LocalGovCamp and Fringe 2014

LocalGovCamp and Fringe 2014

In 2014 LocalGovCamp and Fringe events took place at the Bond Company in central Birmingham on Friday 20 and Saturday 21 June.

LocalGovCamp unconference

LocalGovCamp 2014 agenda by Suraj Kika

The LocalGovCamp unconference is a participant-led event where the agenda is crowd-sourced on the day. Delegates then gather around the topics suggested in informal sessions intended to encourage conversation and collaborative working. 

In 2014 there were more than 28 sessions available for attendees to choose from including agile working in local government, practical user experience techniques, open data, collaborative working across sectors, a range of sessions on council websites and encouraging digital democracy. 

Around 170 people came together including officers and councillors from all tiers of local government, central government, public sector, voluntary sector, freelancers and private sector and individuals passionate about public services.

See pictures of the day by Suraj Kika (of Jadu) on Facebook - morning sessions and afternoon sessions.

The event was sponsored by CapacityGrid, FutureGov, PSCSF, Jadu, Goss, GovDelivery, Public-i, Comms2Point0, dxw, Socrata, The Satori Lab, Resiflex and ie Rrecruitment. 

Blog posts about LocalGovCamp

You can read people's thoughts and reflections on LocalGovCamp below or check out LocalGov Digital Voice for ongoing discussion in and around local government. 

Check out @localgovcamp or the hashtag #localgovcamp for more thoughts on the event.

Makers' hack event

LocalGov Makers, partnered by Nesta, ran a hack day with the aim to collaborate and prototype solutions to some of the challenges facing citizens and local government.

Organisations opened their APIs to help attendees to create their prototypes - these includes NHS Choices, Ordnance Survey and the Environment Agency. 

The event wasn't only for coders and developers but for service managers, content designers and frontliners too. There was plenty of user needs and user experience done on the day to create the requirements for the prototypes.

Phil Rumens has started to put together a list of resources and things that people said they'd do on his blog. These include:

Leaders' Summit

The Leaders' Summit, partnered by CapacityGRID and FutureGov, brought together senior officers and politicians to hear from digital leaders in the sector and workshop service design techniques. 

Each speaker gave a five minute lightning talk and you can see the videos by following the links in this list:

Delegates from the Leaders' Summit were then invited to join those from the hack day to see making in action throughout as well as presentations of prototypes on the three challenges. 

Press coverage

Government Computing ran an article about the hack day and LocalGovCamp where Phil Rumens and Sarah Lay talk about the benefit and importance of the event.

Guardian Local ran an article by Sarah Lay talking about the four key themes coming out of LocalGovCamp 2014.