Gov 2.0 Camp: view from a co-organizer

This past weekend, I had the amazing good fortune to help organize Government 2.0 Camp with three great people: Maxine Teller, Peter Corbett, and Mark Drapeau.

You can find all kinds of recap goodies on the Government 2.0 Club site.

Sorry, I can’t do a better job than Todd Pitt did in his “minimalist” recap that actually captured a huge amount. So mostly, I’m putting this up to be sure more people see his post.

But I can add this:

I learned that you can:
build an agenda on the fly in front of hundreds of people. Twice.
get hundreds of people to sing with you (for those of you who missed it, we started day 1 singing “get down, get funky, get loose, and groove to the beat!” and day 2 singing “we will, we will, rock you!” accompanied by foot stomping and clapping to the beat). Anybody who got video of either day, please, for the love of all that is social media, let me know!

I’m already seeing the promo video in my head for next year:

(cue dramatic music)
2 days …
20 hours of sharing/building/laughing/thinking …
110 sessions …
500 people in government/contractors/interest groups/non-profits/politics …
(slide from music to chanting and clapping and pounding beat)
we will, we will … ROCK YOU!

Government 2.0 Camp was intended to be the launch event of a new group called Government 2.0 Club. On that site, you can find all kinds of notes and blogs from the camp, and kep tabs on how the club’s next events develop.

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You all did a rocking job. We just need a ROI number. Normal conferences cost $20k to put on – Gov20Camp cost $20k. 1000% ROI. Amount of good coming out of Gov20Camo – $10 bazillion dollars. ROI – infinite.

AJ Malik

Jeffrey, it was priceless to see you sing “get down, get funky, get loose, and groove to the beat,” not to mention, getting the rest of us to follow your lead. I really enjoyed meeting you, the other sponsors, and countless others. The Gov 2.0 unconference event had a cool, hip, inclusive, vibe to it, similar to a music festival. My brain was processing so much information, I had to nap after wards. See you on Gov 2.0 Club.

Scott Horvath

I definitely enjoyed the conference as well. Unfortunately I couldn’t return on Saturday for a reason I won’t mention…although I did tell some of you. However I was little irritated when that reason was then delayed. I could’ve been at Day 2, but wasn’t. Ashame.

The organizers did a great job and I was very excited to participate in my first ever unconference. I was completely jazzed to attend and I felt like my brain was a giant Twitter stream with all the networking, tweeting, sessions, and information. In fact I don’t think I got off the brain buzz until the next afternoon (and know it wasn’t because of the bar). I wish ๐Ÿ™‚

Jeffrey, I hope someone captured a video of you doin’ your jig on the stage! Great stuff! I hope that the non-gov’t world starts to get a good sense of just how many people in the Government DO want openness, transparency, and open discussions with the public. Very quickly they’re learning that we mean business.

Thanks again to everyone for putting on a great event.

Jeffrey Levy

@Steve: not sure how $20K and $20K yields 1000% ROI. Did you mean $200K for a normal conference? ๐Ÿ™‚

@AJ: The feeling’s mutual! Great fun to meet you and know some cool folks in my county gov’t.

@Scott: no kidding on the brain buzz. I could barely move yesterday, esp. since the day BEFORE camp was the first-ever in-person meeting of the Social Media Subcouncil. Sadly, as far as I know, no one videoed either day’s singalong. But I have memories. Ah, yes … I have memories! And you’re darn tootin’ they’re learning fast we govies are for real. ๐Ÿ™‚


I meant $200k for a normal conference….Little quick on the typo….

The singing was awesome…embodied the spirit of the conference – this is fun. love the quote “if it is not fun, it is not web 2.0”

Sarah Bourne

Gov 2.0 Camp was one of the most valuable conferences I’ve attended. Such a wealth of topics to choose from at every time slot! My only regret is that I could only be in one place at a time. I’m extremely grateful for all the photographers and tweeters and bloggers and vloggers; it’s going to take a long time to get through all the posts for the sessions I missed.

The frosting on the cake was getting to meet so many of my online friends in person, and making some new ones, too!