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Utah has incredible creative and technological talent - but it seems like that's a secret - almost like the great quality of life offered here.  UDEN is important because it is helping build a community of all the great digital entertainment niches we have - and it needs our support in as many ways as we can give.  Together we can grow what is already here, ensuring careers  and prosperity right in the place we choose to live

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  • UDEN #19 - Effective Social Media + Networking

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    SAVE THE DATE! UDEN's next membership and networking meeting will be held during our #Hive Ignite Week and in keeping with our theme for the year, our focus for the first part of the meeting will be business development - specifically, effective social media strategies. 

    How do you present yourself and your business through your social media channels? 

    How differently are you using the different channels, such as Facebook, Instagram, YouTube, LinkedIn and Twitter? 

    How many followers do you have? 

    Other than following, are your followers doing anything for your business?

    Well, we have the man with the answers to these and other questions you may have! 

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    Some call him a YouTube phenomenon... OK, maybe that's just us, but we, along with millions of others love his Mustard Plays YouTube channel.  Social media expert and UDEN original Chad Mustard of Blue Helm presents the UDEN 19 keynote, sharing  some of the best practices for using social media to help your business rise above the noise. Plus he'll be available for your questions after.

    You can follow Chad on Twitter: @bluehelmmustard

    Of course we'll have food, drink and oodles of great networking time as well so you can mingle with the brightest and the best creators of digital entertainment in Utah!

    DIRECTIONS

    The meeting will be held at UDEN's home downtown Salt Lake City, at Access Salt Lake.

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    TO FIND US -- locate the Axis Building on the corner of 200W and 200S, Salt Lake City, UT (see map below).  It's a couple of blocks from TRAX light rail stations (on Main St), UTA buses run throughout the city including right outside along 200S.  Paid parking is available close by -- there is a parking lot on 200W to the rear of the Axis Building, 2hr street parking as well as parking lots in the neighboring block (see map below).

    ENTRY -- Go to the rear of the building and on the right-hand side is an entrance to the basement level - this is the VIP entrance to Access Salt Lake (see pic above).  There should be signage directing you once you get to this point.  Enter through the VIP entrance.

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    MANY THANKS TO OUR SPONSORS FOR MAKING THIS EVENT POSSIBLE!

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    The Utah Film Commission
    Access Salt Lake Watchmyamerica.com Blue Helm Communications

     

    WHEN
    May 02, 2018 at 6pm
    WHERE
    Access Salt Lake
    175 W 200 S
    Basement/garden level
    Salt Lake City, UT 84101
    United States
    Google map and directions
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  • Hive Ignite Week

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    The Utah Digital Entertainment Network (UDEN) is delighted to announce the first Hive Ignite Week, six full days of activities that will celebrate digital entertainment in Utah! Comprising film, gaming, VR/AR and education, the week will showcase some of the best companies, creators and technologists in this space sharing their knowledge, showing their products and discussing how to grow the ecosystem for long-term economic success. Many thanks to our generous sponsors: The Utah Film CommissionWatchmyamerica.com and Access Salt Lake.

    Summary

    Hive Ignite Week is an open event where creators of digital entertainment and technology can show their work and/or share knowledge.  We’ll be having panel discussions, product demos, presentations to share expertise, people showcasing their services, screenings of TV and movies and hands-on interactive applications and more. It’s free and intended as a service to help promote the digital entertainment sector in Utah.

    Attendance

    Each day is free but please RSVP using the link lower down the page for the entire week, or for each individual event that you would like to attend (see list below).

    Participation

    If you and/or your company would like to participate in some way (presenting, exhibiting etc), please do get in touch and we’ll get you signed up as its filling up fast.  Contact hi@utahden.org

    Events

    UDEN #19

    Uden's next full membership meeting. Keynote - Effective Social Media with Chad Mustard + Networking.

    More details here: UDEN #19

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    Date: Weds May 2nd, 6pm

    RSVP HERE

     

    LIVE eSPORTS - The HIVE IGNITE "HOLY WAR"

    UNIVERSITY OF UTAH

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    BYU

    The rivalry goes digital!

