Here’s my latest wheeze: an entirely online conference to discuss digital government stuff. It’ll be free too.
Here’s how things will run. There will be two sessions per day, three days a week over 2 weeks – so 12 in total. Right now I am thinking this will be between 7th and 18th May.
Topics under discussion will be stuff like:
- Open data and why it matters for government
- Making participation convenient for participants
- Developing a strategy for digital engagement
- How engaging with communities online can help government
- Using social media in crisis situations
The sessions will go live at a certain time, and you’ll be able to watch a video or presentation from the speaker, and then discuss the topic using comments afterwards.
Once the session has gone live, you’ll be able to access and comment whenever you feel like it – although the speaker will only be guaranteed to be around for an hour or two after the session initially goes live (they may well choose to check in now and again after that, though!).
There will also be Twitter chat and so on involved too – in fact pulling together as many online resources as possible.
Obviously, it won’t be perfect – you could spend a lot of money developing a fully interactive online conferencing platform. But this will hopefully work well enough using freely available tools and a bit of WordPress hackery.