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What is Government 2.0 Camps? 


Government 2.0 Camp is the unconference about using social media tools and Web 2.0 technologies to create a more effective, efficient and collaborative U.S. government on all levels (local, state, and federal).

Government 2.0 Camp will bring together the leading thinkers from government, academia and industry to share Government 2.0 initiatives that are already in process and collaborate about how to leverage social media tools and Web 2.0 technologies to create a more collaborate, efficient and effective government -- Government 2.0.

Government 2.0 Camp is the inaugural event of Government 2.0 Club, a newly-launched national organization that creates opportunities for government, academia and industry to share ideas and solutions for leveraging social media tools and Web 2.0 technologies to create a more collaborate, efficient and effective government.


What is Government 2.0 Club?

See for yourself! http://www.government20club.org/

The conference session schedule is also posted on the site.



Friday, March 27 (8am to 5pm + 6pm happy hour @ Champions) – Saturday, March 28, 2009 (8am-6pm)



Duke Ellington School of the Arts 3500 R St NW, Washington, DC
Share rides by joining the relevant Google group (it's not near Metro):


What is an unconference?

An unconference is collaborative learning event organized and created for its participants, by its participants.

We're using the Barcamp planning platform due to its ease-of-use and widespread recognition . . . hence, the “Camp” in the Government 2.0 Camp name.

Why is this an unconference rather than a traditional conference format?

Our United States government is a democracy is that is, by its founding principles, of the people, by the people, for the people. The unconference format embodies these same collaborative principles as our nation’s democracy, and thus, is the ideal format for the topic of Government 2.0.

Additionally, collaborative planning and sponsorship make this event about the topic of Government 2.0, itself, rather than about any single government contractor, think tank, university or government agency.

Furthermore, an unconference is experiential: the unconference format immerses participants in the very collaborative culture that defines the Government 2.0 vision: collaborate to create, shape and enhance and improve. 

Finally, the unconference format enables those who are not yet familiar with social media tools and Web 2.0 technologies to experience, first hand, the power of their collaborative tone and capabilities.

But I’ve never been to an unconference or Barcamp before and this sounds weird

Please do not be intimidated or put-off by the unconventional format of Government 2.0 Camp.  Give it a try and sign up below as a participant.

Even better, sign up below to volunteer and help to create this event.  There is no “right” way of doing this. We're all figuring this out as we create it together.  In the spirit of an unconference, you are just as much a contributor as I am.

Initiating Organizers

(please don't add yourself here, rather, add yourself to Volunteers section below)

This unconference is being organized in cooperation with Jeffrey Levy, Director of Web Communications, U.S. Environmental Protection Agency; Co-Chair of the Federal Web Managers Council's Social Media Subcouncil; @levyj413 on twitter

(Please note that EPA and the Federal Web Managers Council do not endorse the services or products of firms participating in the unconference.) 




Also, check the RSVP site to see the much longer, full participant list. We do want to keep an organized and growing list of the agencies and organziations attending. Thus, please log your attendance here too. Thanks!



Government 2.0 Camp is free for attendees and will be 100% sponsor-supported.  THIS IS NOT an opportunity to focus on selling your product or service - as a sponsor please focus on providing value to the community in the form insight and/or other means. Sponsors who are overly aggressive with their marketing executions online or onsite will be asked to tone it down (we've never had to ask this in the past).


