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5 things to remember for CommsCamp North in Bradford

CommsCamp in real life has been a LONG time coming … we’re really looking forward to seeing you all again and just being in a good space with great people. If you’ve got a ticket for CommsCamp, there are a few reminders before you come along. If you can no longer make it, please let us know as we have a waitlist of people still wanting to come.

So if you are coming, here are five things to remember before we see you on October 13th (or the 12th, if you’re coming to our beer and curry social):

There will be cake … so please bring cash

There’s going to be cake, but there’s only going to be cake if you bring some. But you don’t have to bake – although if you do, you could win prizes – you can just bring a cake you bought from a shop (although don’t try and pass it off as your own … WE WILL KNOW). Pieces of cakes are then ‘sold’ for donations to our charity this year, and you also get a raffle ticket to win marvellous prizes* so please bring cash with you. We don’t have a fancy card machine! Read more on Kate Bentham’s cake blog.

Bradford's centenary square

Bring food bank donations

Our charity this year is the Bradford Central food bank. We will have a donations table at CommscampNorth and will welcome all contributions of non-perishable food and household products, whether large or small. Popular items include tinned puddings, UHT milk, jam, tinned tomatoes, pulses, tea, coffee, loo paper and more. Read more on Josephine Graham’s blog post.

Have a think about pitch ideas

The beauty of an unconference is there is no agenda – you get to decide on the day what you want to cover. And this means you pitch the ideas you want for sessions. Pitching is easy, so don’t be daunted by it … and it always brings up some brilliant session topics.

What makes a session topic? This could be a problem you’d like to collaborate on, something they did well or an issue coming down the line. Have a look at our Facebook group to pitch an idea and join the debate.

Once we have a nice big list of session ideas we’ll share them into timeslots across the day in the six break-out areas. Each session lasts 45-minutes. Overall, there will be more than 30 slots.

So have a think in advance of something (or things) you’d like to pitch.

Sort out your transport   

Don’t forget your train ticket .. and if you’re driving, you should know that Bradford is a clean air zone, so you’ll need to pay to come into the city. If you’re coming to CommsCampNorth by train, we’ll have a walking train from the station so you don’t get lost … it leaves at 9.10am. Read more about transport, parking and travel on Bridget Aherne’s blog post.     

The social the night before is a BYO restaurant 

Finally, if you’re coming to our social curry the night before, please note that – like many restaurants in Bradford – it doesn’t have a drinks licence, so it’s a BYO. There is a supermarket very near, so you can stock up there. Read more on David Grindlay’s curry blog.

*Brilliant stuff we’ve found in charity shops or on eBay

#commscampnorth: Why Bradford?

Having been to both the Commscamp North events in Manchester and Sheffield, I’m am now helping to bring this fantastic public sector comms event to Bradford, a place with much to offer.

The Bradford District is one of the largest local authority areas in England with one of the fastest growing economies. Over 537,000 people live in the varied and diverse Bradford District and Bradford is one of the youngest cities in Europe. 29% of its population is under 20 and nearly a quarter is under 16.

As well as the city of Bradford, the district includes several popular towns and villages and large beautiful rural areas with lovely countryside. Among the district’s towns and villages are the World Heritage village of Saltaire, and Haworth, which gave the world the Brontë sisters.

Saltaire, a World Heritage Village

The world’s first City of Film

In 2009 Bradford was named the world’s first UNESCO City of Film. You might be surprised just how many films or TV programmes have been filmed in the Bradford District. To name just a few, Peaky Blinders, Downton Abbey, The King’s Speech, The Railway Children, Emmerdale, Funny Cow, Gentleman Jack, Billy Liar, Victoria, Official Secrets and Coronation Street have all used settings in the Bradford District as filming locations. Continue reading #commscampnorth: Why Bradford?