    The leading University of Utah eSports team will play BYU in the digital "Holy War"

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    Date: Thurs May 3rd, 6pm

    RSVP HERE

     

    GAME PRODUCTION - Fireside* Chat with NICK LAING

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    One of the most critical roles in the game development process is that of Producer -- it can mean the difference between success and failure -- yet it remains one of the least understood and often poorly practiced jobs.

    Nick Laing is one of the most respected game producers today.  He has started out almost 20 years ago as an outspoken young gun at an indie developer, Hypnotix, in New Jersey before entering the big leagues at EASPORTS in Florida and Microsoft in Washington.  Passionate about both games and game making, Nick frequently talks about the right - and the wrong - ways to produce games and lead teams.

    His credits include Forza Motorsports, EA SPORTS MMA, NASCAR 08-09, NFL Street 3, AFL 06, Outlaw Golf 1-2, Outlaw Tennis, Outlaw Volleyball, Outlaw Volleyball Remixed, BMX Trick Racer, Dragon tales: Learn to fly with Dragons, Scholastic Math missions and MTV Total Request Live Trivia.

    During Hive Ignite Week, Nick will chat with Jon Dean and take your questions.  It is guaranteed to be controversial and fun. You don't want to miss this!

    Follow Nick on Twitter: @VigilantRex 

    *no actual fire

    Date: Thurs May 3rd, 12pm - 1.30pm

    RSVP HERE

     

    WOMEN IN THE ARTS - Panel Discussion

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    How well does the entertainment community embrace diversity, overall and specifically in Utah? How are women contributing? How easy is it for women to participate at all levels, raise finance and more?  Is it better or worse in emerging technologies such as virtual reality? Come hear a fascinating series of insights from three leading women in the arts locally.

    Dana Ware (moderator) has both national and international experience working in film and photography. She earned a degree from the School of Arts at UCLA and specializes in Visual Media. After UCLA, she went on to receive two artist grants and visiting teaching positions at CheLA in Buenos Aries, Argentina and Duke University in North Carolina. She is currently working on a Virtual Reality experience sponsored by Google Fiber for The Leonardo museum in Salt Lake City, Utah. Dana has worked for many of the world’s leading magazine, studios, and Universities - among them the Los Angeles Times, Universal Studios, Getty Images, Alternative Press, BYU, Domo, and The Leonardo.

    Loren Micalizio is a Senior Video Producer on the Studio team at Adobe. She tells dynamic and engaging visual stories about Adobe Experience Cloud and Creative Cloud solutions and customers. Loren honed her documentary production chops at 21st Century FOX studios, Lucasfilm, and Zoetrope before moving to Utah ten years ago to freelance in feature films and television. Here, she worked in the production trenches with Go Films, LDS Motion Picture Studio, Fueld Films, and Vineyard Productions before joining the world of digital marketing video. Loren is passionate about our local Utah crews, talent, and locations, and she’s a fierce supporter of bringing resources to the state to support the local film and video community. She is also heavily involved in community engagement and arts education initiatives for women and girls. Loren is the Lehi site lead of Adobe & Women, and she is a member of the Board of Directors for Girl Scouts of Utah and the Junior League of Salt Lake City. Additionally, she is active with Women United and Big Brothers Big Sisters Mentor 2.0. Loren holds a Bachelor’s of Arts in Cinema-Televion Critical Studies from University of Southern California and a Master’s of Arts in Film and Television Studies from San Francisco State University.  Follow Loren on Twitter: @lmicalizio

    Becky Pennock is a digital artist who thrives wherever art smashes into code. Her experience has mainly with small companies and independent projects, which has lead her to learn many skills (such as digital painting, art direction, design, programming, and animation). The games she's contributed to have made it to PAX, PAX East, E3, and Indiecade. Her digital painting has also been featured in the ImagineFX magazine.  In her free time, she hikes, mountain bikes, and plays attack Bastion in Overwatch.

