GovCamp Toronto?

GovCamp I came from this weekend’s PodCamp Toronto buzzing with ideas.

The most promising? GovCamp.

A quick Google search shows that others have had the same idea. GovCamps have been held in several countries in the last couple of years.

I think public servants could benefit from an event in the PodCamp vein where they could share their ideas, experiences and challenges related to new media in an informal setting.

Governments face unique challenges in implementing new media initiatives. Language and accessibility requirements, strict IT standards, tough approvals and other factors mean even considering cutting-edge solutions can be daunting. However, many of these tools are cheap, effective and embody the democratic principles of our society. GovCamp would help leading thinkers from different governments come together, compare notes and find solutions to their problems.

Toronto would be a perfect location for a Canadian GovCamp. It is home to the largest provincial and municipal governments in Canada, and just a few hours from the centre of the Canadian government. It is also a transit hub within north America.

What do you think? Is this a valuable idea? Is it worth pursuing? Interested in helping if we move ahead? Let me know what you think in the comments.

Dave Fleet
EVP Digital at Edelman. Husband and dad of two. Cycling nut; bookworm; videogamer; Britnadian. Opinions are mine, not my employer's.