On Saturday 22 January, I attended UKGovcamp, which took place at Microsoft’s offices in London. 

This is the second year that Huddle has sponsored the event.  UKGovcamp brings together 200 of the UK’s most engaged, dynamic and forward thinking public sector workers to discuss how technology can be embraced to deliver better public services.

Photo: Govcamp crowd courtesy of @paul_clarke

Everyone who attended the event gave up half of their weekend and some travelled long distances to come together and fill a blank agenda with the issues that were important to them.

There were a variety of different sessions running throughout the day, ranging from the use of agile in government to a discussion around open data.  Chris Chant, who recently took up the role of acting CEO for digital in government at the Cabinet Office, led one of the first sessions and gave his perspective on the digital landscape in the public sector and plans for the future.

Photo: Govcamp agenda courtesy of @paul_clarke

As a supplier of technology to the public sector, UKGovcamp is an important event for Huddle and one that we’re proud to support.  It gives us the opportunity to learn about the issues facing our customers as they implement technology to improve public services.  It’s also a chance for us to socialise in an informal environment with our existing customers and get to know people in organisations that we aren’t already acquainted with.

From a personal perspective, Saturday’s event was engaging, fun, social and full of inspiring people.  It was also very refreshing to see so many women present at a tech event.

UKGovcamp was organised by the wonderful Dave Briggs (@davebriggs) and Steph Gray (@lesteph) and more Govcamps are being planned across the UK, so if you’re interested in public services and technology, get yourself along to one!

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