    Date: Tues May 1st, 12pm - 1.30pm

    RSVP HERE

     

    INTERACTIVE JAM

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    It’s like a combination game and film jam, where creators come together over two days, sharing knowledge and expertise to make a unique interactive product using the best of their combined skills.  You can join a team on the day or come along with your own.  There will be prizes for the most innovative interactive experiences. 

    Notes:

    • you will need to be available to work with your team Friday and Saturday!
    • you will need to bring your own equipment, food, sleeping bag (if stopping over) 

    Timeline:

    Friday 4th May

    12pm Check-in and setup, mingling, team forming

    Preparations, planning, begin!

    Saturday 5th May

    12pm - Finalizing projects

    5pm - Presentations and Awards

    Latest info and timetable here

     

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    The Salt Lake City chapter of the IGDA will be running the Interactive Jam.

    Date: Fri May 4th, 12pm - Sat May 5th, 6pm

    RSVP HERE

     

    MAKING UTAH the HOLLYWOOD of DIGITAL MEDIA - Greg Jeffs

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     Fascinating research - and surprising facts about how Hollywood became Hollywood and how Silicon Valley became Silicon Valley against the odds, and what key features we can emulate (and what pitfalls we should avoid) to make Utah the beacon of digital media.

    Greg is currently the agency internal audit director for the Governor's Office of Economic Development (which includes the Utah Film Commission) and the Utah Department of Heritage and Arts. Additionally, in the media industry, he has consulted for Adi Shankar's production company (Lone Survivor, Dredd, Castlevania, Bootleg Universe) on both business and creative matters. He has a Juris Doctorate and Master of Public Administration, both from BYU.

    Other important credentials include: (1) he has seen (or read the screenplay of) all 250 of IMDB's Top 250 Movies, and (2) in high school he had a level 80-something Paladin in Diablo 2 and a level 30-something Wood Elf Ranger in EverQuest!

    https://www.linkedin.com/in/gregoryjeffs/ 

    Date: To be confirmed - check back!

    RSVP HERE

     

    DETAILS COMING SOON

     We're finalizing details of more events and as soon as they're confirmed we'll add the RSVP links for you right here! They include:

    Grace Foundry - Revolutionizing Music in AR/VR

    Award-winning documentary screening TOXIC PUZZLE with director Q&A

    Dustin Hansen - The Facets, Fibs, and Facts of Storytelling

    Josh Sohn - Five Ways to Become a Better Composer

    Chris Madsen - panel AR/VR with Joe Gabriel and Ben Hesson

     Owen Peterson - A Beginners Guide to Audio for VR

    Jen Jen Francis - Investing for Games

    and more! 

    Dates / times: To be confirmed - check back!

    Agenda

    We are still finalizing which events above will occur when; as we firm them up we will list the times here in a grid. So please check back!

    Work while you're Here!

    We’ll be at Access Salt Lake in downtown Salt Lake City, who are offering workspace for free, including wifi, so you can work between sessions.  Cupla Coffee also available onsite!

    Exhibits

    A number of companies will be exhibiting during Hive Ignite week, offering hands-on with their products or details of the services they provide. They include:

    WATCH MY AMERICA.COM

    Watchmyamerica.com is an original content platform created by and for heartland millennials and Gen-Z’s.  

    We create original, funny, and entertaining stories of real American heartlanders and we encourage our audience to do the same.  Share your stories, watch our stories, and be a part of the MyCountry revolution!

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    Days:To be confirmed - check back!

    More exhibitor details will be added here soon including:

    Microsoft - XBOX One Hands-On Demos

    Grace Foundry - AR/VR Music 

    Gyge Studio

    Dustin Hansen - Meet the Author & Digital Creator, plus Get His Books!

     University of Utah GApp Lab - Therapeutic VR Apps Hands-On

    Utah Game Audio

    Tiered World Studios

    If you are interested in exhibiting, please get in contact ASAP as space is limited: Email hi@utahden.org

    DIRECTIONS

    The meeting will be held at UDEN's home downtown Salt Lake City, at Access Salt Lake.

