Save The Date! UDEN #20 is Coming!

Wow! It's 8-1-18 (same forward as backwards!). I can’t believe we are already in August, just one month from the next UDEN meeting. That’s right, UDEN #20 will take place September 5th at 6pm and we would love to see you there. In keeping with this years theme of business development, the focus of UDEN #20 will be... YOU!

Click to read the August newsletter for more about UDEN #20, the latest uploaded video sessions from HIVE IGNITE WEEK as well as the upcoming Trade Mission to Paris!

UDEN #20 is shaping up to be our best networking event ever, because we will be asking you, and everyone else that attends, to say a few words — to share their story with the meeting, including what you do, what you need and what you can offer. Our hope is to fast track the networking and help connections get made faster — perhaps you have a new project to pitch? Perhaps you’re looking for collaborators or expert help? Maybe you’re looking to invest in a worthwhile cause or want to give back to the community through some mentoring? Maybe something else?  Whatever you need or have to offer, make connections at UDEN #20. More details coming soon but you can register right now here: Many thanks to GrowTix for sponsoring UDEN once again!


The need for making connections was highlighted at the recent HIVE IGNITE WEEK, where a recurring theme seemed to be “I’m looking for help but I can’t find anyone local, so I contract out of state” - while at the same time we heard from others “No-one in Utah is hiring or looking for contractors”. Yet here these folks were in the same room! This is why we’re opening up the floor in UDEN #20. Remember, HAVE A NEED? HIRE LOCAL, HIRE UT. If you’re looking for help, come to UDEN #20 plus you can also post on our job board (here) and our blogs (here).

Just $50 gets you to Paris, France! That’s right! It’s the most cost effective way to get your company and services in front of an international audience - in other words, we will do some business development for you, and you don’t even need to travel. It's just 83 days away and we still have some open slots on our trade mission so sign up here.


Our goal is to raise the profile of Utah’s digital entertainment community on the global stage and to share details about you and the services you offer to potential future clients.  Services of interest there include game development, art, audio, VFX, storytelling, design, post-production, back-end systems, networking, AR/VR and more.

Huge thanks already to GrowTix and WildWorks for sponsoring this trade mission.  If any other organizations would like to help us promote Utah and UDEN on our trade mission, we would welcome additional sponsorship to help cover the costs and so make this as affordable as possible for as many UDEN members as we can.  

For more details about UDEN’s first trade mission to Paris, please go to:


In keeping with this year's theme of business development, social media strategy was the topic of an excellent, informative and highly entertaining keynote at UDEN #19 by Chad Mustard - in case you missed him live, we just posted it to our YouTube channel here. You don’t want to miss this! Also on our YouTube channel are the first two days of sessions from HIVE IGNITE WEEK, including panels on:

plus sessions where expert presenters share their knowledge including:

You can find the complete HIVE IGNITE WEEK video playlist here. We are still editing day three and the Interactive Jam, and will post these as soon as they are ready so keep an eye on our TwitterInstagram and Facebook feeds for announcements!


Don't forget! The UDEN website contains links to lots of upcoming events that are of interest to the digital entertainment community here in Utah, so please do check them out - here:  REMEMBER: if you have an upcoming event you would like to share with UDEN members, you can add it to our website for FREE on the same page!

It continues to be a busy summer with lots of events for the UDEN community to enjoy and learn from!

Throughout August - FILMS!

This month you can find terrific, engaging independent film showtimes all across the state. The wonderful Utah Film Center maintain a great list here:

Also, the Salt Lake Film Society film event Summer Late Nights continues through August - details of the films and dates here.

Tuesdays, Wednesdays and Fridays – Entrepreneur Launch Pad

The Entrepreneur Launch Pad (ELP) helps startups and small businesses on the Wasatch front. Free mentoring, education, resources for growth. These meetings in Sandy, Kaysville, and Orem.  More info here:


 - maintain a comprehensive list of upcoming events for the gaming industry, here:

FILM - Our partners at the Utah Film Commission have an events calendar, here:

You can find an interesting, wide variety of tech-related events at our good friends Silicon Slopes' events page here:

- The VR/AR Association now has a Utah chapter! You can find their details as well as a solid list of events relevant for those involved in the creation of VR and AR, here:

- the Utah Games Guild maintain a calendar of local events here:


From all of us at UDEN, our thanks for your continued support,

     - Jon Dean

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