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May Newsletter

The Digital Roundup
The first shout out this month goes to Graphite, who’re having a stellar year of growth: doubling in size over the past 12 months. Also, big congratulations to their own Will Newmarch on making it into this year’s BIMA100 list; an annual showcase of the 100 brightest stars in the digital industry!

Well done to Caburn Hope who announced earlier this month that their work on the Quintiles Reward Hub is a finalist for ‘best use of technology’ at the Employee Benefits Awards 2016.

A twist and shout out to Cogapp, they’ve been busy working on a project for the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame in Cleveland Ohio!

Congratulations to our new members China Travel Outbound on winning the Brighton GoDoAcceler8 Entrepreneurship award!    

We saw a cool music video this month from audio-visual wizards Fatsand Films for the electronic indie band ‘Our Mother’!

Exciting times for Green Lemon Company; last month they were awarded both DOS Framework and  IBM Partner status!  

Great to see Crunchboards on the BBC and TechRadar this month, talking about their rapid growth since launching a financial intelligence platform that offers real-time forecasting.

It’s a mega month for office moves in Brighton: RocketMill have relocated to Stroudley Road, The Unit are now on Dyke Road, while Cogapp have joined us in New England House, Barefoot SEO -now trading as Barefoot Web - have moved into Vantage Point, and even more news from Graphite; they’ve relocated to Olivier House, opposite the Brighton Wheel. Phewww

Finally, check out this interesting article about the growth and challenges facing Brighton’s tech scene, it features loads of our members.

 ….. 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...

Tech Beyond The Screen: the Internet of Things, Technology & Positive Ageing
9th June, 6:00pm - 8:30pm, at The FuseBox
Tech Beyond The Screen is an ongoing series of events, exploring the opportunities and challenges as digital technology moves beyond screen-based devices and becomes fully embedded in the real world.
Next up in the series we are exploring technology and positive aging. We are all going to be affected by our society’s aging demographic profile: people are living longer which presents challenges at familial, community and national levels. In the words of InnovateUK’s Jackie Marshall-Cyrus, “There is a huge role for innovation in addressing the demographic shift and creating national and global market opportunities”. 
This event will help those looking to discuss, develop or market technology solutions to support people to age positively, either in their own homes or in residential care. The event if free to attend, but places are limited, so please register here to avoid missing out.

Looking for junior software engineers? 
Degree Apprenticeship Briefing Event - Tuesday 17th May, 9am -11am, at The FuseBox
Interested in learning about a new degree level, apprenticeship programme that can connect your business with junior software engineering talent?
The University of Chichester is launching an IT (Software Engineering) Degree Apprenticeship programme to provide its students with both degree-level learning and practical business experience. The programme is match funded, with two thirds of employment costs paid by Government and only one third by the companies themselves.

If you think your business could benefit from the scheme and would like to hear from other Wired Sussex member companies already involved or ask us questions, come along to our briefing event on the 9th June.

You can find out more information and register for a ticket here.
This event is exclusive to Wired Sussex Members. For more information on how to become a Wired Sussex Member click here.

Read all about it! 
Did you know that as a member of Wired Sussex, you can post your news on our site, for free?

That’s right, for free. We receive over 70,000 unique visitors to our site a month: with the news section on the home page, that’s a lot of potential views for your new product launch, recent business win or your latest award.

Combined with our newsletter and twitter feeds this means your story could be getting some great exposure. Simply head to the members section, log in and add your news. If you have any questions about this or other aspects of your membership just get in touch.

The Wired Sussex Breakfast Sessions
Inspiration, knowledge and guidance to kick start your day.

These fortnightly events 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

Funding your business idea: a look at Crowdfunding
Thursday 26th May, 9am - 11am, at The FuseBox
Interested in crowdfunding and want to know if it’s right for your business? This session will bring together both crowdfunders and businesses that have direct experience of using this route to support their growth, to talk about their experiences, what they learnt and the pitfalls to avoid.
Find out more and register for a free ticket here.

Funding your idea: Angel Investment
Thursday 9th June, 9am - 11am, at The FuseBox
Want to know what angels are and whether angel investment might be a smart move for your business? Learn from angel investors and businesses that have angels on board about whether this could be the right route for you. 

Find out more and register for a free ticket here.
Protecting your intellectual property
Thursday 23rd June, 9am - 11am, at The FuseBox
Are your ideas worth protecting and do want to learn more about intellectual property (IP)? At this session, you can hear from members who have grown businesses through the creation and commercial exploitation of IP. 

Find out more and register for a free ticket here.

Developing new digital products or services? 
3rd June, 9:00am - 11:00pm, at The FuseBox
Focusing on collaborative R+D, the Digital Catapult Centre Brighton is designed to help businesses fast-track new and innovative digital products and services to market.

If you’d like to know how this project can generate opportunities to grow your business, then our ‘Breakfast Drop-in' events are perfect for you.
Come to these fortnightly breakfast events to learn about engaging with, and benefiting from, the Brighton Catapult, and raise your questions and ideas with the team.
At our next event, we’ll be joined by one of Brighton’s most illustrious digital players: Brandwatch. A company that has grown from a small collective, working mainly for UK councils to a global powerhouse, providing social insights for some of the biggest multinational brands in the world.
They will be sharing the technologies they used to build their systems, as well as their philosophies for thriving in such a dynamic landscape.
Come along to meet the team. It’s taking place on the 3rd June and you can sign up for a place here.

Getting that dream job in ....  
For our ongoing series of behind the scenes blog posts we invite 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.

This month Bigman CGI told us how they got started in animation and have gone on to work on a variety of projects from Vodafone to Action Man!

7thSense Design talk about their work in computer hardware and software development, which has seen them live streaming content in Times Square and creating attractions at Shrek’s Adventure! in London.

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

Update on plans to launch a digital hub in Bognor Regis 
Last month we held a meet-up in Bognor Regis. We’re working with West Sussex County Council, the University of Chichester and Hemingway Design looking at the feasibility of opening a digital hub in the area to help boost the creative digital sector there.

The meet-up was an opportunity to share what we’ve learnt so far with the people who might use the hub – and hear their views in return. It was open to anyone involved in creative enterprise in the town or just interested in finding out more about the County Council’s plans to help develop the sector locally.

You can read more about the project on our blog here.

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 are really diverse, with everything from product photography to e-Commerce platforms builds. 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!

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