April Teacamp – A digital contract between the individual and the state – how, what, why. With @MissMillicent

It’s the Easter break and you may have overdosed on the old chocolate, but there is ALWAYS room for more CAEK, and April’s Teacamp is going to give you plenty of food for thought!

This month we have the awesome Millicent Scott Brooks who’d like to talk to you about:

“A digital contract between the individual and the state – how, what and why”

Millicent has long been interested in the citizen’s contract with the state. Much of this is currently done offline, but are we being “digitised through the backdoor“? Information is held about the individual at the passport office, the NHS, the DVLA, the banks – not to mention social media.

  • Would a citizen’s portal controlled by the individual be helpful?
  • How would it work in Britian?
  • What issues would have to be solved and how could we stay safe?

She’ll be inviting you to help explore some of these issues and suspend reality to imagine creative solutions that could become viable for a modern age contract of citizenship.

About Millicent

Millicent is a Senior Partner at The Democratic Society. She has spent over a decade working on increasing citizens’ engagement with policy making and bringing people into democratic processes. She spends a lot of time thinking about how to engage people in civic society, while balancing security and freedom.

Before joining Demsoc in 2015 she worked for the European Parliament, Scottish Government, Scottish Civic Forum, the Association for Citizenship Teaching (England) and the Financial Times.

Millicent has a BA in European Studies from LSE and an MSc in Nationalism from the University of Edinburgh. She speaks English, Norwegian, French and German.

I can only manage English, Scottish and Dundonian, so am in complete awe!

With so much of our life online now, and our interaction with Central & Local Government increasingly moving services online, James, Millicent and I would love to invite you along to our April teacamp and hope you’ll be part of the discussion about this fascinating topic, whether in person or online. Just follow our hashtag #Teacamp

When is Teacamp?

  • Time and date: 4pm – 6pm, 1st Thursday of every month
  • Location: Mezzanine, Curzon Victoria, 58 Victoria street, London, SW1E 6QW

How does teacamp work?

If you want to come to teacamp, just turn up on the day, it is open to everyone. It is upstairs in the cafe, very informal and friendly. If you are coming for the first time or on your own, ask for James or Sarah and we will introduce you to some teacampers.

  • 4.00 – 4.30pm:  tea and cake
  • 4.30 – 4.40pm:  intros and plug your events, projects, etc
  • 4.40 – 5.10pm:  speakers slot
  • 5.10 – 6.00pm:  Q&A, group discussion
  • 6.00pm: #beercamp in nearest pub

Contact info

@baskers Sarah Baskerville
@jaCattell James Arthur Cattell

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March Teacamp – Women in Tech with Charlotte Jee

***UPDATE*** – TEACAMP TODAY IS CANCELLED DUE TO THE WEATHER. IT HAS BEEN RESCHEDULE FOR THURSDAY THE 8TH OF MARCH, SAME VENUE

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March Teacamp will be with Charlotte Jee, the founder of the Women In Tech movement here in the UK.

How did Women in Tech come about?

It all started with Charlotte Jee – sitting through the umpteeth event with an all-male panel, thinking: ‘enough is enough’. So she made this list for the magazine she edits, Techworld, with the aim of ensuring no one has any excuse not to have women speaking at their tech events: https://www.techworld.com/careers/here-are-348-uk-women-who-could-speak-at-your-tech-event-3645661/

Charlotte then took that one step further, launching a new venture called Jeneo which helps tech companies and teams to source fantastic women and under-represented groups for their events. She’s also branched out into trying to help boost diversity more generally within the industry, and is starting to offer consultancy, training and other services.

Come to Teacamp in March to hear Charlotte talk about the challenges she’s faced in setting this up, what she sees as the challenges going forward. What would you like to ask her? Are you facing similar challenges? Would you like to help? Here’s your prefect opportunity to discuss with like minds in a safe space.

When is Teacamp?

  • Time and date: 4pm – 6pm, 1st Thursday of every month
  • Location: Mezzanine, Curzon Victoria, 58 Victoria street, London, SW1E 6QW

How does teacamp work?

If you want to come to teacamp, just turn up on the day, it is open to everyone. It is upstairs in the cafe, very informal and friendly. If you are coming for the first time or on your own, ask for James or Sarah and we will introduce you to some teacampers.

  • 4.00 – 4.30pm:  tea and cake
  • 4.30 – 4.40pm:  intros and plug your events, projects, etc
  • 4.40 – 5.10pm:  speakers slot
  • 5.10 – 6.00pm:  Q&A, group discussion
  • 6.00pm: #beercamp in nearest pub

Contact info

@baskers Sarah Baskerville
@jaCattell James Arthur Cattell

February #teacamp: Chris Fleming and Nayeema Chowdhury on NHS Digital

Chris Fleming and Nayeema Chowdhury

Chris has over 12 years of policy, strategy, and digital delivery experience in city and central government, and latterly the NHS. He currently works in NHS Digital, an organisation that delivers technology and data programmes for the NHS, as the service manager for 111 Online. 111 Online is a digital service to assess patients’ health needs and connect them with the right care. He will talk about the transformation challenge of building clinical digital services that span multiple NHS organisations, and where he thinks the NHS needs to go in order to realise the full benefits of the internet age.

Nayeema has worked at the Government Digital Service (GDS), the BBC and is now Head of Digital Service Transformation at the Department of Health and Social Care (DHSC).

When is Teacamp?

