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January Newsletter

The Digital Roundup
A Very Happy New Year to all from Wired Sussex! It seems 2016 is off to a great start, we’ve already heard a bunch of fantastic news from our members:

Congratulations to MakerClub, crowned the UK winners of the Creative Business Cup 2015 (CBC), a global search to find the planet’s brightest startup talent. They were recognised for their new project to create an e-learning platform for 3D printing and the Internet of Things, specifically aimed at young people.
Nice work from If Destroyed Still True; they have just finished a rebrand and new site design for ‘The Edit’.
Fantastic to see members collaborating for a good cause: Say Digital and Long Run Works have both worked on the ‘What Women Want 2.0’ campaign, a massive online survey to capture a female vision for society.

Big news from Brightwave, last week they announced their acquisition by Capita, a UK leader in business process management. The acquisition will see the Brightwave brand maintained, and merged with Capita's Digital Learning business to augment existing capability and offer further market reach. 
Well done to all our members recognised at the recent E-Learning Awards 2015LEOElucidat,City & Guilds KineoBrightwave and Lumesse Ltd were all winners.

Great news from Centre4 Testing. They recently announced a merger with 'The Test People', a combined entity which positions them now as the largest, fastest-growing, privately-owned UK software testing company! 

Top marks to Lexel who have won a whopping seven awards at the 2015 [App] Design Awards; a national event that celebrates creativity, courage and innovation in design.
It’s jolly good news from Jollywise; they won a 2015 Lovie award. Their project ‘Nick Jr. Leap’ took a bronze award in the Schools & Education category. 

And well done to Midnight PR who rounded off last year with four CIPR PRide Awards for their work on behalf of regional tourist attractions – as well taking the Silver award for Outstanding Mid-Sized Public Relations Consultancy!

….. 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 ...

A New Series of Events: Tech Beyond The Screen
Digital technology is moving beyond screen-based devices and becoming fully embedded in the real world. Tech Beyond the Screen is a new series of events to explore the rapidly emerging opportunities and challenges these developments present.

If you are interested in preparing your business for this exciting new horizon, want to learn more, or engage with the internet of things (IOT), then this series should inspire and inform you.

We are kicking off on the 3rd February, with an event exploring: What is the Internet of Everything?
We’ll be joined by ex-Cisco senior manager Shane Mitchell, who will be talking about Cisco's Internet of Everything initiative and the latest in the IoT world. The event is free to attend, but please register here to guarantee your place

The second event in the series, UX & Design for Connected Products on 17th February, will look at how we design great user experiences for people engaging with real world, ‘smart’ technologies, and what we learn from existing best practice, and what we need to invent.

If you are interested in UX and digital design, then come and hear from Jason Mesut, Founder of Resonant Design and Innovation Ltd and Ben Sauer, Senior UX designer at Clearleft. More information to follow, but you can grab a ticket here.  

Tech Beyond the Screen is delivered by the Digital Catapult Centre Brighton, if you want to be kept informed about all the Tech Beyond the Screen events (and other Catapult events), you can register here for the specific mailing list.

Last year at Wired Sussex.
As the New Year is traditionally a time of reflection, here’s a quick look at some of our achievements in 2015. Check out what we did for you and with you last year here (and if you are not a member, find out what you’re missing!).

Could your innovation change the future of retail?
If you are a small company, a start-up or an individual interested in developing new innovative approaches to retail, then we want to hear from you!

We’re inviting innovators to participate in a one and a half day ‘pit stop’ event. Through a series of talks and collaborative workshops, you will get a chance to engage with key stakeholders, local retail industry experts and researchers to discuss, develop and pitch innovative approaches to retail.

Key areas include enhancing customer experiences, improving store processes and building connected high street ecosystems.

If your idea is successfully chosen, you will have the opportunity to work with the Digital Catapult Centre Brighton to develop your innovation further and then test it in a live shopping environment at the Store of the Future in the Netherlands.
If you are interested in getting involved you can find out more here.

