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August Newsletter


The Digital Roundup
A lot of great member news this month, and the first shout out goes to Ithaca Audio who won a 2017 Music + Sound Award for the ‘Best Re-Record or Adaptation’! They remixed Minnie Riperton’s ‘Lovin’ You’ using sound effects and dialog from Star Trek, as part of the SyfyUK Star Trek 50th Anniversary celebrations.
Artillery created some amazing animations and graphics for a lovely film tribute to surf pioneer Jack O’Neill!
Good to see iCrossingMan Bites Dog and Oban International being recognised for their work; they were nominated for The Masters of Marketing Awards.
We saw a fantastic new project by Tilt called ‘Bungaroosh’ that takes a closer look at the extraordinary people that inhabit Brighton.
A big shout out and thanks to Bryan Kidd for designing the logo for our new Open Studios: Talent Week. We love it!
Congratulations to Create.net; they were recently recognised as the best ‘Online Business in South East England’!
Wishing the best of luck to Man Bites DogPegasus and Instinctif Partners who have been shortlisted in the PR Week Awards!
Two interesting documentaries by Lambent Productions, ‘Addicted Parents: Last Chance to Keep My Children’ and ‘When Football Banned Women’, aired on BBC Two and Channel 4 respectively!
Founder of RMV Productions, Peter Reeve was interviewed about the studio’s work with Ed Sheeran and the evolution of their projects.
Cobb Digital have been shortlisted for ‘Best Agency Culture’ at the UK Agency Awards, alongside SiteVisibility who are up for ‘Most Impressive Small Agency Growth’. Nice one!
A remarkable success for Elucidat; their eLearning platform has helped BDO Norway increase learner satisfaction to 90%!
Congrats to Makemedia’s sister company Make Real whose VR game, Loco Dojo, won the Indie Showcase award at Develop:Brighton.
Exciting news from Magenta; they’ll be handling PR, communications and the official UK launch for a transformative concierge service Bringme! They also wrote a great blog about their experience following our recent ‘Building an authentic brand’ Breakfast Session.
We’re loving these paper-like animations created by Buff Motion for miDrive’s Anytime app!
Good times for Gene Commerce; they’re up for three eCommerce Awards for Excellence, including ‘Best Agency’. They’re also Wirehive 100 finalists along with PragmaticFresh Egg and Major Digital. Good luck to you all!
And finally, high five and good luck to our members who’ve been nominated for the Brighton & Hove Business Awards!

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


Brighton ranks high in new UK Tech Innovation Index
According to the official Tech Innovation Index, Brighton is amongst the leading innovative cities in the UK, outperforming Cambridge, Oxford, Bristol and Birmingham. The index shows Brighton is 4th in data innovation, 5th across all tech sectors measured and 6th in Virtual Reality innovation out of the UK cities studied.

You can find the UK Tech Innovation Index here and read the Coast to Capital LEP article about it here, which includes reflections by our Managing Director Phil Jones.


The FuseBox is looking for residents! 
Are you a digital entrepreneur, a start-up or an existing businesses creating a new digital product or service? If it’s in Virtual/Augmented Reality, Internet of Things, Artificial Intelligence, or is data-driven, then you might be interested in becoming a resident at our Brighton-based hub for innovators, The FuseBox.

You can find out more about the opportunity and how to apply here!
 

BDF Open Studios: Get involved!
Open Studios: Talent Week, 2nd - 6th October

Showcase the fantastic, creative and innovative work you do at this year’s Open Studios: Talent Week, as part of Brighton Digital Festival!

Getting involved with Open Studios: Talent Week is a great opportunity to raise your company profile within the community, attract new talent to your business and inspire the next generation of digital, media and tech talent. 

Kineo, Lumesse, Man Bites Dog, Asset Bank, Brightec, EDF, West Pier Studio and Cardens Accountants are some of our members already registered, so if your business is also interested in taking part, get in touch with us!


5G: the technology revolution
Did you know our innovation hub The FuseBox will be home to the UK’s first non-university 5G testbed? The testbed will give members an opportunity to test apps, games and other products on the incredibly fast, always-on wireless, mobile technology before its UK roll-out in 2020.

Following on from our recent event ‘An Introduction to 5G and the 5G testbed’, we’re hosting a series of workshops exploring the impact and abilities of this revolutionary 5G technology.

Exploring the technical aspects of 5G
Tuesday 5th September at The FuseBox

We’ll be looking in detail at the technologies that underpin the 5G testbed and examining the ways it could provide platforms for innovation for digital companies. You can apply for a ticket to this workshop here!

Exploring VR/AR powered by 5G
Thursday 7th September at The FuseBox

This workshop will explore the impact of 5G on immersive technologies and how it will allow VR/AR experiences to be delivered over mobile with the speed and bandwidth to enable rich content. Apply for a ticket here!

A Stadium of the Future powered by 5G
Thursday 14th September at The FuseBox

We’ll be examining the ways in which 5G could integrate truly interactive experiences in music and sport events, allowing attendees to switch between real-time and immersive content. If you’re interested, you can apply for a ticket here!


Breakfast Session: Being a successful freelancer  
Thursday 31st August, 9am-12pm at The FuseBox
Inspiration, knowledge and guidance to kick start your day.

Are you a freelancer looking to improve your marketing, discuss how much to charge, find new clients and chase slow-paying ones? Elliot Taylor, Margaret Ousby, and Matt Oakes will talk about their freelance journey, so bring your issues and questions to our experts, and share and learn with peers.

Register for a ticket here!


Responsible for HR at your digital business?
HR Digital Media Group, Thursday 21st September at Madgex
We partner with Martin Searle Solicitors and Madgex to deliver bi-monthly meet ups to share expert advice and discuss the legislative issues and challenges in HR with our peers in digital businesses.

Next month we’ll be discussing best practice in recruitment, identifying role requirements, writing job descriptions and person specifications, selection and assessment methods, and the Equal Opportunities and Equality Act 2010.

If you work in digital media and would like to join us you can find out more and sign up here!


Taking Brighton's digital hub overseas
Recently we got invited to Milan for Artlab - an event exploring policy making within the creative industries - to speak about The FuseBox and Brighton’s digital growth. Rosalie, The FuseBox hub manager, captured what she learnt on the trip in two blog posts; read about her overall experience of Artlab here and find out what ideas she shared about the role of creative hubs in urban policy making here


Latest short-term work and 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!

Head of Production
We’re looking for an outstanding and inspiring Head of Production to lead our production teams across digital marketing, design and development.

The key focus for this role is ensuring our teams are delivering the highest quality of products and service whilst improving efficiency and effectiveness.

As a member our senior management team, reporting directly to the CEO, you’ll be partnering with the senior team on business strategy and delivering change across the agency.

More information here.

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