Creative, Digital & IT Open Studios

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Photo: Propellernet’s CDIT Open Studios event 2014, by Katariina Järvinen (Light Trick Photography)

Ever wondered what goes on behind-the-scenes at some of Brighton’s most innovative and creative companies?


This year as part of Brighton Digital Festival 2015, Wired Sussex have invited 27 Brighton-based Creative, Digital & IT Companies to run 33 events over 4 days – resulting in a jam-packed line-up of workshops, drop-ins, demonstrations, talks, parties and games tournaments.


With our biggest and most diverse line-up ever – there’s bound to be at least a few events for you, whether you’re a recent graduate, a seasoned industry professional, or a curious individual.


Creative, Digital & IT (CDIT) Open Studios 2015 runs from Tuesday 1st to Friday 4th September. All CDIT Open Studios events are free to attend and open to everyone. 


Check out what’s in store this year:


Design, Branding, Animation and Creative


Puree Design will be running Brand Discovery Drop-In Sessions (Tues-Fri, by appointment) to help you hone the direction and voice of your new brand, or give your existing brand a much-needed MOT.


Open Studios veterans and animation masterminds Persistent Peril invite you to their persistently open, perilous studio for a cuppa and an informal chat about what they do.


Tilt do everything from Design and Development to Film, Motion and Strategy – hear representatives from each of their departments give lightning talks on what they love about working at Tilt and their respective industries.


Curing Perfect – Meet the Makers offers a unique insight into Carousel, a learning disability led arts organisation, and a project that brings together learning disabled artists, bio-medical scientists, ethicists and digital artists.


Harvey & John are a creative studio that invents moving objects that interact with people in playful and often amazing ways – on Friday evening they’re opening up their brand new studio in New England House for “an evening of sense-triggering delights”.




Cardens Accountants will be running a whopping 4 workshops during Open Studios week – each focussing on practical accounting advice and tips for different audiences. On Tuesday 1st they’ll be explaining why going freelance isn’t such a scary move after all.


On Wednesday 2nd they’ll be joined by Xero – a leading cloud-based accounting package – to give you a personal introduction to how their software could save you both time and money.


Whether you’ve already taken the plunge or are considering it, Thursday 3rd’s workshop will be based around what it takes to work for yourself.


Rounding off the week on Friday 4th they’ll be giving an overview of the various tax breaks available to creative & digital businesses.


Strategy, Marketing and SEO


On Tuesday 1st digital strategy agency Brilliant Noise invite you into their new offices in International House by Brighton Train Station, to tell you about what they do and show off some of their recent work over tea, coffee and healthy treats galore.


Rakuten Attribution (formerly DC Storm) are running a “Wake Up Wednesday” morning session around the “Evolution of Attribution (Marketing Analytics)”, and their journey from DC Storm to being part of the fourth largest ecommerce company in the world.


On Wednesday afternoon join Propellernet at their office in Castle Square for an interactive workshop in which you’ll work on a hypothetical brief for a brand that wants to increase online revenues.


Want to build your own HTML5 advert in 30 minutesScenestealer have got you covered – just bring along your own image and video assets.


Newcomers celebrate the launch of their new platform on Thursday afternoon, with food, drinks and insights into the world of digital marketing.


Rakuten Attribution return to round off the week with their second Open Studios event: TFI Friday – featuring data workshops and beers on their roof terrace.


Web, App and Software Development 


Build your team-work skills and learn about Agile project management by building a hovercraft in 2 hours with Bright Interactive’s Director Eric Clack.


OCSI (Oxford Consultancy for Social Inclusion) work with public and third sector data to improve public services. Get a behind-the-scenes look at what they do at their Open Studios event, and then challenge them to a game of table football.


Matchbox Mobile invite you to their studio in the heart of the North Laine to see how they work and play – over a breakfast discussion around the evolution of mobile development, followed by a totally legit Fifa tournament.


Software development agency DabApps are running two back-to-back sessions on Wednesday 2nd – the first focussing on what it’s like to be the MD of a growing software agency, and the second around technical direction, tools and technologies.


Semantico works with publishers to make websites and publish scholarly journals and other academic content. Join them to find out more about how they work and what they make.


Cogapp brings you Dispatches from the Tech Front Line – terrifying tales of battles with alien file systems, decomposing characters and mysterious acronyms.


Join WordPress efficionados Pragmatic Web for a no-strings-attached clinic for your new or existing website.


Asset Bank, the UK’s leading provider of Digital Asset Management (DAM) software, are running a demonstration on Thursday afternoon.


ribot will be opening up their shiny new studio in Seven Dials for talks discussing how they fuse technology to deliver seamless customer experiences.


Games Development and Open Studios Events for Kids


An Open Studios first: Jollywise invite you and your kids (5-9yrs) to develop a game in 3 hours, experiment with 3D printing and try out virtual reality.


Mind Candy – a British entertainment company best known for Moshi Monsters – are opening up the doors to their Brighton-based Candy Labs to show off the process and tech behind their latest game World of Warriors.


Plug-In Media welcomes kids (5-12yrs, and 12+) and their parents/guardians to pop in after school to grill their team on how to build a career in the games and animation industries, all whilst playtesting some of their awesome games.


Graphite will be showcasing LUNA in their office windows on Kensington St throughout Brighton Digital Festival. Join them on Friday 4th for their launch party and a presentation about how they made it happen.


Networking, Employability and Entrepreneurship Events


On Tuesday afternoon Wired Sussex’ very own Events Manager Laura Bevans will be offering advice and guidance on making the most out of networking.


Wired Sussex Jobs & Talent Manager Kelly Dibbert will follow on Wednesday evening with a surgery around finding work in the digital, media & tech sector.


Want to find out more about the Digital Catapult Centre Brighton? Come along to their fortnightly drop-in sessions on Friday morning.


The Happy Startup School’s Lean Coffees are monthly gatherings for local startups, creatives and entrepreneurs to meet and share knowledge over breakfast.



Full line-up of events (organised by day)


CDIT Open Studios 2015 Google Map


CDIT Open Studios is coordinated by Wired Sussex as part of Brighton Digital Festival. If you’d like to find out more about CDIT Open Studios or put on your own event, email or tweet @WiredSussex


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