GovCamp Canberra 2012 was a one day event to bring together leaders and experts across the public sector, academia, industry and society to talk about innovation in government. GovCamp was part of APS Innovation Week.
GovCamp 2012 was held in Canberra on Tuesday the 5th of June 2012.
About GovCamp Canberra
The broad theme of the day was innovation, open government and Gov 2.0. This is all about next generation approaches to service design and delivery, public engagement and policy co-design.
At GovCamp 2012 we collaborated, discovered and designed the future as we heard and contributed to the narrative of innovation in government. The day included presentations, discussions, panels and workshops.
How did it work?
GovCamp 2012 started with an introduction by Professor John McMillan, the Australian Information Commissioner. This was followed by a panel of Departmental Secretaries to share their vision and then an Academic panel on public service innovation. We will then have a number of guest speakers presenting key case studies and relevant policy from their department or industry.
Following a break for lunch, the real fun began as we spent the afternoon talking about what participants wanted to talk about. That’s right – it was up to you! If you haven’t heard of or been to an ‘unconference’ before, this is how it worked…
Quite simply, we set up a white board, markers, and post-it notes, and a schedule evolved as participants added topics to the board for a number of 20 minute discussions. All attendees were encouraged to contribute and participate. You don’t necessarily need to be an expert or authority on a subject – anyone can lead a discussion on any topic. Some participants brought a presentation/slides with them, and others just decided on the day to lead a discussion or workshop an idea.
In addition to these talks, there was two streams of one hour workshops including “How to Stop Innovation”, “Public Engagement & Social Media”, “Building a Business Case for Innovation”, and “Citizen-centric Design Skills”. There was also an Academic workshop stream to bring together government and academics to share and find new ways to collaborate on public service innovation.
The day was then wrapped up with a closing talk by Andrea Di Maio, a global expert on public sector innovation to paint a global picture of public service innovation.
This was the schedule for the 2012 GovCamp.
Please note, the Academics’ Panel in the morning and the Academics’ Workshop in the afternoon were both part of the Academics’ Forum, run by the Department of Innovation.
Speaker biographies are available on the Speakers page.
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