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    TO FIND US -- locate the Axis Building on the corner of 200W and 200S, Salt Lake City, UT (see map below).  It's a couple of blocks from TRAX light rail stations (on Main St), UTA buses run throughout the city including right outside along 200S.  Paid parking is available close by -- there is a parking lot on 200W to the rear of the Axis Building, 2hr street parking as well as parking lots in the neighboring block (see map below).

    ENTRY -- Go to the rear of the building and on the right-hand side is an entrance to the basement level - this is the VIP entrance to Access Salt Lake (see pic above).  There should be signage directing you once you get to this point.  Enter through the VIP entrance.

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    MANY THANKS TO OUR PARTNERS AND SPONSORS FOR MAKING THIS EVENT POSSIBLE!

    Sponsors:

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    The Utah Film Commission
    Access Salt Lake Watchmyamerica.com

    Partners:

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    Salt Lake City chapter of the IGDA Blue Helm Communications    

    If you are interested in sponsoring an event during Hive Ignite Week, please get in contact hi@utahden.org. We will promote you in our social media and give you a platform during the next UDEN membership meeting UDEN #19 which occurs midway through Hive Ignite Week.

    WHEN
    April 30, 2018 at 10am - May 05, 2018 at 10am
    WHERE
    Access Salt Lake
    175 W 200 S
    Basement/garden level
    Salt Lake City, UT 84101
    United States
    Google map and directions
    rsvp

  • 91 Days Until The New Year: Time For Action!

    This month - we ask what have we achieved together in 2017 so far?  What is stopping you from jumping into AR and VR?  Film makers or game makers, we make the case for action, inspired in no small measure by the excellent presentations at UDEN 16 last month, especially the live AR demo from WildWorks' Pat Carver, of Animal Jam using Apple's ARKit. Don't know any developers?  This is the community to ask! No more excuses!

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  • Thanks Amelia. UDEN only works if the people we’re trying to bring together as a community actually want to participate as a community. In almost four years, our experience is that our regular meetings are popular but outside of the chance for regular networking, there doesn’t seem to be any passion from this community to actually do anything to help grow something bigger.

    We’re a non-profit run by volunteers and has proven really hard to get anyone to do anything… post blogs, post details of the events they’re putting on, post job openings (all of which can be done easily on this website or our social channels), collaborate with one another or even volunteer to help!

    Maybe we’re doing it all wrong? In which case, let’s have some new blood step forward with some new ideas and leadership. Or join our advisory board.

    We’re not giving up – at least yet.


  • Utah VR/AR : digital Hollywood?

    The case for our community to focus on AR and VR technologies for economic success.

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  • UDEN #12 - Sundance

    UDEN's first meeting of 2017 was held during the Sundance Film Festival on January 25th.  We were graciously hosted by our terrific partners the Utah Film Commission at their event space in Park City, UT.  

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  • UDEN #11 - Financing a Creative Business

    A panel discussion that addressed: 

    • Lessons learned from startup accelerators like Tech Stars and Boom Startup;
    • What VC’s are really looking for and their specific issues with funding digital entertainment innovations;
    • Tips and advice for tapping into a range of resources including angel investors, venture debt, venture capital and strategic partnerships;
    • How to present a compelling pitch;
    • Resources in Utah that can help.

    Read the full blog here: http://www.guv1.com/jonblogs/uden11


  • UDEN #Startup Meeting Recap

    A business incubator was the ideal setting for this special UDEN meeting, which was held primarily to help the Salt Lake Disney/Avalanche employees whose studio will be closing next month.  While we know them to be highly talented individuals who will have options in what they do next, we thought that perhaps some of them might use this opportunity to start something of their own.  With that in mind, we want them to be as prepared as they can be. But our Disney friends weren't the only ones we had in mind: we opened the meeting to anyone interested in starting up on their own.  Around 110 people attended, and by show of hands, more than half said they were interested in starting up  or joining with others who wanted to startup.  5 people showed their hands when asked if only along for the food :-)

    Read my full account of the meeting - including pix! -  here: http://www.guv1.com/jonblogs/2016/6/10/uden-startup-meeting

     

    Please feel free to add your comments on the meeting in the comments below, as well as any details you found helpful that I may have missed in my summarizing.


