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September Newsletter

Brighton Digital Festival 2014 Celebrating digital culture 01-30 September 2014
It’s September and that means Brighton Digital Festival! Happening all month, Brighton Digital Festival is a community-driven, Wired Sussex-supported grassroots festival celebrating digital culture in Brighton. The festival supports an expansive and diverse programme of over 100 events, exhibitions and conferences that are developed independently by organisers. There is some absolutely fantastic stuff happening this year and you can check out the details here: . We have picked out just a few events to highlight below. Have fun and get involved!

Remember you can follow all the festival talk on twitter with #BDF14 @WiredSussex

Creative, Digital and IT Open Studios 2013
Monday 22nd - Friday 26th September

For 5 days this September, from the 22nd to the 26th, around 30 of our Brighton-based member companies will be opening their doors to show you what they do, where they do it and how. Participating companies include Lambent TV, Clearleft, DC Storm, Propellernet, Kineo, Cogapp and iCrossing. They will be hosting a range of events; from talks and workshops, to drop-in advice sessions and BBQs. Something for everyone, and they're all free to attend.

Visit for a full list of what's happening and when. Be sure to book in advance though, as spaces are popular and very limited!

Alternatively, if you're a company looking to host your own event, please email for more information.

Getting support from the Technology Strategy Board
Monday 15th September, 2pm - 5pm, 68 Middle Street

The Technology Strategy Board (TSB) is the UK Government’s innovation agency. It has funding, resources and expertise to benefit those businesses with innovation on their agenda. Wired Sussex has got together with the TSB to offer organisations and companies working in digital, media and technology a unique opportunity to hear from the decision makers across the TSB and then meet with them on a 1-2-1 basis, all in one day.

The event (on 15th September) will commence with short talks about the various core programmes which the TSB funds – the Knowledge Exchange Network, IC-Tomorrow and the Digital Catapult – and then attendees will be able to talk on a confidential basis with TSB experts about their ideas and their business and the ways that TSB support might help.

There will also be a chance to meet and network with other attendees.
This event is a one-off and spaces are limited, so please register now for a place.

Can you rise to the Brighton Grand Challenge?
Think you have a big idea that makes use of technology to solve humanity’s greatest challenges? Do you have the ambition to try and make that idea real?

The Brighton Grand Challenge may be your route to making it happen. The Brighton Grand Challenge is a competition that rewards the winner with the chance to develop your idea at the NASA Research Park in Silicon Valley. Those shortlisted get an opportunity to develop their concept at a bootcamp at the Sussex Innovation Centre and the winner will be chosen at an event in Brighton on 26th September.

Check out the website ( now for more details and how to apply.

It's Digital Conference Nirvana!
This year Brighton Digital Festival continues to feature a stellar line-up of conferences, which explore the multifaceted nature of digital culture.

Lighthouse’s Improving Reality (4th, Dome Theatre) returns for its fourth year, this time exploring how artists, designers and critical thinkers are addressing the nature of now.

The renowned dConstruct (5th, Dome) serves up talks and workshops from a gathering of supersmart people sharing their thoughts on “Living in the Network”.

Newcomer Dots (3rd, Dukes at Komedia) promises to share and celebrate ideas that have been created by connecting things in new ways. Reasons to be Creative (1st – 4th, Dome) will again be bringing together the best in art, design, code, and inspiration.

In mid-September Brighton SEO (11th – 12th, Dome) will see the sharpest minds in digital marketing come together for a one conference following a day of training workshops.

Conference season continues later in the month with Pure 360’s Brighton Digital Marketing Festival (18th Dome Corn Exchange) and Culture24’s Let’s Get Real (18th Dome Studio).
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