July #teacamp: Terence Eden on why Open Standards are amazing and how they can help transform government

Terence joined the Civil Service in 2016 after 15 years working for various startups and mobile phone companies.

As the Open Standards Lead for the Government Digital Service (GDS) it’s his team’s job to help the government select open standards and see them implemented everywhere.

He’ll tell us why Open Standards are amazing and how they can help transform government; making it more open while saving time, money, and lives.

Terence is part of the World Wide Web Consortium (W3C) Advisory Committee, helping to set future standards for the web. He recently got four and half new Emoji into Unicode.

Buy him a drink to find out more, read his blog  and follow him on Twitter @edent, please (-:

 

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

June #teacamp: Kit Collingwood-Richardson on why the machinery and people of government aren’t fit for the internet age

Kit is passionate about making the machinery and people of government fit for the internet age. She is going to do a talk about:

  • why she thinks this isn’t currently the case
  • what digital reform for government might truly mean
  • the implications for the way we work
  • the ethics of leadership in a truly user-centred state.

She would like to test her ideas with the group and have a proper conversation.

Kit has been a civil servant for eight years, three years of which were spent as a policymaker before she fell in love with and moved to digital, data and technology where she’s stayed ever since. Having been Head of Digital at a couple of the Ministry of Justice’s executive agencies, Kit now leads the data team at Universal Credit, part of the Department for Work and Pensions. She is very active in the government digital community, where she’s found countless friends and kindred spirits.

Away from her day job, Kit has written about some of her other interests: LGBT stuff, mental health, leadership and awesome women.

 

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

May Teacamp – Anthony Zacharzewski, Brexit, Europe, Open Gov and Connecting Citizens

Anthony runs the Democratic Society, who work with central and local government on citizen participation and civic engagement. They’ve been big supporters of digital consultation over the years, writing a report (with Snook) for GDS on that topic last year. They’re currently working in Scotland on digital PB, with the Council of Europe and the European Commission on international citizen participation, and with the Serbian government on digital participation.

 

Anthony moved to Brussels in July, and has been running Demsoc from there while working on their European projects, but he’s back in England for Teacamp. He’s going to talk about a a project that’s just starting on connecting up cities around Europe that want to work together to develop citizen participation, but he’s also happy to answer questions about Brexit, and how it looks from the EU end.

 

He’s also happy to talk about open policy making and open government, although he left the Civil Service so long ago that Tony Blair was Prime Minister and not a potential parliamentary candidate. He did sit on the Open Government Partnership UK steering group for three years, though.

 

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

April Teacamp – AMA with Hadley Beeman

Hadley has been around the public sector for 13 years, designing and delivering digital services, playing with data, writing strategies, interpreting tech for policymakers, and generally stirring up trouble.

She has spent time in local government, the NHS, DH, InnovateUK, GDS and Cabinet Office — in addition to founding a start-up called LinkedGov and spending some time with Mozilla, the Firefox browser people.

In her non-gov time, she works on the architecture of the Web with the W3C. She’ll be joining us for an AMA (ask me anything).

Topics thus far include:

  • The ins and outs of a ministerial private office (as a digital/tech person)
  • Generating millions of pounds for the Treasury from a ridiculous idea in the pub
  • Explaining blockchains in 90 seconds to a member of the Royal family
  • Moving from open data to the Things We Don’t Talk About (the cyber world)
  • The W3C and web standards — the “government” of the web
  • What’s left on her to-do list for digital government

Feel free to send her questions or bring suggestions, and as usual there’s the #teacamp hashtag to follow the conversation on!

 

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

March teacamp

Throughout 2015 and 2016 Dan Barratt made over 100 cakes for work, gathered feedback on all of the cakes, recorded it on a public spreadsheet, and broadcast his activity on Twitter. He did this because, through cake, he wanted to model and exhibit behaviours, practices and values that he would expect to see in work. He wanted to “be the change you want to see”.

At the end of November Dan wrote a blog post about this ‘cake for business’ project. People across the public sector digital and cake industries really liked it.

He’ll talk about what he learned, and explain why running a two-year behavioural experiment on your colleagues is a good thing to do.

Dan is the Head of Data and Search at the Houses of Parliament. He likes making things, fixing things, making things better, and public service.

He has been an inspiration to many of us in government, particularly teacamp organiser James.

There will be cake. Unfortunately, not made by Dan.

Cake 81 - Buttermilk pound loaf
Dan tweeting about cake 81 – Buttermilk pound loaf
James tweeting about cake 81 - Buttermilk pound loaf
James tweeting about cake 81 – Buttermilk pound loaf

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

This month we were hoping to have @hadleybeeman give us a talk about her time with Ministers, and her experience of the Ministers Office. Unfortunately she’s had to pull out so we are seeking a replacement speaker.

Teacamp will still go ahead this Thursday so please do turn up, because we always find something to talk about…. especially with what’s happening around the world and UK at the moment.

Photo credit: http://www.standard.co.uk/news/london/london-weather-flash-flood-warnings-issued-as-thunderstorms-set-to-hit-the-capital-a3278636.html

Will confirm who our replacement speaker is as soon as possible.

See more via #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

Teacamp 2017

 

We held a session at December’s Teacamp to think about possible speakers for next year. Not quite crystal ball gazing, but thinking about what you might want to discuss next year. Check out our Trello Board of our thoughts on potential speakers.

crystalball2A lot can happen in a week of politics, let alone predicting what’s going to happen over the next
year and what you might want to talk about. So this isn’t by any means a “fixed” list. We need your feedback on what you’d like to discuss, so do get back to us. Is there anything missing from that list of potential topics? What would you like to talk about?

 See more via #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