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May Newsletter

The Digital Roundup
The first shout out this month goes to TILT who have been chosen to design the new website for Brighton i360!
Congratulations to Steve Bustin, of Vada Media; he’s been named national ‘Speaker of the Year 2015’ by The Professional Speaking Association.
Exciting times for Brightec who have been shortlisted in the 2015 App Design Awards for their ‘Low-cost holidays’ app.  
Well done to TribeHive for winning ‘Best Use of Technology…’ at the 2015 Sports Technology Awards. 
Great to see our members Mojeek being interviewed by the BBC for a recent piece on Google’s alleged anti-competitive behaviour.
Finally, big developments from Brilliant Noise who have just opened a new HQ in the heart of Brighton, at International House.

….. Remember if you’ve got any news you’d like us to shout about then just drop us an email for inclusion in our next newsletter.

Creative, Digital & IT Open Studios 2015
This September, as part of the Brighton Digital Festival, our Brighton-based member companies are invited to open their doors for CDIT Open Studios week. 

CDIT Open Studios week offers our member companies a chance to run events at their offices under the umbrella of the Festival. 
The week is a fantastic opportunity to raise your company profile within the community, showcase what you do, share ideas with peers, attract talent and much more… 

Whether you’re a small agency, just starting out or a large well established organisation, we’d love you to be involved.

If you are interested in finding out more about this year’s CDIT Open Studios week, or if you would like to take part, please get in touch. 

Digital Currencies Innovation Event
Is your business working with digital currencies and decentralised payment systems? If so, we'd like to hear about your experiences.

On Wednesday 17th June we will be running a Digital Catapult Brighton event showcasing local organisations working in this virtual space, to explore the challenges and opportunities within digital currency innovation and to make companies aware of the support and funding that will be made available to businesses.

If you would like to take part in this show & tell event, please get in touch with us today.  

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

Fancy putting on an event as part of Brighton Digital Festival?
Plans are underway for the Brighton Digital Festival 2015, set to return this September for another month-long celebration of everything connected with digital culture. 

Here at Wired Sussex, we will be on hand to help coordinate proceedings and offer our support and advice to anyone wishing to get involved. If you’re interested in putting on an event yourself, we have a few things that may be of interest. 

BDF - Monthly meetup
Tuesday 26th May, 6pm – 8pm at
The Eagle, Brighton.
This is a regular meet-up for anyone interested in getting involved with the festival. 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 Jesse Mooney .

The event is open to anyone interested but it would be great if you could sign-up to let us know that you’re coming.

You can also sign up to the Festival's mailing list to get all the latest updates.
Digital Education Awards
Deadline to apply: 11th May 2015.

Educators, technologists and community groups who're keen to get involved should check out the 2015 Digital Education Awards, which will award £1k towards the costs of running outstanding educational programming. Submissions close on May 11th, so act fast if you’re interested.

Digital Skills Summit: Reflections & Highlights
In March we held The Digital Skills Summit– a practical and discussion-led event, which brought together digital businesses and skills providers to explore how we can address and overcome skills gaps within our sector.  We had a great turnout and the event was a huge success.

There were a range of practical workshops facilitated by HR managers and experts.  If you’d like to learn more, here are links to the feedback and action point blogs:

Workplace Learing – How do we really Learn? – Alison Mitchell-Innes
Attracting and Retaining Talent within Brighton/Sussex – Kelly Dibbert
Structuring company culture to enhance performance – Libby Freshwater
Do qualifications matter? – Jennifer Wells
Placing yourself skillfully in the Digital Realm – Paul Levy

If you’re thinking about changing your company culture and improving staff retention, then take a look at the ten minute Strategy & Culture lightening talks by member companies here.
For any advice or follow up please contact Kelly our Jobs and Talent Manager

FuseBox24 is returning! 
We are thrilled to announce the return of FuseBox24 this autumn!

FuseBox24 is a programme of learning and support tailored for start-ups and innovators operating in the creative and digital sector.  

It will build on the success and teachings of the programme we ran last year; operating over 24 weeks successful applicants will have 24-7 hour access to the FuseBox studio, an open and collaborative workspace.  

Programme activities will include; knowledge sharing, coaching and mentoring from experts in the creative and digital community, with time devoted to developing and iterating start-up business concepts. We believe this form of incubation will help innovators gain the confidence, courage and connections required to make starting a business in the CDIT sector a reality in 2015.

Both individuals and small teams are welcome to apply. If you know of anybody that would benefit from the business programme, feel free to pass on the news and click here to register your interest and we’ll make sure to keep you in the loop as things progress.

Breakfast Workshop: Being a successful freelancer
Thursday 28th May, 09:00am – 11:00am at The FuseBox, Brighton
With an ever-expanding membership base of freelancers, we decided it was about time to run another one of our Breakfast Workshops specifically for our freelance members. This workshop is for anyone who is currently freelancing and aims to provide hints, tips and best practice advice from experienced freelancers from a variety of fields and backgrounds.

So, whether you need help promoting yourself, guidance on finding new clients, or wonder how much to charge, this event's for you!

Our panel comprises of three experienced freelancers to introduce and lead the workshop: Dan Young (Shed Research Consulting), Kate Saker (Freelance Designer and Retoucher) and Richard Nash (A.K.A Mr. Biscuit, Freelance Illustrator).

This event is exclusive to members of Wired Sussex and employees of Wired Sussex member companies; places are extremely limited so register now to avoid disappointment.

You can also get in on the discussion early by tweeting #WiredBrekkie. 

AMEX appetite for innovation partners in Brighton
Last month we held a special taster event for the recently announced Digital Catapult Centre Brighton with Nik Sathe, the Chief Technology Officer at American Express, a key project partner for the Centre.

At the event Nik shared his thoughts on how AMEX are adopting a technology-driven shift to their business strategy and opened a discussion around how local digital businesses can get involved with them through our Catapult centre.

For those who missed the event, here’s an overview of the day, from attendee Sam Zindel, Insight Director at Propellernet, followed by a round-up of the Q&A’s that took place after the session.

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!

Featured Job

Scrum Master - Crunch Accounting

An experienced Scrum Master is required to join the software development team at Crunch, an exciting Brighton technology and financial service company.

They are looking someone who is comfortable working in an agile environment, who would like to have the opportunity to work alongside a growing team of developers to further enhance the ground-breaking Crunch systems.
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