Say goodbye to all those expensive two day conferences and other events you look at wistfully but never get to go to. Preset agendas, boring sessions and the same old faces at events are a thing of the past.

The biggest trend of the last few years has been for ‘unconferences’ – participant driven events. These have tended to focus on digital matters, innovation and other more technical subjects.

But now, the very first unconference for public sector communicators is coming. Mark the 26 February 2013 in your diaries now!

And we here at GCN HQ think this is a such great idea that have given our backing to the event. We’ll be funding travel for 25-30 government communicators in Whitehall and their associated agencies, making it even easier to attend. There will be more tickets available for government communicators too, but without subsidised travel

Wow this sounds amazing – sign me up now!

Sign up to the waiting list for tickets and you’ll get priority notification when we release tickets over the next few weeks as well as details on the free travel places.

I’ve still got some more questions…

What is it?

CommsCamp is an unconference-style event – the agenda is driven by participants. The whole event is very interactive – the agenda is set in the morning with delegates pitching ideas for sessions. You can move between sessions as you see fit or you can spend time having coffee, talking and kicking ideas around with people you meet.

Who is it for?

It is open to anyone in the public sector who works in comms whether that’s in the civil service, local government, NHS, police, or fire service, basically any comms professional in the public sector.

Attendees from all areas of comms are welcome: press, PR, internal comms, marketing, and, yes, digital/social media too.

What will happen on the day?

You’ll arrive and have coffee and tea and a chance to start meeting people.  Everyone will then gather in the main conference room for introductions and to set the agenda.

People who are interested in running a session will stand up and present their idea to the room and then find a slot on the agenda for the day, which is a giant piece of paper with coloured post it notes stuck all over it.

Then the morning sessions kick off – you can wander in and out of sessions as you want. Break for lunch at the usual time and then back for more in the afternoon.

When is it?

26 February 2013, 10am to 5pm

The venue?

The Bond Company – a converted warehouse in Digbeth (Birmingham) in the creative quarter. The buildings are used for meetings, office space and events. It’s right by the side of the canal and has a track record in being used as an unconference venue.

How do I get to it?

It’s a five minute taxi ride from New Street and Moor Street stations – the two main Birmingham stations which are 1 hour 22 minutes away from London. It’s also 15 minutes walk and a walking crocodile will be arranged from New Street station on the day so you don’t get lost.

How much does it cost to attend?

Commscamp13 is free to attend. Funding for running the event is done via sponsorship.

You just need to fund your travel to the event. GCN is supporting the event by funding (reasonable) travel costs for 25/30 government communicators in Whitehall and their associated agencies.

Where can I find out more?

Twitter: @commscamp and  #commscamp13

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Sign up to our waiting list for tickets and you’ll get priority notification when we release tickets over the next few weeks and more details on the free travel option.