  • Time and date: 4pm – 6pm, 1st Thursday of every month
  • Location: Mezzanine, Curzon Victoria, 58 Victoria street, London, SW1E 6QW

How does teacamp work?

If you want to come to teacamp, just turn up on the day, it is open to everyone. It is upstairs in the cafe, very informal and friendly. If you are coming for the first time or on your own, ask for James or Sarah and we will introduce you to some teacampers.

  • 4.00 – 4.30pm:  tea and cake
  • 4.30 – 4.40pm:  intros and plug your events, projects, etc
  • 4.40 – 5.10pm:  speakers slot
  • 5.10 – 6.00pm:  Q&A, group discussion
  • 6.00pm: #beercamp in nearest pub

Contact info

@baskers Sarah Baskerville
@jaCattell James Arthur Cattell

December Teacamp – What do you want? (and Xmas party)

December, a time for gift giving, Christmas parties and a time for reflection. That’s this months teacamp all wrapped into one!

James and I would like to take this opportunity to catch up with you (This could be Teacamp’s Christmas party!) and more importantly listen to your feedback and ideas about what we should do for next years Teacamp.

dxw are kindly sponsoring this months teacamp so you can still get your monthly fix of tea & cake on them 🙂

What do you want?

To quote a line from one of my favourite old Sci-Fi programmes Babylon 5. “What do you want?” That’s what December’s teacamp boils down to.

We’ve had a great year, lots of fabulous speakers on a whole range of different topics and an eager audience turning up to listen, engage and discuss.  Thank you so much to everyone who spoke, who turned up and listened and asked all those questions.

You make Teacamp.

So please, come along to this months teacamp on the 7th of December and help us crowdsource ideas for speakers for next year.

  • What do you want from Teacamp?
  • Who would you like to listen  to?
  • What topics are peaking your interest of you may have a bee in your bonnet about?
  • What’s coming up on the horizon that you think you might want to hear about next year?
  • Perhaps you yourself would like to be a speaker and share what you’re working on, your experiences or even what you’ve learnt to avoid?

Come along and help us shape next years Teacamp offering.

When is Teacamp?

  • Time and date: 4pm – 6pm, 1st Thursday of every month
  • Location: Mezzanine, Curzon Victoria, 58 Victoria street, London, SW1E 6QW. NOTE for December Teacmap well be in a private room on the mid level mezzanine (Downstairs). Look out for Sarah & James.
  • Update 7th Dec: Normal location for Teacamp! Upstairs in the Mezzanine above the cafe tills.

How does teacamp work?

If you want to come to teacamp, just turn up on the day, it is open to everyone. It is upstairs in the cafe, very informal and friendly. If you are coming for the first time or on your own, ask for James or Sarah and we will introduce you to some teacampers.

  • 4.00 – 4.30pm:  tea and cake
  • 4.30 – 4.40pm:  intros and plug your events, projects, etc
  • 4.40 – 5.10pm:  speakers slot
  • 5.10 – 6.00pm:  Q&A, group discussion
  • 6.00pm: #beercamp in nearest pub

Contact info

@baskers Sarah Baskerville
@jaCattell James Arthur Cattell

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November #Teacamp – Agile and Security with @bruntonspall

Remember Remember, the 2nd of November

The spooks and ghouls of Halloween are laid to rest for another year, and the embers of Guy Fawkes are due to re-ingite on Sunday the 5th.

How to spark the flame teacamp style? We bring you Michael Brunton-Spall who argues that agile development methods can actually make systems more secure .

Michael Brunton-Spall is a freelance security and management consultant.

He has previously worked for the Cabinet Office in the [Government Digital Service] (https://gds.blog.gov.uk/) as Deputy Director for Technology and Operations, Head of Cybersecurity, Head of Technical Architecture and Lead security architect.

Previously he has worked in the gambling industry, the games industry, the finance industry and for [The Guardian](http://www.theguardian.com)

Michael is one of the four authors of [Agile Application Security](https://www.amazon.co.uk/Agile-Application-Security-Laura-Bell/dp/1491938846/), published by O’Reilly.

Agile & Security

Agile and security aren’t normally considered good bedfellows. Agile software development tends to throw out plans, designs and specifications and just keeps changing the system over and over.

How can we build software in a secure manner and have any confidence in how secure our systems are in this world?

Michael will argue that agile development methods can actually make systems more secure than more traditional methods, and show some tools and techniques that can be used to improve the security of systems that are built and operated using agile.

What do you think? Do you agree with this approach or have you found that it doesn’t work for you? Come to Teacamp and be part of the discussion and let us know your thoughts.

When is Teacamp?

  • Time and date: 4pm – 6pm, 1st Thursday of every month
  • Location: Mezzanine, Curzon Victoria, 58 Victoria street, London, SW1E 6QW

How does teacamp work?

If you want to come to teacamp, just turn up on the day, it is open to everyone. It is upstairs in the cafe, very informal and friendly. If you are coming for the first time or on your own, ask for James or Sarah and we will introduce you to some teacampers.

  • 4.00 – 4.30pm:  tea and cake
  • 4.30 – 4.40pm:  intros and plug your events, projects, etc
  • 4.40 – 5.10pm:  speakers slot
  • 5.10 – 6.00pm:  Q&A, group discussion
  • 6.00pm: #beercamp in nearest pub

Contact info

@baskers Sarah Baskerville
@jaCattell James Arthur Cattell