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 ūüôā

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

Contact info

@baskers Sarah Baskerville
@jaCattell James Arthur Cattell

October #teacamp – Clare Moriarty, Permanent Secretary of Defra

Picture of Clare Moriarty
Clare Moriarty, Permanent Secretary of Defra

Clare has lead the¬†Department for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs (Defra) since August 2015. Just 4 months into the job, she was up in front of the powerful Public Accounts Committee (PAC) in the now infamous review of Defra’s Common Agricultural Policy (CAP) delivery programme. If you have a spare couple of hours, the video makes for interesting viewing.

Clare also has a long-standing interest in leadership, change and diversity. She attends, promotes and understands the value of open space technology (A.K.A. unconferences) and is a champion of rebels, risk takers and reformers of government, especially in the digital arena.

As the most senior civil servant in Defra, she leads 1 of the departments that will be most affected by Brexit. To that end, Clare is currently working with her 3rd Secretary of State Michael Gove, who follows Andrea Leadsom and Elizabeth Truss.

You can find Clare on Twitter at @claremoriarty

Her previous roles include

  • Director General, Rail Executive in the Department for Transport
  • Director General, Corporate Group, Department for Transport
  • Constitution Director, Ministry of Justice
  • Head, NHS Foundation Trust Unit, Department of Health
  • Principal Private Secretary to the Secretary of State for Health
  • secondments to the NHS and the UCL School of Public Policy.

 

When is Teacamp?

  • Time and date:¬†4pm ‚Äď 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 ‚Äď 4.30pm:¬†¬†tea and cake
  • 4.30 ‚Äď 4.40pm: ¬†intros and plug your¬†events, projects, etc
  • 4.40 ‚Äď 5.10pm: ¬†speakers slot
  • 5.10 ‚Äď 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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September #Teacamp – How the New Zealand Gov does all things Digital, Data, and Tech

New Zealand Gov, Digital, Data & Tech

Summer holidays may be fading into recent memory, but don’t despair because you are in for a treat in this September’s #teacamp! We’ve managed to get not one, two or three folks but FIVE lovely folks over from New Zealand, who are coming over to old Blighty as part of an exchange programme with the UK Public Sector and want to share their digital & government learnings with our wee teacamp community.

New Zealand’s Department of Internal Affairs and the UK Home Office are piloting a two-part professional exchange in 2017. The exchange brings together staff from across the two organisations to expand their knowledge and share best practice on digital, data and technology. The UK team spent four weeks in New Zealand in March and the New Zealand team are travelling to the UK at the end of August to continue sharing knowledge on New Zealand’s approach to digital, data, and technology and learn about the UK’s approach to driving digital transformation across the public sector.

 

The NZ team includes:

Jessica Brown is a Senior Policy Analyst and is seconded to a multi-disciplinary team that supports the Chief Executive of the Department in his role as Government Chief Information Officer (GCIO). The project team has been set up to support the GCIO to accelerate digital transformation across government. Prior to joining this team Jess worked in the Policy Group across areas including digital identity, information, and service innovation.  

Before coming to DIA, Jess worked at the Ministry of Justice on privacy, constitutional law, and human rights.

Areas of interest include how government is responding to disruptive technology (particularly artificial intelligence and block chain), the role of policy in digital transformation, and machine readable regulation

 

Kate Nixon is a Principal Advisor leading work to understand the New Zealand government’s digital identity needs and future frameworks for meeting those needs.

Kate recently finished as the Service Design Lead for life event services in the New Zealand Births, Deaths and Marriages Office.

Kate led the user research and customer-centred design for the recent delivery of two cross-agency digital services for New Zealand citizens – SmartStart and Te Hokinga ńĀ Wairua End of Life Service. These services were delivered under the New Zealand government‚Äôs¬†Better Public Services¬†strategy. Kate can share the¬†lessons learned¬†so far, in delivering cross-agency life-event services.

Prior to this role Kate worked at the New Zealand Inland Revenue Department, undertaking user research and service design for the development of digital tax and social policy services.

Areas of interest for Kate include designing services around citizen needs, collaborative cross-agency service delivery, digital identity and leveraging emerging and future technology for government service delivery.

 

Nicola Potter leads a team of Advisors in Identity and Passport Services focused on delivering and developing online services, understanding barriers to use of online services and driving a culture of continuous improvement.

Prior to this role Nicola spent 5 years with RealMe, primarily working to implement the Identity Verification Service (New Zealand’s digital identity offering) into the operational business, and managing ongoing product development.

Areas of interest for Nicola include approaches to digital identity, cross-agency development of services, and approaches to Agile development including scaled Agile and multidisciplinary teams.

 

Rachel Prosser  works as part of the Service Innovation Team at the Department of Internal Affairs, where she has been the delivery lead for a prototype Service Innovation Lab.

The Lab is an experiment in providing new ways for public, private and third sector agencies to work together, and is part of an ‚ÄúInnovation Toolkit‚ÄĚ of tools and techniques to help people in New Zealand government agencies deliver customer-centric services that provide people with ‚Äúeasy access to public services, which are designed around them, when they need them.

Rachel has recently worked on digital identity, digital literacy and assisted digital.  Her earlier career included stints as a Corporate Lawyer in New Zealand and the UK, work with small businesses as a speechwriter, trainer and marketing consultant along with a variety of roles in government.

Areas of interest include how government system conditions can support (or not!)

cross-agency working and innovation; different approaches to delivering integrated customer-centric services; how to best support people working in government to lift their digital capability; ‚Äúgovernment as a platform‚ÄĚ and the D5 charter goals around working openly and supporting SMEs.

 

Sarah Casey brings a passion for strategy and change management to the Digital Investment System.

Sarah is a Senior Strategy and Investment Advisor for New Zealand’s Government Chief Information Officer, but spends most of her days partnering with

the Treasury to offer an all-of-government lens to digital investment priorities. Sarah works with a portfolio of departments to lift their strategic planning, investment management, and asset performance capabilities, and supports system discussions around how digital, data, and technology can deliver to the strategic objectives of government, sectors, and departments.

Areas of interest for Sarah include how to create a flexible public service, able to respond to the opportunities of a digital era ‚Äď considering a holistic view of system processes and levers; leadership, capability, and culture; and the use of strategic partnerships for innovation.

 

Come along to meet the New Zealand delegation and discuss key insights from the exchange so far, and the differences between our approaches to embracing digital government.

 

When is Teacamp?

  • Time and date:¬†4pm ‚Äď 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 ‚Äď 4.30pm:¬†¬†tea and cake
  • 4.30 ‚Äď 4.40pm: ¬†intros and plug your¬†events, projects, etc
  • 4.40 ‚Äď 5.10pm: ¬†speakers slot
  • 5.10 ‚Äď 6.00pm: ¬†Q&A, group discussion
  • 6.00pm:¬†#beercamp¬†in nearest pub

Contact info

@baskers Sarah Baskerville
@jaCattell James Arthur Cattell

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

Contact info

@baskers Sarah Baskerville
@jaCattell James Arthur Cattell