On the 20th and 21st of January 2012, in a little place called London, around 300 people from central and local Government gathered together for the annual UKGovcamp. This is one of the most popular and highly regarded of all the Camps that take place across the country and is run by the brilliant Dave Briggs and Steph Gray. As Bluelightcamp was launched on 16th January via this website, we felt UKGovcamp was a great opportunity to raise awareness, with those attending, of our initiative.
Often, to the newbie at these events, the first impression can lead to thoughts of ‘what have I let myself into’ or ‘this is chaotic’ etc… however, using Lucy (from our event sponsor BAPCO) as an example, she was amazed at the enthusiasm of the people at the event, the joviality of the introduce yourself session and the general vibrancy that can only be found at camps and unconferences.
Sasha spent most of the time, between sessions, talking to numerous campers about the aims of the BlueLightCamp event in Manchester and encouraging people to come along, either as attendees or as sponsors for the event. The reception for this was very positive indeed with many people signing up on the day and, more still, taking the event details back to promote internally within their organisations.
During the many interesting UKGovcamp sessions, there were several pitched in relation to crises management and communication. During sessions Steph Gray and Ben Proctor presented, respectively, Social media simulator around crisis management and Crisis mapping using Ushahidi . Both Ben and Steph will be at Bluelightcamp and will be running sessions again covering these topics (as we have asked them very nicely to.) – we would seriously suggest popping along to them.
As is the case with all the camps, the discussions do not end once the session or event is over! The events are just the starting point, most delegates will continue using the new network of people that they have met and been inspired by, building on the discussions during the sessions. We hope that this will be the case with Bluelightcamp; our aim is that the great discussions and connections that happen on the day will continue long after the event, shaping new innovation and positive change.
On behalf of the BlueLightCamp organisers we would like to congratulate Dave and Steph on organising another amazingly successful UKGovCamp, which goes from strength-to-strength with each passing year.
There are still tickets left for BlueLightCamp, we want to see You there. You can book yourself a ticket via Eventbrite
As a result of Sasha’s hard work we are proud to announce our latest two sponsors for BlueLightCamp:
Yammer – The the leader in enterprise social networking, providing a secure way for employees to communicate, collaborate, and share information.
Netsight – combining proven technical expertise with engaging, intuitive (and award winning) design to produce exceptional websites, portals and intranets.