Saturday 6 September - Sunday 7 September 2014
(running in parallel with the Orkney International Science Festival, 4-10 September 2014)
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What is IslandGovCamp?
A self organised unconference for people with an interest in services in islands, wherever they may be (including the big one with Cardiff, Edinburgh, and London on it); and for anyone with connections to islands, however tenuous. The May 2012 event was also, an opportunity for visitors to Orkney to see puffins, but this will not be possible September 2014! The September 2014 event will also be an opportunity to take part in the ORkney International Science Festival, with a varied programme of talks and social events about all types of science and the culture surrounding it.
The May 2012 and September 2014 events in Orkney were hosted by the Orkney ICT Forum.
How can I find out more?
Read the rest of this blog post! Queries? Raise them in a comment below, or by twitter or Facebook. Please also feel free to email me with queries, suggestions, offers of sponsorship or other observations at: sweyn.hunter at hotmail dot com
What will happen at IslandGovCamp?
That will depend on who participates! Roughly speaking, though, this is the suggested timetable:
Thursday 4 September 2014: Visitors to Orkney might start to arrive (possibly on the Aberdeen to Kirkwall ferry, on the Scrabster to Stromness ferry, the Gills Bay to St Margaret's Hope ferry, the John O'Groats to Burwick ferry, or by Flybe/Loganair flight from most Scottish airports.) The Science Festival starts on this day, so there will be plenty to do!
(Picture: Sweyn Hunter (under Creative Commons license)
Friday 5 September 2014: Those who wish to might spend the day discussing possible GovCamp topics, or to attend Science Festival events around Orkney. Alternatively, some people might wish to explore the Orkney mainland, possibly taking in Scara Brae, the Ring of Brodgar (and other UNESCO-designated Heart of Neolithic Orkney sites) and the Italian Chapel. Probably some Orkney residents will have to work on this day, and some visitors will just be arriving from Shetland or south, but those who wish to can interact online some of these activities, and join in in-person when they can. In the evening, perhaps we can spend some time in the Science Festival club, or some of the Kirkwall pubs, for example Helgi's, the Bothy Bar or The Auld Motorhoose.
Saturday 6 September 2014: Probably some visitors will still just be arriving, but in the morning there will be more Science Festival events, including the Family Day. At 12:00 we will gather at a venue in Orkney (still to be decided), and use an hour or so to decide what sessions there are going to be, and in what order (a standard GovCamp process), and then those sessions can run until about 17:30. In the evening, there will be the Science Festival ceilidh to attend, for those who wish to.
Sunday 7 September 2014: At 10:00 (or thereabouts) we will gather again, and have more GovCamp sessions and/or some sort of wrap-up process until about 13:00. From then on, those who have to travel home get get on their way, and those who live in Orkney can attempt to recover before work on Monday!
Attendance will be free, and it is hoped that lunch on Saturday and Sunday can be provided: if the search for sponsors is successful, perhaps more can be paid for (HINT: if you can think of possible sponsors, or would like to provide sponsorship (in cash or in kind) please get in touch!). Unfortunately, it does not seem likely that assistance with travel and accommodation will be possible - but as the event includes a Saturday night, perhaps the cost of getting here will not be too prohibitive.
For anyone who cannot travel to the IslandGovCamp venue on the days of the event, it will be possible to participate over the internet from wherever you are. There will be audio and video livestreaming of as much of what goes on as is possible, and you will be able to ask questions and make comments from wherever you are via twitter.We may be able to provide other digital options for interaction with the event, and are open to suggestions about how to attempt this.
Further advice on travel options, and on finding accommodation, will appear here soon.
Where did the idea for IslandGovCamp come from?
It was inspired by ScotGovCamp in Aberdeen (and TechMeetUp in Aberdeen, and SOCITM Scotland in Edinburgh) in September 2012. GovCamps have been held all over the world in recent years, as indicated in this incomplete wiki list. Govcamps grew out of the concept of BarCamps, and tend to have a focus (if that is the right word!) on the pragmatic use of social media and technology to improve public services (and sometimes on puffins), but the important thing about this style of event is that the agenda is set by those attending, with a bit of prior discussion and debate online. It is also the latest in a string of Orkney technology-related events facilitated by members of the Orkney ICT Forum.
Following the success of the first IslandGovCamp, in Orkney in May 2012, the Forum has decided to host another event. It's possible that other IslandGovCamp events will happen in other places in 2014 - watch this space!
Who can attend IslandGovCamp?
Anyone! There will soon be a link to an online booking form, and it will be first come, first served. (The only limit will the maximum number of attendees we are able to accommodate at the venue. It doesn't matter if you are a technical expert, a front-line public sector worker, a manager, support staff, a contractor, a private citizen, a service user or anybody else - if you have an interest in discussing service improvements with likeminded people, IslandGovCamp is for you! It is hoped that a good mix of Orkney residents, and other islanders (even from that big one with Edinburgh, London and Cardiff on it) and others with an interest in island life will be able to take part.
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