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January Newsletter

Digital Newsround
A Very Happy New Year to all from Wired Sussex! Fantastic news for iCrossing who recenty picked up two DMA Awards. Congratulations to FuturLab who’ve signed a groundbreaking deal with Sony to develop content for their PlayStation Vita. Great to see Brilliant Noise going from strength to strength this month with a growing team and new office space. Exciting developments are afoot in Worthing with the opening of a new coworking space.  And finally, we’re stoked to announce that Tom Bailey has joined the Wired Sussex team as the new Brighton Digital Festival Manager! 

….. remember if you’ve got any news you’d like us to shout about then just drop us an email for inclusion in our next newsletter.

Fancy rubbing shoulders with ten of the UK's most famous cultural brands? 
INTERFACE - A Digital Networking Event, Tuesday 29th Jan, Komedia

This is a fantastic opportunity to network and build links with some of the most successful arts and cultural organisations in the UK, including: Shakespeare’s Globe, Tate, The Barbican, The National Theatre, The Royal Albert Hall, Imperial War Museum, The Unicorn Theatre, Penguin Books, The V & A and Rambert Dance Company.
They will all be heading to Brighton for this one-off event to meet local, innovative digital businesses. The day will include a panel discussion and bespoke 1-2-1 meetings where companies can pitch their ideas and business, as well as a more informal networking session.

The event is free to Wired Sussex members, but places are by application only.
Guidelines on how to apply are available here:

The closing date for applications is midday tomorrow - 10th January.

Last year at Wired Sussex ...
Ultrafast broadband, 457 new business opportunities, the biggest digital cluster research project in the UK, Brighton Digital Festival and so much more!

As the New Year is traditionally a time of reflection, we thought we would look at some of our achievements in 2012. Check out what we did for you and with you last year here (and if you are not a member, check out what you’re missing!).

Tangles and Toads with Connected TV
Connected TV Brighton, Wednesday 6th Feb, Lighthouse
At the next ConnectedTV Brighton event, we’ll be Untangling the Wires with Nigel Walley, Managing Director of the media strategy consultancy, Decipher.
At the forefront of the growing TV revolution, Nigel heads up their work in television advertising, with a particular focus on the evolution of commercial advertising models and how media markets are affected by new consumer technology.  He will be discussing the challenges and opportunities created by this new environment.
We’ll also be hearing from Relentless Software who will be talking about their new project, Blue Toad Murder Files; a co-operative video game that will soon be available for download on Smart TV, PS3 and PC.

So if you are interested in how TV may change and how your company might take advantage of it, then this event should give you food for thought. The event is exclusive to members of Wired Sussex and that includes employees of Wired Sussex member companies. It's free to attend but please register here to guarantee your place.  To find out if your company is a member of Wired Sussex just check our directory.

Networking in Eastbourne: #Wired EB
Wired EB, Wednesday 13th Feb, Cohub - The Enterprise Centre

Join us in Eastbourne for the next #WiredEB meetup. This will be a great opportunity to check out Eastbourne’s lovely coworking space: Cohub. You can network with others in the creative, digital, media and technology sector, share latest business news and learn about potential joint working opportunities. It's all very informal!
The invitation is open to everyone, so if you want to find out more about Wired Sussex, or fancy meeting other folks working in your sector, come along. Places are limited so please register early for a ticket.

Wired for Sound returns! 
Wired for Sound, Saturday 23rd Feb, Sticky Mike’s Frog Bar
Newsflash - We’ve just confirmed that we’ll be holding our 2nd Wired Sussex members DJ competition and fundraiser based on the huge success of last year’s charity event (go on, revisit those video highlights!).  This year promises to be another great Wired Sussex social where members can give DJing a go, ‘Stick it On’ and battle it out for the prestigious title of ‘Best DJ’ and maybe even steal Propellernet’s reigning crown? 

It’ll be held on Saturday 23rd February at Sticky Mike’s Frog Bar (details/tickets to be confirmed) and this time we’re inviting you to vote on which 3 local charities you would like the money to go towards.  Please take a second to complete our charity poll and watch this space for more information on how to get involved, where to buy tickets or even how to sign up as your company’s nominated DJ…
Contact in the meantime if your company would like to sponsor the event, or for further details or information regarding the proposed charities.

Funding opportunities for digital businesses 
One of the benefits of Wired Sussex membership is getting to hear about the latest funding opportunities within the sector either by networking with other members or through our monthly funding letter.- N.B. if you haven’t already you can sign up to receive our funding letter via your WS account page!

Here are a couple of the latest:

Digital R&D Fund - are looking to support research and development projects that use digital technology to enhance arts' audience reach and/or explore new business models.

The fund will focus on the following key themes: user generated content and social media, digital distribution and exhibition, mobile location and games, data and archives, resources and education and learning. £125,000 available in funding.

Interactive Projects Development - is a funding scheme aimed at companies that have already produced at least one interactive project. Grants of €10,000 - €150,000 available.

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