Thanks to Marek for inviting me in from foreign parts (Hanover) to draw everyone’s attention to CityCamp Brighton, a free event I’m running in the city on 4-6 March.
CityCamp is a free three-day conference for people who want to use new ideas and approaches to solve the city’s problems. It brings together designers, local government workers, citizens, journalists and developers to learn about the city, discuss its problems and opportunities, and design technological and social solutions.
On the Friday, we’ll hear from great speakers like John Barradell, Chief Executive of the council, Emer Coleman from London Data Store and Dan McQuillan, one of the founders of Social Innovation Camp.
On the Saturday, we’ll run parallel discussion sessions in Hove Town Hall, where people can present problems or ideas, and discuss what works and what doesn’t in Brighton & Hove.
Then on the Sunday, people form into teams to design and prototype the solutions they discussed the day before. The best idea wins a £10,000 development fund, kindly donated by the Aldridge Foundation.
As well as the Foundation, we’ve had fantastic support from the City Council and the University of Brighton, as well as the national innovation organisation for local government.
Tickets are free, but limited, and going fast. You can find out more and sign up at the CityCamp Brighton website. If you can’t come, but want to be kept informed, you can also sign up to our mailing list – we’re hoping to run a second CityCamp event later in 2011, as well as a political participation event called CityForum.