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Join a Jam – or start your own!

on Sun, 05/13/2018 - 21:00

New Jams are signing up every day! Check our list of Jam cities to find a Jam near you.... or start a Jam in your own town!

Host a Jam this June in your town!

on Thu, 05/10/2018 - 08:20

Yes, we are still accepting new locations for #GGovJam 2018 (on the 6 & 7 June in most countries).   Hosting a Jam is a great way to help public services be more innovative and citizen-centric, and to become a connector and catalyst in your town.

If you want to know more about Jamming, check out this introduction page. For specialist Host information, click here.

Then, just send us your city and your name, and we will get you started! See you at the Jam!


Next #GGovJam 6-7 June 2018

on Mon, 01/29/2018 - 12:14

Hi Everyone!

The next edition of Global GovJam will take place on the 6-7 June 2018 in most countries. (As always, there is the option of starting on the afternoon of the 5th, and countries with a different working week will be accommodated.)

If you want to join us, please write to :)

Oh what a Jam! That was #GGovJam 2017...

on Fri, 05/19/2017 - 06:07

Oh, what a Jam! Fantastic building, testing and iterating global Jammers. Thank you for making #GGovJam a hugely rewarding and successful event. Melbourne is grateful to you all for supporting us to be your HQ host city. 

As cities around the world finished upload their prototypes and showing us how they interpreted the theme, strangers have become friends, we've laughed, we've celebrated, we've been confused, we've been anxious, and together we've made a global jam. Congratulations to you all. To all the hosts, your supporters and sponsors, we salute you. Your love, energy and goodwill is at the heart of the Jam. To the citizens and public servants who've jammed, we salute you, there are no jams without jammers - we hope you take what you've learned and change the worlds around you.

To the Global HQ, all class, grace and humour, Melbourne is so grateful to have hosted you. We've learned so much, cuddled a lot and most importantly, laughed and laughed and laughed. Melbourne's Jam community hopes to see you all in the near future, in other jams and beyond. Keep up with our locations page to follow the world as they complete their challenges and keep the conversation going via the #GGovJam hashtag.

With love and gratitude, the Melbourne team. See you all at Global Sustainability Jam 2017? :)

Follow the Jam

on Fri, 05/19/2017 - 05:55

Want to see what is happening all over the world as public servants, citizens and innovation specialists Jam together to rock public service? Check out the hashtag #GGovJam on Twitter, Facebook, Instagram, YouTube, Vimeo and other social media. And check out the Secret Theme video which opened the Jam all over the world. This year's film was made by the Melbourne team who hosted Global HQ. Thanks guys!


#GGovJam is rolling!

on Wed, 05/17/2017 - 08:40

Global GovJam 2017 has kicked off across the world, with more than 25 cities jamming and designing to explore we might serve our citizens better. We have citizens, public servants, designers and collaborators in the rooms and on the streets.

The Melbourne team is thrilled to host HQ this year as part of the 5th Anniversary of GovJam, including familiar faces and past jammers from GovJam's history. Keep an eye out for the hashtag on your favourite social media platform to keep up with the buzz!

- Your Melbourne team

#GGovJam 17-18 May 2017: sign up your location now!

on Tue, 03/21/2017 - 18:14

If you care about public services, want to explore new ways of citizen-centric innovation or are interested in the role of design in public service, you should host a #GGovJam site! It can be as small as your kitchen table, or as big as a conference centre.  You don't need any experience, just a curious mind and a few collaborators.

If you think you might like to host, please read the FAQ on this page, then drop us a line. We will take it from there. 

Got questions? Just ping us at, and our team of volunteers will do their best to help you!

(Note: the main days of #GGovJam are Wednesday 17th and Thursday 18th of May. Local Jams may optionally decide to start on Tuesday 16th May in the afternoon. If you live in a country with a non-Western working week, you may also start a day earler. )

Jam the year

on Mon, 10/31/2016 - 09:49
The dates for the next 3 Jams have been announced!
Global Sustainability Jam 2016 ( #GSusJam) 4-6 November 2016
Global Service Jam 2017 ( #GSJam) 17-19 February 2017
Global GovJam 2017 ( #GGovJam) 17-18 May 2017
To register a location, read the FAQ at the relevant web page and drop us a mail

Thank you!!!

on Thu, 06/02/2016 - 22:01

The Global GovJam 2016 is over!

Hundreds of Jammers joined together in an amazing 48-hour wave that travelled round the world through 32 cities on 5 continents.
Inspired by one Secret Theme, we worked together at pace, made prototypes, tested them, failed fast and made them again.
We all learned new ways of addressing old issues, made new connections and had a lot of fun in the process.
Thanks to everyone who jammed, mentored and facilitated at a the Jam.
Thanks to the sponsors, venues and other people who made each local Jam happen.
And a special thank you to the amazing individuals who volunteered to host a Jam in their city. Without them, there would be no Jams.
Together you rocked the world of public services!
It wouldn't be a Global Jam without the global team:
Natasche, Markus and Adam, the core team behind all the Global Jams
Matt, Kathryn and the Leeds GovJam volunteers who hosted the Global GovJam HQ for 2016
Ruth who co-initiated the Global GovJam in 2012 and was a great source of help and advice this year & Rafael Poiate who volunteered from Sao Paulo.
We have learned loads and been humbled by the dedication and creativity of Hosts and Jammers around the World.
What happens next? We hope you will take the learning, new connections and Jam spirit back to your everyday life and work. There's no need to wait for the Jam to move forward by showing, not telling; prototypes, not concepts; and doing, not talking.
We're already looking forward to the Global GovJam 2017. We hope you are too!

Thank you! and Jam OFF!
Global GovJam HQ 2016 team
PS: Exciting news coming soon!

2016 GovJam Opening Video

on Thu, 06/02/2016 - 00:28

Here is the video which opened the 2016 Global GovJam in more than 30 cities. This video helps paint a picture of the many reasons why jammers, hosts and govs jam, it shares some of the ideas behind jamming and it also shows the Secret Theme of the Jam.
A special Thanks to our Special Guests and to our amazing team of volunteers (the lovely people you see on the video and many more brilliant people behind the "screen") :)


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