Events of interest in digital entertainment in Utah!  


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    Join ​us ​on ​April ​26, ​2018 ​for ​Utah's ​best ​training ​and ​networking ​event ​on ​crowdfunding. ​ ​Created ​for ​tech, ​product, ​game, ​and ​social ​entrepreneurs, ​we ​will ​have ​some ​of ​Utah's ​(and ​world's) ​best ​crowdfunders. ​ 

    First, ​we ​will ​hear ​from ​featured ​keynote, ​*Neal ​Harmon* ​about ​the ​VidAngel ​story, ​including ​how ​they ​raised ​$10 ​million ​in ​only ​3 ​days! 

    Then, ​we ​will ​learn ​from ​the ​best ​in ​the ​world ​for ​winning ​big ​at ​Kickstarter ​and ​Indiegogo: 

    * ​Thomas ​Alvord ​of ​Funded.Today 
    * ​Alisa ​Gammon ​of ​Purple 
    * ​Bryce ​Fisher ​of ​Ravean 

    This ​is ​a ​can't ​miss ​event, ​ ​focused ​on ​great ​content ​and ​great ​networking, ​from ​the ​organizers ​who ​brought ​you ​the ​Utah ​Crowdfunding ​Summit ​the ​prior ​three ​years! 

    Date: ​Thursday, ​April ​26, ​2018 

    Time: ​ ​ ​8:00 ​Registration, ​Networking ​& ​Food 
     ​ ​ ​ ​ ​ ​ ​ ​ ​ ​ ​ ​ ​9:00 ​Welcome ​and ​Introduction 
     ​ ​ ​ ​ ​ ​ ​ ​ ​ ​ ​ ​ ​9:10 ​Keynote ​by ​Neal ​ ​Harmon ​of ​VidAngel 
     ​ ​ ​ ​ ​ ​ ​ ​ ​ ​ ​ ​ ​9:40 ​Table ​Activity ​& ​Networking 
     ​ ​ ​ ​ ​ ​ ​ ​ ​ ​ ​ ​10:20 ​ ​Crowdfunding ​Panel: ​How ​to ​do ​it ​Right ​on ​Kickstarter ​& ​IndieGoGo 
     ​ ​ ​ ​ ​ ​ ​ ​ ​ ​ ​ ​11:30 ​ ​Networking 
     ​ ​ ​ ​ ​ ​ ​ ​ ​ ​ ​ ​12:00 ​ ​ ​End ​of ​Event 

    Thursday, April 26, 2018 at 08:00 AM · $27.00 USD
  • Hive Ignite Week


    The Utah Digital Entertainment Network (UDEN) is delighted to announce the first Hive Ignite Week, six full days of activities that will celebrate digital entertainment in Utah! Comprising film, gaming, VR/AR and education, the week will showcase some of the best companies, creators and technologists in this space sharing their knowledge, showing their products and discussing how to grow the ecosystem for long-term economic success. Many thanks to our generous sponsors: The Utah Film and Access Salt Lake.


    Hive Ignite Week is an open event where creators of digital entertainment and technology can show their work and/or share knowledge.  We’ll be having panel discussions, product demos, presentations to share expertise, people showcasing their services, screenings of TV and movies and hands-on interactive applications and more. It’s free and intended as a service to help promote the digital entertainment sector in Utah.


    Each day is free but please RSVP using the link lower down the page for the entire week, or for each individual event that you would like to attend (see list below).


    If you and/or your company would like to participate in some way (presenting, exhibiting etc), please do get in touch and we’ll get you signed up as its filling up fast.  Contact


    UDEN #19

    Uden's next full membership meeting. Keynote - Effective Social Media with Chad Mustard + Networking.

    More details here: UDEN #19



    Date: Weds May 2nd, 6pm







    The rivalry goes digital!

    The leading University of Utah eSports team will play BYU in the digital "Holy War"


    Date: Thurs May 3rd, 6pm



    GAME PRODUCTION - Fireside* Chat with NICK LAING


    One of the most critical roles in the game development process is that of Producer -- it can mean the difference between success and failure -- yet it remains one of the least understood and often poorly practiced jobs.

