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March Newsletter


The Digital Roundup
The first shout-out this month goes to Ocasta who have been chosen to join the 2018 BMW Innovation Lab after showcasing their multi-award winning app, Oplift!
Congratulations to LEO Learning; they were recognised as one of the learning providers of the year at the Learning & Performance Institute Awards.
What is creativity? Buff Motion joined forces with Kingston School of Art alumni and the university’s brand design agency to explore the idea.
It’s been a very musical month for our members; RMV Productions worked on a series of animations and videos for none other than Def Leppard, Curate Labs redesigned the site and logo for Brighton Electric Studio, increasing their website traffic by 92%, and CMP Studios’ went on a 12-week adventure to record ‘Live from The Roadee’ for Latest TV, showcasing Brighton’s musical talent.
Great success story from Elucidat; their authoring platform has helped global grassroots movement 350 in their fight against climate change.
High-five to Zazara Consulting, Meta One and Accessible Design who all launched new websites recently!
Huge news from Gamer Network; the media giant has been acquired by American events company ReedPOP.
Exciting times for MakerClub; they just launched #BrightFutures, a 12-month campaign to start a city-wide conversation around ‘future skills’. Plus, they opened their first permanent workshop space, for making and inventing, in Brighton.
It’s a big win for NeoNodal; the communication consultancy have added energy experts BHESCo to their client roster.
And finally, we recently welcomed Mia to the Wired Sussex team, who has joined as our new Member Services Assistant!

….. 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...

 

Talent2018: get involved
5th-7th June, various venues across Brighton
Over three days in June, we’ll be holding Talent2018; a skills festival for the digital sector, aimed at helping businesses attract, train and retain talent.
 
If you would like to showcase your company to great talent, build your reputation as an outstanding employer, and help support the future of our sector, get involved with Talent2018, either through sponsorship or by participating as an exhibitor. Aligning with the festival will give you a unique opportunity to access new audiences and build relationships with the City’s most influential digital businesses, educational institutes, and community groups.
 
You can find out more about Talent2018 in Rifa’s (our new Festival Producer) latest blog!

 

Let’s get networking!
Tuesday 17th April, 5:30-11pm at Patterns, Brighton
Join us for an evening of informal networking with others working in the local digital, media and tech community!

Whether you’re a Wired Sussex member or an employee of a member company, our Members’ Meetups offer the chance to make new connections, share your latest news, learn about potential joint working opportunities, or just chat with other like-minded folks over a few drinks. Grab your free ticket here.

 

Funding New Products & Services: Accessing R + D tax credits
Tuesday 27th March, 9-11am at The FuseBox
Do you or your company spend money researching and developing new products, processes or services, or enhance existing ones? At our next Breakfast Session, we will hear from local businesses who have benefitted from Research and Development Tax Credits; a Government-funded scheme designed to encourage innovation by allowing you to reclaim money invested in R + D.
 
Hear how Peter Maddalena (Director of VRCraftworks) and Matt Thompsett (CEO of Green Lemon Company) benefited from R + D tax credits and get advice from experts on how you could too. Come along!

 

Get a taste of The FuseBox life
There are many benefits of becoming a resident at our home and innovation hub The FuseBox, including access to our Immersive Lab. We also run a number of activities and events especially for residents, and we’ve saved some tickets just for Wired Sussex members so you can get a taste of the FuseBox life. Check them out and if you’d like to come along to one, get in touch!

FuseBox Field Trip: Department of Informatics, University of Sussex
Monday 19th March, 12-5pm beginning at The FuseBox
Informatics at Sussex has a long record of excellence in computing, teaching and research. We’ll be taking a trip to the department to find out about the work they do and demo some of the current projects they’re working on.

Ricardo workshop
Friday 20th April, 9am-1pm at The FuseBox
The Innovation Team from global automotive R+D giant Ricardo will be hosting a workshop looking at the future of automotive design.

If you’re interested in becoming a FuseBox resident, you can find out more and how to apply here!

 

Fancy going to BrightonSEO?
BrightonSEO, the UK’s biggest search marketing conference and training event, is right around the corner and we have some tickets to give away to Wired Sussex members! Plus, you can also get a 25% discount on any paid tickets. Find out how to enter and claim your discount.

 

Learn how to build your own Blockchain Applications
Monday 19th March, 5:45-9:15pm at The FuseBox
The prolific rise of cryptocurrencies, such as Bitcoin and Ethereum, has increased awareness of their underlying technology – Blockchain. Many more applications besides currency can be developed to harness the technology – distributed cloud storage, digital identity, smart contracts and digital voting, for example – yet very little information exists on how to build blockchain-based applications.
 
If you would like to learn how to build your own Blockchain Applications, come along to this workshop!

 

How to stand out as a great employer
How can you stand out as a great employer and make people want to work for you? Last month we chatted with award-winning Senior HR consultant, Hanna Smith, from Empowered People HR, and she shared her advice in our latest member's guest blog post.
 
And if you would like more advice on attracting, training and retaining talent, subscribe to our bi-monthly Talent Newsletter.

 

Upcoming VR Brighton Meetups
Joined by a panel of experts, our VR Brighton Meetups offer the chance to see how Virtual, Augmented and Mixed Reality is being used to revolutionise various industries, from architecture to education to music. They’re also a great opportunity to network with innovators and have hands-on experience with immersive demos.
 
We have a handful of free tickets reserved for Wired Sussex members to attend these sold-out events, so if you’d like to come along, get in touch quick because it’s first come, first served!
 
VR/AR in the Music Industry
Thursday 8th March, 5:30-9pm at The FuseBox
If you’re interested in or involved in any aspect of the music industry from venues, to bands, to promotion, then this meetup is a must.
 
Immersive Storytelling - 360 Films & VR Narratives
Thursday 5th April, 5:30-9pm at The FuseBox
This meetup will look at how immersive technology is being used to tell stories in new and novel ways within theatre, film, gaming and more.

 

Interested in quantum computing?
Recently, we held a weird and wonderful event exploring quantum computing and the possibilities this game-changing tech provides. At the event, Sebastian Weidt, a senior scientist in the Ion Quantum Technology Group at the University of Sussex, demystified the inner workings of the technology and shared his experience building one of the world’s only large-scale quantum computers. If you want your mind blown, you can watch a video of the event on YouTube.
 

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