The Digital Roundup
Lots of great news from our members this month and the first shout out goes to Brandwatch
who have acquired content marketing giants BuzzSumo
and recently worked with Ditch the Label to analyse how people talk about mental health in media
Heart-warming to see Propellernet
take less digitally privileged children to Brighton Beach to experience Virtual Reality
and British Airways i360 for the first time.
collaborated with digital agency VCCP to create an online driving game
that rewards users for safe driving.
Onwards and upwards for Gamification+
; they’re hosting their first conference later this month, called Gamification Europe
, including talks from some of the world's leading gamification experts!
Congratulations to Pragmatic
for winning ‘Fastest Growth’ at the Wirehive 100 awards
, and to Founder and Director David Lockie who received ‘Digital Champion of the Year’.
Superb to see MyPocketSkill
continuing to evolve; they’ve been running a series of focus groups
to help make their platform more user-centred.
High five to Shake It Up Creative
Co-Founder Rachael Dines, who has been selected to deliver digital know-how to businesses across Sussex as part of Enterprise Nation’s Go and Grow
Great news from Neujuice Design
; one of their largest digital projects
for MAST, a full-service risk management and security company, went live recently!
Only a few months after the release of their first VR game - Tiny Trax - FuturLab
have announced their follow-up, Mini-Mech Mayhem
A huge milestone for Elucidat
; in just four years the e-learning platform has reached 3 million learners
Exciting times for Crunch Accounting;
last month they underwent a rebrand
and were also named 'Innovative Firm of the Year
' at AccountingWEB’s Practice Excellence Week.
Good luck to The Security Bureau
, Cobb Digital
, Search Seven
, Bluebird Tea Co
, Magenta Associates
, DMH Stallard
and CDO Partners
’ Rob Bramwell who are all shortlisted for the Sussex Business Awards
Another success for Rose Media Group
; they’ve been appointed as digital agency
for Chemigraphic, building the company’s reputation through a digital marketing campaign, rebrand and new website.
….. 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...
Wired Sussex Members’ Christmas Meetup
Wednesday 6th December, 5:30-9:30pm at Patterns, Brighton
It’s almost that time of year already, can you believe it? Registration for the Wired Sussex Members’ Christmas Meetup is now live! As the last members’ meetup of 2017, we would love to see you all for some festive fun, seasonal tunes, mulled cider/wine and mince pies.
As always, there will be plenty of opportunities to meet other members, catch up with friends, make new contacts in the local digital, media and tech sector and chat to us about how we can further support you and your business, so come and join us
P.S. Wearing questionable Christmas jumpers, hats or accessories is optional but highly encouraged and perfect for all those group photos.
Are you responsible for a team at your digital company?
HR Digital Media Group, Thursday 16th November, 9:15-11:15am at Madgex
Did you know we run sessions in partnership with Martin Searle Solicitors and Madgex to support members with their HR challenges?
At the next HR Digital Media Group, Vanessa Williams, a business consultant with over 20 years’ experience, will talk about the key factors that affect teams and what you can implement in team management to enable a high performing and engaging group.
If you want to improve your understanding of team dynamics, this session is for you!
Tips and tricks for delivering the perfect tech pitch
In October, we ran a Breakfast Session on ‘Delivering the Perfect Tech Pitch’ with talks from Alick Mighall (MD at miggle
), Catrina Baker-Bassett (Digital Business Manager at DabApps
) and Dominic Gomez (Founder and MD at Snorkel
In case you couldn’t make it, we posted a session roundup
, Alick expanded on his talk in a guest blog post
and one of our attendees, Kristin Magnuson
, shared her key takeaways
from the event, so check them out!
How To Be a Thought Leader, and Why You Should
Thursday 23rd November, 9-11am at The FuseBox
Want to position your company as a leader in its field? At our next Breakfast Session, we’ll examine the benefits of implementing thought leadership at your business – how it can help you engage your audience, appeal to talent, drive profitable inbound leads and sales, and pave the way for exciting new opportunities.
