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Host a Jam

A local Jam can be a polished event for hundreds of people or a simple meeting of a few folks around a kitchen table... Why not give it a try?


Why should I be a local organiser?

As a local organiser, you will help others learn about a design-based approach to creativity and problem solving. You will also help support the young discipline of service design. You do not need experience of design or public service - though it might be useful to have those skills in your team or Jam.
  • You will have great freedom to organise and shape your local jam as you wish, as long as a few basic guidelines are observed.
  • You will meet people from your region who are interested in innovation and public sector services, and in a design-based approach. You will work closely with them.
  • You will be in contact with other organisers globally, all of whom will be worth knowing.
  • You will pick up a load of new ideas and work practices.
  • You will meet a lot of cool people at all levels of experience.
  • You will have the opportunity to showcase your own experience, interests and ideas with participants and the press.
  • You will not get rich (the Global GovJam is non-profit, and no-one should be making money though you can cover the costs of the Jam), but you might get famous(er).
  • You will certainly have a blast.


Can I do this? What do I need to do?

Take a look at these nine questions...


Ok, but how do I become a local organiser?

To list your city on the map of cool and innovative Global GovJam locations worldwide, there's two first steps you can take in only 2 minutes:

1) Read the rules for local organisers ( Basically, they say:

  • Be ready to find and set up up a suitable location for the Jam (workspace, connectivity, physical requirements). You do NOT need to do this before you register - in fact, it's better to register first.  Sometimes, locations will contact you!
  • Be open to everyone, don't push your product or company.
  • Later, be ready to handle registrations and participant lists (this can be as simple as a Facebook or Eventbrite page...)
  • Be part of the organisers' community (mostly on our Basecamp, but on other platforms too)..
  • Be non-profit.
  • Police the rules, keep the deadlines.
  • Publicise your event, and publish the results.
  • Have fun!

2) You're ok with the rules?

Cool! Now simply shoot us an email marked "I wanna host!" to , tell us who you are, where you want to host your Jam and we take it from there!
LET'S ROCK the public sector!