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October Newsletter

The Digital Roundup
Lots of exciting member news this month, and the first shout-out goes to Emteq! They were featured on BBC’s Click show, showcasing the work they’re doing with facial recognition.
Congrats to Lumesse Learning who received a Brand Hall Group award for their CourseBuilder product.
Great to see Cogapp, Future Visual and Digital Catapult Centre Brighton’s Rich Scott on the BBC talking about game-changing 5G tech!
Congratulations to Brandwatch who were recognised as one of the UK’s fastest growing companies in The Sunday Times’ Tech Track 100!
Happy 5th birthday to Quick HR and 2nd birthday to Shake It Up Creative! Here’s to many more years!
Onwards and upwards for mixed reality start-up Curiscope who raised $1mil for their Virtuali-Tee, an immersive augmented reality t-shirt. Nice one!
Solution17 revealed their latest work for Inspiration Travel, a website offering bespoke travel packages and inspiration.
We saw an amazing 360-degree lyric video by RMV Productions for American band Imagine Dragons!
It’s a gold for Leo Learning; their game Impact Cx: The Quest won Training Magazine’s eLearning Design Challenge 2017 top award.
We love Propellernet’s rendition of the iconic 1973 Hovis advert which promotes Evans Cycles electric bikes!
Well done to Ribot for winning ‘best idea for using voice search’ at the Google Agencies Day Europe!
And finally, a high five to Freedom Works; they launched a new Creative Hub space in Hove.

….. 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...

Celebrating 10 years with our members!
Last Friday we hosted a special event to celebrate 10 years of an independent Wired Sussex. We want to say a huge thank you to all our members for making the past decade possible and an extra special thanks to our event sponsors (Vestd, Brighton Gin, Cogapp, Plug-in Media, iCrossing, Curve IT, Quick HR, Plus Accounting, Madgex) and everyone else who helped bring the Big Birthday Bash together.

We’ll have pictures coming very soon, but in the meantime, you can check our Storify for a look at some of the celebrations. If you have any pictures from the event, we would love to see them! Just tweets us using #Wired10 or tag us on Facebook.

We also recorded an anniversary podcast with SiteVisibility, which includes some great insights into the evolution of Wired Sussex, what we have planned for the future and why we believe Brighton is one of the best places for digital business to grow and prosper. You can give it a listen here.

Upcoming Breakfast Sessions
The Wired Sussex Breakfast Sessions 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?

Delivering the Perfect Tech Pitch
Thursday 19th October, 9-11am at The FuseBox

Pitching can be a costly process for your company and with no certainty of closing the deal and getting a return on investment, it’s a critical phase of new business strategy.

At this session, we will discuss how to identify qualifying leads, present a solid proposal and the pitfalls to avoid to best sell your tech services. We’ll be joined by Alick Mighall, Managing Director of miggle, Catrina Baker-Bassett, Digital Business Manager at DabApps, and Dominic Gomez, Founder at Snorkel.

So, if you want to improve your pitching skills, this session is for you

How to be a Thought Leader, and Why You Should
Thursday 23rd November, 9-11am at The FuseBox

Over time audiences have become sceptical of traditional marketing strategies and the self-promotion often employed by companies. Thought Leadership, allows businesses to take a step away from the white noise of traditional marketing and stand out by developing a new connection with their target demographics through the sharing of industry information and knowledge.

This session will cover how to implement a thought leadership strategy that drives profitable customer actions, inbound leads and sales. You can find out more and register here.

Celebrating women in STEM
Today is Ada Lovelace Day, an international celebration of the wonderful women in science, technology, engineering and maths, and their achievements. With so many great events and initiatives that support and encourage women in STEM, we thought we’d highlight a few to check out!


Immersive Lab and funding for VR/AR creatives
We’re excited to announce the launch of an Immersive Lab at our innovation hub The FuseBox which will give start-ups, creatives and companies access to cutting-edge virtual and augmented reality hardware, high-end VR-ready PCs and smartphones, VR headsets, motion capture suits and depth sensors. If you’re developing VR/AR content, products and services, this is a great opportunity to experiment and demo ideas to clients.

Looking for funding to help develop your product or service? CreativeXR has opened applications for immersive prototypes to receive up to £20k in funding.

Find out more about the Immersive Lab and CreativeXR funding here.

Looking for financial advice for your digital business?  
Digital Finance Forum
Monday 27th November, 9-10:30am The FuseBox

We’ve partnered with Plus Accounting to discuss the Autumn Budget and what that means for your business, so if you’re responsible for finances at your digital company, come along for expert advice and peer to peer discussion around your business’s current and future financial position. You can sign up for our next Digital Finance Forum here!

Exclusive discounts for members
One of the many benefits of Wired Sussex membership is receiving discounts on various courses, events and subscriptions. A few on the horizon include:

Also, do get in touch if you have any questions on how to make the most of your membership. 

The Messy Edge

Brighton Digital Festival’s in-house conference is a fantastic opportunity to hear some different perspectives on the digital substrate that underpins all our lives and is shaping our future; and also to consider who is behind building that future and who they are building it for.

There’s an inherent value in hearing the perspectives of those outside the mainstream but there’s a business value too – if you’re developing products or services then the insights you can get at the Messy Edge will inspire different ways of thinking and seeing the challenges you face.

Grab your ticket to The Messy Edge

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