  • UDEN #10 - Meeting Recap - Prof. Roger Altizer

     UDEN's 10th membership meeting kicked off at the incredible surrounding of Utah's Natural History Museum.  

     

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  • Hey everyone! The site is back up and live again today. Sorry we were down for a short while in the last 24 hours but we were spammed and had to reset everything.

    - if you find something is NOT WORKING please get in contact! I might have missed something

    - If somehow we inadvertently REMOVED YOUR ACCOUNT in the process please email us at info@utahden.org and we will get you reinstated.

    Welcome back!

    Big thanks to NationBuilder for their speedy help.

  • UDEN #9 - Meeting Recap, YouTube Panel

    I'm going to try and get around to adding a recap of all of our membership meetings over these past 12 months... but don't hold your breath (sorry!).  

    Here is a recap of our last meeting - feel free to add any additional notes that you took away in the comments!

    Its at my website as I haven'y yet figured out how to add a photo gallery here! http://www.guv1.com/jonblogs/2016/3/12/uden- 

    Also remember that we have our own YT channel that has a bunch of the prior meetings on there - we'll get the last couple added as soon as we have some time to finish the edits!  https://www.youtube.com/channel/UC-XWK4K26AcqLclt458E9xw


  • Mobile Marketing Manager

    We are Swedish entertainment company that opened an office in Salt Lake City, Utah, at the beginning of this year.  The creation of Assorted Nuts Gameshttp://www.assortednutsgames.com is an exciting new chapter in the development of our company, from which we will be developing and publishing videogames for mobile smartphones & tablets.  Our first title is "Hello Kitty World of Friends" based on the hugely successful and popular Hello Kitty franchise, which is available now for your Android or Apple device.  This is a great opportunity to join our passionate team that enjoys collaboration, problem solving and driving business results. 

    JOB BRIEF:

    We are looking for a highly motivated candidate that is excited to work in an innovative, challenging and growing industry and who wants to take their career to the next level.  Ideally you are a self-starter, experienced in mobile digital marketing including the design and implementation of marketing initiatives, promotions and campaigns across multiple marketing channels, who can demonstrate ROI for these online marketing activities. 

    Duties:

    Responsibilities will include:

    • Propose, develop and execute digital marketing objectives for our game products with the goal of increasing downloads and product awareness;
    • Day-to-day management of the agreed online marketing programs, including budgeting, forecasting and reporting, maintenance of marketing calendar;
    • Collaborate with the live operations team:
    • on new game features that could help integrate future marketing campaigns, partner promotions, customer service and player community engagement;
    • to ensure marketing needs are delivered and optimized;
    • Measure, monitor, analyze and refine campaigns to drive performance against agreed KPIs;
    • Manage SEO and social strategies for existing and new games;
    • Identify opportunities for campaigns and distribution channels that will lead to an increase in downloads, including global partner collaborations;
    • Work closely with partners to drive promotional strategy and featuring opportunities, including app stores and our licensors;
    • Deliver results!

     

    Experience

    The successful candidate will:

    • Be a highly personable, driven marketer with strong marketing experience in gaming, social media, ecommerce or digital products;
    • Hold a Bachelor’s Degree in Marketing, Communications or related discipline.  MBA preferred;
    • 2+ years of relevant experience in mobile game product marketing, consumer brand marketing or similar roles;
    • Creative thinker with outstanding verbal, written and execution skills;
    • Excel at on-your-feet problem solving;
    • Passionate player of mobile games!  Love of Hello Kitty a plus!
    • Have the ability to build relationships, manage stakeholders, and articulate a creative vision/direction;
    • Have experience in defining and evaluating ROI of digital marketing initiatives;
    • Demonstrate a track record of spearheading and executing innovative marketing programs that generate results;
    • Strong artistic and design sensibilities preferred;
    • Capable of working in a fast-paced startup environment and managing a multitude of projects;
    • Some experience working with technical teams (such a game developers) a plus!

