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LocalGovCamp, Makers’ Hack Day and Leaders’ Summit round-up

LocalGovCamp 2014 agenda by Suraj Kika

Last week LocalGov Digital ran the LocalGovCamp unconference and fringe in Birmingham with more than 150 delegates attending over the two days of events.

Held at the Bond Company, close to where the first LocalGovCamp was held in 2009, the events kicked off on Friday 20 June with a Makers’ hack event and a Leaders’ Summit.

The hack event, partnered by Nesta, was hosted by LocalGov Digital vice chair Phil Rumens and saw three challenges taken from idea to early prototype in just a few hours. Data was made available from NHS Choices, Nesta and Ordnance Survey amongst others.

Meanwhile senior officers and politicians gathered in the Leaders’ Summit, expertly co-ordinated by Futuregov and CapacityGrid, to hear a series of five minute lightning talks and take part in service design and customer journey planning workshops.


The main LocalGovCamp unconference took place on Saturday 21 June with attendees working together to crowdsource the agenda as the first task of the day.

With a possible 28 sessions throughout the event covering everything from open data, connected network of people, practical user experience techniques, agile working in the public sector and council websites there was something to pique most interests.

An open steering group meeting for LocalGov Digital was also held during the unconference where challenges and direction for the group were discussed alongside building the network through getting more people involved in work streams and wielding our influence more strongly. If you’d like to get involved with LocalGov Digital tweet ‘I’m in’ to @localgovdigital.

Sarah Lay, Communications and Community Management Lead for LocalGov Digital lead on the organisation of the events and said: “While this was the fifth LocalGovCamp unconference it was the first major event that LocalGov Digital had facilitated.

“We’re really pleased that we were able to create a space for people to come together and talk about the issues and tasks which are important to them, connect with others who are passionate about local government and public services and find peer-to-peer support and inspiration.

“There were people from all levels in local government attending – from chief execs to frontline staff and councillors as well as plenty of people interested in digital – and it was fantastic to see the energy they created on the day and that continues to be felt through their posts online.

“While it was LocalGov Digital which put on the event it really belongs to everyone who attends and takes part in conversations and collaboration – so a big thank you to all who came or who contributed online.”

At the close of the two-day event LocalGov Digital chair Carl Haggerty announced the aspiration was now to evolve LocalGovCamp and to hold the 2015 event at the Eden Project in Cornwall. If you’d like to support this event through sponsorship or becoming a ‘camp maker’ tweet ‘I’m in’ to @localgovcamp.

The 2014 event was sponsored by CapacityGrid, FutureGov, Nesta (partner for the hack event), PSCSF, Jadu, Goss, GovDelivery, Public-i, dxw, Resiflex, Socrata, The Satori Lab ie recruitment and Comms2Point0.

Find resources from the event

There are lots of tweets and blog posts coming out from the event and you can find these through LocalGov Digital Voice or by following @localgovcamp on Twitter or the hashtag #localgovcamp.

Suraj Kika, from sponsors Jadu, took plenty of pictures during the unconference and you can find these here for the morning sessions and here for the afternoon sessions.

More resources will be available later today (Monday 23 June) including links to Makers’ hack day prototypes and videos of the Leaders’ Summit lightning talks.