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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."

Inspire Innovation

on Sat, 04/07/2012 - 18:22

GovJam will be a two day event or people in the public service to learn and apply their skills and experience in designing better service delivery.

A GovJam is about jamming ideas with other folk in government, and designing better ways to deliver services for your department or agency. This is an international workshop that will see Canberra based staff jamming with Public Servants in Australian Capital Cities, and potentially around the world.

The key outcomes are more than the services developed – they are new skills, attitudes and networks. The idea is to build upon a strong network of public servants in service design and innovation who are equipped to rapidly and effectively solve complex issues by doing – not talking. Participants are given a theme to work to and at the end of the Jam the ideas are published publicly.

This event will GovJam is facilitated by the Department of Innovation in collaboration with WorkPlayExperience - the people behind the Global Service Jam - and Proto Partners.

Stay tuned for updates!


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