In Birmingham, on July 14 for the fourth year running there will be #commscamp at our spiritual home of the Bond Company in Digbeth.
But we’re beaming wide smiles to announce a brand new date on the unconference calender. By public demand there will be #commscampnorth in Manchester on Thursday April 27. We will be using the rather amazing Ziferblat venue in Edge Street in the Northern Quarter.
The extra event will be brought to you by members of the team who brought you the Birmingham event spiced up with some extra northern grit, charm and style.
What is an unconference?
It’s an event where the agenda is decided on the day by the attendees themselves. No more boring PowerPoint on subjects you’re not interested in.
What will the sessions be like?
They’ll be decided on the day but they’ll be a chance to discuss, question, share ideas and meet like-minded people in the same boat as you are. If a traditional conference is someone saying ‘here’s the problem and how we did it’ then Commscamp is ‘here’s the problem, how do we tackle it?’
Who can come?
This is for public sector people and we’ll hold the door open for third sector and housing folk too. There’ll be space for a handful of sponsors too. So, local government, civil service and NHS. You get the picture.
Can I chat about things beforehand?
Of course. There’s a Facebook group over here. Feel free to kick ideas around.
Why do it in Manchester?
Frankly, none of us could wait for the summer Commscamp and we wanted to create an event earlier in the year in a vibrant, busy and dynamic part of the country with some good people.
Sounds great, how do I get a ticket?
We’ll be making making tickets available in staged releases. They’ll be free. We’ll let you know where and when via this site, via Twitter and through the Commscamp mailing list you can sign-up for here.
There will be around 180 tickets for Birmingham and around 130 for Manchester.
Can I sign-up to volunteer?
You can. The event is run by volunteers in the best unconference tradition. We’ll need some help on the day. We’ll release volunteer tickets as part of the release.
Who is behind it?
Dan Slee of comms2point0, Emma Rodgers of Staffordshire County Council, Bridget Aherne of the NHS’s Haelo, Kate Norman of Cumbria Partnership NHS Foundation Trust and Kate Bentham of Shropshire County Council. This is volunteer-run and not for profit. We do it because we want to learn. And we’re partial to a spot of cake.
Commscamp is supported by GCS and LGComms.