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on Fri, 09/20/2019 - 06:15


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This is how we Jammed, 2018

on Sat, 06/09/2018 - 20:28
Hiya from #SunnyDundee! A big congratulations and collective high five to the incredible jammers around the world, as we wrap up the 6th Annual Global Gov Jam (and 7th GovJam). This year’s headquarters in Dundee, Scotland was full of energy, creativity, and mischief. Dundee is known for jute, journalism, and jam (the food). But this week, it was also known for JAM (the event). A big thank you from the HQ Host team in Dundee - Mike Press, Hazel White, Linsay Mcintosh, Katie Bain - to all the local hosts, Jammers, sponsors, and everyone else who helped us Jam! We had 30 + cities across the globe welcome friends new and old, to learn about how to rock the public sector using design. Participants included public sector teams, healthcare workers, students, designers, and more! We made prototypes that were Failable, (Inter)Active, Informative, Lo-Fi, and Disposable. Most importantly, prototypes helped better understand citizens and how to serve them. The power of design linked to the wonder of people makes for inspiration. Here’s a little look back at how we Jammed: Special thanks to the Global HQ team Adam Lawrence, Barbara Martlova, Natasche Padialli, Marina Terteryan for supporting the local jams day and night. As you reflect on the end of the Jam, consider the statement: “Tomorrow, I will…” and think about how you will use your Jam learnings to make the world around you better. See you next year, same jam time, same Jam planet. #DNDGovJam, Global HQ 2018

Follow the Jam!

on Thu, 06/07/2018 - 10:26

The Global GovJam 2018 is rolling in 33 cities worldwide, as public servants, citizens and design specialists work like crazy to rock the world of public service through observince, exploring and prototyping possible futures.Follow the Jam on our social media wall, and join the (serious) fun!

Jammers: register and submit your work

on Tue, 06/05/2018 - 13:33

To register and submit your work for Global GovJam 2018, start right here: 

  1. Read our Registration and Upload Cheatsheet click here to download the PDF

  2. Go to the upload platform and register an account. NOTE: If you are submitting a Jam project: only one person per team needs to register.

  3. Start your submission (save it in-progress) – keep uploading all through the Jam.

  4. Publish ("submit") your upload before your local Jam's submission deadline. (Why not publish it earlier if you want the world to see it? You can still keep working on it after you press "submit"...)

Happy jamming!

If you have any questions, please contact Global HQ.

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 on the 6th and 7th of June.... 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


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