Amount (USD) Company Website
$1,009.95 O'Reilly Media, Inc. http://conferences.oreilly.com
$1,000.00 TransparencyCamp http://www.transparencycamp.org
$809.95 MetroStar Systems Inc,, http://www.metrostarsystems.com
$509.95 NextGenWeb http://www.nextgenweb.org
$509.95 AT&T http://www.att.com
$509.95 Deloitte LLP http://www.deloitte.com/us
$509.95 NavigationArts http://www.navigationarts.com
$509.95 OpenTheGovernment.org http://www.openthegovernment.org
$509.95 GovDelivery http://www.govdelivery.com
$509.95 craigslist http://craigslist.org
$509.95 Booz Allen Hamilton http://www.twitter.com/sradick
$358.75 Microsoft http://www.microsoft.com
$307.50 CareerBuilder Government Solutions  
$307.50 BearingPoint http://bearingpoint.com/publicservices
$257.28 DCI Group LLC http://www.dcigroup.com
$256.25 Contagious Conversations http://www.contagiousconversations
$256.25 Granicus Inc, www.granicus.com
$256.25 Federal Consulting Group http://fcg.nbc.gov
$256.25 General Dynamics Advanced Information Systems http://www.gd-ais.com
$256.25 Pragmatics, Inc http://www.pragmatics.com
$256.25 Personal Democracy Forum http://personaldemocracy.com
$256.25 KERBCO, LLC http://www.kerbco.com
$256.25 FortiusOne Gecommons http://geocommons.com/
$256.25 Vignette http://www.vignette.com
$256.25 Red Hat, Inc. http://www.redhat.com/
$256.25 OpenSGI http://www.opensgi.com
$256.25 Federal News Radio 1500 AM and DorobekInsider.com http://www.federalnewsradio.com
$256.25 Ironworks Consulting http://www.ironworks.com
$256.25 CivicPlus http://www.civicplus.com
$256.25 FEDERAL NEWS RADIO http://http://www.federalnewsradio.com/?nid=104&sid=1619678
$256.25 Infoition News Services http://www.infoition.com
$256.25 SpeakerBox Communications http://www.speakerboxpr.com
$256.25 Granicus Inc, www.granicus.com
$256.25 Mobile Commons http://mcommons.com
$256.25 Limelight Networks http://www.llnw.com
$256.25 The Ambit Group http://www.theambitgroup.com
$256.25 IBM http://www.lotus.com
$256.25 Forum One Communications http://www.forumone.com
$256.25 MindTouch, Inc http://www.mindtouch.com
$256.25 Stractical Solutions, Inc.  
$256.25 JackBe http://www.jackbe.com
$256.25 Microsoft.com http://www.microsoft.com/government
$256.25 Doug Whitehead http://www.m3d8.com
$250.00 iStrategyLabs http://www.istrategylabs.com
$205.00 Rock Creek Strategic Marketing http://www.rockcreeksm.com/
$205.00 Johnston McLamb http://johnstonmclamb.com
$205.00 CTOvision.com http://ctovision.com
$153.75 JBS International, Inc. http://www.jbsinternational.com
$153.75 Vivakos, Inc. http://www.vivakos.com
$153.75 Assignment: Future http://assignmentfuture.com
$102.50 Rhiza Labs http://www.rhizalabs.com
$102.50 US DHHS http://www.hhs.gov
$102.50 Wichita Area Technical College http://www.watc.edu
$102.50 Communibuild Technologies http://www.communibuild.com
$102.50 Firmstep http://www.firmstep.com
$102.50 Big Room http://bigroom.ca
$102.50 Plessas Experts Network  
$102.50 Control Yourself, Inc. http://identi.ca/
$102.50 MetroStar Systems Inc. http://www.metrostarsystems.com
$102.50 NuWave Solutions http://www.nuwavesolutions.com
$102.50 Neighborhood America http://neighborhoodamerica.com
$102.50 MetroStar Systems, Inc http://www.metrostarsystems.com/
$102.50 DubMeNow http://www.dubmenow.com
$102.50 Rhiza Labs http://www.rhizalabs.com
$102.50 Columbia Books http://www.columbiabooks.com
$102.50 Center for Democracy and Technology http://www.cdt.org
$102.50 TiKi http://ti.ki
$102.50 IB5k http://ib5k.com
$102.50 Hinchcliffe & Company http://hinchcliffeandcompany.com
$102.50 CollabNet, Inc. http://www.collab.net
$102.50 Anthology Communications http://www.anthologycommunications.net
$102.50 Captura Group http://capturagroup.com
$102.50 Concerted Solutions http://csolved.com
$102.50 American Public University System http://www.apus.edu
$102.50 JDG COMMUNICATIONS, INC. http://www.jdgcommunications.com
$102.50 GovLoop.com http://www.govloop.com
$102.50 Metanomy Inc. http://metanomy.org
$100.00 Mixtmedia http://mixtmediastrategies.com
$76.88 You2Gov, LLC http://www.you2gov.com
$76.88 The Media Network http://www.themedianetwork.com
$63.27 City of Seattle/DoIT http://www.seattle.gov/doit
$51.25 The Visible Content Company  
$51.25 Blackstone Technology Group http://www.bstonetech.com
$51.25 JBS International, Inc. http://www.jbsinternational.com
$51.25 corporation for a skilled workforce (csw) http://skilledwork.org
$51.25 JBS International, Inc. http://www.jbsinternational.com
$51.25 swan island networks http://www.swanisland.net
$51.25 Open Forum Foundation http://openforumfoundation.org
$51.25 RightNow Technologies http://www.rightnow.com
$51.25 London, Ink http://www.londonink.com
$51.25 Sensis http://sensisagency.com
$51.25 EastBanc Technologies http://eastbanctech.com
$51.25 SRA International http://www.sra.com
$51.25 Aquilent, Inc http://www.aquilent.com
$51.25 Xpedite Network http://www.xpeditenetwork.com
$51.25 Clickforhelp.com Inc. http://www.Clickforhelp.com
$51.25 Intridea, Inc. http://www.intridea.com
$51.25 Sunlight Foundation http://sunlightfoundation.com
$51.25 WelchmanPierpoint http://www.welchmanpierpoint.com
$51.25 www.mc.com  
$51.25 Navstar, Inc http://www.navstar-inc.com
$51.25 iTACTIC Corporation http://www.itactic.com
$25.99 Project10X http://www.project10X.com
$21,014 Total  


