Much planning is afoot for LocalGovCamp, the unconference for local government which is taking place on 20th June in Birmingham. All tickets are technically sold out, but if you are desperate to come, email me.
I took a wander around the venue – Fazeley Studios – last Friday and have to say I am really, really impressed. Plenty of space, light and airy and lots of blank white walls for projectors or post-it notes!
Remember – what is keeping this event free, and ensuring it is happening at all, is the terrific sponsorship we have received from a variety of sources. Check out the supporters page for more information on who is involved.
Anyone wanting local information about where to go and where to stay can find it on Jon Bounds’ excellent post.
To get some more discussions going around various issues at the event – including people putting forward ideas for sessions – I’ve created a Google Group for email based conversations.
All those with a ticket should have received an email invite. If you would like to join in the group – even if you can’t make the event – sign up below. Everyone is welcome. Well, not everyone. But you know what I mean.
Even if you don’t fancy joining this group, I’ll still be pinging the odd email to the attendees list on Eventbrite and adding updates to the main blog, so don’t worry!
I’m delighted to be able to say that all the tickets for next month’s LocalGovCamp have been claimed. This is remarkable: all gone in just over a week! Many thanks for the enthusiasm so many people have shown.
If you haven’t got a ticket but would like one, just email me and I will add you to the reserve list. I’m hopeful that we will be able to get everyone that wants to come into the building!
The focus now shifts to making sure we have stuff to talk about on the day. I’m delighted that we have had a couple of suggestions already on the blog: one from Steve Dale about the Local Gov Knowledge Hub project he is working on; and one about strategy by Alan Colson from Solihull MBC.
Keep the ideas flowing, people!
Finally, the support from potential sponsors has been outstanding. You can find the latest on the Supporters page. There is more to come.
LocalGovCamp is happening on 20th June at the Fazeley Studios in Birmingham. You can get your ticket here.
A quick note on the LocalGovCamp site on who should consider attending.
And on The Connected Republic, a call to local gov folk in other nations to consider running their own event.
A few things have been happening behind the scenes, and I think it is about time that LocalGovCamp was ‘officially’ launched in some way. I guess this is it.
The event will probably take place in June, probably in Birmingham but definitely on a Saturday.
All the plotting and planning will take place on the blog, so do make sure you subscribe to the RSS or the email alerts.
Once we have a few of the basics sorted out we can start focusing on some of the fun stuff, like what people want to hear, what they want to talk about and who will be ordering the pizzas.
One of the real successes of Saturday’s government barcamp was the large turnout of local government folk, which was great to see.
This has set me thinking that there must be sufficient numbers of peope who would be interested in a specific local government event in an unconference style. I’ve started a discussion about it in the local government group on the ukgovweb network, and am delighted that already plenty of people have responded positively to the idea.
Just off the top of my head, I’m thinking of maybe sometime in June, and possibly in the Midlands – Birmingham?
Let me know your thoughts on this in the comments here, by email, or in the local gov group.
Tag for discussions on twitter, etc is localgovcamp