Gov20LA First Day

It was amazing. More tomorrow. Follow the live stream tomorrow: http://www.gov20la.org, http://www.you2gov.org

So many incredible participants and speakers; panelists that even though I knew “who was coming” I didn’t know the energy or enthusiasm. It was mind blowing. From the Keynote to the panels, it was a phenomenal display of collaborative group sharing and learning.

At this point we know that over 52,000 Unique Individuals watched the LiveStream on TechZulu and an additional 20,000+ uniques watched on other distribution outlets. Company Founders, Governments from 5 Countries, and from all across the West and East and Central USA. Academics, Non Profits. This is real, and it happened today, and again tomorrow.

One thing we really zeroed in on is a very basic question: What is the Definition of Government 2.0?

Why, you are asking does this matter?

Very simply, the more we can simplify the language we speak about this the quicker we can achieve buy in from the interested parties and constituents. The People.

This is about the merger of Government 2.0 and Citizen 2.0 = People enforcing their ownership of the Government. Not vice-versa.

I heard from many People today about it feeling like a new level of sophistication and industry awareness is emerging. People are starting to count numbers, look at metrics. The success stories are clear, and relevant. But it was pointed out today, that in all the talk about Data, Openness, Transparency, Tools, it is all about the People. Us.

One thing I put out as a major objective of this weekend is to not just define what Government 2.0 really is, what “Gov 2.0″ really is;  but to possibly create a language standard that can be applied across Governments, across the “industry.” We are up to this challenge. The incredible outpouring of enthusiasm and excitement for getting past the great unknowns of Government 2.0 and instead; making Gov 2.0 simple, easy and about People that are right here, gathered in Los Angeles. Yes you are here.

Venue for Gov20LA Confirmed.

Finally! A venue for Gov20LA! Everyone can now rest easy knowing you are in for one amazing experience!

Thanks to @blankspaces http://www.blankspaces.com and Jerome Chang for allowing Gov20LA to descend on their space! We promise to take care of it!

We are really looking forward to this location, with high speed internet connectivity, two way video capabilities and a location on public bus lines, near a freeway and near Hollywood and Beverly Hills. Additionally, there is both a Starbucks, and a Staples within one block, and several bars, and restaurants as well.

TechZulu will be providing a video stream of the event. Thanks Efrem!

Hotel information will be posted tomorrow, as we are trying to lock in a block of rooms at a mid priced hotel and one at a higher end hotel to ensure most people are happy!

Thanks to Microsoft, O’Reilly Media, Govloop, Port of San Diego and RockCreekSM for being such awesome sponsors, as well as so many others and everyone working hard behind the scenes on the planning committee!

Also coming up will be a logistics blog and a social events calendar as well. Stay tuned for more on Gov20LA events and planning.Thanks for everyone’s patience on the venue selection, now the real fun begins!

GOV20LA Organizing Committee and More Information

Government 2.0 Camp: LA

Http://www.Gov20LA.org – FREE to Individuals thanks to Sponsoring Companies.

You’ve been hearing rumors of some LA “Camp” thing. We are here to let you know that you don’t have to wait until Summer time for Camp! In order to get a dose of sunshine and inspiration Gov 2.0 Camp is moving out of the Beltway and off to sunny Los Angeles, CA. You may be asking, why take the Camp on the road, outside of the obvious reason of early Spring Break?

The first Government 2.0 Camp in Washington, DC was a great way to bring awareness to who is working on these issues and how to start working together. Now, that we know who’s who in the space, it is time to start including the rest of the community. That community is made up of people like you.

  • Government cannot hope to provide better services to our citizens, integrate social media and develop new ways of doing business without the help of the entire community.
  • When we talk about Government here, we aren’t just talking about the Federal Government.
  • We are talking Federal, State, local and international.
  • Yes, you heard right! This is all about contributing to finding better ways to make the world work.

It isn’t about one of us, but all of us as global citizens
What are we looking for? We’re looking for your ideas, your best practices and your creativity. We want you to bring your energy and enthusiasm for helping us figure out how we can modernize Government using social media. We are looking for ideas on:
• Continue implementing innovative solutions
• Leverage ideas and lessons learned from Non Profits, Education, other Governments, Non-Government Organizations and private companies
• Increase and support more women in technology
• Start the conversation across all levels of government and beyond
• Address the challenges of government – privacy, legal, records management, accessibility, copyright, creative commons, security and more!
• Provide insights in language use and how best to position transformational technology change.

Most importantly, we are looking for ways to help citizens better participate in Government. How can we empower them? How can we help their voices and opinions to be heard? How do we make Government and Government officials more accessible? How do we help people trust the job the Government is doing? We need your help to make this a reality!

Who Should Attend?
Any one who is interested in helping make governments better and who has an interest in social media.

When?
Friday, February 5 – Sunday, February 7, 2010

Where?
The location of the Camp is still TBD. We are working on procuring a location in West Los Angeles.

Why Attend?
This will be the first time we have gone out of our way to practice what we preach and see real world applications in actual use. Come to Los Angeles to get a fresh perspective and to explore new ways of doing business.

Structure of the Conference:
This will not be like any other conference you have ever attended. We will be utilizing a hybrid of the bar camp format, traditional conference structure thus taking community interaction to the next level.

The Planning Committee will provide sub themes for the Camp (some of which have been highlighted above). We will select some speakers and panel sessions to meet some objectives of those sub themes. There is plenty of room for you to propose your own sessions and ideas.

In order to ensure we develop the right discussion, we will conduct community voting on all community submitted proposals. Space will be limited and number of slots per sub theme will be announced before the end of voting. Expect voting to begin in January 2010!

Now What?
Register to attend the Camp here. Determine if you or your organization would like to sponsor the Camp. Think about ideas you have for a session or if you have a recommendation for a speaker(s).

Still Have Questions?

Contact us at register@Gov20LA.org or on Twitter at @Gov20_LA . Also, don’t forget to ask your friendly Planning Committee member any additional questions you may have! They are here to ensure we provide the best camp experience ever!

Gov20LA Planning Committee:
Alan W. Silberberg, Lovisa Williams, Steve Ressler, Erin Kotecki Vest, Adriel Hampton, Sarah Granger, Jim Gilliam, Andrew Lachman, Greg Ferenstein, Lucretia Pruitt, Andrea Baker, Rich Greenberg, Luke Fretwell, Michael Walsh, Martha Mclean, Justin Herman, Mona Nomura, Chris Heuer, Meagen Ryan, Wayne Moses Burke