The first GovCamp event in Canberra was 2011, and the most recent was July 2014 when the UC INSPIRE Centre hosted one of the six sites for the first nationally networked GovCamp. In 2015, Canberra is hosting two GovCamp Australia events

  • A special mid-week half-day ‘Innovation Dialogue’ forum on 22 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.


Wednesday 22 July, 9am – 1.30pm


Inspire Centre, University of Canberra


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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.

Canberra panel guests

We anticipate around four or five panel guests will join us for an interactive conversation about public innovation in Canberra, 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:

Tony Henshaw

Tony Henshaw has had a career in the information technology industry spanning more than 35 years – culminating in managing the Asia Pacific operations of major international IT vendors. His career includes working for the Australian Government, Australian listed and unlisted software developers, international IT services companies and for Telstra.

He chairs the CBR Innovation Network and  is a Board Member at NICTA Ltd. He also chairs the Program Board for the Digital Canberra Challenge. He is Deputy Chair of the Canberra Hospital Foundation and Deputy Chair of Technical Aid to the Disabled ACT (TADACT). He is also a non-executive director of a small market research technology company called Twist of Lime. He also volunteers with Indigenous Community Volunteers, advising indigenous communities and businesses on business planning and corporate governance.

Alex Marsden

Alex is the National Director of Museums Australia. She has a diverse background in public policy, strategic design and cultural heritage management, linked by a primary focus on people, culture and values.

Alex co-created DesignGov as a collaborative, experimental place which explored and communicated the value of design thinking and citizen-centred approaches to complex problems facing the public sector.

Camilo Potocnjak Oxman

Camilo is an Industrial Designer with a Master of Management from ANU. He is Co-Founder and Right Brain of Implement Imagination, and currently is part of the team designing and delivering the InnovationACT business model competition, the Cause a Stir crowd-voted micro-grants program for youth in the ACT, and an upcoming platform to increase engagement of research academics with innovation and commercialisation.

While not working on innovation projects, Camilo lectures entrepreneurship and innovation-related subjects at the ANU Research School of Management.

Charles Palmer

Charles Palmer is the Director of Information Integrity reporting to the Director General for the ACT Department of Health.

Charles Palmer has been programming, contracting and then consulting in Canberra, NSW and Victoria since 1975 progressing from R&D systems development through to IT audit, project management, data and system migration and for the last 12 years, consulting, teaching and research.  Significant projects include: network analysis and management with the privatisation of the Victorian Electricity Commission (State), redesigning and migrating community grants management systems (Commonwealth), implementing a new payroll for 24,000 employees (State) and much else.

Prof. Giles Hirst

Professor Giles Hirst has joined the ANU College of Business and Economics as the inaugural Chair of Leadership within the Research School of Management. His leadership development programs help leaders use their unique strengths, connect with their purpose and through this deliver greater impact. Independent evaluations of this work have demonstrated significant cultural and performance benefits of these programs.

Giles is also a leading researcher in the areas of creativity, innovation and social and organisational networks.


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

“Open is the single most important word for a thriving innovation ecosystem. GovCamp gives you the experience of an open network that connects people from within, outside and across all levels of government for the free exchange of ideas, practices and insights.”

Oakley Kwon

Innovation Manager, Government Information, Innovation and Planning Office, ACT Government

Canberra partners

Department of Industry and Science
Public Sector Innovation Network
ACT Government

And thanks to…

Oakley Kwon

Jean Allsop

with special thanks to…

Alex Roberts and Rob Thomas from the Public Sector Innovation Network