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Global Lab Gathering Conference, London

Hosted by Nesta - in association with Bloomberg Philanthropies and with the support of our international partners The GovLab, MindLab and MaRS Solutions Lab - the gathering brings together the growing international network of labs, units and i-teams driving innovation forward in public services worldwide.
Labs are widely acknowledged to be producing some fascinating results and promising ideas, but:
  • What is the evidence so far for innovation labs' success?
  • What do we know about how they work?
  • How can their successes be repeated at scale?
Designed to bring together over 250 leading practitioners, policy makers and researchers in public sector innovation worldwide, the core aim of the gathering will be to inspire in each other a new sense of what is possible in public service innovation.

We want LabWorks itself to act as an innovation lab - blending our existing networks and knowledge of public innovation with external inspiration and challenge, testing our assumptions and generating new ideas in the process.
The key focus is ultimately practical - if you are working in a public innovation lab or about to set one up then you or your team should not miss this unique opportunity to build your networks and your knowledge.

A full programme with confirmed speakers can be found here
Don’t miss your chance to Register for the must attend event for the sector. 

Lab Practitioners Workshop - Friday 10 July, Nesta

A separate Workshop designed for Lab Practitioners Only attending the Global Lab Gathering will be held on Friday 10 July at Nesta.  If you are interested in requesting an invitation, please indicate this on the Global Lab Gathering ticketing page (stage 2 of the booking process) or email You will need to summarise, in no more than 100 words, why you feel this workshop is suitable for you. We will then contact you directly to confirm your place.

Whilst the Global Lab Gathering is designed to allow those working on public innovation to connect with colleagues, explore emerging trends and discuss future challenges; the focus of the workshop will be on:
  • developing new skills;
  • offering and receiving new insights;
  • building platforms to work on innovative new projects together.

Coaching Retreat, Saturday 11- Sunday 12, Venue tbc 
If you would like to spend more time going deeper into your specific project and receiving bespoke coaching and advice, Nesta, GovLab, La 27e Region and MindLab will be jointly offering an intensive 2-day coaching retreat for teams actively working on Lab strategy and implementation projects. The goal here is to provide direct, hands-on support and expert advice that, together, help accelerate the movement of these real-world projects toward successful implementation.

There will be a modest cost involved to cover expenses and coaches time. The exact cost per attendee will be finalised once we have a better sense of the group size. If you would like register your interest in attending the coaching retreat, please contact Brenton Caffin ( no later than 15th May. Places will be limited to ensure each team receives dedicated attention and support. 

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