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!

UDEN 18 will take place on 24th January 2018 5-7pm, at the Utah Film Commission event venue on Main Street, Park City.

PLEASE RSVP HERE to claim your VIP ticket (required for entry): http://utahden.org/sundance18

An opportunity to sponsor the food and drink at this exciting high profile event is still available - if interested please email us at info@utahden.org

Huge thanks once again to our valued supporter and partner the Utah Film Commission for hosting us at their Sundance venue.

Note: last month we mentioned we were hoping to have a second event this month to coincide with Sundance, however, we weren't able to pull together the logistics in time, so we're going to see if we can make that happen later in the year instead.

We hope to see you all on 24th in Park City!

FOLLOW US on Twitter and Facebook for updates on this and future events!

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.


Jan 10th - Tony Robbins Research: Discover Your Next Level 

Access Salt Lake hosts Justin Nelson from Tony Robbins Research International; come along and learn to improve your performance by integrating a three-step process for creating lasting change. Clearly identify what is holding you back from reaching your true potential by closing the gap between where you are and where you want to be!

Register: https://www.eventbrite.com/e/tony-robbins-research-international-discover-your-next-level-wjustin-nelson-tickets-41849703590

Jan 11th - IGDA Chapter Meeting 

The International Game Developers Association Utah chapter meeting will preview their plans for the year ahead and is also seeking feedback from the community.  The meeting will take place in the Marmalade Library in Salt Lake City. 

Register: https://www.eventbrite.com/e/igda-utah-january-chapter-meeting-tickets-41577833419?aff=efbeventtix

Jan 16th - 29th - VR/AR Association Online Conference

The VRARA have a number of webinars coming up relating to the application of VR and AR technologies in different areas, including education, training, marketing retail, location based entertainment and more. Checkout which webinars might be of interest to you and join in!

More details and registration: http://www.thevrara.com/webinars/

Jan 16th - Feb 1st - 3D Digital Art & Virtual Reality, Pro Tools and Documentary Film

Each month Spy Hop's Media Labs focus on a new skill in film, music, audio engineering and design. Students 13-19 years old get a chance to try their hand at a new skill, finish a short project that they can show off and get a small taste of what Spy Hop has to offer. 

More details and registration: https://spyhop.org/medialabs/


Jan 18th - 19th - Silicon Slopes Tech Summit 2018

Silicon Slopes Tech Summit is a globally recognized two-day summit organized and hosted by the Silicon Slopes community. With some of the most prominent and leading minds in the tech industry taking the stage, Silicon Slopes Tech Summit 2018 is the largest and most prominent annual tech event in the state of Utah. Silicon Slopes Tech Summit 2018 features prominent keynotes, premium breakout sessions inside of six different tracks, a breathtaking concert by Neon Trees, and an exclusive screening of a film from the 2018 Sundance Film Festival. The amount of talent and experience that's on display makes this a unique event that could only happen in Silicon Slopes.

Details and tickets: https://www.siliconslopessummit.com/home

Jan 24th - UDEN #18 - Networking at Sundance

Details above. RSVP here for your VIP ticket (required for entry): http://utahden.org/sundance18

Jan 26th - Celebrate Utah Film @ Sundance Film Festival

To be held at the Festival Lounge at the Rose, SLC, this will be a special conversation about our made in Utah films that were part of the Festival this year.  We will also be giving away a pair of tickets to screenings of Damsel at the Broadway, Friday January 26th (6:45 PM) and Hereditary at Redstone, Saturday, January 27th (noon). Both of these films utilized the Utah Motion Picture Incentive Program.

RSVP required: https://celebrateutahfilm.splashthat.com/ 

Throughout January - Microsoft Store Events - Throughout each month, the Microsoft Store in City Creek holds a number of community events. This month they include a number of events themed around Dr. Martin Luther King Jr., an Intro to Coding with MakeCode for Minecraft & Tumble Tournament, a Regional Tournament for the Madden 18 Community Series and a Halo 5 FFA Tournament. Full details of these and future events here: https://www.microsoft.com/en-us/store/locations/ut/salt-lake-city/city-creek-center/store-21#events  

Throughout January - FREE FILMS!

As always 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

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 and we look forward to an exciting year ahead with you!

     - Jon Dean

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