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
This morning, over 130 people interested in the way government uses the web will be descending on London to, well, have a bit of a natter.
There has already been plenty of chat on the event social network, and hopefully this will mean we can really hit the ground running with all the sessions people have been planning and discussing.
Big thanks go out to those who are supporting the event, such as DIUS, who are providing some lunch; Mitch at PolyWonk for funding the post-camp drinks, and Huddle who are providing drinks and snacks during the day.
Big props too to Jeremy, Steph, John, Jenny and others for their role in getting this thing going. For Jeremy, this will be his last hurrah before moving to Ireland and I’m sure we’ll all be able to send him off in style.
For those wanting to follow the event, Steph has created a Friendfeed room, and I have cobbled together an Addictomatic page. Whatever works for you, guys.
The upcoming Barcamp for UK government webby stuff now has a social network, thanks to Ning!
In many ways, this is a copycat …err… following good practice attempt after the excellent network set up by Tim Davies for the UK Youth Online event back in September. Having a more social environment for people to talk to each other before, during and after the event might help foster connections made and help get things done.
Of course, it isn’t to everyone’s taste and those that prefer email can stick with the Google Group and dedicated wiki-ers can use GovHack or the event wiki if they choose to.
I’m overcoming some of the issues I have had with Ning – a lot of the designs are now cleaner than earlier efforts, they are making a good fist (sorry) at getting rid of the ‘adult’ networks, and it’s easy to pull in content from elsewhere. Also, the simple act of paying a bit to get rid of the ads improves things.
So do swing by http://www.ukgovweb.org/ even if you can’t make it on the day to be a part of the conversations around this great event!