Countdown to Govcamp Cymru

Photo by Sasha Taylor (CC BY 20.0)

It’s only a few days until GovCamp Cymru returns to Cardiff for its third year.

The venue is the historic Pierhead Building in the heart of Cardiff Bay. This majestic building has stood proud for over 113 years and now forms a space that reflects the culture of the Bay and provides the perfect venue for live discussion and debate.

What is the agenda for the day?

That’s one of the perfect things about Govcamp Cymru, there is no agenda. Govcamp Cymru is an unconference which means there is no pre-defined agenda, and attendees ‘pitch’ session ideas on the things they want to talk about.

The pitches are  then written on post-it notes, which are assigned to vacant slots on a session grid, and that becomes the schedule for the day.

 

What do you need to know?

Doors open at 10am for coffee and registration. When you register you will be given  a lanyard that will provide you with a little more info about the event and it has a space on the front for you to write your name and your Twitter handle. Lanyards will be in three different colours, yellow for the ‘Please do not photograph me’ attendees so that our photographers know not to point the camera in your direction,  black for the Welsh speakers so fellow Welsh speakers know to look out for you; and for everyone else, purple lanyards.

Once registration is complete and you’ve all had a chance to grab a coffee, the main event will begin at 10:30am with  a word from our organisers, Satori Lab, and our main sponsors, PA Consulting. Session pitching will begin shortly afterwards.

There will be two sessions before lunch. Huge thank you goes out to National Assembly for Wales for not only providing the venue but also laying on the wonderful lunch. There will be another two sessions after lunch before the wrap up session at 4:40pm. The event closes at 5pm when we will move the conversation on to the #beercamp #afterparty venue, which for the second year will be the World of Boats (CF10 4GA).

If you need any help on the day, look out for our volunteers in green t-shirts and they will be happy to assist.

We do have one law that governs Govcamp Cymru and that is the law of two feet.

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If at any point during a session you feel that you’re not gaining from or contributing to the conversation, get up, use your two feet and go to a different session. No one will find this rude. You are in charge of your own interactions and we want you to be engaged and interested #zeroboredom

We also have five key principles that we all respect:

  • Whoever comes is the right people……
  • Whenever it starts is the right time……
  • Wherever it is, is the right place……
  • Whatever happens is the only thing that could have, be prepared to be surprised!
  • When it’s over, it’s over (within this session)……

Much love to our sponsors…..

Govcamp Cymru is free to attend. This wouldn’t be possible without our wonderful sponsors. Please have a look at the list on our Sponsors page. We’re hugely grateful to all of them. We’d like to give particular thanks to our platinum sponsor, PA Consulting.

If you’re attending Govcamp Cymru, we look forward to seeing you there and hope that you will share your experience via the Twitter hashtag: #gccy16.

 

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