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September Newsletter

The Digital Roundup

Lots of great member news to shout about this month! Pixeldot rebranded as UnitedUs to better represent their ambition for collaboration; uniting people, purpose and potential.
 
High-five to Hyve; the managed hosting provider has expanded its cloud services to the US and Central America.
 
We’re loving Persistent Peril’s animated trailer for illustrator John Bond’s first picture book, ‘Mini Rabbit Not Lost’.
 
It’s a boost for the Buff Motion team; they’ve appointed Kitty Hennessy to oversee their client services division.
 
Awesome to hear Long Run Works are launching a not-for-profit movement, Stronger Stories, which aims to find new and improved ways of empowering storytelling.
 
Following a successful trial, Make Real published their second 360° VR experience with local charity Stay Up Late/Gig Buddies to help empower those with learning disabilities to have the social confidence to attend events in the real world.
 
A look that celebrates the beauty of grammar and language; Baxter and Bailey have given AGL a new brand identity.
 
Good luck to members: Pragmatic and their Founder David Lockie, Beyond, Strawberrysoup, Fresh Egg and their SEO Manager James Wardleworth, Brightec’s Rhys Kentish, Anything is Possible and Clearleft who are all Wirehive 100 finalists, an award that celebrates digital talent in the South.
 
Congrats to freelancer Ashley Sheets who has founded and launched an online shop to help reduce plastic waste in Sussex.
 
Brighton’s digital sector was featured in The Times, discussing the city’s alternative take on technology with Brandwatch, StoryStream, Propellernet, mpb.com, Sussex Innovation Centre and our MD Phil Jones.
 
And finally, we’re delighted to officially announce the launch of our brand-new website for our home and innovation hub, The FuseBox. Check it out if you’re interested in our innovation support and opportunities! A big thanks to Luke Greenaway for the design and build.

….. 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...

Could you be a Wired Sussex Director?

Wired Sussex is looking to appoint new members to our board of non-executive directors. This is a unique opportunity to help guide the future of the digital cluster based around Brighton. We specifically want to broaden the board’s representation in specific digital industry specialities and to improve its diversity.
 
If you’re a founder, owner or senior level executive of a Wired Sussex member business and you’re interested in discussing this opportunity with us, you can find out more here.

 

Brighton Digital Festival is almost here!

Next week, Brighton’s month-long exploration and celebration of digital culture kicks off and we couldn’t be more excited! We’re running a bunch of events as part of it, so check them out:
 
Open Studios: Co-working Edition
Some of the best co-working spaces across the city, including PLATF9RM, The Werks Group, Freedom Works, Spaces and The FuseBox, will be opening their doors to showcase what they do, the people and businesses who inhabit them and share the wonderful ideas and projects they’re working on.
 
Whether you’re interested in co-working yourself, looking to meet some great local digital, media and tech businesses or just curious about what goes on behind the scenes at these spaces, get involved!

VR Brighton Meetup #16: Designing Great User Experiences for VR & AR
Thursday 20th September, 6-9:30pm at The FuseBox
Are you interested in designing engaging user interfaces for VR, learning more about how the philosophies of UX design apply to immersive experiences and what to expect next from this rapidly evolving industry?
 
Come along to our next VR Brighton Meetup with Steve Bromley (a User Researcher based in London) and Mark Knowles-Lee (CEO of Fracture) as we look at how UX is influencing the production of Virtual, Augmented and Mixed Reality content. Get your free ticket.

FuseBox Ask Me Anything: Dat Protocol
Tuesday 2nd October, 5-7pm at The FuseBox or remotely
Join us for a roundtable event with Dat expert Jim Pick who will be sharing his knowledge and answering any questions about the peer-to-peer data sharing protocol for building apps of the future. Find out more and grab your free ticket.

Kick-starting your career in digital
Monday 8th October, 6-7:30pm at The FuseBox
Want to find out more about the digital sector, what companies look for when hiring and get advice on kick-starting your career? We’re running the perfect event for you!

 

Our Brighton Digital Festival picks

Here are just a few of the many events running throughout this year’s Brighton Digital Festival that we are looking forward to:
  • SheSays presents ‘The Future Female’; an evening of networking and talks from five speakers on their extraordinary journeys in the digital world – 14th September.
  • Take a trip through three immersive experiences exploring mindfulness & technology at Hatsumi VR’s ‘NoöSphere: Mindfulness in a Hyper-Connected World’ – 20th – 23rd September.
  • Learn how apps and R&D can help you achieve business growth with Plus Accounting and DabApps – 25th September.
  • Explore the social, cultural and political implications of technology at BDF’s in-house conference, ‘The Messy Edge’ – 28th September. 
  • Delve into the magical world of curiosity, content and storytelling at Curio Conference – 11th October.
 

Got a business challenge? We can help!

We’ve partnered with the University of Sussex to deliver a bespoke ‘matchmaking service’ between our member companies and University academics, taking away the difficulty of knowing who to contact. You tell us what your challenge is and, with the help of the University, we pair you with an academic who can assist you.
 
You could be looking for knowledge of Greek myths to help inform a new online game, an understanding of haptic technology for a new learning product or advice on Brazilian business culture for a marketing push.
 
Opportunities are limited, so if you’re interested, get in touch!

 

E-learning in Brighton: How do we raise our profile?

Wednesday 19th September, 8:30-10:30am at The FuseBox
At this special breakfast event, we’ll be looking at how to raise the profile of Brighton’s e-learning and learning technology sector. At the event, where we will be joined by Jon Card from Full Story Media, we will discuss how we can start telling this sector’s story more effectively; raising its collective profile and, in turn, supporting individual e-learning businesses to better attract talent, clients and funding.
 
If you work at a management or executive level in a local e-learning business and are keen to discuss how we might grow your sector’s profile, come along!

 

Digital Finance Clinic with Plus Accounting

Tuesday 16th October, 9-11:30am at The FuseBox
Are you responsible for your company’s finances and looking for advice and guidance regarding them? We run free one-to-one sessions with Plus Accounting to give Wired Sussex members the chance to get expert advice around their current financial positions and future financing desires. If you want to book a session, register now as spaces are limited.
 

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