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October Newsletter

The Digital Roundup
It is with a strange mixture of sadness and excitement that we let those of you who haven’t already heard know that much loved Wired Sussex board member Will McInnes of Nixon McInnes fame is leaving our board, Nixon McInnes, and the UK. Will is joining Brandwatch as head of global marketing and will be based in their spanking new Manhattan offices. Have many, many great adventures Will, we will miss you massively – you’ve been a great friend and advocate for us and for Brighton.

In other news (as they say), lots of our members have been receiving recognition this month; Midnight has been shortlisted for eight industry awards, Qaboo picked up an “Innovation” award and Man Bites Dog scooped up four trophies at the Fresh PR Awards. Congrats all!

It was fantastic to see Persistent Peril mentioned in the Guardian for work with the Shakespeare's Globe, the pair met earlier this year at our Interface event, where we connected 32 member companies with 10 of the UK’s biggest cultural brands.

And finally, the growth of Brighton's tech. sector gained further kudos with a recent feature in the Telegraph and interview with members Dyn UK.

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.

Brighton - The SuperFused City?
Tuesday 15th October, 6.00pm – 9.00pm at Grand Parade, Brighton
For over two years the Brighton Fuse research team have been analysing Brighton’s creative, digital and technology sector in one of the most comprehensive investigations into a cluster ever undertaken in the UK.
Want to know how big the digital sector is, how much ambition it has, what its challenges are and what else we found out?
Well, on the 15th October at a special event in Brighton we will be unveiling the results of the research and sharing the insights it has generated. So if you work in the creative, digital or technology sector, come along to find out what it means to be in a SuperFused economy and how you and your business can benefit from these findings.

There is a lot of interest in this event and spaces are filling up fast so we recommend that you register now to secure a free ticket.

Festival feedback
The Brighton Digital Festival has come to a close for another year and what a rocking festival it was! We'd like to thank all those who helped to make it such a success with a whopping 174 events and over 25,000 people getting involved.

We'd love to know what you thought of the events you attended or put on and hear any suggestions you might have for improvement, your feedback will be crucial in helping us build the case for funding support for next year’s festival.

By filling out the survey you also have a chance to win membership for 2 at a Picturehouse Cinema of your choice!

Connected TV Brighton Conference - the presentations, thoughts & findings
As part of Brighton Digital Festival 2013, Wired Sussex held The Big ConnectedTV Brighton Conference at Komedia, a practical guide to making money and reaching new audiences within ConnectedTV.

We had a fantastic lineup of speakers including YouTube, Storythings, Thinkbox & Future Media at the BBC who inspired attendees with case studies and discussions on some of the most innovative projects to have recently hit the Connected TV scene. 

If you are at all interested in the impact of new technology and connectivity on the TV business, then check out our blog post for more information about the event and links to videos of each of the speaker’s talks online.

Directors' Dinner Events
As part of our events programme, we now run small quarterly dinners for the owners, MD’s and CEOs of Wired Sussex member companies.

These exclusive events offer you the opportunity to have a good meal with 8 -10 of your peers and discuss, in an open and collaborative atmosphere, your business and the opportunities and challenges of the sector locally.

The dinners take place in Brighton and are hosted by Alex Cowell, MD, MBA (formerly Cubeworks) and Jason Woodford, CEO, Site Visibility and Wired Sussex Board Member.

If you would like to find out more about these events or be added to the invitation list for future dinners, please email

UX Camp Brighton
Saturday 2nd Nov, 68 Middle Street, Brighton.
UX Camp Brighton is a one day event that provides a platform for people to share and learn about User Experience in an open and supportive environment. No headliners, no product pitches, just a friendly event focused on learning, sharing and socialising. More details here

An Xmas Meetup
Brighton Members Meetup, Tuesday 3rd Dec, Above Audio.
We’re already looking forward to our crimbo member’s meet-up on the 3rd December at the Above Audio bar in Brighton – it’ll be festively themed and is our last event of 2013 so we’d love to see you there.
This event is free to our members, and that includes 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.

Funding opportunities for digital businesses
Another benefit 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 regular funding letter.- N.B. if you haven’t already you can sign up to receive our funding letter via your WS account page!

Here are a couple of the latest:

The Digital Innovation Contest -  is offering five businesses £25,000 in funding to develop commercial prototypes that meet the following challenges in the games sector: Second-screen use in a game, Open street map data, New markets and perceptual computing, Wider games distribution on mobile web, Games and cinema.
Closing date:  16 October 2013.

Cross-Platform Production in Digital Media –  The Technology Strategy Board is to invest up to £15m in projects that stimulate innovation in the UK digital media sector. 
The fund aims to support projects addressing convergence in digital technologies, and covers: film and television, online video, animation and video games (including pre-production, production and post-production processes, particularly in visual effects technologies). Registration closes: 06 Nov 2013

Featured Vacancy 

Social Community Specialist - iCrossing

iCrossing is looking for a creative and energetic Social Community Specialist to help engage online audiences and execute social campaigns for our clients.
You should have a working knowledge of all the major social platforms with an ability to manage communities in a way that effectively communicates brand messages. You will play a key role in developing content calendars and get hands-on with campaign planning and execution.
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