ScotGovCamp returns

For a wee while now I’ve been pondering dragging ScotGovCamp down out of the attic.

I wasn’t convinced there would be enough interest though. We had 100 people at the first ScotGovCamp in Edinburgh in 2010, but despite the hard work of Ian Watt, there wasn’t the turnout at the second in Aberdeen in 2011 that we’d have liked. We then had a govcamp that wasn’t a govcamp, but let’s not go into that here ;).

I also wondered if we prefer to be ‘doing’ rather than ‘talking’ this side of the border – and it’s been great to see so many hack and jam events in Scotland recently.

But – and nicely illustrating why it is important sometimes to ‘just’ talk – conversations with some lovely people (most recently, the one woman force of nature that is Leah Lockhart) have convinced me that, actually, there is interest.

people talking at ScotGovCamp 2010

people talking at ScotGovCamp 2010 – photo courtesy of Mr James @prettysimple Coltham

So, ScotGovCamp 2013 is well and truely on!¬† And thanks to Mr Ewan Klein we’ll be returning to where it all began back in 2010, the awesome space that is Informatics at the University of Edinburgh.

So, pop 14 September in your diary and watch this space (or #scotgc13 on Twitter) for updates and ticket availability.

One final thing. I subscribe to the Steph Gray and Dave Briggs school of thought on running govcamps – ie don’t mess with a winning formula – so this will be a govcamp, and only a govcamp. If anyone wants to organise related/fringe/concurrent events (hacks, jams, whatever) they are very welcome to do so.

Oh, one final, final thing. As with all govcamps, this one will be free to attend. Which means it will be funded by lovely sponsors. There’s some money in the kitty already, but we could always do with more. And, of course, offers of other kinds of help and support also gratefully received!

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Recipe for success…how to cook up a day of public sector digital goodness

Unconference agendaServes: 16431+

Preparation time: as long as it takes

Cooking time: a day or so

Ingredients

60+ digi types (a high quality mix from 14 local authorities and
16 public sector organisations)
4 inspirational speakers
1 very helpful sponsor
several pints of coffee
2 great venues
1 flipchart
limitless sticky notes
wifi
smartphones, Macs, netbooks and iPads
whatever social media sites you have to hand
many, many teacakes

Method

Place the digi types in the first venue, fill with coffee and then slowly add the inspirational speakers.

Simmer for a bit, then allow the mixture to rest for 30 minutes.

Remove the digi types and place in the second venue.

Carefully place the sticky notes onto the flip chart (using the picture above as a guide).

Stuff the digi types with teacakes, add the wifi to the mix and fold in the Macs, netbooks, smartphones and iPads. Sprinkle on the social media sites.

Separate the mixture into 3 separate rooms.

Allow the mixture to rise. Remove after 45 minutes and stir.

Repeat twice more.

Serve chilled.

Optional step: add alcohol to the digi types and flambé.

And hey presto! A day of questioning, listening, knowledge sharing, planning, plotting, idea forming, contact making, and more!

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