Barcamp? What’s that for?

I was inspired to start the blog today. Its still January, so maybe this could still be a New Years resolution. Its been on my mind to do so for a couple of years.

The inspiration was spending the day at Google with a bunch of really interesting people. The UKGovWeb barcamp was intended to try to drag the Civil Service kicking and screaming into the 21st century (only kidding, guys!).

The 80 attendees were split evenly between Civil Servants and Joe Public. There was lots of wibbi-stuff, lots of staunch defence of government and the civil service, plenty of leading edge stuff. But mostly the day was about an exchange of views. Listening hard, exploring options, and coming up with solutions.

For me, waiting 10 years is not a solution, although most of the roadblocks will have retired by then. Our government needs an “e”, and the sooner the better.

A great day, so good in fact it inspired me to finally start the blog. Thanks guys!

Special thanks to Jeremy & co.

6 Responses

  1. Feargal, it was great to meet you yesterday – I thought the day worked very well.

    I’m really glad to hear that it inspired you to get blogging. Enjoy it. It can be great fun. If there’s anything I can help with, do let me know.

  2. Welcome to the Blogosphere Fergal 🙂

    Your critical contributions were really helpful in shaping discussions 🙂

    I’ll be really interested to hear more about progress getting schools to be more e-engaged.


  3. Welcome to the blogosphere! I’ve subscribed to your feed.

    It was a great day – let’s hope some positive action can come out of it!


  4. […] are some posts I have spotted so far following the event: Tim Davies, Feargal Hogan… more to be added as they emerge. Tags: […]

  5. Good name, good decision, good to meet you.

  6. Hi Feargal. Glad to see the day had an effect on you.

    Just to let you know. I was in another school observing a science class again. This time the teacher used both Google Video and YouTube to illustrate “diffusion”. She was a young teacher obviously comfortable with IT but she still had to “battle” to get her IT people to unblock access to those sites. We need to think of more ways to free teachers that want to use IT and to help those who can’t.


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