On Saturday 25th January 2014 we visited UKGovcamp; the annual 'unconference' for people interested in how the public sector does digital stuff. The event was held at City Hall, Southbank, London.
Find out more at: http://www.ukgovcamp.com/
Jeremy Gould, Founder UKGovcamp
I spent 2006 and 2007 meeting lots of really interesting people around government and around the outskirts of government, and working for large organisations who were interested in working with government, and I kept thinking, wouldn't it be great to get them all in the same room together in one day. And that's really what Govcamp was about.
Lizzie Bell, Ofsted
UKGovcamp is an amazing opportunity to meet like-minded people and also to meet people outside the kind of people that you'd normally work with or meet in professional life.
Rhammel Afflick, Govcamp attendee
My favourite thing about Govcamp has to be the people really because everyone's really welcoming and everyone's really respectful of their views.
Mark O'Neill, Government Digital Service
It provides a very supportive environment for conversations and topics that are sometimes very challenging because we're talking about collectively how do we deliver the kind of services that people should get not the services that we think they should receive.
The idea is that you turn up and there is no agenda essentially, the people who are part of the audience, part of the event, get the opportunity to pitch an idea.
Lloyd Davis, UKGovcamp compere
That's the thing that's really always so important is that we haven't decided what it is they're going to talk about; they talk about what they want.
Livia Oldland, Cambridge County Council
It's my first time in Govcamp today, and I've really liked the unconference style, meeting lots of new people, meeting people from government working in technology.
I think an awful lot of the changes we've seen in recent years in terms of focus on the user, digital transformation, I think those would have been an awful lot harder to drive forward without Govcamp.