I realize I am posting a review of CityCamp London while it is still going on, but it has been going so well, I doubt that day 3 will derail the effort (and I need to get on a plane to Korea soon for the Tourism 2.0 (Login Tourism) event in Buyeo, Korea for a keynote).
The balance needed for a great govcamp is far more art than science, but to see it done so well is rare. The organizers need to keep a wayward group of activists on task, moving forward, entertained, informed and inspired. The folks at FutureGov (and Dominic in particular) did this extremely well.
It says something about the movement that folks not only show up on the weekend, but remain energized and active the entire time. I was involved with a few of the breakouts yesterday that were amazing. And while the proof will certainly be in the sustainable motion AFTER the event, the event itself has created the platform and generated the connections needed for this all to be successful. And for that to work, the connections need to be the focus of the events, the organizations, people, moderators need to facilitate but stay out of the way, which is exactly how CityCamp London has happened so far.
And the true diversity of attendees is impressive. From traditional diversity metrics to diversity of thought, ccLDN has committed to the power of ideas carrying the day and we have all checked our baggage at the door. I was welcomed as a Microsoft global guy as were folks from IBM, Google, Accenture and many other companies. Advocates from inside government were numerous coming from some of the most powerful structures within the government including DWP and NHS among many others.
And the fact that they all blended in so well, in a great atmosphere, and focused on great conversations about how to move all of these issues forward was truly impressive. I have been responsible for GovCamps in cities around the world (Berlin, Mexico City, Bogata, Toronto, Auckland, Sydney) and attended multiple other ones. I can absolutely say that Dom and his crew have taught us all how to do these the right way.