commscamp: the low-down

On Tuesday 26 February, Birmingham stages the first national unconference for government and local government communicators.

by Darren Caveney

It's the event the world has been waiting for.  It's where creative communicators will come together.  It's taking place in what was once known as the 'City of a thousand trades', a creative workshop to the world.  And it's where cake will be eaten in very large quantities.

I give you commscamp.

I was delighted to get involved when the event creators Ann Kempster and Dan Slee asked if I would lend a hand - little did I know that I might have to re-mortgage the house to make it a reality (but, fortunately, an army of great sponsors stepped in so the kids won't have to kip in the car after all)

Now, there are three ways to get involved in commscamp and here's what you need to know...

1. If you have a Willy Wonka-style golden ticket you can trot along to Birmingham and enjoy the event first-hand. You'll enjoy some of that much talked about cake and meet lots of folk you'll maybe only know via twitter. If you travelling by train, you can take advantage of a walking tour all set up to greet you at both New Street and Moor Street stations - info here if you need it.

2. If you can't be there in person, you can watch some of the key sessions via a livestream courtesy of the very clever Mr John Popham right here

3. If options one and two don't work for you then you can follow the event hashtag live, or after the event, via #commscamp13.

Whichever route you take, there promises to be a creative out-pouring, a mountain of ideas, a bucket full of fresh plans hatched and even a good old whinge at being asked for yet another comms plan and 36 press releases.

So, there you have it.

Thanks to our sponsors for making this thing fly.

and have fun, all.

Darren Caveney is co-creator of comms2point0 and Vice Chair of LGcomms

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