So, if you work in marketing and want to strengthen your content strategy, join us for coffee, croissants and insightful talks from Alex Blyth (MD at Red Setter) and Toby Moore (Founder and Director at Yappa). You can sign up for this session here.
Skills and Talent Manager
This is an exciting new role that will place you at the centre of the skills agenda for the digital, media and tech sector in Brighton and Sussex. It is a great position for an ambitious graduate looking to learn or someone with experience who wants to take on and make the role their own. More information.
Our Innovation Coordinator is a fantastic opportunity for a keen and enthusiastic graduate or someone who wants to start a career in innovation support. We are looking for someone who is excited by new and emerging technologies and is keen to deliver hands-on activity and play a crucial role in our exciting programmes. More information.
Retail Innovation Day
Thursday 23rd November, 10am-2pm at The FuseBox
At this Digital Catapult Centre Innovation Day, we will explore the current and future frontiers of immersive technology (virtual, augmented and mixed reality) and its application within retail.
We will have presentations from experts exploring the retail landscape, how immersive technology is currently being leveraged to deliver commercial value, brand engagement and prized shopper experiences, as well as potential future opportunities.
We will also share news around a live retail innovation challenge – in which we are looking to develop future immersive products and services to be delivered into a Brighton based retail scheme with our innovation partners Redevco.
If you are a visionary innovator, retailer, digital company or creative technologist and you’re interested in coming along, get in touch.
3 Ways to Promote Your Digital Business
‘Making the Most of Your Membership’ blog series
In the first instalment of an ongoing series about how you can make the most out of your membership, we’re looking at how you can promote your business’ news, reach a broader audience and make stronger connections within the local digital, media and tech sector.
Here are a few ways we can help you do that.
How will the Autumn Budget affect your digital business?
Digital Finance Forum, Monday 27th November, 9-10:30am at The FuseBox
We team up with Plus Accounting to provide support, expert knowledge and peer to peer advice for digital companies. At the next Digital Finance Forum, we will focus on the outcome and future impacts of this year’s Autumn Budget and how it may affect your business. If you’re responsible for your company’s finances, looking for face to face discussions with business advisors or want to gain practical takeaways, this forum is for you!
Upcoming VR Brighton Meetups
Our VR Brighton Meetups are a great opportunity to hear talks from Virtual/Augmented Reality experts, network with innovators and have hands-on experience with immersive demos. Here are a few of the upcoming meetups:
VR for Good
Thursday 7th December, 6:30-9:30pm at The FuseBox
We will examine how immersive technology is being used to drive empathy for charitable causes and provide therapeutic interventions for social issues. You can register your interest here.
VR/AR for the Built Environment
Thursday 18th January, 6:30-9:30pm at The FuseBox
We’ll look at how VR is being used to explore, design, capture and collaborate around built environments, including design, planning and community engagement - so grab your ticket.
VR for Training and Learning
Thursday 8th February, 6:30-9:30pm at The FuseBox
We will explore the opportunities and potential around immersive technology to train, teach and provide an engaging learning environment for citizens and businesses. If you’re interested, you can get your ticket here.
Support for new immersive ideas
Are you developing immersive, connected, intelligent and data-driven products or services? Becoming a resident at our innovation hub, The FuseBox, will give you access to the UK’s first business-focused 5G testbed, a range of immersive hub activities and a chance to work alongside other residents and share opportunities for growth and development. You can find out more about residency here.
The FuseBox’s Immersive Lab will also allow you to experiment and demo ideas with cutting-edge technology; including high-end VR/AR hardware, motion capture suits, depth sensors and more.
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.
Here’s a couple of the latest:
- Unity Developer needed to work on a number of children's based projects.
- Freelance digital designer needed to work on a range of projects, including branding, website building and print publications.
- Videographer needed to create videos for up to three projects.
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!