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You can Jam! Anyone can!

on Thu, 04/18/2013 - 14:45

Thinking of hosting a Jam? Yes, we are still accepting locations!

A Jam can be as big or as small as you manage. It can be full-service, or self-orgaining. It can be a whole conference center, or just your kitchen table. All you really need is a space, some people, some internet and an open attitude... 

It doesn't matter if you are a public servant or a government employee - anyone can host. (We think your GovJam location will benefit from having both those types of people in the room, so if you are not connected to public service in any way, we have some tips to help you reach out to them.).

We have seen Jams put together in a few hours and - while that style is not for everyone - they rocked! So, if you're still hesistating, just get in touch. We'll help you to Jam the world of public services!


(Image: Istanbul Service Jam)

Growing every day!

on Thu, 03/28/2013 - 10:31

The Global GovJam is growing fast. As more and more locations join us, we already have sites on 5 continents, with more signing up nearly every day!  Anyone can host a GovJam site - whether you are a Gov employee, a professional innovator or designer, or a private citizen. We think the best jams will include a mix of all those people - but anyone can start the ball rolling! Why not give it a try?

Oh, and check out the growing community on our Facebook page and Twitter. We'll see you there!

We're going GLOBAL in June 2013!

on Wed, 10/31/2012 - 23:33

After the success of the 2012 Pilot, we'll be going Global in 2013!

The folks behind the Global Service Jam will be working with the Australian Government's Department of Industry, Innovation, Science, Research and Tertiary Education to spread the news of the Jam in both the service innovation scene, and the public sector worldwide.

Mark your calendars for Global GovJam, 4, 5, 6 June 2013!

(More news soon!)

Got the Jam Fever?

on Tue, 07/03/2012 - 19:19

Want to Jam again?

Join us all over the world at the next Global Sustainability Jam, on the first weekend of November, 2012... :)

Thanks for GovJam

on Sat, 06/09/2012 - 08:13

What a week! The first ever GovJam pilot has wound down, with Jammers worldwide uploading their contributions to the Jam website. Well done everyone!

We had all sort of folks, from public service employees to government ministers, from farmers to fairies, from professors to students... And they all rocked the public sector! We had 48 hour Jams, 2 hour Jams, and everything in between. The results were amazing - we are just starting to look through them. Why not take a look - and maybe leave some comments? 

But just as important as the projects are the non-tangible outcomes - the new techniques learned, the people we have worked beside, the challenges we have met. And the new experience of high-energy, high-productivity FUN which is the reason we Jam.

We can certainly say that GovJam was a successful pilot. There is room for improvement, of course, but this test run was extraordinarily successful, and we are already talking about the next GovJam, and other similar events. Will you join us? We hope so. :)

So we send a big JAM-THANKS to everyone involved, especially the local hosts. You were amazing, generous. Without you, this Jam would never have worked.

And from GovJam HQ, our warm thanks to the Canberra team of Mik, Wayne and Ruth. Without you, there would never have been a GovJam. You were the infectious connectors.



on Wed, 06/06/2012 - 09:21

Do you want to help the #govjam jammers? Here are the questions they need help with, and requests for assistance...


1. Take a look at the list and choose one or more to answer.

2. Answer the question or request here, or by mail to, or by Twitter with the hashtag #govjamhelp.

3. Pat yourself on the back - you are awesome and full of Jam power!

4. If you want, repeat from 1.



  • What would encourage you to share with colleagues the lessons you learn from your mistakes?
  • What are the the challenges of creating a social networking navigation system for government employees to promote collaboration and cross sector engagement, and to improve efficiencies that aims to give employees better understanding of their job and where they fit into broader strategic goals.
  • We propose a a process of sharing different experiences and knowledge through short-term job exchange.  How can we make it work well for all involved?
  • How do you verify/authenticate a new user's identity online? Securely, easily, with confidence?
  • What are the best practice examples of online crowdsourcing tools? What are sophisticated ways of analysing the data?
  • Please make a TV ad for the project poster shown at
  • Has the concept show at been done before? How?


GovJam is Rolling

on Tue, 06/05/2012 - 13:12

Hi everyone!

After a grand opeining by surprise star-guest and Jam supporter Minister Kate Lundy (accompanied by Star Wars stormtroopers, Boba Fett and Darth Vader), the GovJam is underway in Australia - and in the UK. Thanks to all the Jammers in Canberra,  Brisbane and London!

Check out the Storify page to follow some of the Jam discussions and see the pics - especially of Senator Lundy with her stellar friends. :)

We apologise for some technical difficulties with the presentation screen and the streaming from GovJamHQ- we are working hard to make it better.


And - POW! - we're international!

on Mon, 05/28/2012 - 20:54

Sometimes the Jam community just blows us away!

As you all know, the GovJam is a Pilot event. We are experimenting with some new formats, based around what certainly will be a polished and professional Jam in Canberra. One new idea is the Satellite Jam - smaller meet-ups all over the world, with various formats and timeframes, where people Jam to the same theme or work to support the Mothership.

We launched this idea pretty late (just two weeks before the Jam!), and we weren't sure if anyone would be interested - but the Jammers really came through!

Already after just a few days, we have Satellites forming in Italy, Spain, France, Greece, the UK, and Iran, alongside the smaller Jams in Australia. And there are more Satellites bubbling up - we hope - in USA and Brazil! These are people who are willing to take a chance, jump in with both feet, and discover how this might be.

Moving forwards by doing, not talking.

What an amazing community this is. Thank you all! :)

Adam & Markus

Get a first taste...

on Mon, 05/21/2012 - 20:21

Want to get a first tast what the GovJam will be like? Take a look at the projects generated in 48 hours at the last Jam in Canberra...

And some shots of the folks doing it...

Global Service Jam co-initiators at GovJam in Canberra

on Sat, 04/21/2012 - 16:43

Markus and Adam, the initiators of the Global Service Jam, will be supporting the GovJam in person at the Canberra mother ship.

"We are very excited to be working with the Australian government in this exciting event," says Adam. "The team in Canberra ran an amazing Global Service Jam, and we are sure that GovJam will lift the roof."

"A lot of people have worked very hard to make this happen," adds Markus. "Thanks to everyone involved, especially Mik Griffiths and Wayne Larkin at the Department of Industry, Innovation, Science, Research and Tertiary Education; and to Damian Kernaham of Protopartners. We are looking forward to working hand in hand with them, and jamming a great Jam."

Adam and Markus will assist in facilitating the Jam in Canberra, and leverage the global Jam community to bring in insights and expertise to assist the Australian Jammers.

Markus Hormeß and Adam Lawrence started the Global Service Jam phenomenon (and the "sister event" Global Sustainability Jam) in 2011. The latest Global Service Jam saw over 3000 Jammers in 85 cities worldwide jamming for 48 hours, producing designs for more than 300 services around the theme "Hidden Treasures".

"We are keen to see how the energy of the Jam will work in a public sector environment", says Adam. "This pilot event could be the start of something even bigger."


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