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March Newsletter

The Digital Roundup
The first shout out this month goes to Plug-in Media whose latest game ‘Snot Apocalypse!’ is blowing kids away on the CBBC website!  
Congratulations to our members at Adur & Worthing Council, who’ve won an iESE Innovation Award for their low-code approach to building digital services.
Well done to Oliie at Roughtype Studio, whose ‘Mind Journal’ kickstarter project reached its funding goal in less than three days!  
Always a pleasure to see new work from the Persistent Peril team, check out their latest animation for the HSBC ‘At Our Best Recognition’ project here.  
Congratulations to Ricochet and Lambent Productions on their recognition at the ‘Royal Television Society Southern Awards’. Ricochet won two awards, whilst Lambent were nominated for Best Factual Series!
Great to see members collaborating for a good cause: Say Digital and Long Run Works both contributed to the ‘What Women Want 2.0’ campaign, that launched earlier this week for International Women's day. 
Also, we saw a lovely short film from Tilt about the origins of water, which you can check-out here.
Brandwatch’s ears must be burning this month; they were just cited as a leader in ‘Enterprise Social Listening Platforms’ by the new Forrester Wave Report!
Nice work from Ithaca Audio who added some swing to the latest Guinness TV advert; creating a remix of a Benny Goodman classic. 
Lastly, hi –five to Propellernet who, according to The Guardian, have one of the coolest workspace perks around; their Dreamball lottery!
….. 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...

We'd love to see you at our Members' Meetup
26th April, 5.30pm – 11pm, at Alfresco.
2016 is well underway and that means it’s time for a big, quarterly Members’ Meetup!

If you haven't been before, the event offers a great opportunity to network with others working in the digital sector; on average we see well over 100 members in attendance.

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 pretty informal!

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.

Digital Marketing - The Minority Report Future?
Tech Beyond The Screen:Real-time, Place-based Digital Marketing
16th March, 6:00pm - 8:30pm, at The FuseBox
Next in our series of Tech Beyond the Screen events we will be looking at how real-time, location based data can be harnessed to deliver effective digital marketing campaigns.

Dayoan Daumont, Innovation Director from Ogilvy, will join us to share his thoughts and predictions on this disruptive marketing approach and highlight examples where it’s already being used to great effect.

So, if you work in digital marketing and are interested in how you can use real-time data to deliver dynamic, responsive and personalised campaigns -This is an event not to miss!

The Wired Sussex Breakfast Sessions
Inspiration, knowledge and guidance to kick start your day.
The Wired Sussex Breakfast Sessions share best practice on subjects ranging from marketing and branding, to intellectual property and investment opportunities. And there’s coffee and croissants too. What’s not to like?
Wired Sussex Members only.
Not a member? Find out about the advantages of joining Wired Sussex here.

Wired Sussex Breakfast Session: Being a successful freelancer
Thursday 31st March, 9am - 11am, at The FuseBox
Freelancer and want to know how to improve your marketing, discuss how much to charge, find new clients (or chase slow-paying ones)? Bring your issues and questions to this session and learn from your freelancer peers and experts.
Find out more and register for a free ticket here.

Wired Sussex Breakfast Session: Finding and Developing Talent
Thursday 14th April, 9am - 11am, at The FuseBox
Looking for better ways to find and retain talent for your business?
Bring your businesses talent challenges to this session and learn from your peers and experts in the digital sector.
Find out more and register for a free ticket here.

Work in Bognor Regis?  - We want to hear from you! 
For the past few months we have been working with West Sussex County Council, Arun District Council and the University of Chichester, looking at whether a new physical hub in Bognor Regis will help boost the creative digital sector there.
At present, it could be argued that the area lacks a focal point for its creative digital community. That community looks set to expand further as the University plans new digital education facilities in the town. We are looking at what a creative digital hub might add, how it might work and for whom.
A space at Bognor Regis railway station has been identified as a possible location for the hub.
We would love to talk to members working in the area about your thoughts, and hear firsthand how you think such a space work to might best support you and your business in Bognor. 

A look back at our previous Tech Beyond The Screen events ...
Our ‘Tech Beyond The Screen’ events have been generating a lot of interesting discussion on the future connected products and the next wave technologies needed to deliver these innovations; such as IoT networks, 5G connectivity and beacons.

Speakers from our previous events have kindly put together some short blog posts giving overviews of what was discussed, so you can catch up:

What is The Internet of Everything?
  • Shane Mitchell (ex-Cisco senior manager) and Adrian Bone (Deteq) talked about the Internet of Everything and demonstrated a number of case studies of how the technology is being used.
 UX & Design for Connected Products
  • Ben Sauer, Senior UX designer at Clearleft, talked us through voice user interfaces (VUI) and what this technology will mean for the future of app design.
  • Jason Mesut (Founder of Resonant Design and Innovation Ltd) discussed the challenges around creating UX for IoT technologies, specifically without screen based interfaces. 
  • Marianna Obrist, Reader in Multisensory Experiences at University of Sussex, discussed some of the projects her team are working on to build multisensory UX experiences for products without screens.
Connectivity & Infrastructure. 
  • Julian Tait, Instigator of ‘The Things Network Manchester’ talked us through his project to crowdsource a public IoT infrastructure and the benefits of a community owned network.
  • Yodit Stanton discussed her work with and Dr Nour Ali talked about mobile and self adaptive ambients in service oriented architecture.
  • Bill Harpley, MD of Astius Technology and founder of the IoT Brighton group, talked about the Everynet project.
  • Shane Mitchell (ex-Cisco senior manager) and Adrian Bone (Deteq) talked about the Internet of Everything and demonstrated a number of case studies of how the technology is being used.

Want to join a collaborative workspace?   
As part of our Digital Catapult Centre Brighton project we are offering residencies to people or teams developing products, services or new 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. 

Getting that dream job in app development 
In an ongoing 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 advice to those seeking to get started in the sector.

Here is a post from the Ocasta Studios team discussing what it takes to break into app development.

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

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!