There's an event you shouldn't miss if you are a public sector and work in communications, digital, social media or marketing. We'll be there too.
by Emma Howard
The 7th Annual GovDelivery Public Sector Communications Conference (#UKComm16) is fast approaching… On 29 September, it is highly recommended that you and your colleagues hotfoot it to RIBA Venues in London to join hundreds of government communicators, service designers and citizen engagement strategists for a day of networking, inspirational talks and lots of learning. Followed by a little tipple at a pub just off Oxford Street! Ooooo…
Over 700 people have already registered for this event - which has grown year-on-year to become the biggest conference for government communications professionals in the UK.
You’d be mad to miss it! Register here.
Here are the top 5 reasons you're going to love it:
1. Inspirational speakers
Digital leaders from across the public and not-for-profit sectors will inspire you with their stories of how digital technologies and citizen engagement techniques are being used to help transform services and lead to better outcomes for the people!
To name a few, you’ll hear from:
- Rachel Neaman (Director of Skills and Partnerships at Doteveryone – a not-for-profit venture tackling digital exclusion)
- Carrie Bishop (Director at FutureGov)
- Emma Rodgers (an award-winning comms manager at Stoke-on-Trent City Council) and
- Steve Langrick (runner up in the Digital Leaders 100 list 2016 for his transformative work at Kirklees Council.
A key theme of the day will be how to effectively engage citizens in ways that count.
We all know that “silver bullet” for real and lasting behavioural change that benefits lives (and organisation’s budgets) is pretty elusive, however, the event will be a unique opportunity to learn from others’ experience and pick up some best practice tips.
You’ll hear about the challenges other public sector organisations have overcome and those that they continue to face - and how they’re championing digital to deliver 21st century services for an ever-more demanding public.
2. Networking opportunities
Don't forget your business cards! You'll mingle with some of the brightest minds in public sector (and not-for-profit) communications and service design. We’re expecting a great turnout from the 700 people who have already registered, so there will be plenty of time during the breaks to chat to people working in a similar role to you. Mmmm…lunch!
3. Unique discussions and learning
We’re confident you’ll have lots of questions for our speakers and ample time to find out about other team’s citizen engagement strategies and tactics. In the face of reduced budgets and increased demands from service users, now is the time to put our heads together and find ways to leverage citizen engagement techniques to drive positive outcomes for society.
4. You might win an award!
Winners of the Digital Strategy & Impact Awards 2016 will also be announced at the event, so you’ll have a chance to eye up your competition for next year’s awards, or perhaps celebrate a win this year!?
5. Comm2point0 will be there too
The lovely lads from comms2point0 will be moderating the event. 👍.
6. The GovBots will be out in force
For those of you on Twitter, you may have seen some of these... What are they and where did they come from?! Well, these little fellas are our GovDelivery “GovBots”. You’ll be able to nobble one at the conference, along with all sorts of handy literature including digital best practice guides and our latest whitepaper: Engagement for Change.
Be good to them and they’ll do you a dance. #govbot
Space is limited at the conference so please register as soon as possible.
Hope to see you there!
If you have any questions, please email firstname.lastname@example.org.
Emma Howard is UK marketing strategist for Govdelivery.