    Nick Laing is one of the most respected game producers today.  He has started out almost 20 years ago as an outspoken young gun at an indie developer, Hypnotix, in New Jersey before entering the big leagues at EASPORTS in Florida and Microsoft in Washington.  Passionate about both games and game making, Nick frequently talks about the right - and the wrong - ways to produce games and lead teams.

    His credits include Forza Motorsports, EA SPORTS MMA, NASCAR 08-09, NFL Street 3, AFL 06, Outlaw Golf 1-2, Outlaw Tennis, Outlaw Volleyball, Outlaw Volleyball Remixed, BMX Trick Racer, Dragon tales: Learn to fly with Dragons, Scholastic Math missions and MTV Total Request Live Trivia.

    During Hive Ignite Week, Nick will chat with Jon Dean and take your questions.  It is guaranteed to be controversial and fun. You don't want to miss this!

    Follow Nick on Twitter: @VigilantRex 

    *no actual fire

    Date: Thurs May 3rd, 12pm - 1.30pm



    WOMEN IN THE ARTS - Panel Discussion


    How well does the entertainment community embrace diversity, overall and specifically in Utah? How are women contributing? How easy is it for women to participate at all levels, raise finance and more?  Is it better or worse in emerging technologies such as virtual reality? Come hear a fascinating series of insights from three leading women in the arts locally.

    Dana Ware (moderator) has both national and international experience working in film and photography. She earned a degree from the School of Arts at UCLA and specializes in Visual Media. After UCLA, she went on to receive two artist grants and visiting teaching positions at CheLA in Buenos Aries, Argentina and Duke University in North Carolina. She is currently working on a Virtual Reality experience sponsored by Google Fiber for The Leonardo museum in Salt Lake City, Utah. Dana has worked for many of the world’s leading magazine, studios, and Universities - among them the Los Angeles Times, Universal Studios, Getty Images, Alternative Press, BYU, Domo, and The Leonardo.

    Loren Micalizio is a Senior Video Producer on the Studio team at Adobe. She tells dynamic and engaging visual stories about Adobe Experience Cloud and Creative Cloud solutions and customers. Loren honed her documentary production chops at 21st Century FOX studios, Lucasfilm, and Zoetrope before moving to Utah ten years ago to freelance in feature films and television. Here, she worked in the production trenches with Go Films, LDS Motion Picture Studio, Fueld Films, and Vineyard Productions before joining the world of digital marketing video. Loren is passionate about our local Utah crews, talent, and locations, and she’s a fierce supporter of bringing resources to the state to support the local film and video community. She is also heavily involved in community engagement and arts education initiatives for women and girls. Loren is the Lehi site lead of Adobe & Women, and she is a member of the Board of Directors for Girl Scouts of Utah and the Junior League of Salt Lake City. Additionally, she is active with Women United and Big Brothers Big Sisters Mentor 2.0. Loren holds a Bachelor’s of Arts in Cinema-Televion Critical Studies from University of Southern California and a Master’s of Arts in Film and Television Studies from San Francisco State University.  Follow Loren on Twitter: @lmicalizio

    Becky Pennock is a digital artist who thrives wherever art smashes into code. Her experience has mainly with small companies and independent projects, which has lead her to learn many skills (such as digital painting, art direction, design, programming, and animation). The games she's contributed to have made it to PAX, PAX East, E3, and Indiecade. Her digital painting has also been featured in the ImagineFX magazine.  In her free time, she hikes, mountain bikes, and plays attack Bastion in Overwatch.

    Date: Tues May 1st, 12pm - 1.30pm





    It’s like a combination game and film jam, where creators come together over two days, sharing knowledge and expertise to make a unique interactive product using the best of their combined skills.  You can join a team on the day or come along with your own.  There will be prizes for the most innovative interactive experiences. 


    • you will need to be available to work with your team Friday and Saturday!
    • you will need to bring your own equipment, food, sleeping bag (if stopping over) 


    Friday 4th May

    12pm Check-in and setup, mingling, team forming

    Preparations, planning, begin!

    Saturday 5th May

    12pm - Finalizing projects

    5pm - Presentations and Awards

    Latest info and timetable here




    The Salt Lake City chapter of the IGDA will be running the Interactive Jam.

