September is always a fantastic month for Brightonians, and not just due to our famous British summers. Throughout September our fair city plays host to the Brighton Digital Festival, a month-long celebration of the city’s burgeoning digital and arts sectors. Hundreds of events take place over the course of the Festival – everything from tours of local digital studios to world class conferences and, just like last year, we’ll be hosting one of them. Our team will also be out and about all September, taking in the very best the local creative and tech sectors have to offer. Here are just a few of the events we’re involved in, or planning to attend – you should check them out!

Brighton Java

When: September 3rd (tonight!), 7pm

Where: The Skiff

What: A local user group for Java users, learners and enthusiasts. At this event John Spicer presents “Software Testers are your Friends”, an insight into software testing, and James Grant will be speaking about “The Garbage Collector”.

Who: A whole bunch of our developers will be attending, including one of our Technical Leads, James (he organised it!), and our Test Lead Kim.


Brighton Test Mingle Meetup

When: September 5th, 7pm

Where: North Laine Pub

What: Getting testers under the same roof for a bit of chat, some games, and a few drinks.

Who: Our Test Lead Kim is organising.



When: September 5th, 9am

Where: Brighton Dome

What: A one-day gathering of super-smart people who will provoke, entertain, and stimulate you with their thoughts on this year’s theme of “Living With The Network.”

Who: Technical Lead James will be attending


Mini Maker Faire

When: September 6th, 10am

Where: Brighton Dome

What: One of the most interactive, innovative, educational and fun family-friendly events of the year, this event will include a wide variety of makers who will be  sharing their skills from arts and crafts, technology, electronics, music, engineering, DIY, wood- and metal-working.

Who: I’ll be there, as will our Assistant Editor Sophie and Test Lead Kim


Bitcoin, Related Technologies and the Local Economy

When: September 11th, 6pm

Where: The Dock Hub

What: This meetup we will investigate what bitcoin is, and its applicability in the local economy. It will also look at cryptocurrencies in general and consider latest developments in the exciting technological space of de-centralised applications.

Who: Our Technical writer Nick is co-organising.

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When: September 12th

Where: Brighton Dome

What: A one-day conference on Search Engine Optimisation featuring some of the most talented marketing minds from Brighton, London and beyond.

Who: As usual our Editorial and Marketing teams will be in attendance – look out for me, Josh, Nick and Gary.



When: September 17th, 7.30pm

Where: Komedia

What: This adults-only event will explore the history and culture of slash fiction, as well as reading lots of examples – featuring fictional characters, politicians and even dinosaurs.

Who: Technical Lead James is organising, and will be speaking.

How to build a successful tech startup

When: September 18th, 6.30pm

Where: 68 Middle Street

What: Our event on building a successful tech firm from the ground up. Featuring a talk from Mark, our Head of Design and UX, a crash-course on startup PR from one of Brighton’s best agencies, and a keynote from our MD and co-founder Darren on disrupting traditional industries.

Who: Darren and Mark will be speaking. Client Experience Manager Andy, Accountancy Training Manager Laura, Videographer Gavin and more will also be in attendance.


There are great events happening every day of the month – check out the directory for some inspiration. You can also follow along on Twitter on the #BDF14 hashtag.