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May Newsletter

The Digital Roundup

We’ve an inspiring success story to kick-start this month’s newsletter; Ape Creative‘s brand work for new food-to-go brand Honest Crust has helped raise thousands for food poverty.

Big news from Learning Technologies Group; they announced the acquisition of Breezy HR, adding to the group’s growing portfolio of talent and learning businesses.

Congratulations to Make Real who, in collaboration with The Old Market, have been selected to receive prototype funding for a multi-user, audience-driven, narrative VR and AR experience.

Looking forward to seeing what’s next for Mnemoscene‘s popular immersive mixed reality project ‘Nomad’, which has been chosen to be further developed as part of Nesta’s Amplified programme.

Great work from Mojeek who have launched ‘The Search Engine Map’, a data visualisation tool to show the types of search engines, their differences and what they offer.

We were thrilled to see the release of ‘Wonderland X’, a VR 180 series produced by Sarah Ticho, Founder and CEO of Hatsumi, in collaboration with local filmmaker and writer Kate Stokes, exploring mental wellbeing and our perception of reality.

Strengthening their team, DataJavelin welcomed local technology entrepreneur Colin Hayhurst as Chief Commercial Officer, contributing his extensive commercial experience to help clients unlock their potential through machine learning.

We heard an exciting update from Ixxy and Root Interactive whose collaborative historical VR piece ‘Warbells’ has been running for three months at Austria’s Vorarlberg Museum with over 16,000 visitors in that time. It’s also been rolled out at other museums in the country.

Following a rebrand and their move to a new home in Chichester, LEAP have launched a new website to showcase their creative and digital work for regional, national and international clients.

And finally, it’s always great to see many of our members recognised for their work! UnitedUs scooped four European branding awards for their work in transforming the identity and creative strategy of some major brands, No Pork Pies won Best Use of Marketing – SME on the back of a hugely successful campaign for GEM Motoring Assist, iCrossing picked up Most Effect Use of Data for their work with Virgin Experience Days, Customer Thermometer who received a Queen’s Award for Enterprise, and Future Visual was one of three winners in the Great British Entrepreneur Challenge 2019.
…Remember, if you’ve got any news to share (such as new work, products, services, clients or award wins) you can post it on our Member News Board

Talent Fest 2019: A skills festival for the digital sector

Talent Fest 2019 is our three-day festival to help digital businesses attract, train and retain the talent they need to thrive. Running from the 18th – 20th June, the festival consists of a Jobs Fair, Skills Summit and Portfolio Clinic.
It offers plenty of opportunity for both companies and individuals to get involved and benefit, so check out what’s coming up:


Jobs Fair

Tuesday 18th June, 11am – 4pm at The Clarendon Centre
Showcasing the best digital, media and tech companies and job opportunities from across the region, the first day of the festival aims to help job seekers learn about different pathways into the industry and to meet companies that are recruiting.
If you’re a business, taking part in the Jobs Fair gives you the chance to meet eager talent and promote your business throughout the South East as a great company to work for. If you would like an opportunity to showcase your company to 1,500+ job seekers, we still have a few job stands left. Find out more.
If you’re a job seeker who would like to attend, get your free ticket. And to make sure you get the most out of the day, why not pop along to our Talent Talks event on 22nd May where we’ll be covering topics from curating your online profile and CV to creating an impactful and memorable elevator pitch.


Portfolio Clinic

Wednesday 19th June, 6 – 8:30pm at Sallis Benney Theatre
The Portfolio Clinic gives aspiring and professional creatives a rare chance to meet some of Brighton’s top freelancers and agencies and get one-to-one advice on how to create an outstanding portfolio or improve an existing one.
If you would like advice and guidance on your portfolio, register your free ticket.


Skills Summit

Thursday 20th June, 10am – 4pm at The Old Market
This intimate, peer-to-peer conference is an opportunity for CEOs, Managers and Agency Founders to join inspiring leaders and thinkers for a conversation about our sector’s biggest skills innovations and challenges.
The day will focus on diversity and inclusion and will explore how we can develop a sustainable talent pool that will benefit both individual organisations and the wider digital sector in Sussex. Spaces for this event are limited but early bird tickets are currently available.


Thank you to our sponsors and supporters

Talent Fest 2019 wouldn’t be possible without our headline sponsor American Express, our sponsor Madgex and supporters Project Management On Demand, Brightwave, Dabapps and Aimer Media. A huge thank you to all of you!
If you would like the support the future of our digital sector by sponsoring Talent Fest 2019, you can find out about the different sponsorship packages here.


Breakfast Session: How to become a mentor

Wednesday 22nd May, 9 – 11am at The FuseBox
Do you want to help others in the digital, media and tech industry benefit from your experience? At our next Breakfast Session, we’ll be joined by Ben Bennett (COO at Omnitude), Claire Hopkins (Director at Ideal) and Rob Verheul (MD at Graphite Digital) as we look at how to become a mentor successfully. Come along!


Telling your brand’s story

This week, we held a Breakfast Session on how to reinforce your brand values and raise awareness of your company by telling your business story.
Thank you to our speakers Al Robertson, Natalie Burns and Alison Sharpe for their really insightful and advice-packed talks. If you couldn’t make it to the session, you can watch the talks here.


Come along to our summer gathering!

Tuesday 16th July, 5:30 – 11pm at Patterns
If you’re a Wired Sussex member or an employee of a member company, we’d love you to join us for our big summer networking event with peers in the local digital sector.
Get your free ticket here to come along and make connections and learn about projects that could benefit your business. A big thank you to Fastnet for sponsoring this event!


Recruiting? Get extra promo for your job ads

Want more exposure around your jobs adverts and to reach and attract quality candidates? Getting involved with our ‘Talent Talks’ blog series is a great way to do so.
In the series, we chat to member companies about what they look for when hiring and what it’s like to work at their business. You can check out previous Talent Talks here and if you would like to participate in the series too, get in touch.


See how others are utilising 5G technology

Thursday 9th May, 6 – 8:30pm at The FuseBox
Interested in experiencing leading-edge 5G products and services? At this showcase, businesses from Digital Catapult’s 5G Testbed Acceleration Programme will demonstrate their latest innovations using the next generation mobile connectivity and will talk about what they learnt in the process of creating them. Join us!


3D printing from Virtual Reality

Recently we worked with some of our FuseBox residents to explore the possibilities of creating physical artwork designed entirely in VR, helping them find new ways to innovate.
If you or your team would like access to our collaborative R&D space to develop and test your digital ideas, here’s how a FuseBox residency can help you.
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