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Looking Foward, Looking Backwards - June 2018

In our monthly newsletter for June, we look back at our successful event HIVE IGNITE WEEK last month, and looking ahead we encourage you to get involved by writing a blog!  If you don't get our newsletter and would like to, please email us at info@utahden.org

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Hive Ignite Thoughts #8 - 10

My final notes from Hive Ignite Week! #8 - #10

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Hive Ignite Thoughts #4 - 7

More of my thoughts arising from Hive Ignite Week! #4 - #7

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Hive Ignite Thoughts #1 - 3

It's been a bit since Hive Ignite week, which was the first week-long event put on by UDEN in Salt Lake City. I'm happy to share my top 10 take-aways, starting with #1 - #3.

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May Gets Off To A Great Start!

Here at UDEN, we continue to find ways to bring Utah's creators of digital entertainment and technology together, whether by sharing knowledge and expertise, networking or advocating for our growing community. Our membership meetings have proven to be really popular and valuable, so we're aiming to hold them quarterly.  The next one?  Funny you should ask, it's happening Wednesday, May 2nd at 6pm, downtown Salt Lake City as part of #HIVEIGNITEWEEK! Here is a preview:

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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! 

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Letter from the Chair - March

Happy March!  We hope this note finds you well!  Lots to feel excited about this month: the Lightspark Media Summit starts in SLC today, the 90th Academy Awards is on Sunday and mid-month will be the annual Game Developers Conference as the digital entertainment sector gets into full swing.

We often talk about the film industry, or the games industry in Utah - but is there such a thing?  Is it helpful to use that terminology?  This month we discuss that, plus continue our theme of business development and our trade mission.

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Happy Groundhog Day!

Much like the movie, sometimes it can feel like nothing much changes even though the calendar has ticked on another digit! Looking back on 2017, it was a year of contraction for digital entertainment in Utah, especially in video games, as number of studios closed their doors which in turn accelerated the 'brain drain' of our talent to other states.   But it’s not all bad news! Last year we also saw a rise in the number of startups as well as the number of AR/VR projects being created here.

So this month we make the case for business development as our theme for 2018; we launch our trade mission, a page where you can make product announcements and, of course, highlight upcoming events for the month.

 

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Happy New Year!

We hope that you enjoyed a peaceful and enjoyable holiday period.

UDEN kicks off what promises to be an exciting New Year with UDEN #18, our now traditional networking mixer at Sundance. Best of all, you're on the VIP list!  

Last year more than two hundred UDEN members and visitors to Sundance joined us for a drink, food and some quality catching up with friends or networking with new contacts.  All this, plus our industry survey and upcoming events this month!

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UDEN - 'Tis the Season

Time to get in the festive mood: grab your favorite holiday sweater, grab an egg-nog, sit in front of a roaring fireplace and enjoy this month's news update!  Includes a recap of UDEN #17 at Silicon Slopes, a call for volunteers and, as always, this month's upcoming events.

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