Financial Accounting Page is Here


Talk about Government 2.0 Camp

On Facebook:

On Twitter:

On LinkedIn: Join Government 2.0 Camp on LinkedIn

On GovLoop: Join Government 2.0 Club on GovLoop

On Ustream: Firewall & bandwidth permitting, there is a plan to stream at least one session from every time slot via Ustream on the http://www.ustream.tv/channel/istrategylabs or new account channel?

Tag for flickr, delicious, ma.gnolia, technorati etc: #gov20camp




As an unconference, we'll set the agenda each morning in plenary session.  But to help people see the kinds of sessions likely to happen, please share your ideas.


Friday afternoon

U.S. premiere of Us Now, a newly-released documentary film out of the U.K. about the power of mass collaboration, government and the internet. (Maxine Teller working on this)




Maxine has now agreed with Dominic Campbell (FutureGov) that Ivo Gormley, Director of Us Now, will come over for a screening of Us Now. Suggested format:


- 4-6pm in main venue

- 55mins film

- 45mins panel following the film

- Dominic to compere, Ivo, one of the Camp organisers such as Mark on the panel

- Links to other panelist (politician and/or academic) plus sponsorship (around $500) sought in exchange for brand association with screening and/or seat on the panel 


Suggested reading

If you are curious about understanding more about topics and buzzwords that surround Government 2.0, here is some suggested reading (feel free to add). There is also an excellent thread on the topic over at http://www.govloop.com/forum/topics/what-are-the-must-reads-on.



  • Cluetrain Manifesto by Christopher Locke, Rick Levine, Doc Searls, and David Weinberger (1999)
  • The Tipping Point by Malcolm Gladwell (2002)
  • The Future of Work by by Thomas W. Malone (2004)
  • The Long Tail by Chris Anderson (2004)
  • The World is Flat by Thomas L. Friedman (2006)
  • Everything is Miscellaneous by David Weinberger (2007)
  • Groundswell by Charlene Lei and Josh Bernoff (2008)
  • Wikinomics by Don Tapscott and Anthony D. Williams (2008)
  • Crowdsourcing by Jeff Howe (2008)
  • The Starfish and The Spider by Ori Brafman and Rod A. Beckstrom (2006)