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Digital Sparks events are evening networking events that have been created to provide a focused event for an invited audience of brand and agency guests to hear about relevant technologies, new start-up businesses and to discuss active partnerships that work well for all.

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Date: 16 July 2014
Location: Prince of Wales, UK

Digital Domination Summit

Digital Domination Summit - 28/07/13 - A FREE on-demand online event featuring pre recorded video from over 30 digital thought leaders and influencers, including Sir Ranulph Fiennes. Digital Domination Summit brings together brightest minds in digital for a free online event open to all - #DDS2013

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Date: 28 June 2013
Location: Online, XX

£500 Grants Available for London's Digital Firms on the Digital Mission to NYC

We have some rather good news for digital firms based in London who need a helping-hand to take part in the upcoming Digital Mission to New York, taking place from the 18th-22nd February 2013 to coincide with Social Media Week NYC

The marvellous people at UK Trade & Investment London have secured 15 grants of up to £500 available for digital companies based inside the M25. This contribution can be used towards the mission costs as well as the travel and accommodation expenses of taking part.

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Simon Says: You're Wrong about Spotify


"Spotify Paid Lady Gaga $167 For 1,000,000 Plays"

This headline showed the “dark side” of music streaming start up, Spotify. Critics were in awe about how little artists were being paid for their hard work. Despite the short lived pleas from Spotify that they paid more per play people focused on this number, as if it was a bad thing.

Paying an artist less than 1p per play sounds like a raw deal, until you remember Spotify is a marketing platform. Spotify is designed as a service for people to listen to their favourite tracks cheaply. Why does this benefit the artist? Because if you love their music, you’ll go to the show, get the t-shirt and support the live scene.

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UKTI Mission to SXSW 2012: Application Process and Next Steps

Are you thinking of applying for the UKTI Trade Mission to SXSW, but not really sure where to start? Wondering how long the application process takes and how it's assessed?

When and how should you book hotels? Do you need to buy a SXSW badge? So many questions, so to make things a little easier we have outlined some simple steps that we hope will answer all of your questions.

We have already had a strong group of application for the UKTI Trade Mission to SXSW, but you do still have time to apply. Applications close Friday 25th November, so start applying today

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Digital Business - 'why the time is now' with David Soskin (former CEO of and Director at

David Soskin, former CEO of and Director at, will show start ups and entrepreneurs why the time is NOW for digital business.

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Date: 9 November 2011
Location: Central, UK

Central Business Surgery - Drop in support for start-ups and SME's across London

Central Business Surgery is a free drop-in service which offers support to any and all small businesses. Drawing on the business expertise of Central’s members; from IT support to social media advice, tips on negotiation to PR ideas, Central Business Surgery aims to create a monthly, reliable business service for SME’s across London.

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Date: 25 August 2011
Location: Central, UK

Traveling to Washington for the Digital Mission? You Need ESTA


Next week some of the UK's leading digital firms will be making their way DC for the Digital Mission to Washington

The week takes in a heap of activities designed to bring companies up-to-speed on the US market, make heaps of introductions and build their international profile.

For those taking part in the Digital Mission, and anyone travelling to the US from the UK, the forms for immigration have changed and it's now obligatory to complete the snappily titled Electronic System for Travel Authorization for (or thankfully, ESTA form).

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Digital Mission to Washington, DC 2011 - The Companies Announced

Congratulations to the 10 leading UK digital companies that have been selected for the Digital Mission to Washington, DC 2011.

This trip will see the companies travel out to Washington, DC for a packed five day trip. To find out more about what the companies will be getting up to while over in DC, check out the Digital Mission Activities page.

Each of the companies is listed below, don't hesitate to drop them a line directly to arrange a time to meet up in Washington, or follow their progress via their Twitter accounts below. You can follow the coverage of the mission on Twitter @digitalmission and we've put together a Twitter list (@digitalmission/dc11) for all the companies and speakers taking part.

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Digital Mission to Washington DC Confirms Events at US State Department, State of Maryland, Microsoft and Deloitte

Last week we promised you some exciting news about the up and coming trip to Washington and we would hate to disappoint.

Just in case the top 10 reasons to head over to DC weren’t enough, we’re excited and delighted to announce a stellar line-up of partners for the Digital Mission to DC, including the US Department of State and a range of federal government agencies, Blue State Digital, the State of MarylandMicrosoft and Deloitte.

Along with our partners, Future Gov, Bright Lemon and Kathryn Corrick we have been working away to secure some of the most influential organisations and government departments for July’s mission visiting the US capital from 11-15th July. Applications close on 10th June, with a limited number of spots available.

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Marketing Innovation Expo (Mi Expo)

MI EXPO is a new platform showcasing and exploring innovation within the marketing sector. This one day event aims to bring together the companies and individuals driving the industry forward for an educational and inspiring experience through an action packed conference and expo.

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Date: 7 February 2011
Location: Delfina, UK

CityCamp London

CityCamp LDN will bring together London’s leaders from all levels of government, business, academia and community organisations to reimagine the way in which technology and the web will shape the future of London.

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Date: 8 October 2010
Location: RSA and one other venue TBC, UK

MiniBar - Mobile Apps

This month MiniBar will focus on 'mobile apps'. While the iphone gets all the hype, we will ask what platforms one should develop on, what revenue models work best and how to market your app.

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Date: 26 March 2010
Location: Corbet Place, UK

The eMeet - Networking for eCommerce professionals

The eMeet is a free to attend networking event, aimed at connecting eCommerce and online professionals who can strengthen and build their network, share ideas and incubate new business projects.

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Date: 27 January 2010
Location: Hill & Knowlton, UK


MiniBar - London Your Monthly Face To Face You think about creating the next, flickr, or Web 2.0 start up? You think London lacks opportunities to meet up and discuss those ideas? Then come to MiniBar.

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Date: 30 October 2009
Location: Corbet Place, Truman Brewery, UK