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September Newsletter

Brighton Digital Festival 2016 - Celebrating digital culture 01-30 September 2016
It’s September and that means Brighton Digital Festival; a whole month dedicated to the celebration of all things digital!

Throughout September more than 160 events will be happening across the city; everything from small-scale meet ups and experimental ideas to big name conferences and fully mounted exhibitions. Once again Wired Sussex is pleased and proud to be a supporter and sponsor of the festival, and each year we’ve seen it get bigger and better.
Here is an overview of the events we’ve organised ourselves, as well a few choice picks and recommendations of other events from Kieron, our Head of Member Services. Of course, there’s loads and loads of great stuff, so it’s worth taking a look at the full programme line-up here.
Have fun, tell your mates and get involved!

Creative, Digital & IT Open Studios  
Monday 5th – Friday 9th September
Ever wondered what goes on behind-the-scenes at Brighton’s most innovative and creative companies?
In the first week of the festival, CDIT Open Studios offers you the chance to take a look at 30 of the biggest and best digital, media & technology companies; they’ll be opening their doors to show you what they do, where they do it and how.

Participating companies include: Clearleft, RocketMill, Cogapp, Brightec, Buff Motion, Asset Bank and more … they will be hosting a range of events; from talks and workshops, to drop-in advice sessions and parties. Something for everyone, and they're all free to attend.

A full list of events and activities can be found here, but places are limited, so register now to avoid disappointment.

Check out the Digital Catapult Centre Brighton 
Wednesday 7th September, 4pm – 6pm, at The FuseBox
As part of the Open Studio Week, The Digital Catapult Centre Brighton is opening its doors to showcase residents and the work they are doing.

Residents range from game designers, app builders to VR artists and all embody the collaborative R & D ethos of the Centre.

So come along to our informal drop-in session with residents; see what they’re doing, have a beer and find out how you too can get involved with the Digital Catapult Centre Brighton.

You can register here for a ticket. 

Don't Get a Job...Make a Job
Tuesday, 6 September, 15:30 to 17:30, at The FuseBox.
"the days of trading in your degree certificate for a nice safe job offer are gone".

As part of Open Studios Week, we have 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 innovative ways to create your own opportunities, Gem will be discussing social media, networking, exploring unique routes into the digital, creative and tech sector, and sharing case studies and advice.

Whether you are a student looking for inspiration, a recent grad wanting to kick start your career, or someone in the industry looking to branch out and utilise your broad skill set – this is for you.

VR Opportunities
Virtual reality offers exciting new opportunities for businesses by helping to connect people to brands. Engaging your audience with story-driven VR experiences creates a new kind of relationship, where people become active participants rather than passive bystanders.

We are excited to be supporting a number of the VR activities at the festival including working with The Old Market on their brilliant TOMTech programme. Why not check them out to learn more about this exciting, emerging tech:

12th September
StoryHACK 2016, a one-day conference at The Old Market, will bring together theatre makers, creative technologists, manufacturers and others to address the challenges of how to tell great and engaging stories with VR technology. Come share best practice, network with like-minded storytellers from across the creative industries and forge new collaborations.
16th September
vrLAB at The Old Market will bring together mind-blowing experiences from the worlds of arts, gaming, and journalism. Giving you the chance to get hands on with the new generation of virtual reality content and experience a world unlike no other.
29th September
Keeping the discussion going we’ll be hosting a Brighton VR Meetup at the FuseBox. Bring along a VR/AR project or idea to showcase and get feedback and connect with potential collaborators. Expect live demos, plenty of tech chat and beers. The meetup is open to anyone interested in finding out more about this exciting tech and the opportunities it presents!

Digi Drop-in on data visualisation with Brandwatch
9th September, 9:00am - 11:00am, at The FuseBox
At our next Catapult Digi Drop-in we’ll be joined by Brandwatch: a company that has grown from a small collective to a global powerhouse, providing social insights for some of the world’s biggest multinational brands in the world.

They will be talking about data visualisation and specifically Vizia: a multi-screen, real-time data visualisation platform that allows you to mix data together and present it in an intuitive and attractive manner.

It’s taking place on the 9th September and you can sign up for a place here.

Kieron's '5 to check out' from this years's BDF
This year Brighton Digital Festival continues to feature a stellar line-up of conferences, workshops, talks and artistic pursuits; all exploring the multifaceted nature of digital culture.  Here’s a few I’ve chosen to whet your appetite:

-Technology is not neutral (1st, Phoenix Gallery) an exhibition showcasing the work of pioneering and contemporary female digital artists, spanning a wide range of themes and approaches.
-Async Fishcotheque  (8th, 22nd, 68 Middle St) a two-day collaborative hack event for designers, artists, and coders to create weird and wonderful animated sea creatures to party at the fishcotheque.
-The UX Career Clinic (13th, Fabrica Art Gallery) is offering job seekers advice from the best UX industry professionals in Brighton on how to get a foot on the UX ladder.
-Into Video Art? Bring Your Own Beamer (16th -  17th Corn Exchange) a free exhibition for artists and their projectors; a riot of light, colour, sound and movement. There are no limits to the projections: DIY videos, generative art, and animation - anything goes.
-Can startups thrive in Brighton(28th, 68 Middle St) A panel discussion with founders of successful local startups to address the pros and cons of doing business in the city. 
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