Global Service Jam

Global Service Jam logo

Imagine a Jam session in music. You come together, bringing your instruments, your skills, and your open mind. Someone sets up a theme, and you start to Jam around it. You don’t overanalyse it, you don’t discuss it to death, you Jam. You bounce your ideas off other people, and play around with what comes back.

Together, you build something which none of you could have built alone. And at the same time, you are learning new ideas, discovering more about how you work and whom you best work with, sharpening your skills, and having a great time. And who knows, maybe there are one or two ideas there which might make it to the next album. Or maybe you Jammed so well, you decide to form a band…

The Global Service Jam works in just the same way. But it’s not music you are Jamming to – it’s ideas. You’ll be working with people you might never have met before, bouncing ideas off one another and building on what bounces back. And it’s not just talking – you are here to turn your ideas into a concrete design, prototype and plan of action which you or somebody else might want to make real. Can you prototype and plan it in a way that someone could go out and make it real, knowing what resources they would need, what they should do, and who they should talk to? That’s the challenge of the Jam.

Each year the Global Service Jam organisers offer up a starting point for the Jammers taking part, described as the Secret Theme.  The video is released to teams at 7pm (local time for each team) on the Friday evening of the Jam weekend. The video below is the theme for the 2015 GSJ. If you’d like to see more visit their Vimeo page here.

The first Global Service Jam was held in 2011 , when over 1200 participants in 50 cities joined together in one weekend to create user-centred service prototypes  In 2015 there were over 25 Global Service Jam events held globally, with four in the UK; the Derby Ram Jam being one of these. Events were held as far afield as Indonesia and Finland.

2015 GSJ Locations
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The Global Service Jam also organise the Sustainability Jam and Gov Jam weekends.