Let Your Voice Be Heard!

No, it's no joke, it really is April already!  So much coming up that you won't want to miss -- read on!  This month I want to bring your attention to Hive Ignite Week which is happening later this month, as well as the next UDEN membership meeting. Plus a reminder to tell us if you think our proposed Trade Missions are a good idea! 

Hive Ignite Week is a great opportunity for every member of UDEN to contribute; do you have something to say? Something to show? Want to shout about an issue you feel passionate about? Be an ACTIVE part of this growing community. Go on, sign-up NOW!

An ENTIRE WEEK dedicated to UTAH'S DIGITAL ENTERTAINMENT community! Each day, there will be panel discussions, keynote speakers, screenings, exhibits and more. Experts sharing knowledge, members discussing topics of interest to the community, local creators letting you try their latest work. Plus the week will culminate in the 'Interactive Jam' where film makers and game developers can collaborate over 48 hours to create something new.

Better yet, UDEN members can work at Access Salt Lake for free during the week, so between sessions you'll have a place to work and meet with wi-fi!

If you would like to take part and contribute to Hive Ignite week, please drop us an email NOW as space is filling up fast -- hi@utahden.org -- and we will get you scheduled. Otherwise, please do come along and support your fellow creators of entertainment and technology in Utah -- RSVP for the event here: www.utahden.org/hiweek.  It's going to be great!

Our next membership meeting will happen on May 2nd, right in the middle of Hive Ignite Week. Our focus this year is on business development and at UDEN #19 our keynote will be about effective use of social media channels. What's the difference between Facebook, Twitter, YouTube, Instagram etc? Should you care how many followers you have? UDEN member and long-time supporter Chad Mustard of Blue Helm will take us through the mysterious world of social media and how to use it to help grow your business. Plus there will be the usual networking afterwards, so make sure to RSVP: www.utahden.org/uden19

TRADE MISSION

As we announced earlier this year, we're looking to attend several trade shows under the UDEN banner this year to help promote our members' services as well as provide visibility to Utah's participation in the global digital entertainment industry -- because, let's face it, we're not on the map and so potential clients don't think to look here. We're all relying on our contact lists to create business.

The beauty of the trade missions are that we do all the work! You don't need to take any time away from your day-to-day work. Unless you want to come along, of course, which is also fine! So we want to hear from you - which trade shows should we attend, etc. So please, take a minute and help us out: if you hate the idea, tell us and we won't waste time on it. If you like the idea, at least help us know what would be useful to *you*. Click here to provide feedback: www.utahden.org/trademission

WHAT ARE YOU UP TO? TELL US!

We're in the entertainment industry, right?  So let's share news and updates about what we're all up to in our community!  We have added a 'Product Announcements' page to the UDEN website, where you can go and add whatever news and announcements you would like to share with the community and the World!   Maybe you have come across some interesting data about our industry - share it on this page too!  

Jump right in here: http://utahden.org/prodann

UPCOMING EVENTS

Throughout April - FREE 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: https://www.facebook.com/pg/UtahFilmCenter/events/

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:

INDUSTRY EVENTS:

GAME
 - GamesIndustry.biz maintain a comprehensive list of upcoming events for the gaming industry, here: http://www.gamesindustry.biz/network/events

FILM - Our partners at the Utah Film Commission have an events calendar, here: https://film.utah.gov/event-calendar/

TECH - 
You can find an interesting, wide variety of tech-related events at our good friends Silicon Slopes' events page here: https://nvite.com/community/siliconslopes

VR/AR 
- The VR/AR Association maintain a growing list of events relevant for those involved in the creation of VR and AR, here: http://www.thevrara.com/events/

GAMES 
- the Utah Games Guild maintain a calendar of local events here: https://www.google.com/calendar/embed?src=v468q15oiiqtdu7dmfcs5l9ui8%40group.calendar.google.com&ctz=America/Denver

REMEMBER: if you have an upcoming event you would like to share with UDEN members, you can add it to our website for FREE here: http://utahden.org/upevents

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

ON BEHALF OF TEAM UDEN
   
     - Jon Dean


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