     

    Package:

    This is a full-time position, some occasional travel required.  A salary commensurate with experience is offered, as well as benefits.  Promotion is a real possibility for the right person in this fast-moving company!

    Please send your current resume along with an email explaining why this is the role for you, to support@assortednutsgames.com


  • UDEN - 1 Year On

    It's hard to believe that the foundations for today's UDEN were sown one year ago!  On January 15th 2015, Drew Clark held the first Utah Breakfast Club meeting at the State Capital at the crazy hour of 7am!  A distinguished panel was set to speak that included:

    • Virginia Pearce, Director, Utah Film Commission

    • Clark Stacey, CEO, Wildworks

    • Marshall N. Wright, Director, Business Development, Governor's Office of Economic Development

    • Craig Caldwell, USTAR Senior Research Professor, Digital Media Cluster; and Arts Director, Engineering Arts and Entertainment, University of Utah

    • Drew Clark, Moderator, Founder, Utah Breakfast Club; Of Counsel, Kirton McConkie

    ...as well as myself.  The theme for panel discussion was:

    "Well-known as a high-tech haven, Utah also has a supporting role in independent film production, which is showcased each January at the Sundance Film Festival. Less well-publicized is the key role that Salt Lake City has played in computer graphics and digital animation, helping to build a digital entertainment nexus on the Wasatch Front. This panel discussion will assemble key leaders in film and video entertainment to explore questions about Utah’s accomplishments and its promise, about incentives for production, about cultivating talent and about the state’s branding. What do these important industries need to take the next step?"

    Highlights from that meeting here: http://www.utahbreakfast.com/news/2015/1/16/the-video-of-the-utah-breakfast-club-on-hollywood-on-the-wasatch-front

    The meeting was very well attended by those involved with digital media in the State of Utah (despite the freezing temps and early hour!) and a lively panel discussion ensued with some great and pointed questions being asked.  A few familiar themes emerged, which I'll paraphrase, including "Why isn't the State doing more to promote digital media?" and "There is no industry voice to represent the varied needs of this sector".  So I asked the room who would join an industry group, and what should it do?  Most of the participants were from the entertainment sectors of digital media, especially film and gaming.  Virginia posed the interesting idea of a group much like "Made in New York", a successful trade group representing the entertainment sectors of that State.  So I offered to start such a group here in Utah if everyone in the room would support it.

    Made in Utah was born!  

    First up was a Facebook page - https://www.facebook.com/MIUMadeInUtah which was created that very same day (visit to see how we started!).

    Then I formed a committee - many of the panel members became committee members and most of them still serve one year later.

    We held our first meeting in March which was very well attended.  Soon afterwards the collective decided we needed a better name, not least because 'Made in Utah' is also used to promote other sectors in the State, not least cheese!  Hence we transitioned to become the Utah Digital Entertainment Network.

    Full meeting video here: http://www.utahbreakfast.com/news/2015/1/19/video-of-the-premiere-utah-breakfast-club-event-hollywood-on-the-wasatch-front

    Happy birthday UDEN - and thank you to everyone that has and who continue to support this fledgling effort at becoming a community, the voice called out for at that Breakfast Club meeting!


  • INTERN - DESERET NEWS

    The News Division of the Deseret News is looking for talented seasonal student intern reporters for the 2016 summer semester. The internship offers students a distinctive journalism experience unlike any other. The News Division is a unique newsroom where TV, radio, print and web reporters work together in an environment that provides news content for five different media platforms. This internship for college students focuses on daily Utah news stories, projects and features for Deseret News, DeseretNews.com and KSL.com with occasional opportunities available for broadcast reporting. The four-month internship is a full-time paid position.

    In order to be considered for this internship, you must include with your application a 1) cover letter, 2) resume, and 3) published writing samples (cannot be class papers). You may attach as many documents as you'd like to the online application. (Documents should be uploaded in the same section of the online application as your resume and cover letter.
    Students must have a car and are reimbursed for mileage. The internship provides invaluable experience for journalism and communications students.

