuseBox
Could multi-user and social immersive experiences become the next frontier of entertainment?

There is a growing number of innovative companies embracing multiplayer technology, to allow their users together to share and interact in the same virtual space.
 
This VR Brighton Meetup will explore the advancement that multi-user experiences bring to immersive technology, from engaging with other users in a social environment to developing and testing products with a team. Come along!
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