Letter from the Chair - September

This month we launch our Industry Survey (which you definitely need to complete if you didn't already) and preview UDEN 16 which promises to be our most popular event yet!

Hope you had a FANTASTIC Labor Day weekend. Just a quick update from your friends in the Utah Digital Entertainment Network as we head into a very busy September!

INDUSTRY SURVEY - Can You Spare Us 3 Minutes?

One of the things you need when you're trying to bring about change - such as growth in our industry locally - is data.  How big is the digital entertainment industry in Utah?  How many people? How much revenue? How diverse is it? Which areas are growing, which shrinking? We can all guess based on our own experiences, but the truth is, we don't have any good way of knowing.  The State captured some data with the 2011 UCAP Report on Digital Media, and just last year the Utah Film Commission commissioned a study that was informative, not least because it helped us see we have a long way to go to really know for sure.  

Digital entertainment tends to get lumped in with the generic "digital media" (which, let's face it, these days means anyone with QuickBooks!) or "technology", so within that, our little community gets lost.

As a result, we're introducing a survey to begin a process of figuring out the facts.  We're starting with a few simple questions, and over time we'll ask different questions as the picture becomes clearer.


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 the image above, or here to give us your responses.


UDEN 16 IS TOMORROW

We planned UDEN 16 to be our best event yet and it's certainly turned out that way. You really don't want to miss this!

We have a fantastic venue at The Leonardo Museum downtown Salt Lake City, who are generously hosting and sponsoring our event after hours, starting at 6pm.  We have been announcing this incredible VR/AR/MR/XR line-up all through the past few weeks, which includes keynotes in the auditorium about Social VR from High Fidelity, Apple's ARKit from WildWorks, character and avatar creation from Morph 3D plus an overview of the VRWorks tools from NVIDIA.

In the VIP event space you can experience AR/VR tools and products for yourself on a range of different platforms from leading developers including Octothorpe, The GApp Lab, NVIDIA, 4thWallFX, Monkeytime Software, High Fidelity, UvU's Digital Media Dept, the Grace Foundry, Morph 3D and more!

Plus your chance to network with the brightest and the best creators of digital entertainment (that's you!)

Make sure to RSVP for your FREE ticket - be part of your local community by supporting UDEN! www.utahden.org/uden_16


UPCOMING EVENTS

September 6th - UDEN 16 (see above) www.utahden.org/uden_16

September 18 - 22 - FREE co-working space during Business Resource Week

Our good friends at Access Salt Lake kindly sponsored office space for UDEN and we moved in!  So please make sure to come by and see us!  Especially during business resource week when you can enjoy FREE co-working space (yes, that's FREE) and hear from leading experts every day!

September 29 - Oct 1 - Game Tyrant Expo

Geek Tyrant presents GTX 2017!  It will take place at the Vivint Smart Home Arena in Salt Lake City. More than 8,000 spectators and competitors are expected. Players from all over the world will come to compete is a variety of different games including: Super Smash Bros Melee, Street Fighter, Rocket League, Marvel -v- Capcom Infinite, League of Legends, Injustice 2, Hearthstone - and so much more!  Opportunities for local vendors, artists and sponsors too!  https://gt-x.gg/registration

Most Days in September - FREE FILMS!

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

ELP helps startups and small businesses on the Wasatch front. Mentoring, education, resources for growth. These occur at five different locations including Orem, Kaysville, Sandy, Ogden and Brigham City.
More info here: http://elpnow.org

INDUSTRY EVENTS:

GAME
 - 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/calendar/

VR/AR 
- 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/

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!

ON BEHALF OF THE UDEN COMMITTEE
   
     - Jon Dean

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