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GGovJam 2014 Global HQ announced

on Mon, 06/02/2014 - 10:25

The secret is out - this year's Global HQ of the Global GovJam will be in Barcelona!

Jam co-inititator Adam Lawrence will be travelling to Barcelona today to set up operations for the HQ team. He'll be working with other volunteers from Australia to Brazil to keep the Jam running smoothly, help Jammers everywhere and spread the best buzz of the Jam.

"Barcelona has always been a great Jam-town", says Adam, "with a history of great Jams and even a JamJam in 2013. I'm looking forward to working alongside the Barcelona Jammers and even joining in with them when I can!".

The Barcelona GovJam this year is a special one, as it is embedded in the Setmana de la Innovació en Serveis Públics - a week long conference which brings important names in public service innovation to Barcelona. Adam will be speaking about the Jam at the event on Friday - joining several other Jammers (Italy, UK, Spain) who are presenting there.

Local jam sites..

on Tue, 03/25/2014 - 08:43

New sites are joining the Jam daily. Here are some which are already signed up...

If you want to see a Jam in your town or city, please get in touch (check the FAQ). :)

Sign up as a Global GovJam host

on Thu, 03/20/2014 - 03:30

If you would like to be a Jam host, you can sign up now. Anyone can host a Jam, with or without experience, and with or without a public sector job or mandate. There is no need to give us extensive details about yourself, just tell us where you are. :)

Just drop us a line via our contact form, and we will tell you the next steps.

Please remember two points:

  • there is no geographical exclusivity of Jams. This means one city can have one, two or one hundred Jams. But because Jams are about sharing and connecting people, we always think one big Jam is better than several small ones. Please work together if you can...
  • The Jam is an open event to build connections and learn great tools, so please do not use the Jam to advertise your offering or your organisation. The best way to advertise is to impress people by really contributing to a great, open Jam - without putting your name or everywhere. Ask yourself, "would my competitor feel comfortable here?" If the answer is no, you are over-branding. Please keep the Jam open.

For more on these points, please see the extended FAQ

Global GovJam dates for June 2014!

on Thu, 02/20/2014 - 11:35

The Global GovJam in 2014 will take place in the first week of June. (That's the 3, 4, 5 of June in most countries).  Citizens, gov people, and specialists for innovation and citizen-centricity will meet all over the world to prototype new public services in just 48 hours. They will learn new tools, make great contacts, understand each other better and some projects will even become real.

There will be some new faces at GlobalHQ this year, as the Jam organisation team expands to be more diverse and international... 

We'll be accepting Jam locations soon via this page. Follow the Jam on Facebook and Twitter to stay up to date!

(Until then, if you want to get Jam practice, check out Global Service Jam in March!)

Jam Dates 2014?

on Mon, 01/06/2014 - 15:08

We will soon announce the dates for the 2014 Jam. (It will probably be in June again...)

Watch this space!

Best #JamMoment picture!

on Mon, 06/17/2013 - 19:18

The Jam generated hundreds of pictures and videos - but we invited Jammers to tag their favourites with #JamMoment, and promised to showcase the best. There will be an album of the best up soon, but here is the one which made it all the way.

After some heartfelt discussion, the hardworking GovJamHQ Support Team (woohoo guys!) chose this pic as their top #JamMoment. It shows one brave Los Angeles team prototyping their design on the streets of the city.


The photographer, who wins a cool book from Rosenfeld Media, is GovJamLA host Sarah Stern. Well done Sarah! Get in touch to discuss your choice of book!

It's OVER.

on Fri, 06/07/2013 - 02:37
It's over, folks. It's over.
The first Global GovJam was unique - a global, volunteer-led innovation session which mixed citizens, public servants and innovation specialists in more than 30 cities on 5 continents. No one has ever done that before, and, it was a success!
At the end of the Jam, around 650 people in over 30 cities had produced more than 120 projects, uploaded here... 
But the projects are not even half of it. The buzz on Twitter and Facebook, the serious conversations, the crazy videos, the valuable insights - this was a true Jam.  And that is all down to you. You made it happen!
We're tired, frazzled and after Jamming ourselves we need a rest. But we have to thank everyone who made this incredible event possible.  Those amazing local hosts - some of them experienced hands, some of them complete beginners - who took the time and had the courage to set up these amazing events. The sponsors who gave us spaces, food, drink, tools, and advice. And everyone who just helped out in the good spirit of the Jam. You are fantastic!
Thanks to every single Jammer who gave up their time to help each other rock the world of public service - for the good of every citizen. Whether you are a gov worker, an innovation professional, or "just" a passionate citizen, you gave the Jam the magic mix which made it unique. There is nothing like you. You are the Jam.
This Jam was extra-special for Markus and Adam, because for the first time at a Global Jam we were truly able to Jam ourselves. We need to say some special thanks to the people who made that possible. Thanks to the warm and generous Perth Jammers and Hosts for bringing us here and being patient when we occasionally were distracted by "Global". And a huge, massive, personal thanks to the Team who took over the GlobalHQ technical support and social media task, allowing us to play. Maria in Munich, Laura in LA, Nihal in Bangalore, Susanne in Nuremberg, Marina in Sydney - you were jam-tastic. To Stefan in Nuremberg, get well soon!  And to the Big Three of Saleh in Tehran, Sven in Nuremberg and Natasche in Sao Paulo - you just blew us away. Such professionalism, energy, smarts, fun! You all did a far better job than we ever did, and you let us relax and enjoy the Jam. Thank you for ever! 
Look at all those projects online! But don't forget to look at all the other outcomes of the Jam - the new skills, attitudes, and energy you have. The  friendships and contacts - tested by Jam - you have made. The other projects and initiatives which will come later.  And of course the knowledge that you CAN do this, you can beat impossible deadlines, work like crazy and still have fun.
Thank you again.  All of you. YOU ARE THE JAM.
Let's do it again in November at Global Sustainability Jam, where we will have just 48 hours to save the world.
It's over, we're worn out. We all need to sleep. 
GlobalHQ out. JAM OFF!
Markus & Adam.
PS Oh, just one more thing... The next JamJam - the meeting of dedicated Jammers who want to make a better Jam - will be held in the beautiful city of.....

(to be continued)

Follow the buzz around the world

on Thu, 06/06/2013 - 06:59

If you want to follow what's going on at the jam worldwide try the official hashtag #ggovjam on the various social channels:

On Twitter follow #ggovjam

On Flickr follow #ggovjam

Jamming Away

on Wed, 06/05/2013 - 18:56

As day 2 comes to an end for the jammers of the east, the western jammers gear up for some great adventures. A world connected, working together encouraged by the desire to learn, create and experience, inspired by the will to rock the public system, and maybe, just maybe change the world. 

Good luck to all, and KEEP JAMMING!!

We are jamming!

on Tue, 06/04/2013 - 02:52


For all participants of the local jams: the platform is now open for registration. Here what you can do on 

  1. Register (or login): Go to and simply follow the instructions.  Note: If you already were part of GovJam 2012 you can simply login using your username and password. 
  2. Update your profile: After you've logged in, take a few minutes to update your profile information. It's cool for other jammers to know who they jam with. But it's always your choice how much you want to share.   
  3. MY JAM: When logged in, you are automatically redirected to your profile page. There you will find links to
    • Create or join a project submission
    • Work on your your project submission


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