BlueLightCamp is a two-day unconference, bringing together people who work in and around emergency services across the UK.
I’m one of the organisers, along with the original founder, Sasha Taylor.
People who have attended BlueLightCamp in previous years include:
- fire & rescue
- crisis management / emergency planners
- hospitals and ambulance trusts
- central government
- mental health professionals
- councillors and council staff
- universities and researchers
The first day is a fantastic networking opportunity. There’s no pre-defined agenda; attendees suggest topics they’d like to discuss, and sessions are arranged accordingly. Sessions can vary from large groups to just a few people, depending on the level of interest. Sessions often include the latest thinking on digital, innovation, social media, and open data in a blue light context.
The second day brings together people with ideas, service experts, and developers who work together to turn those ideas in to something more tangible. This can often be ‘apps’ which run on mobile ‘phones or browsers.
Illustration by Matt Buck of Drawnalism