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December Newsletter

The Digital Roundup
It’s been a great month for member news; and the first shout out goes to Magenta Associates, Ella Grant from Advice Cloud and Bluebird Tea Co who were all winners at last night’s Sussex Business Awards, and to Search Seven and The Security Bureau who were named ‘Ones To Watch’.
Congrats to Ocasta; their project ‘Albert’, which they created for Virgin Media, won ‘Best use of technology’ at the recent Engage Awards!
Big news from Nick Murray Willis whose ‘Movie Lines, Animated!’ comedy video went viral, with 10 million views in its first week alone!
Exciting times for Makemedia whose sister company Make Real just announced a partnership with Roto VR to bring the world’s first 360° interactive VR chair to market.
Nice to see Gemini Print Group in the Argus discussing their expansion and how they’re adapting to their evolving industry!
Celebrations are in order for RMV Productions; they were highly commended for innovation at the Business Matters Awards for their commitment to pushing the boundaries of creativity and technology.
Really interesting interview with Mark Vessey in The Guardian about his fantastic collection of photos.
Happy birthday to Baxter and Bailey; here’s to many more years! Check out their recently shared branding work for the Brighton Women’s Centre.
Good luck to Shed Research Consulting who are Independents’ Day Award finalists, which celebrate independent research businesses. Founder Dan Young was asked to share a bit more about their work and achievements.
High five to Pixeldot whose work for Utility Week’s MyUtilityWeek campaign just launched!
It’s a double win for 7thSense Design; they picked up the ‘Export’ and ‘Digital Engineering Technology’ awards at the recent Made in the South East Awards.
Great to see Progress Film Company’s film for Southern Water’s campaign, The Unflushables, win gold at the CIPR PRide Awards!
Brightec were recognised as ‘Small Agency of the Year’ at the UK App Awards. Nice one!
And finally, a huge win for LEO Learning; they received the ‘Company of the Year’ award at the Learning Technologies Awards for their exceptional learning experiences and dedication to customers.

….. 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...


It’s 5 sleeps until our Members’ Christmas Meetup!
Wednesday 6th December, 5:30-9:30pm at Patterns, Brighton
We’d like to invite you all to our last big event of 2017, to share some festive cheer at the Christmas Members Meetup.

It’s a great opportunity to catch up with new and familiar faces in the local digital, media and tech sectors, as well as chat to us about opportunities at Wired Sussex which could benefit you and your business.

This event is free to our members, including all employees of member companies, and with over 200 people already signed up to attend, you won’t want to miss it – so grab your ticket before they’re gone!

Still not convinced? Check out these 5 reasons to attend.


Xmas Jobs Board Offer
When the holiday season comes around companies often put recruitment on hold, even if it’s a detriment to business growth. 

We recognise the festive period can prove challenging - that’s why we’ve put together a special hamper of extra goodies and support for members recruiting over December. Find out more here.  


GDPR Compliance: An Opportunity for Business Development?
Thursday 18th January, 9-11am at The FuseBox
It’s only a few months until the implementation of GDPR, which will massively overhaul the way businesses collect, use and store personal data.

From May 2018, all companies need to adhere to a strict set of data protection laws or face fines upwards of €20M or 4% of turnover. Whilst GDPR presents imminent challenges, it also gives an opportunity for savvy, forward-thinking, digital businesses to advise clients, address their needs and expand upon existing business.

If you’re looking to explore these opportunities and get top-tips on just what you should be advising clients to stay ahead of the curve, this session is for you


Championing Diversity in the Workplace
Thursday 22nd February, 9-11am at The FuseBox
Studies have shown the most successful companies progress by having access to the widest pool of talent. Diversity breeds innovation and by fostering an inclusive workplace your company will prove more adaptable in an ever-changing business environment.

At this Breakfast Session we’ll be looking at how diversity can positively impact your business with Claire Hopkins (Founding Director of Ideal) and Ray Richard (Co-Founder of Do Something Different) and Lucy Rennison (HR Manager at Fresh Egg) So if you’re interested in finding out more, come and join us!


A conversation with Writer-in-Residence Al Robertson
Friday 8th December, 12:30-2pm at The FuseBox
Join us for a bring-your-own lunch event with Sci-Fi writer and FuseBox resident Al Robertson for a discussion on the unexpectedly occult roots of Cyberpunk and how virtual and augmented reality enables the supernatural and the mythic within science fiction.

We have a few handful of tickets available for Wired Sussex members. If you’d like to come along, you can register for a ticket here.


We’re hiring!
Head of Projects (Maternity Cover)

This is an excellent opportunity for someone who wants to take a key role in supporting the growth of our sector in Sussex. This role provides the opportunity to both work strategically to develop and deliver a programme of activity to address the needs in the sector and also to work on the hands-on project management of a number of our projects. If you feel this role could be for you, apply here.


Interested in virtual, augmented or mixed reality?
Our monthly VR Brighton Meetups are a great way to network with VR and AR innovators and get a hands-on play with demos. Here are a couple of our upcoming events:

VR/AR for the Build Environment
Thursday 18th January, 6:30-9:30pm at The FuseBox

We will explore how VR is being used to explore, design, capture and collaborate around built environments. Interested? Grab your ticket here.

VR for Training and Learning
Thursday 8th February, 6:30-9:30pm at The FuseBox
We’ll explore the opportunities and potential around immersive technology to train, teach and provide an engaging learning environment for citizens and business. Get your ticket here!


Exploring immersive technology in retail
Last Thursday, we held a Retail Innovation Day exploring the frontiers of immersive technology (virtual, augmented and mixed reality) and its application within retail. With a fantastic panel of experts from Redevco, Holition, Virtual Umbrella, Inition and Snatch; each shared their work and thoughts on using immersive experiences to drive engaging interactions between people and their environment.

You can read our detailed roundup of the event, and watch the presentations and panel discussion on YouTube.


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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