The Digital Roundup
Lots of great member news this month, and the first shout-out goes to Make Real
who secured investment
to fund the growth of their studio and development of VR and immersive products. They’ve also been busy creating immersive experiences for McDonald’s
, and local charity Stay Up Late
Congratulations to Fugu PR
; they were awarded a special Mark of Excellence
at the prestigious CIPR awards for their PR work on Brighton’s bike sharing scheme, BTN BikeShare.
We saw a fantastic showreel from Buff Motion
showcasing their animation and motion graphics work
over the past year.
Great news from Mojeek
; the crawler-based search engine has reached its 2 billion page milestone
, making them one of the largest web search indexes in the world!
Big announcement from Brandwatch
and Pi Datametrics
who have partnered up to take Brandwatch’s data visualisation platform
, Vizia, to the next level by combining their search and social media expertise.
Happy 25th anniversary to Designate
! They celebrated in style
on Brighton Pier and raised over £3000 for the local community-led campaign, Galvanise.
High-five to Ocasta
; their employee engagement, learning, operations and compliance platform Oplift
is now available through G-cloud 10; the Government's digital marketplace for IT products and services.
Good news from Elucidat
; their elearning platform and collaboration tool
has been implemented by the Open University to handle the increased demand for their OpenLearn courses.
Exciting times for our member Warren Hill; he’s just launched a new digital marketing agency
, built on a network of freelancers, called Dream Digital
We saw a cool new site from Curate Labs & Magazine
; they recently published a Culture Manual
to share their processes and values.
Congrats to Strategic Management Partners
; they won the Seahaven Award for Environmental Business of the Year
for their work supporting the development of 200 East Sussex eco-innovation companies.
And finally, Brighton was featured in the news for being one of the UK’s booming tech hubs
, with mentions of our growing gaming scene and annual digital festival!
….. 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...
What does our sector want from an economic strategy for Brighton?
Monday 16th July, 6-7:30pm at The FuseBox
Brighton & Hove City Council is currently developing a new economic strategy for the city which they claim will be ‘disruptive’ and ‘trailblazing’.
At this special event ‘A New Economic Strategy for Brighton & Hove’, you will get the chance to hear more about that strategy from the Council’s Executive Director of Economy, Environment & Culture Nick Hibberd, and then discuss how it fits with your challenges as a digital company or freelancer doing business in the city.
To help get our sector’s voice heard by the Council, sign up for the event here.
Talent2018: photos, videos & outcomes
Last month we ran Talent2018, our three-day skills festival for the digital sector, designed to help digital businesses attract, train and retain the talent they need in order to thrive.
Alongside showcasing the best job opportunities in the sector at a Jobs Fair; members came together at the Skills Summit to learn from one another, explore strategies to help develop a sustainable talent pool and to discuss the collective challenges we face. Following the festival, we’re collating the insights and will be sharing them soon!
Talks from the Jobs Fair and Skills Summit are available to watch on YouTube and we also have loads of pictures from the festival on our Facebook page.
We want to say a massive thank you to our sponsors, supporters, and everyone involved who helped us make Talent2018 happen. It wouldn’t have been possible without our headline sponsor: Legal & General, sponsor: University of Brighton, and supporters: DabApps, MAG Interactive, Brightwave Group, iCrossing, Lumesse Learning, Cooden Tax Consulting, Creative Process and Plus Accounting.
Wired Sussex Members’ Summer Meetup
Tuesday 17th July, 5:30–11pm at Patterns, Brighton
The sun’s out and we can’t wait to enjoy it with our members at our next Members’ Summer Meetup.
Whether you’re looking to make new connections with others working in local digital, media and tech, want to learn about projects that could benefit your business, shout about your latest news or just have a few drinks with likeminded people, join us for some informal networking and grab your free ticket!
Streamline your approach to marketing
Thursday 12th July, 10am-12pm at The FuseBox
Marketing automation refers to software that allows you to improve your online engagement and increase efficiency across multiple platforms. When used successfully, marketing automation can lead to a better understanding of your audience and help you nurture customer engagement, boost leads, and ultimately generate more revenue for you and your business.
At our next Breakfast Session, we will be joined by Lindsey Pickles (Director and Founder of Bright Dials Digital Marketing) and Adam Lee (Director and Founder of No Pork Pies) to explore the strategies you can use to streamline your approach to marketing.
So, whether you’ve just launched a start-up and looking to scale or a seasoned industry professional wanting to reassess your current goals, come along!
Being a successful freelancer: tips & advice
Last week, we ran a special freelancers’ Breakfast Session to celebrate National Freelancers Day, where Rifa Thorpe-Tracey - a mentor, meditation teacher and organiser of popular events and festivals across Brighton – shared her freelancing advice. Check out our blog post about the session for some freelance wisdom.
Interested or involved in the VR games industry?
Thursday 12th July, 6-9pm at The FuseBox
At our next VR Brighton Meetup, we’ll delve into the world of immersive games and gaming. Come and hear talks from Sam Watts from Make Real about their exciting work and projects, including their highly successful Oculus partnered game Loco Dojo, and Phil Greenspan from Oculus on how to produce and launch a VR game.
There will be opportunities for you to have hands-on experience with immersive demos and network with VR and AR innovators too, so get your free ticket.
Artificial Intelligence: Growing Local Knowledge & Expertise
Wednesday 11th July, 6-8pm at The FuseBox
Are you interested (or working) in Artificial Intelligence? The University of Sussex is planning a doctoral training centre with a specific emphasis on AI and wants to discuss it with Wired Sussex member companies to ensure it is framed and developed with you in mind. Plus, the project will give businesses access to a locally-based, world-class centre of excellence in AI.
If you want to hear more about the project and find out how you can get involved, register your free ticket here.
Save money when recruiting
Did you know, our Jobs Board averages 200,000 views per month? If you’re recruiting for a digital, media and tech role (or looking to recruit in the future), our Jobs Board is the perfect place to post your adverts.
And to help our members save money and gain even more exposure on job postings, we now provide discounts on the bulk purchase of adverts, which come with no expiry date and some added extras. Find out more.
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:
- Wordpress developer needed to help with a few different projects on a website.
- Freelance motion designers needed with experience in Adobe After Effects, Photoshop and Illustrator.
- Content writer needed to produce consumer how-to articles on household topics.
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!