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October Newsletter

The Digital Roundup
The first shout out this month goes to Strohacker Design; they’ve just launched The Strohacker School of Design’ in Bognor Regis, offering 3 and 9 month fast-track courses in graphic design!

Jollywise have plenty to smile about this month, their interactive digital game ‘How to Survive a Nuclear Bomb’ won a BIMA Award in the Education category and was recognised in the Lovie Awards; winning both a Bronze Award, and People’s Lovie in the Web: Schools & Education category!

Big news from Don’t Believe The Hype, they’ve formed the “world’s first agency of dad”; to challenge stereotypes around fatherhood and produce forward thinking ‘dad-centric’ content for brands.

We saw a couple of brilliant new websites launched this month; Wolfcub Digital revamped the official Ian Fleming website, whist BozBoz were approached (in Waterstones!) to create the inaugural personal website for Jeremy Paxman!

Congratulations to Graphite Digital who announced they’ve been selected as the official Sussex ambassador for BIMA Digital Day, an event that will be inspiring students to consider career in digital sectors.

Big developments from Freedom Works, this month saw the official launch of their flexi co-working space in Worthing!

Good news from Purple Rose Digital, they have been appointed by Mid Sussex District Council to refresh the upcoming “Digital & You’ event giving it a new digital focus.

And hi-five to Midnight Communications who, for the twelfth year running, have seen one of their employees shortlisted for Outstanding Young Communicator in the annual CIPR PRide Awards.

Festival Feedback
We hope you enjoyed the Brighton Digital Festival as much as we did here at Wired Sussex. With an amazing 160+ events taking place all across the city, spanning 27 days and reaching not only local but international audiences – we are sure you’ll agree - it was a truly fantastic festival!

Brighton Digital Festival would love to know what you thought of the events you attended or put on, and hear any suggestions you might have for improvement, so please take a moment to complete this short survey.

Looking for junior software engineers?
Degree Apprenticeship Event – Wednesday 16th November, 9am -11am, at The FuseBox
Interested in learning about a degree-level apprenticeship programme that can connect your business with junior software engineering talent?

The University of Chichester has launched 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 16th November.
You can find out more information and register for a ticket here.

Virtual and Augmented Reality Opportunities
Focusing on collaborative R+D, the Digital Catapult Centre Brighton helps businesses fast-track new and innovative digital products and services to market.

A key technology theme being explored by the project is the potential market opportunities that VR presents for the region. Brighton is uniquely positioned to capitalise on this owing to the collaborative nature of our vibrant arts and digital scenes, and the expertise that already exist locally.

We want to help support and foster this community; last month we partnered with The Old Market to deliver a series of VR focused events, and held our first community VR meetup, dedicated to progressing the local VR scene in Brighton.

We are also delighted to be offering a VR residency programme. If you are working on an interesting VR project you can apply to become a resident, and gain access to facilities, expertise, networks and innovation support. You can find more about the residency here.

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?

Telling Your Story
Thursday 27th October, 9am - 11am, at The FuseBox
This session will look at how you can use data to craft a narrative around your business that reflects your company values and helps raise your public profile. We'll be joined by Caroline Beavon, a freelance data designer and Jeta B, a content strategist and photographer.

If you want to improve your marketing efforts and create a compelling story around your business this session is for you! You can find out more and register for a free ticket here

Being a Successful Freelancer
Thursday 10th November, 9am - 11am, at The FuseBoxAre you freelance and want to know how to improve your marketing, discuss how much to charge, find new clients or chase slow-paying ones? Bring your questions to our freelancer session, and share and learn with peers. Find out more and register for a free ticket here.

Developing International Trade
At our last Breakfast Session we were joined by Mark Bedser, Director and the Co-Founding ‘M’ of Madgex, and Stephen Golding an International Trade Advisor for the UKTI, who shared their expertise and do’s and don’ts around developing your business overseas.

Spaces for the event were in high demand and we know some of you weren’t able to come along. So, in case you missed it, here are the key points from the session.

An Xmas Meetup
Brighton Members Meetup, Tuesday 7th Dec, Patterns.
With the night’s drawing-in and a chill in the air, we’ve got to admit that we’re already looking forward to our Christmas member’s meet-up – it’ll be our last event of 2016 and have a festive theme 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. Why not make it your staff Christmas do and join us for some festivities.
*Not sure if your company is a member? Just search our online directory or get in touch.

Open Studios
Last month, as part of our Open Studios Week, we invited Gem Barton author of ‘Don’t Get a Job…Make a Job, to talk about modern strategies and approaches to finding work and ‘making it’ in the digital sector.

Focusing on the innovative ways to create your own opportunities, Gem discussed using social media, networking, and explored some of the unique routes people have taken into the sector, through the sharing of case studies and advice.

Don’t worry if you missed it though as you can now watch her entire talk right here!

Building new opportunities in Bognor Regis
Last week we held a ‘community check-in’ event in Bognor Regis to discuss the work we’re doing with West Sussex County Council and Hemingway Design to launch a new digital hub workspace to support the growth of the sector.

If you are interested in the project and what it could mean for your business you can catch-up on the discussions here.

Helping you connect with what's happening locally.
As well as organising a comprehensive programme of events for our members, we help to support community events and networking groups in the local area.

Did you know there are regular meet-ups on everything including; coding, virtual reality, business development, project management, animation and social media, taking place in the local Sussex area. Why not see if any take your fancy?

Also, if you run (or are thinking about starting) an event or group feel free to get in touch for some advice and support. We’d love to help you spread the word far and wide.

Win a Ticket to TED XBrighton

We’re excited to announced that we’ve teamed up with TEDxBrighton to support the 6th iteration of the festival! To celebrate, we want to offer 5 lucky members the opportunity to attend the conference for free.

You can find more information on how to enter here.

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