    Date: Fri May 4th, 12pm - Sat May 5th, 6pm





     Fascinating research - and surprising facts about how Hollywood became Hollywood and how Silicon Valley became Silicon Valley against the odds, and what key features we can emulate (and what pitfalls we should avoid) to make Utah the beacon of digital media.

    Greg is currently the agency internal audit director for the Governor's Office of Economic Development (which includes the Utah Film Commission) and the Utah Department of Heritage and Arts. Additionally, in the media industry, he has consulted for Adi Shankar's production company (Lone Survivor, Dredd, Castlevania, Bootleg Universe) on both business and creative matters. He has a Juris Doctorate and Master of Public Administration, both from BYU.

    Other important credentials include: (1) he has seen (or read the screenplay of) all 250 of IMDB's Top 250 Movies, and (2) in high school he had a level 80-something Paladin in Diablo 2 and a level 30-something Wood Elf Ranger in EverQuest! 

    Date: To be confirmed - check back!




     We're finalizing details of more events and as soon as they're confirmed we'll add the RSVP links for you right here! They include:

    Grace Foundry - Revolutionizing Music in AR/VR

    Award-winning documentary screening TOXIC PUZZLE with director Q&A

    Dustin Hansen - The Facets, Fibs, and Facts of Storytelling

    Josh Sohn - Five Ways to Become a Better Composer

    Chris Madsen - panel AR/VR with Joe Gabriel and Ben Hesson

     Owen Peterson - A Beginners Guide to Audio for VR

    Jen Jen Francis - Investing for Games

    and more! 

    Dates / times: To be confirmed - check back!


    We are still finalizing which events above will occur when; as we firm them up we will list the times here in a grid. So please check back!

    Work while you're Here!

    We’ll be at Access Salt Lake in downtown Salt Lake City, who are offering workspace for free, including wifi, so you can work between sessions.  Cupla Coffee also available onsite!


    A number of companies will be exhibiting during Hive Ignite week, offering hands-on with their products or details of the services they provide. They include:

    WATCH MY AMERICA.COM is an original content platform created by and for heartland millennials and Gen-Z’s.  

    We create original, funny, and entertaining stories of real American heartlanders and we encourage our audience to do the same.  Share your stories, watch our stories, and be a part of the MyCountry revolution!


    Days:To be confirmed - check back!

    More exhibitor details will be added here soon including:

    Microsoft - XBOX One Hands-On Demos

    Grace Foundry - AR/VR Music 

    Gyge Studio

    Dustin Hansen - Meet the Author & Digital Creator, plus Get His Books!

     University of Utah GApp Lab - Therapeutic VR Apps Hands-On

    Utah Game Audio

    Tiered World Studios

    If you are interested in exhibiting, please get in contact ASAP as space is limited: Email


    The meeting will be held at UDEN's home downtown Salt Lake City, at Access Salt Lake.


    TO FIND US -- locate the Axis Building on the corner of 200W and 200S, Salt Lake City, UT (see map below).  It's a couple of blocks from TRAX light rail stations (on Main St), UTA buses run throughout the city including right outside along 200S.  Paid parking is available close by -- there is a parking lot on 200W to the rear of the Axis Building, 2hr street parking as well as parking lots in the neighboring block (see map below).

    ENTRY -- Go to the rear of the building and on the right-hand side is an entrance to the basement level - this is the VIP entrance to Access Salt Lake (see pic above).  There should be signage directing you once you get to this point.  Enter through the VIP entrance.




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    The Utah Film Commission
    Access Salt Lake



    Salt Lake City chapter of the IGDA Blue Helm Communications    

    If you are interested in sponsoring an event during Hive Ignite Week, please get in contact We will promote you in our social media and give you a platform during the next UDEN membership meeting UDEN #19 which occurs midway through Hive Ignite Week.

    Monday, April 30, 2018 at 10:00 AM through May 05, 2018
    Access Salt Lake in Salt Lake City, UT
  • Digital Summit Salt Lake City

    45+ in-depth sessions & workshops will not only help you stay ahead of the latest digital trends but also provide you with tons practical, game-changing takeaways you can immediately apply to yourmarketing strategy.