Directors' Dinner Events -  Thursday 10th March, 2016
The Wired Sussex Directors' Dinner events exist to support MDs, CEOs and Directors of Wired Sussex Member Companies.

These exclusive events provide the chance to have an informal meal with a group of your peers and discuss, in an open, collaborative and confidential atmosphere, your business and the opportunities and challenges of the sector locally.

The next meal will be hosted by Jason Woodford, CEO at Site Visibility and Wired Sussex Board Member. If you would like to find out more or be added to the invitation list, please email

Want to help shape the UK digital strategy over the next five years?
The Digital Economy Minister Ed Vaizey, has asked for suggestions from the public and industry on what the UK digital strategy should be to help support growth over the next five years.
If you are interested in contributing to the discussion you can find further details on the DCMS blog here; and you can either email them with your thoughts directly or send your comments to our MD, Phil Jones, who will aggregate a submission.
The closing date for taking part is the 19th January 2016.

Developing new digital products or services?
Focusing on collaborative R+D, the Digital Catapult Centre Brighton is designed to help digital businesses fast-track new and innovative products and services to market.

If you’d like to know how this project can generate opportunities to grow your business, then the Breakfast Drop-ins are perfect for you.
Come to these fortnightly breakfast events, to learn about engaging with, and benefiting from, the Brighton Catapult, and raise your questions and ideas with the team. At our next Drop-In, we’ll be joined by the University of Brighton’s Cultural Informatics Research Group (CIRG), to hear why they’re involved, and discuss opportunities for collaboration.

Their research explores digital advancements in the cultural heritage sector; such as digital collections, 3D technologies, web and museum based interactive applications, and considers economic and social impact evaluation, and opportunities for growth in tourism, entertainment and education.

Come along to meet the team. It’s taking place on the 15th January and you can sign up for a place here.

You can also keep up to date with all the activities surrounding the Digital Catapult Centre Brighton by signing up to the mailing list here

Fancy putting on an event as part of Brighton Digital Festival?
Plans are under way for Brighton Digital Festival 2016, set to return this September for an exciting month-long celebration of everything connected with digital culture.
If you’re interested in putting on an event yourself, or would just like to find out more, come along to the Festival Meet-Up on Thursday 26th January where you can hear about the Festival, how it works and the time-scales for 2016.

Have business ideas in IoT and Data? The FuseBox is offering free workspace.
As part of a Digital Catapult Centre Brighton project we are offering free, temporary residencies alongside the Wired Sussex team in our open plan workspace, the FuseBox to people or teams developing business ideas which are connected to the Internet of Things or are data driven. Interested in taking part? 

We’d love to talk to you more about your business and project, to discover if we’re a good match for each other. You can find out more information about the scheme here.

Getting that dream job in the Games Industry ...
In a new series of behind the scenes blog posts, we’re calling on member companies to share words of wisdom on what it’s like to work in their industries and offer practical advise to those seeking to get started in the sector.

Here’s Kayleigh Peskett, HR Manager at West Pier studios, discussing what it takes to break into the games sector

Do you have some advice you’d like to share? Get in touch to talk about taking part.

Top 3 Blog Posts of 2015
In case you missed them the first time, here’s a quick look back at our three most popular blog posts from 2015:
1# Being a Successful Freelancer  - top tips and advice shared by freelancers, taken from our sold-out breakfast workshop event.
2# We’re Rebuilding our Website and need your help   an opportunity for you to input ideas into our website redesign.  
3# Brighton Lives Digital – Celebrating Brighton’s digital cluster! - an interactive look at what it’s like to work for some of Brighton’s best companies.   

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.

Anyone - from local boutiques to multinational agencies - can post project details on the board, so the projects range greatly, with everything from product photography to e-Commerce platforms builds. However, what they all have in common is a need for digital and media experts. To access the details of each project you must be a Wired Sussex member.

Here’s a couple of the latest: Don’t forget you can add your own Project to our board free of charge!  

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!