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August Newsletter

The Digital Roundup

Congratulations to Plug-In Media; their game ‘Angie's Party VR’ has just been nominated for Virtual Reality Initiative of the Year at the 2016 Content Innovation Awards! Exciting times for Wildheart Media; they have just launched a new website focused on content marketing. Slow commute to London? RamJam put their idle hands to good work this month, creating ‘Southern Rail Tycoon’; a satirical game in response to recent cancellations that’s already garnered widespread news coverage.Well done to Ribot; their H+H frictionless payments app was recognised as the best use of tech at the recent Customer Experience Awards!Good news from Green Lemon, they’ve been approved as the mobility specialist partner with Outsystems; a disruptive, visual approach to app development. Congratulations to Rocket Mill, they took 5th ‘Elite place’ in the Drum Independent Agency Census that ranks 1000’s of agencies on client satisfaction, financial performance, and peer recognition. Nice work from Jollywise, they created ‘Symas the Monkey’ an iOS puzzle game that will donate 50% of profits to the Wild Futures primate charity. Lastly, some news from Wired SussexRichard Scott has joined our team as Innovation Manager for The Digital Catapult Centre Brighton –helping businesses take digital innovations to market. And our collaborative project to bring better broadband to the region: the ‘Brighton Digital Exchange’ celebrated its first anniversary this month with the news that it has been shortlisted as a finalist in The O2 NextGen Digital Challenge Awards 2016!

Remember if you’ve got any news you’d like us to shout about (including new products, service and clients) just drop us an email for inclusion in our next newsletter... 

Bognor Regis Digital Hub - how you can get involved  
We’ve been working with local partners exploring how a creative digital hub in Bognor Regis might support the growth or the sector. If you are based in or around Bognor Regis, there are a number of ways you could get involved. One way is to become our communications partner for the project, helping us connect and engage with local audiences. Details of that brief are here.

Brighton Digital Festival 2016
1st – 30th September 
We are just three weeks away from Brighton Digital Festival 2016, a month-long celebration of everything connected with digital culture!With well over 100 events, the Festival has something for everyone - new digital art exhibitions, performances, conferences, hackathons, meet-ups, workshops and outdoor events.
What do you fancy? 

Creative, Digital & IT Open Studios 2016
Monday 5th – Friday 9th September
Ever wondered what goes on behind-the-scenes at Brighton’s most creative and innovative companies?CDIT Open Studios Week offers you the chance to take a look at some of the best digital, media & technology businesses in the city; they’ll be opening their doors to show you what they do, where they do it and how. Participating companies will be hosting a range of events; from talks and workshops, to drop-in advice sessions and parties.

Something for everyone, and they're all free to attend.if you are interested in learning more about other business in the sector in Brighton, or are interested in becoming a part of it, then this is for you. A full list of events and activities can be found here, but places are limited, so register now to avoid disappointment.

Wired Sussex Open Studio: Don’t Get a Job…Make a Job 
Tuesday 6th September 15.30 – 17.30
 Are you interested in forging a career in the creative and digital industries? Know that there has to be a better way to kickstart it than sending out CVs and cold calling? Then this event is for you. Gem Barton, author of ‘Don’t Get a Job…Make a Job’ explains how to ‘go guerrilla’ and carve a successful, relevant career in the creative industries. “A  practical guide to getting entrepreneurial with your working life”. Creative Bloq
This event is free, but sign up now to ensure a place.

The Wired Sussex Breakfast Sessions  
These fortnightly events give you a chance to learn from the expertise of others and share best practice on subjects ranging from marketing and branding to intellectual property and investment opportunities. Each event gives you access to practitioners who can help you benefit from their knowledge and experience. And there’s coffee and croissants too. What’s not to like? The next two in the series are: 
Developing your business overseas?
Thursday 18th August, 9am - 11am, at The FuseBox
This session will explore the do’s and don’ts around developing your business overseas. We'll be joined by Mark Bedser, Director and Co-Founder of Madgex: a Brighton software company that’s grown to now operate in 14 countries, cover 10 different languages, with offices in Brighton, Toronto and Berlin.

Also attending is Stephen Golding, an International Trade Adviser for UKTI and the South East champion for the e-Exporting Programme, that helps companies export via online channels. Find out more and register for a free ticket here

Wired Sussex Breakfast Session: Being a successful freelancer 
Thursday 1st September, 9am - 11am, at The FuseBox
Are you freelance and want to know how to improve your marketing, discuss how much to charge, find new clients or chase slow-paying ones?
Bring your questions to our freelancer session and share and learn with peers. Find out more and register for a free ticket here.

Building a stronger brand 
At our last Breakfast Session we were joined by Martine Warburton, Creative Director of Puree Design and Branding and Marketing Consultants Anna Fisher & Jamie Collana from Advantage Agency, who shared their expertise on building a strong and sustainable business brand.

Spaces for the event were in high demand and we know that some people missed out. So, in case you missed it, here are the key points from the session. 

Do you build products that might benefit the elderly?
Friday 16th September, 9am - 6pm, at The FuseBox
Following our recent ‘Tech Beyond The Screen’ event looking at Positive Ageing  we have partnered with IOTUK to run an intensive workshop to explore the future of care home provision.

The event will bring together a number of representatives from the care industry to discuss the challenges they face; enabling digital companies to consider what kind of opportunities are out there and begin to workshop solutions they may be able to offer.

Following the event there will be an opportunity for participants to receive ongoing support from Digital Catapult Centre Brighton to develop new products and services based on the insights gained from the day.

You can find out details on how to apply here.

Digi Drop-In with Brandwatch 
9th September, 9:00am - 11:00am, at The FuseBox
Focusing on collaborative R+D, the Digital Catapult Centre Brighton is designed to help businesses fast-track new and innovative digital products and services to market.

If you’d like to find out how this project can generate opportunities to grow your business, then come along to our next ‘Digi Drop-in’ event to learn about engaging with, and benefiting from, the Brighton Catapult.

At our this event, we’ll be joined by Brandwatch: a company that has grown from a small collective to a global powerhouse, providing social insights for some of the world’s biggest multinational brands in the world.

They will be talking about data visualization and specifically Vizia: a multi-screen, real-time data visualisation platform that allows you to mix data together and present it in an intuitive and attractive manner. Come along to meet the team. It’s taking place on the 9th September and you can sign up for a place here.

Latest short-term work & project opportunities
A significant benefit of Wired Sussex membership is getting to hear about the latest fixed-term and project work opportunities within the sector, either by networking with other members or by accessing our exclusive projects board.Here’s a couple of the latest: Whether you need an agency to design and develop a website, a freelancer to work on a short term project, or even a business partner for a new venture?  We can help so get in touch!
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