    • Content Creators and Marketers
    • Data & Analytics Directors / Managers
    • Deliverability Specialists
    • CMO / CXO / CEO
    • Email Marketers
    • Creative Directors
    • Product Marketers & Managers
    • Researchers
    • Sales and Account Executives
    • Search Architects & Analysts
    • Social Media Managers
    • UX / CX Designers
    Tuesday, May 01, 2018 at 08:00 AM through May 03, 2018 · $295.00 USD
  • UDEN #19


    SAVE THE DATE! UDEN's next membership and networking meeting will be held during our #Hive Ignite Week and in keeping with our theme for the year, our focus for the first part of the meeting will be business development - specifically, effective social media strategies. 

    How do you present yourself and your business through your social media channels? 

    How differently are you using the different channels, such as Facebook, Instagram, YouTube, LinkedIn and Twitter? 

    How many followers do you have? 

    Other than following, are your followers doing anything for your business?

    Well, we have the man with the answers to these and other questions you may have! 


    Some call him a YouTube phenomenon... OK, maybe that's just us, but we, along with millions of others love his Mustard Plays YouTube channel.  Social media expert and UDEN original Chad Mustard of Blue Helm presents the UDEN 19 keynote, sharing  some of the best practices for using social media to help your business rise above the noise. Plus he'll be available for your questions after.

    You can follow Chad on Twitter: @bluehelmmustard

    Of course we'll have food, drink and oodles of great networking time as well so you can mingle with the brightest and the best creators of digital entertainment in Utah!


    The meeting will be held at UDEN's home downtown Salt Lake City, at Access Salt Lake.


    TO FIND US -- locate the Axis Building on the corner of 200W and 200S, Salt Lake City, UT (see map below).  It's a couple of blocks from TRAX light rail stations (on Main St), UTA buses run throughout the city including right outside along 200S.  Paid parking is available close by -- there is a parking lot on 200W to the rear of the Axis Building, 2hr street parking as well as parking lots in the neighboring block (see map below).

    ENTRY -- Go to the rear of the building and on the right-hand side is an entrance to the basement level - this is the VIP entrance to Access Salt Lake (see pic above).  There should be signage directing you once you get to this point.  Enter through the VIP entrance.



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    The Utah Film Commission
    Access Salt Lake Blue Helm Communications


    Wednesday, May 02, 2018 at 06:00 PM
    Access Salt Lake in Salt Lake City, UT
  • 2018 Hack The U - Utah's Largest Hackathon

    HackTheU is Utah’s largest hackathon and was held for the first time on November 11th-12th of 2016. Over the course of 24 hours, students from across the state and nation developed their solutions to the various prompts through augmented reality, virtual reality, IoT, and many other kinds of applications. In addition, students had access to workshops on various tech topics presented by members from the local industry. With only three months of preparation, a new organization and event had been formed drawing crowds from all over.

    Saturday, September 08, 2018 at 01:00 PM through September 10, 2018
  • CVX Live!

    CVX Live (Creator Viewer Experience Live) is an event designed to bring online media creators and their fans together. It was held for the first time in Orem, Utah, on August 7 to 8, 2015. Originally created by the team behind the "Bored Shorts TV" YouTube channel, the convention is Utah's first YouTube event, gathering thousands of online YouTube creators and fans together in one place. One of the creators, Brett Robers, described it as “...a very unique opportunity to bring YouTube to life.” Other YouTube events similar in nature are VidConPlaylist Live and Vlogger Fair.

    Friday, September 21, 2018 at 06:00 PM through September 23, 2018 · $15.00 USD
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Recurring Events

Most Days this month - FREE FILMS!

You can find terrific, engaging independent film showtimes all across the state! The wonderful Utah Film Center maintain a great list here:

Weekly – SL CIRCLE

Our friends at SL Circle hold weekly lunch & learns and other events on different topics. They also have a monthly beer social last Friday of the month. Details of all these events:


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:


Industry Events


FILM - Our partners at the Utah Film Commission have an events calendar, here:

GAMES - the Utah Games Guild maintain a calendar of local events here:

TECH - You can find an interesting, wide variety of tech-related events at our good friends Silicon Slopes' events page here:

GAMES - maintain a comprehensive list of upcoming events for the gaming industry, here:

VR/AR - The VR/AR Association maintain a growing list of events relevant for those involved in the creation of VR and AR, here: