From a personal perspective there were so many people I'd talked to online that I met in person for the first time. There were people I really wanted to chat with but missed or just nodded to as I dashed to a session. However long the day is, it's never long enough.
I was also proud to organise the Makers Hack Day which around 50 people attended on a work day, and importantly I learned a lot for the next time. I'll post more about this later.
I've already seen blog posts about a coming of age for LocalGov Digital, how LocalGovCamp is vital for disrupting and pushing the sector forward, how LocalGov Digital should have more balls (in fact perhaps Glen Ocsko should have the title "LocalGov Digital Voice of the Balls"), all of which I agree with, so in Makers' style, I wanted to focus on doing stuff.
I've put together a list things people did, started to do, or say they'll do:
- Group Two at the Makers Hack Day including Dan Blundell, Ben Cheetham and Paul Mackay started to create a set of digital and data standards for local government service requests.
- Sarah Prag and Gavin Beckett said they'd organise a Really Rubbish Day with the group above, to look at digital standards and a lot more relating to waste services.
- Group Three at the Makers Hack Day, including James Cattell and Kate Vogelsang created a user journey for someone using a council website for the first time.
- Stuart Harrison started creating a way to better highlight which council had done what, on GitHub.
- Dan Slee said he'd put in a FOI Request asking every council whether they provide open WiFi for public meetings.
- Rewiring Local Democracy said they'd create a "digital democracy" ratings chart based on the results of Dan's FOI Request.
- LocalGov Digital said they'd organise a LocalGovCamp in 2015 at the Eden Project in Cornwall.
- Dominic Campbell said he'd organise regional LocalGovCamps.
- Phil Rumens said he'd organise another Makers fringe event at LocalGovCamp 2015.
- Dominic Campbell and Mary McKenna said they'd run an unconference to bring together social care and tech.
- Ben Cheetham and Phil Rumens said they'd organise monthly regional meets or hacks between councils in the South of England.
- Dale Shepherd said he'd organise similar for the West of England.
- Sarah Lay started to create a CMS comparison framework.
- Ben Proctor started guidance for elected members online in emergencies.
I'm sure with Sarah Lay in charge LocalGovCamp 2015 will be a success and the Makers Hack Day and the Local Leaders fringe events showed that attending these types of days can now legitimately be considered part of one's work.
With Cornwall being a days travel for some however, I wanted to put something together for those who'll have to make a case for attending. I want to show that the return on investment of a day out the office, a couple of nights in a cheap hotel and a train ticket is huge, based on the collective output from this weekend.
The list is just the stuff I know about, so there's bound to be a load more, and if you know of something tweet me and I'll add, which I'll then put on the LocalGov Digital website.
Let's document what became of LocalGovCamp 2014, so that the legacy lives on and helps others to attend or perhaps even run their own, because as Dave Briggs tweeted, "remember - you don't need permission to run your own", just the inspiration to do so.