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November Newsletter

Digital Newsround

A lot of office moves are happening around Brighton this month with: No Pork Pies relocating to Claremont HouseNixonMcInnes jumping to North Street & Mediatonic heading to a massive plot at One Gloucester Place! * Fantastic news for Plug-in media; they've been nominated for two Baftas this year! *  It's National Freelancers Day soon and Crunch are going to hold a big party for everyone to celebrate * 
The creative app. company Poindexterous have re-branded as Blast Processor  Congratulations to DC Storm for holding a fantastic casino night and raising £3000 for a variety of charities!  Finally, a (level 5) high-five! to NixonMcInnes for sharing all the inspiring talks from their 2012 Meaning Conference*  
…..and 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.

Are you suffering from growing pains? - Breakfast Workshop, Wednesday 28th Nov, Cogapp.
Our next ‘Breakfast Workshop’ is focussed on recruitment advice, as we often hear from members who’re looking to expand their companies but need sector specific guidance on how to best approach this.
Sound like the conundrum you face? – Well be sure to register for the event as Caroline Morris from Wired Sussex & Fiona Martin, an employment lawyer at martin searle solicitors will be on hand to help facilitate a group discussion on the issue, answer any questions you might have, and offer some tips on best practice.
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

Xmas Meetup - Brighton Members Meetup, Tuesday 4th Dec, Above Audio.
We’re already looking forward to our next member’s meet-up on the 4th December at the Above Audio bar in Brighton – it’ll be our last event of 2012 so we’d love to see you there.
This event is free to our members, including all employees of member companies, but register early to guarantee your place
*Not sure if your company is a member? Just search our online directory or get in touch.

Televising the revolution
A special thanks to our guest speaker Will McInnes who took part in our last Home Brewed event, where he chatted about his new book Culture Shock and his alternative approach to doing business in the 21st century.
Due to the limited capacity of the venue we thought it would be a nice idea to film the event for those unable to attend, so you can now sit back and watch the discussion online.
Also check out the blog post by Nixon McInnes newbie’ Bruce Waskett, as he shares his experiences of what it’s like to work for the company.

Monitoring and evaluation
So the Brighton Digital Festival has come to a close for another year and with over 100 events throughout September, we hope you enjoyed it as much as we did!
To help us keep track of the online buzz we asked Brandwatch to do some social media monitoring, the outcome of which is this handy fact-packed report.
We are also running a series of evaluations looking at what would make the festival even better next year, so if you have a moment it would be great if you could answer this short survey about your experiences of the festival. 

Boon for business  
One of the benefits of Wired Sussex membership is getting to hear about the latest funding opportunities within the sector either by networking with other members or through our monthly funding letter. However, with so many opportunities about at the moment we thought we'd do a quick round-up for everyone. - N.b. if you haven’t already you can sign up to receive our funding letter via your WS account page!

Digital R&D Fund – This is a research and development fund backing projects that are exploring digital technology and how it can be used to help engage audiences with art. The Fund will provide up to £125,000 per project.
Collider12 - is an accelerator programme designed to support businesses in the early stages of developing technologies/products that will help brands better engage with their consumers.
They are looking for 10 start-ups to receive £100,000 each, plus coaching from Pembridge Partnership Ltd. Although the deadline for applicants is the 2nd Nov so you’ll need to act quickly on this one!

collabor8te is an initiative to fund the production of 8 short films with budgets of up to £10,000 each.   

Interactive Projects Development - is a funding scheme aimed at companies that have already produced at least one interactive project. There are grants of €10,000 - €150,000 available.
Sky Arts Ignition: Futures Fund - is offering five young artists £30k each to fund their work for a year. It’s open to practitioners of: Performing arts, Dance, Music, Visual art, Creative Producing.
To apply, you must be an IdeasTap member aged 18-30. Closing date: 19thDecember 2012.

Featured Vacancy

Strategic Technologist / Business Hacker - NixonMcinnes 

Job Description
We’re seeking a smart and ambitious ‘business hacker’ to join our growing and talented team of social business consultants. This role suits someone who can happily co-exist between the technology, innovation, and business consulting worlds. Someone who successfully marries the hacker mentality and entrepreneurial spirit, a ‘digital disruptor’ if you will.

You’ll be responsible for understanding the needs of our clients, spotting new product and service opportunities, translating them into tangible business benefits, and making them real through prototyping and piloting. 
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