    Skills necessary; Writing that is engaging, thoughtful, informative and rigorous; Ability to work independently and be a self-starter; Training in journalism or other writing experience involving critical/analytical thinking; Knowledge of current events; Ability to take regular feedback and work with editors in a professional environment; Ability to write on deadline and take assignments on short notice; Commitment to Deseret Media Companies mission and values;http://deseretmanagement.com/mission-statement/

    Apply at https://Deseretnews.applicantpro.com/jobs/332115.html


  • So You Want To Be A Game Designer / Programmer / Artist etc?

    I'm frequently asked for the 'inside track' on how to break into the games industry.  Sometimes it's a parent whose teenage offspring wants to be a game designer and they want to know what to study; sometimes its a random person I meet at a party who loves (--insert name of mass market game here--) and thinks they could do better.  The following is a version of how I respond -- I hope you find it useful if you are pondering this also!

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  • GROUP Membership

    Join as a GROUP if you organize regular meetings in Utah relating to or in some way supporting digital entertainment. Whether as consumers, creators, students or otherwise allied, we would like to list your group here!

    Even if you have joined individually, please join as a group on this page.  Put your GROUP name as the LAST NAME on the form below, leave first name blank.

    Once joined, you can fill out your group BIO - please fill in as many details as you can - purpose, links etc - and remember to add your meetings on our Events page.

    Welcome to our community!

    Sign up

  • JOIN FOR FREE TODAY!  GET YOUR BIO LISTED!

    We have a lot of work to do... but there is a catch.  Without support, none of this matters.  Good people have tried something like this before and given up.

    • If YOU like what we’re planning to do here, YOU need to help us make it happen.
    • UDEN isn’t just the organizers – we’re all willing volunteers.
    • Help us help you help us all

    We have established three membership types - all FREE:

    Creator- someone who is actively creating digital entertainment in Utah (both corporate and individual);

    Examples: game developer, script writer, film director, indie game studio, VFX artist, game designer, post-production company, film director, game producer etc  JOIN AS A CREATOR

    Associate - someone who supports digital entertainment in Utah (both corporate and individual);

    Examples: providing goods or services - marketing, legal, financial, tools, technologies, investor, incubator, sponsors etc JOIN AS AN ASSOCIATE MEMBER

    GROUP - an association or regular meeting of people who are involved with digital entertainment in Utah

    Examples: consumers, creators, students or other types of supporters of the industry that have a group purpose or mission - script writing associations, video game playing groups, film makers, mobile game maker associations etc - join here and keep help us direct new members to you!  Even if you joined as an individual, get your group listed in its own right REGISTER YOUR GROUP

    NOTE: You require a different email address to join as a GROUP than you use when registering as an individual

    WHAT DO I GET BY JOINING?

    You'll be helping us create a more viable, sustainable ecosystem for the creators of digital entertainment content and technology in Utah.  The bigger our community, the more effective we can be. 

    You'll be able to attend our regular membership meetings, network with fellow industry professionals, gain valuable insights into new technologies, business practices, opportunities and more.

    Plus every now and then, we get some great discounts just for UDEN members.

    Above all, it's your chance to be a part of building this community for the benefit of everyone in it.

    • We need YOU to support our activities, HELP us by DOING something that gets us to these goals faster
    • BE A PART of this in whatever way you can
    • Come to our regular membership meetings and participate
    • Offer to help other members if they have needs you can supply
    • Volunteer to be on one of our committees – just a few hours a month
    • If you see one of our social media posts, please share them in your own networks – some of you are doing this – and it really makes a difference
    • If you can afford to sponsor one of our meetings at your location – please reach out to us
    • Help us compile the lists of companies and groups, dates of upcoming events etc
    • BE AN ADVOCATE for UDEN
    • If we’re truly a community, then we’ll do this together

    #LetsDoThis #MakeItHappen