3 great mentors from UK at Garage48 Public Services
February 17, 2011
We have 3 great guys from UK coming to Garage48 for Public Services: Tony Bowden, Adam McGreggor and John Bevan to be mentor our teams and provide their expertize. Each of them have something unique to offer for your teams from their wide experience and know-how on development of public services and working with government organizations.
Tony is My Society
International agitator. In recent years he has been connected with Eastern Europe and many different events. My Society
has two missions. The first is to be a charitable project which builds websites that give people simple, tangible benefits in the civic and community aspects of their lives. The second is to teach the public and voluntary sectors, through demonstration, how to use the internet most efficiently to improve lives. For example My society has started: WhatDoTheyKnow.com
Adam is Rewired State’s geek wrangler. He is principally a technologist, who’s been fiddling with networks, and more r
ecently internet backends, for about 15 years. During this time, he’s collaborated in producing possibly the first group-effort consultation response with Stand, later helping to keep FaxYourMP
alive, keeping involved in mySociety
; co-founding No2ID
, and the Open Rights Group
. Adam keeps trying to remember mod_perl is not how websites are written these days ;o).
In recent years Adam’s also been involved in the Internet and Parliament / Nominet Best Practice / Internet Governance Forum
, amongst other things.
An infrequent blogger, Adam’s worked in quite a few places, both public and private sectors, not always in tech roles. Adam escapes from it all by causing trouble, going to gigs, drinking gin and beer, and doing “hippy stuff” in Nevada and Zaragosa
Adam is Rewired State’s sensible one. He is an organiser specialising in producing hackdays. John previously worked at the BBC to deliver events for BBC Backstage
The projects he worked on, Hackday London, Over The Air and Mashed08 did much to establish the hackday format in the UK. His Exec Producer at the time, Matthew Cashmore, stated that “[John’s] experience in creating an environment that allows creative developers to deliver amazing work, and then provide a stage for them to demonstrate that work is second to none”.
John has also, amongst other things, managed an I.T. Academy, trained to teach R.E., worked in media monitoring, written E.S.L. textbooks and built fences/cut down trees for the National Trust.