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.
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.
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.
- Phil Rumens - What became of LocalGovCamp 2014
- Sarah Lay - We are legion: LocalGov Digital does LocalGovCamp
- Sarah Jennings - LocalGovCamp - the day LocalGov Digital grew up
- Carl Haggerty - LocalGovCamp 2014 - did that really just happen?
- Phil Jewitt - Will digital love tear us apart?
- Paul Mackay for Nesta - Hacks and hackers at LocalGovCamp
- Martin Howitt - Mind travel: earlyish reflections on LocalGovCamp
- Jason Williams - LocalGov Makers' hack day and other big adventures
- Dave McKenna - 11 digital tips for councillors - an LDBytes session
- Ben Cheetham - It's about standards and schemas: LocalGov Makers' hack day
- Sarah Lay - CMS comparison framework (a LocalGovCamp session)
- Glen Ocsko on We Love Local Government - Reflections on LocalGovCamp
- Liz Copland - My top 10 tweets from LocalGovCamp
- Dave Briggs - Five posts about LocalGovCamp - Culture, Don't Panic, Collaboration is key, Communities and Tools
- Jon Foster for FutureGov - LocalGovCamp 2014 Leaders' Summit
- Kate Bentham - Should I have attended LocalGovCamp?
- Karen Jeal - LocalGovCamp 2014 reflective thinking
- Sander Kristel - Leading the revolution: Thoughts on the LocalGovCamp Leaders' Summit
- Andy Hollingsworth for Solace - LocalGovCamp 2014
- Ben Proctor - The (long term(ish)) future of local government and What Councillors should do online in an emergency
- Dale Shepherd for Project WIP - Thoughts from a #localgovcamp newbie (Part one)
- Martin Howitt and Lucy Knight for Cloche Project - Open Data at LocalGovCamp
- Linda O'Halloran for LocalDigital - Resource-sharing central search (hack challenge)
- Dan Blundell - Hack the Hack Day.
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:
- Group Two at the Makers Hack Day including Dan Blundell, Ben Cheetham and Paul Mackay started to create a set of digital and data standards for local government service requests.
- Sarah Prag and Gavin Beckett said they'd organise a Really Rubbish Day with the group above, to look at digital standards and a lot more relating to waste services.
- Group Three at the Makers Hack Day, including James Cattell and Kate Vogelsangcreated a user journey for someone using a council website for the first time.
- Stuart Harrison started creating a way to better highlight which council had done what, on GitHub.
- Dan Slee said he'd put in a FOI Request asking every council whether they provide open WiFi for public meetings.
- Rewiring Local Democracy said they'd create a "digital democracy" ratings chart based on the results of Dan's FOI Request.
- LocalGov Digital said they'd organise a LocalGovCamp in 2015 at the Eden Project in Cornwall.
- Dominic Campbell said he'd organise regional LocalGovCamps.
- Phil Rumens said he'd organise another Makers fringe event at LocalGovCamp 2015.
- Dominic Campbell and Mary McKenna said they'd run an unconference to bring together social care and tech.
- Ben Cheetham and Phil Rumens said they'd organise monthly regional meets or hacks between councils in the South of England.
- Dale Shepherd said he'd organise similar for the West of England.
- Sarah Lay started to create a CMS comparison framework
- Ben Proctor started a first draft of guidance for elected members online in an emergency.
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:
- Dominic Campbell, FutureGov
- Councillor Peter Fleming, Leader Sevenoaks District Council
- Carrie Deacon, Programme Manager, Nesta Innovation Lab
- Councillor Jason Kitcat, Leader Brighton and Hove Council
- Sander Kristel, CIO, Staffordshire
- Immy Kaur, Impact Hub Birmingham
- Kit Collingwood, Head of Digital, Office of the Public Guardian
- Mary McKenna, Trustee at SCIE and tech entrepreneur
- Howard Dawson, Thames Valley Housing
- Chris Mitchell, Transformation Lead, Government Digital Service
- Katherine Sladden, change.org.
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.
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.