Introducing Housing Camp

Drum roll… It’s long been an idea, but now its time has come. #housingcamp

Now the social housing world has embraced another kind of ‘social’, some of us reckon it would be good to get together and share experience, find fellow game-changers and generally bond over all things digital, social and social housing. We’re thinking an unconference format (inspired by UKGovCamp), which is the perfect antidote for those who’ve found themselves dozing off in traditional conferences. Essentially, an unconference is put together and delivered by the attendees. For the people, by the people. Here’s a much better explanation than I could ever muster myself.

We’re hoping for lots of online collaboration – from the hashtag on Twitter, Google Docs and Slideshares, through to video reporting on YouTube – and everything in between.

This is a DIY gathering of interested people who want to make a difference, rather than a slick professional conference. So (a) please bear with us and (b) please offer to help if you can. Collaboration rocks.

So. The outline of a plan.

Event Comms: Primarily twitter, leveraging our collective networks and the #ukhousing tag. Maybe a Facebook page, because its easy. No expensive paid for advertising in the Guardian or Inside Housing. Although a spot of editorial coverage would be nice 😉

Venue: Thames Valley HA have agreed to host it. There’s a couple of big auditorium style rooms, and a range of smaller break-off session rooms. It’s right next door to Twickenham station, just 20 mins from London Waterloo.

Date: We’re thinking April/May/June. Please participate in the poll to let us know of preferred or impossible dates… By the way – it’s on a Saturday – mainly because that’s when the venue is available.

Sponsorship: Thames Valley are sponsoring the venue. If anyone else would like to sponsor lunch, t-shirts, or beers afterwards – then please get in touch (sponsors@housingcamp.org). We’re aiming for light-touch costs, hence light-touch sponsorship.

Tickets: FREE (of course). Your contribution comes by participating and making it a great event. But you’ll need to book so we can manage numbers – we’ll manage tickets on Eventbrite.

Themes: Well, it’s a #housingcamp, so I doubt anyone will want to run a session on Rugby (but now watch, someone will). Given what’s current in housing at the moment, we reckon folks will want to talk about welfare reform, social media, digital service delivery, housing-tech solutions, who knows… If you’d like to pitch to run a session, you’ll have the chance to on the day (*please* do – my big fear is that no-one wants to run a session) – and it would be great if you could share your session ideas here on this site in advance too.

Format: Pretty much the same as our chums at UKGovCamp…

Lets do it.

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