This month we look at the leading role that digital entertainment is increasingly playing around the world, and how this opportunity is ours for the taking here in Utah!
Plus more on UDEN 16 and a look at this month's upcoming events.
Hello again, happy August!
Here at UDEN, we continue to passionately advocate on behalf of the creators of digital entertainment and technology in Utah. We do so because we believe in the talent here and the idea that we're stronger together: smart, creative and technical people that as a community of collaborators can innovate and build a powerful industry. We also know that the digital entertainment industry is often at the forefront of technology innovations because we are early adopters, leading advances that are subsequently taken up by wider industry sectors. This is why we're encouraging everyone to jump in the AR/VR sector with us right now. #GetInvolved
Around the world, nations are advancing digital policy as a means of growth, looking to accelerate progress in innovation. For example, at the beginning of July, the UK Prime Minister announced a name change to the Department for Culture, Media and Sport, adding the word 'Digital' as the first word to the department's name. Specifically called out for priority were the 'creative industries', because employment in this sector grew at four times the rate of the wider UK workforce, according to UK government statistics. Exporting £38.2 billion worth of services to the rest of the world certainly helped. Creative industry, especially digital, is gaining such recognition because of the growth it can bring. It is also notable that industry, working together, took the lead in creating this growth, it was not government led.
Also last month, The Hill ran a piece from the ESA stating "Many leaders in Washington recognize the amazing potential of this emerging field. Earlier this year, a bipartisan group of legislators in Congress came together to form the Reality Caucus, which now works to educate policymakers about enhanced reality technologies and their related economic, educational, social and health benefits."
It's not about teaching more people to use the tools of the trade, it's about innovation, adding value and delivering world-class content. We have the talent to do this. By pooling our resources, we have the ability to make huge economic impact, allowing more of us to stay in the state we love, doing what we love.
I hope you'll support UDEN and be part of this community. Which brings me to...
Our next networking event will feature some excellent keynote presentations as well as hands-on exhibits. UDEN 16 next month will be a deep-dive into the tools & technologies used in AR and VR. It will be our biggest event yet. Watch for announcements in the coming weeks, but don't wait to RSVP for your free ticket before they're all gone at www.utahden.org/uden_16. You can also apply to be an exhibitor using this link.
If you could volunteer time to help us at the event, please get in touch. Finally, we're looking for a food sponsor so if you can help we would appreciate your feeding our community! Please email us at firstname.lastname@example.org for more info.
We Have An Office!
Our good friends at Access Salt Lake are kindly sponsoring office space for UDEN, so we'll have a home as of this month! We value their support and hope you'll join us by making Access Salt Lake your home too! It's a great place to collaborate so why not try it out with a day pass?
Most Days in August - FREE FILMS!
Almost every day 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
As previewed at UDEN #13, ELP helps startups and small businesses on the Wasatch front. Mentoring, education, resources for growth. These occur at five different locations including Orem, Kaysville, Sandy, Ogden and Brigham City.
More info here: http://elpnow.org/
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/calendar/
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/
Finally, 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
Our thanks, as always, for your support!
ON BEHALF OF THE UDEN COMMITTEE
- Jon Dean
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