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March Newsletter

Wired Sussex is moving!
We are moving our office down 2 floors in New England House, it’s not quite as good a view but it is a bigger, better space! Our new address will be Wired Sussex, The FuseBox, Level 4, New England House, Brighton, BN1 4GH.

The move links up with our work on the ReCreate project as part of which we will be establishing a learning and support centre (The FuseBox) for start-ups and existing businesses operating in the creative and technology sector.

The FuseBox will be a hub for creative, digital and tech businesses with big ideas and an influential knowledge centre for innovators working in the constantly evolving, disruptive, digital business environment.

The FuseBox is currently without power (come on EDF, get a move on!) and buried under a mountain of boxes and flat-pack furniture. But once it's all dressed to receive we will be sure to invite you over. For now, why not take a peek at the site online & learn a little more about the project here.

Fancy putting on an event as part of Brighton Digital Festival? 
BDF - Grants for Arts Surgery, Friday 1st Mar 6pm - 8pm at Fabrica gallery
The Brighton Digital Festival returns again this September; delivering another month of celebrations of everything connected with digital culture and once again coordinated by our good selves.

If you’re interested in putting on an event yourself but maybe lack the necessary funding to do so, then you might consider applying for a grant from the “Grants for the Arts” scheme.  

To help with your application process, Jon Pratty (Relationship Manager for Arts Council England) will be running a special surgery which provides an overview of the scheme including eligibility for applying, a look at the common mistakes and a discussion about what makes a strong application.
Places are limited to 50, so if you’re interested book now.

BDF – Monthly meetup, Tuesday 5th March, 6pm – 9pm at The Victory Pub
There is an informal meet-up every first Tuesday of the month for anyone interested in getting involved in any way with the festival. The next one is Tuesday 5th March
At the meeting you will be able to discuss and share event ideas, hear about the latest progress and chat with others involved; including the festival manager Tom Bailey & members of the festival steering group. 

The event is open to everyone and anyone interested, but if you are coming, it would be great if  you could let us know via eventbrite

A Big Hi-10 to Brighton Farm!
Brighton Farm this month celebrates its 10th anniversary. Happy birthday Farmers! Their informal networking group for freelancers in new media has been meeting weekly since February 2003 and is an important part of the Brighton scene dispensing advice and information to freelancers new and old.

Main organiser Paul Silver said "I'd like to thank the 160 freelancers in the Farm for making the meetings so enjoyable and interesting, the time has flown by. Also, thanks to the BNM list, SCIP and Wired Sussex for helping us get to ten years".

If you’d like to get involved you can find out more about their meetings here.

Cherokee Nation gets involved in this year's children's parade
The Cherokee Nation Project, is an ongoing digital and cultural exchange programme between school students from Brighton and The Cherokee Nation in Oklahoma, USA and is managed by Wired Sussex It aims to bring the creative use of technology into the heart of the classroom experience.

For the next stage of this project, we will be working with Brighton Festival children’s parade organisers Same Sky and the University of Brighton along with Brighton schools to use digital media to create something special for this years’ Brighton Festival Children’s Parade
This year’s Children’s Parade has the theme of ‘The Alphabet’ and the school students involved will be looking at the Cherokee Syllabary for inspiration.
If you are interested in digital media, education and learning (especially within local schools) then we recommend you get involved with Digital Education Brighton.

Let's catch up - Wired Sussex Members' Meetup, Tuesday 23rd April from 5.30pm at Above Audio.
Our next member’s meetup is happening on the 23rd April. If you've not been along before the meetups offer a great opportunity to network with others working in the creative, digital, media and technology (CDIT) sector.

So why not come along and share your latest news, learn about potential joint working opportunities or just to have a chat with other like minded folk. It's all very informal!
This will also be our first meetup of 2013, so fingers crossed the sun is shining so we can make the most of the bar’s outdoor area.

The event is free to our members, including all employees of member companies, but you will need to register here to guarantee your place.
*Not sure if your company is a member? Just search our online directory or get in touch.

Connected TV 
Last month we ran one of our regular ConnectedTV Brighton events, this one with guest speaker Nigel Walley of Decipher. Nigel’s company is probably the UK’s foremost consultancy in this area and his talk led to a wide ranging discussion on the impact of new TV technology including the theories behind its evolution, new business opportunities and the inherent commercial challenges it presents.
We are proud to be able to bring such internationally acclaimed expertise to Brighton for the benefit of our members. Now we know it’s not the same, but for those who missed the discussion you can catch up now by viewing his presentation here.
If you want to find out about the next ConnectedTVBrighton event (scheduled for May), email Laura.

Need a break from the hustle and bustle of your daily office?
Many of you already know the Skiff as a friendly co-working space for independent workers in the heart of Brighton, but did you know you can also rent our upstairs area for your project work?
You can rent the space from between one week and three months. So if you're looking for some breathing space to work on that next big idea or maybe prototype a project with colleagues or partners away from your office (or garage!), then why not jump aboard Skiff today.

Kick out the jams...
Last week our charity fundraiser - Wired for Sound raised the roof at Sticky Mikes for 3 different charities. Wired Sussex member companies had the chance to kick out the jams and compete for glory in a DJ competition. A big thank you to our event sponsors: Madgex and No Pork Pies. Congratulations go to Oli Ladenburg of Node Design for stealing Propellernet’s reigning crown and winning the competition and prizes for 2013!  Pictures from the evening can be found here.

Funding opportunities for digital businesses 
Another 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:

Open initiative -   is a £1 million initiative for new site-specific commissions across the UK. Creative’s working in any media can apply for funding including those artists working in a digital space.
Closing date:  29 April 2013

Innovation Vouchers - Start-ups and small and medium-sized businesses from across the UK can apply for an Innovation Voucher. They are designed to encourage businesses to look outside their current network for new knowledge that can help them to grow and develop.
A grant of up to £5000 is available to businesses to work with a supplier for the first time and is used to pay for knowledge or technology transfer from that supplier. 
Closing date: Ongoing

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