The first GovCamp event in South Australia was July 2014 Adelaide hosted one of the six sites for the first nationally networked GovCamp. In 2015, Adelaide is hosting two GovCamp Australia events

  • A special mid-week half-day ‘Innovation Dialogue’ forum on 23 July as part of Public Sector Innovation Month, and then,
  • In November, a full-Saturday program connecting 8 capital cities with video links and interactive idea sharing across Australia.

So, please join in this 2015 conversation as we start the dialogue in July – from big picture ecosystem issues to the skills challenges we all face in delivering public services – whether public sector, social sector or civic/service provider innovators.


Thursday 23 July, 9am – 1.30pm


Room 10.2
Flinders University Building
182 Victoria SQ Adelaide


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About the GovCamp Innovation Dialogues

The facilitated discussion sessions will be held partly in the ‘unconference’ mode of a GovCamp event, including:

  • Leadership panel – featuring leadership guests taking a snapshot of local public innovation
  • Conversation café segment – to stimulate interaction and explore the local public innovation ecosystem
  • Mini-GovCamp discussion streams – exploring the spaces, people and conversations of value to local public innovation
  • Local showcase – includes the best of GovHack 2015 + other events, tools and initiatives
  • Closing roundup session and lunch

These half-day events will bring together a range of public sector leaders and practitioners, together with innovators from industry and civil society.


The purpose of the session is to stimulate discussion, debate and sharing of knowledge about public sector innovation, as well as highlighting cases from within and outside the sector for innovative delivery of public policy and services. Each city session will work towards two key outcomes:

  • Mapping the local public innovation ecosystem
  • Identifying key innovation soft skills of high value to public service professionals.

Adelaide panel guests

We anticipate around four or five panel guests will join us for an interactive conversation about public innovation in South Australia, bringing diverse perspectives from different levels of the public sector as well as other sectors.

Subscribe for updates on the final panellist line-up. Currently confirmed are:

Gail Fairlamb

Gail Fairlamb is the Director, Strategic Engagement and Communications, Department of the Premier and Cabinet

Gail leads the whole of government public participation work of the Better Together team – engaging citizens, non- profits and business to find new ideas to solve specific challenges. Her current work includes a focus on how we can use technology to listen to the community, crowd source ideas and empower people to develop solutions to policy issues.

Dan Butler

Dan is the Manager of Strategic Integration in the Office for the Public Sector. He has been working in public sector reform in South Australia since 2008.

Dan currently works with the Commissioner for Public Sector Employment to manage key reform programs including Change@SouthAustralia and the High Performance Framework, a new version of which will be released in September 2015.

Carolyn Curtis

Carolyn is the CEO of The Australian Centre for Social Innovation (TACSI). She spent over a decade working in child protection, in a range of roles from practitioner to policy development and management.

Carolyn took a leap and left a senior management position to join TACSI in 2010. As co-lead in the design and prototype of Family by Family, Carolyn was the Founding Director of the program until 2013.

Dr Kristin Alford

Kristin is the founding director of Bridge8, helping organisations and individuals to discover new utilising foresight and strategy frameworks. Prior to establishing Bridge8, Kristin developed a broad career in engineering, human resources and product development across sectors including mining, R&D, aviation, agriculture and nanotechnology.

Kristin was recently a member of the Australian Government’s Expert Forum on Enabling Technologies and served on the board of the Australian Network for Art and Technology from 2007-2012. She is the licensee and organiser of TEDxAdelaide.

Matt Scales

Matt is the Manager: Media, Digital and Brand Delivery at Zero Waste SA, a Government agency in South Australia committed to the principals of reducing landfill and encouraging recycling and waste avoidance.

Matt is also a member of the Premier of South Australia’s Action Team on Communications, working on the development of policies and strategies for embedding consultation and engagement within the public sector.


GovCamp Australia organisers: Allison Hornery and John Wells from Cofluence

People are saying…

“Being a part of Innovation Month, these events are also about trying something a bit different. They are about having different types of conversations – involving public servants from all tiers of government, as well as those from industry, academia and not-for-profit organisations.”

Glenys Beauchamp PSM

Secretary of Department of Industry and Science

“I’m really looking forward to the national roundup on 31 July…when I’ll get to hear feedback from each of the city Dialogue events and hopefully get to meet some of the other public sector innovators from around Australia attending the end-of-Month forum.”

Alex Roberts

Innovation Advocate, Public Sector Innovation Network

“This isn’t just about ‘blue sky thinking’ but a new opportunity to explore and connect – with people like you – better ways to Get Stuff Done in a spirit of public purpose.”

John Wells

GovCamp Australia co-convenor

Adelaide partners

Department of Industry and Science
Public Sector Innovation Network
SA Department of the Premier and Cabinet

And thanks to…

Gail Fairlamb

Sarah Thomas

Matthew Pearce

Paula Backstrom

with special thanks to…

Alex Roberts and Rob Thomas from the Public Sector Innovation Network