November News

Hard to believe we're almost at the end of another year - still so much to do and still so many amazing events coming up! 

This month we recap our recent Trade Mission to Paris, UDEN #20 and preview some events this month that you do not want to miss!

Trade Mission Update

I just got back from UDEN's first ever Trade Mission at which we took a booth at the Game Connection Europe 18 event in Paris, France, last week.  The days were long but it was fun spreading the word about the talent we have in Utah. I met companies looking to buy creative services, such as game development, film production, AR/VR, post production, VFX etc; showed promo and product video showreels; handed out our digital eBrochure and encouraged potential clients to get in contact with you, our members.  I also posted some short video blog updates during each day of the event that you can see on our TwitterInstagram and Facebook pages.

Time will tell how much business was generated, but we definitely raised the profile of Utah's digital entertainment creators; you couldn't miss UDEN at the show!  You can read my recap, see pictures and videos from the Trade Mission here:  Our thanks once more to our generous sponsors GrowTix, WildWorks, Spark XR and the Utah Film Commission.



The Events page on the UDEN website always has lists of upcoming events that are of interest to our community; there are a few that I wanted to highlight for you that are coming up soon:


UDEN is honored to sponsor Extra Life, a 24 hour charity event that unites thousands of gamers around the world to play games in support of their local Children's Miracle Network Hospital.  Since its inception in 2008, Extra Life has raised more than $40 million for sick and injured kids.  Sign up today and dedicate a day of play to benefit the Primary Children's Hospital!  Multiple tournaments including Rocket League, Halo 5, League of Legends, Madden, FIFA and MTG. There will also be VR setups to try, food and a silent auction. Plus a blood drive on Saturday from 10am - 2pm.

Cost: free, but donations are highly recommended

More details here: 


Tuesday - Nov 6th/7th - Virtual Identity Summit

Just what impact will VR and AR have on our futures?  At v-ID Summit, the World's preeminent technologists, social scientists, hardware manufacturers, artists, investors and enthusiasts will explore the future of how virtual and mixed realities will shape the human experience and our identities.

Speakers include representatives from Stanford University, Viveport, Wired, VR Chat, The VOID, Columbia University, Survios, HTC, Lumo Labs, University of Southern California, the New York Times, Harvard University, Digi-Capital, J.P. Morgan, Benchmark, Silicon Valley Bank, Samsung and the creator of HBO's Westworld. 

Cost: $199 - UDEN members can get a 50% discount (details at link below)

More details here: 


Thursday - Nov 8th - PitchNic

The world premiere of four short films written, directed & produced by Utah teens. A yearlong intensive film class at SpyHop, PitchNic is an innovative way to immerse students in the filmmaking process. If you are a film lover, you don’t want to miss this extraordinary display of local, upcoming talent.

Conceived in 2003 as an innovative way of uniting talented and passionate young filmmakers with real production resources, PitchNic allows experienced student filmmakers access to the funds, equipment and professional mentorship needed to create top-caliber films. PitchNic films have screened at over 30 festivals internationally, including Sundance Film Festival, Los Angeles Film Festival and the San Mauro Film Festival in Italy to name a few.

Cost: $10

More details here:


Saturday - Dec 1st - Game Developers Choice Awards and Final Burn After Party

The SLC chapter of the IGDA is delighted to invite you to a fun evening to celebrate the best of Utah's game development scene in 2018. The evening has two parts - the award ceremony, at which the best Utah games of 2018 will be recognized, followed by the annual Final Burn celebration of the awesome work done by all the talented individuals in Utah.  This event is a terrific opportunity to make some new connections and do some networking, and catch up on the latest with your local video game industry.

Cost: $0

More details: click here



Don't forget! The UDEN website contains links to these and lots of other upcoming events that are of interest to the digital entertainment community here in Utah, so please do check them out -  

REMEMBER: if you have an upcoming event you would like to share with UDEN members, you can add it to our website for FREE on the same page!

UDEN #20 update!

During our last meeting more than 100 people joined us at  Redman Movies & Stories with more than half getting up on stage for the Meet & Greet, sharing details of who they are, what they do and what they need. A list of who spoke with their contact info is now available here, plus you can read a full event recap and watch video here: Don't forget that Bryan Clifton at Redman wants to hear from YOU as to what you would like to use the virtual studio for -- perhaps a film, TV show, VR/AR, stage play, game, mocap or other project.  It's another great opportunity for UDEN members and you can contact Bryan here.  


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


     - Jon Dean

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