Look Out Europe! Utah is Coming!

We begin July with some exciting news - we have finalized plans to promote UDEN members and help develop business leads for you.  Our first trade mission will be to Paris in October, where we are taking booth space at an entertainment trade show.  Read on to find out more, as well as an update on #HiveIgniteWeek and the upcoming events for the summer!

As we head into the second half of the year with summer well underway, UDEN is excited to announce our first trade mission!  We have been talking about this and researching it since the beginning of the year - and at last it's going to happen. 

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.


Best of all, we make it easy for you — we’ll do the traveling and the promoting, allowing you to get on with what you do.  By sharing the expenses, it’s also very cost effective  - only $50 to be included in the UDEN ebrochure digital directory that we'll be giving out at the event.  You can also upgrade to add your showreel and logo for increased exposure.

Of course, if you would like to be part of the UDEN delegation and to pitch your services directly, we would be delighted for you to join us on this trip to Paris.  Space is available on a first-come basis.

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: utahden.org/trademission

#HiveIgniteWeek was two months ago.  You may recall that we had some really excellent sharing of knowledge and expertise during that week, which we videotaped for our YouTube channel.  Well, we're gradually getting that material edited and posted so that those of you that didn't get the chance to see these sessions live can get the full benefit.  Day 1 (Tuesday) of the Hive Ignite sessions are already posted on our YouTube channel, and we have just begun to post the day 2 (Wednesday) sessions; the first couple are live already. Checkout the playlist here.  The rest of Wednesday, as well as Thursday and the Interactive Jam will be posted as we get them edited in the coming weeks, so please keep an eye on our Twitter, Instagram 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: http://utahden.org/upevents

It looks like its going to be a busy summer with lots of events for the UDEN community to enjoy!  Here are a few highlights:

July 2nd - UtahVR present the STYLY Contest

Whether you're a developer, designer or VR enthusiast, come learn about STYLY, eat pizza and have a great time!  STYLY is excited to invite you to participate in a worldwide design competition with pretty amazing prizes including $20,000 as the top Gold Prize, three $5,000 winners for the Silver Prize, and even a premium Alienware gaming notebook! STYLY is calling for VR content works in the fields of fashion, culture and art that utilize STYLY's creative tools to make mind blowing content :) More details here.

July 6 - 8th - Salt Lake Gaming Con

Salt Lake Gaming Con is the 6th biggest gaming convention in the country. In the first year there were 15,000 gamers that attended over the three days making it one of the biggest first year gaming conventions ever! With over 88% of the US population playing games, there is something for everyone at SLGC.  Among the activities are board games and videogames, cosplay, tournaments for consoles, PC, board games, tabletop, and card games. In addition you could try Live Action Roleplay (LARP)? Or maybe take part in a giant NERF war.  Or perhaps a giant 30-person game of Twister? You can do all of these and so much more at Salt Lake Gaming Con! More details here.


July 6 - 8th - Utah Intercollegiate eSports Invitational 2018

Join us for a jam packed two day weekend for one of the largest collegiate invitational events within the state of Utah. Schools from within and around Utah will participate including, University of Utah, Arizona State University, University of Nevada - Las Vegas, University of Colorado - Boulder, Utah State University, Neumont University, Brigham Young University, Weber State University, Utah Valley University, Southern Utah University. More details here.

July 9th - Spy Hop Reel Stories Film Premiere
Join Spy Hop for the world premiere of a collection of new documentary films from Utah teens.  After each film there will be a short Q&A with the filmmaker. A reception will follow with some light refreshments. This is a free event and open to the public, but space is limited. Come hear what the next generation of filmmakers have to say, we promise you won’t be disappointed. More details here.

July 13 - 15th - 48 Hour Film OUT Project

Filmmakers from all over the Salt Lake City, UT area will compete to see who can make the best LGBT+ film in only 48 hours. The winning film will screen at Filmapalooza 2019.  Among the participants will be: No Sleep Till Broadway Jeff Twede, Samael Productions Christian Dives, Sassy Duck Pictures Kevin McDaniel, Squats Tatonka Jacob Winn and Tangy Deverien Todd Brown. More details here.

July 13 - 15th - Shovel Jam II

This game jam is focused around learning to publish and release a game. (Good chance to make some mistakes without suffering!) In order to have enough time to finish and release a game, we won't be making a game from scratch. Whoever wants to will bring in one of their unfinished game projects to show. We will all vote on one to work on and get it wrapped up. Simultaneously we will have a group working on the marketing/legal side. We will try to do all the important/difficult legal steps as one group rather than splitting it up so that everyone has a chance to learn that.  This should be a good trial by fire way to learn the game release process. There's a big chance we'll mess up the first few times but the goal is to get better!  More details here.

July 14th - IGDA Summer 2018 BBQ Potluck

Let's get together, share some food and catch up! This year, we're meeting at Spencer's House in Taylorsville. IGDA will have Hamburgers and Veggie Burgers with toppings. We'll need sides, desserts, and drinks. Sign up here and let us know what you can bring!  See you there!

July 20 - 22nd - Damn These Heels Film Festival

The longest-running LGBTQ Film Festival in the Mountain West, the 15th annual Damn These Heels is a safe, supportive environment that celebrates our community’s diversity by sharing LGBTQ history, culture, ideas, struggles, and triumphs through film.  Past Damn These Heels films are award-winners, audience favorites and films from around the world including Todrick Hall: Behind the Curtain, The Pearl, Strike a Pose, Kiki, Out Run, The Slippers, Boulevard, Beginners, Summer of Sangaile, Tangerine, and more.  Details here.

Throughout July - 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/

Also, the Salt Lake Film Society are running their Summer Late Nights film events - 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:


 - 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/

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

- 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/

- 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,

     - Jon Dean

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