Looking Forward to November

A look ahead to UDEN 17 and another industry partner for UDEN - Silicon Slopes. We're also looking for some new blood to join our advisory board, so if you're passionate to get some things moving in digital entertainment in Utah, we need you on our team!  Plus another chance to complete our industry survey and a preview some of the events listed on the events page on the UDEN website!

Happy November! We hope you enjoyed the Halloween weekend!

We are thrilled to announce that the next UDEN meeting will be held at the HQ of Silicon Slopes at Thanksgiving Point. This will begin a period of closer alignment in 2018 for our creative entertainment community with the enterprise technology companies in Utah. There is much we can learn from the success of the wider tech sector and broaden the opportunities for collaborative partnerships between us. UDEN #17 will be our holiday party where we will keep the presentations to a minimum, prioritizing the networking opportunities afforded instead.


We have an exciting new sponsor and some fun activities planned, which we will be announcing in the run up to the event - so please watch our social media channels for more information. UDEN 17 will be held on November 29th, 6-8pm and will be our last meeting of 2017. Space is limited and free tickets are on a first-come first-served basis, so please RSVP here in advance to avoid disappointment.

Advisory Board Openings

Can you believe that UDEN is almost four years old? In that time we have been fortunate to have been led by a remarkable committee, which morphed into an advisory board as we grew. A few of those founding members are now standing down and we thank them for their time and service. This creates the opportunity for new members to join the advisory board. These are unpaid, volunteer positions with however much time you can spare, the responsibilities include:

  • attending quarterly advisory board meetings
  • helping organize UDEN membership meetings

...plus as many of these as your interests/skill set/time allows:

  • administration (such as helping at UDEN meetings, fund raising, finding sponsors, website, social media, marketing, editing videos etc)
  • contributing to industry related activities that interest you (web-site contributions, podcasts, representing UDEN members at occasional industry meetings and presentations etc)

If you are interested in joining the advisory board, please email us with a current resume, LinkedIn profile and statement of what you can offer UDEN as we grow, to i[email protected]

INDUSTRY SURVEY - Can You Spare Us 3 Minutes?

If you already completed our industry survey - many, many thanks!  If you did not, please do so now. We're trying to get a good snapshot of just who we are as the digital entertainment community here in Utah, so we can better understand, plan and advocate.  We're starting with a few simple questions, and over time we'll ask different questions as the picture becomes clearer. 

We want to hear from everyone - groups, clubs, companies, individuals, schools etc.

If you could spare us just 3 minutes of your time to respond, it will be a huge help and another important step along the path to building a thriving community for the creators of content and technology in digital entertainment!  (Hey! That's us!).  We'll update you with the results.

MAKE YOUR VOICE HEARD!  Click here to give us your responses.


TOMORROW - #UseTech4Good Youth Extravaganza

This is a FREE EVENT (for ages 10 and up). Elementary, junior high, high school, and college students will showcase various ways that they #UseTech4Good. Enjoy our special guest performances by the Piano Gal, American Idol finalist Jenn Blosil, and SCERA Youth Theatre's national award-winning high school company, Acting UP! Giveaways will include Studio C swag! More here: https://digcitsummit2017.com/youth-extravaganza/

TOMORROW - PitchNic World Premiere

Join Spy Hop for the 2017 PitchNic World Premiere, a collection of four short films written, directed & produced by Utah teens. This year’s films cover topics ranging from skateboarding to huge imaginary friends to a murder mystery to life on a Native American reservation.

Since its beginning in 2001, more than 100 teens have produced over 50 films that have screened at festivals around the world including the Sundance Film Festival and the LA Film Festival. If you are a film lover, you don’t want to miss this extraordinary display of local, upcoming talent. Click here to purchase your tickets: https://artsaltlake.org/production/pitch-nic-world-premiere-2017/

TOMORROW - Tax Implications - LLC & S-Corporations Workshop

This course compares the pros and cons between LLCs and S Corporations. If you are deciding between these two types of business entities, you will not want to miss this workshop!  We will cover the need-to-know data about LLCs and Corporations: 

  • Formation of an LLC in Utah,
  • Advantages of the LLC structure,
  • Various tax reporting options for an LLC, including reporting as a sole proprietorship, partnership, corporation or S corporation.

We'll also cover the advantages and disadvantages of each and when best to use each option. More information and other great events here: https://utahsbdc.org/trainings

Nov 3rd - Webinar for Utah Grants (TCIP)

The Technology Commercialization and Innovation Program, administered by the Governor’s Office of Economic Development, provides competitive grants to small businesses and university teams to accelerate the commercialization of their innovative technologies. This program helps companies secure non-dilutive funding at critical points in their funding and commercialization lifecycles, resulting in long-term success and economic development in the state.

The deadline to apply is November 20th, with a webinar on November 3rd to help. Full details of the program here: http://business.utah.gov/programs/tcip/

Nov 3rd - Diversity Career Fair 2017

The Ethnic Chambers of Commerce of Utah are very excited to sponsor Salt Lake City’s first Diversity Career Fair. Dozens of local employers will be on hand to discuss their current openings and offer advice on how to apply. This event will also provide an interview skills work shop offering discussions on resume writing, interviewing and job search tips. More here: https://nvite.com/eb/37015756123

Nov 10th - Southern Utah Code Camp

Code Camp is a programming, design and entrepreneurship contest all rolled up into a ridiculously compressed 24-hour event. It's crazy fun! Teams ranging in size from one to four participants compete against other teams to build the best web or mobile app. This year's event features four divisions:

- Industry teams who compete to develop company ideas and claim bragging rights
- Collegiate teams who want to impress potential employers
- Novice teams who are exploring the industry and learning new techniques, but who want the autonomy to start from scratch
- Rookie Kit teams are also new to the industry, but are given a pre-defined game kit as a starting point to customize

If you are (or are aspiring to be) a programmer, designer, entrepreneur, project manager, mentor/advisor, or Leeroy Jenkins, Code Camp will provide you with tremendous opportunities. Aside from getting a rad Code Camp t-shirt, you'll have perhaps the best opportunity of the year to bring your skill-set to new heights. There is nothing as exhilarating (and perhaps humbling) as trying to build something meaningful (e.g. and something that works) in just a 24-hour window. More details here: https://nvite.com/eb/37946959377

Nov 14 - Final Burn 2017 Award Ceremony & After Party

In a tradition that stems from the days when videogames used to have to be finished in time for the holidays, the SLC IGDA holds an annual "show the game you just finished" party, aka Final Burn. Game maker or not, come along to mingle, play some games and celebrate this year's crop. You can find out more details as well as nominate your local game of the year here: https://www.eventbrite.com/e/final-burn-2017-tickets-39464440203?ref=estwenivtefor001

November 29th - UDEN #17 Holiday Party + Networking

See notes above! This event is filling up fast and tickets are limited. RSVP for free tickets here: www.utahden.org/uden_17

Most Days in November - FREE FILMS!

Some really great movies this month including The Big Sick, The Mars Generation, Chasing Coral, Raising Zoey and more -- 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

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

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!

     - Jon Dean

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