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September Newsletter

Brighton Digital Festival 2013 Celebrating digital culture 01-30 September 2013 
Wired Sussex is proud to be coordinating the 2013 Brighton Digital Festival, a whole month dedicated to the celebration of all things digital!
All through September more than 150 grassroots and community-run events will be happening across the city; everything from small-scale meet ups, to big name conferences, experimental ideas to fully mounted exhibitions and with most of the events free, there’s plenty of opportunity to come along and get involved!

Check out the Brighton Digital Festival website for full information on events taking place and be sure to follow our twitter account for daily updates and our picks of what to check out or just to say hello and tell us what you’ve seen and enjoyed.  
Remember you can follow all the festival talk on twitter with #BDF2013 @WiredSussex

A Special thanks ...
The Brighton Digital Festival has generated so much enthusiasm and support from individuals and organisations across the city. There are far too many to list individually, but to mention just a few - thanks to Persistent Peril for creating a beautiful animated sting for the festival and to Digicave, who have brought a whole new dimension to the #BDF2013 printed guides, posters and banners with their amazing Frames augmented reality app. Big up to Lighthouse for all their help and the fantastic programme they’ve put together. And of course to our funders and sponsors, the Arts Council England, Brighton & Hove City Council, American Express, Rap Interiors, and B&H Independent.
But most of all, we are incredibly thankful for all the time and effort that so many people and organisations have put in to making this year’s festival so varied, so interesting and so damn cool.

So what's on?
With over 150 events, planning your festival diary is no easy task. You can pick up a programme or check out the website to plan your month. However, we have put together a short list of a few of the things you might be interested in:

The Big ConnectedTV Brighton Conference!
Wednesday 4th September, 9.30am – 6.30pm at Komedia, Brighton
The Big ConnectedTV Brighton Conference is a one day practical guide to reaching new audiences and making money within ConnectedTV. 

Hosted by Matt Locke, Founder & Director of Storythings, there will be speakers from Youtube, Thinkbox, Future Media at the BBC, The Project Factory, Brilliant Noise, Relentless Software, Brandwatch and Latest TV.

Whether you are a TV producer; app, games or web developer; a coder; an animator; a social media and marketing guru; a strategic planner or project manager, this event is for you.
Full event details including speaker information plus how to get tickets can be found on the website here. Remember anyone working for a Wired Sussex member company gets a 50% discount!

Brighton Mini Maker Faire
7th -8thth September, 10am – 5pm, Corn Exchange
The family festival of creativity and invention comes back for a third year with even more mind-boggling makes. There will be makers from all across the country gathered to showcase their projects, share their passion for making, and inspire visitors to have a go at making things themselves. You can expect to see robots that knit, 3D printers that replicate you, and a whole lot more!

This year’s Maker Faire will also include a Mini Conference at the Corn Exchange, where you can hear talks on hot topics such as: 3D printing, Raspberry Pi, making and craft skills in the school curriculum and digital pyrotechnics.   

The debates will be chaired by BBC presenters Maggie Philbin and Bill Thompson and will involve high profile panellists and inspiring start-up founders and makers alike.
Full event details including speaker information can be found here.

Creative, Digital and IT Open Studios 2013
Monday 23rd - Friday 27th September
CDIT Open Studios 2013 offers a rare chance to see behind the scenes at some of Brighton’s most creative and innovative companies. 
This is a fantastic opportunity for recent graduates looking to break into the sector and for those interested in attending some of the unique seminars, events and workshops on offer.
A full list of participating companies can be found here. However, places are limited so register now to avoid disappointment.

Digital Business & Networking Events
  • Live Pitch: Digital entrepreneurs can pitch their app, game, or service to investors at Brighton Japan’s homage to Dragon’s Den.
  • Hardware Startup Workshop: An intensive afternoon of talks and workshops providing practical tools and advice on commercialising hardware projects.
  • City Camp: Workshops and talks exploring the synergy of online/offline communities, with a focus on what can be done to encourage engagement and collaboration.

Where Digital meets the Arts
  • Immaterials by TimoArnall: Lighthouse presents an exhibition by leading digital practitioner, TimoArnall. Together with a network of collaborators, he reveals the invisible infrastructures that make up our technological world.
  • MUTATOR 1+2 Computer Art/Science Symposium: This one-day symposium explores the boundaries between arts and science in the work of computer arts pioneer William Latham, concluding with special exhibition viewing of MUTATOR 1+2 at Phoenix Brighton.
  • The New Sublime: Clearleft has handed over the keys to their new offices, where The New Sublime have curated a series of exhibitions showcasing the cutting edge of digital arts.

Festival Stuff Out on the Streets
  • Tiny Games: Artists Hide & Seek bring fun to the streets, with their game installations across Brighton’s cultural quarter. When the stakes are this hijinks, how could you not play?
  • Digital Public: Experience an interactive urban artwork that invites the public to explore the boundaries between their public and private lives.
  • Pixel Pyros: The infamous digital pyrotechnics are back again this year, for an explosive interactive extravaganza on The Level – as unmissable as it is unforgettable.
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