What is GovJam Anyway?
GovJam started in 2012 as a pilot in Australia. It is a global, 48 hour event in which you can apply and learn about a range of techniques from the theory called ‘Design Thinking’ (more on these techniques to come in future blogs!). If you are keen to get the details on GovJam visit http://www.govjam.org/content/about .
The idea is that you spend 2 days (don’t worry, we let you go home at night!) with a diverse group of people from a range of different workplaces and experiences. Some of these people will be from the public sector, some won’t – the important thing is that we work in small teams to come up with new ideas for solutions to problems that the public sector is trying to tackle.
There is a fairly standard format across the 2 days based on a design process, but it’s up to your group to manage your own work. This diagram gives you an idea of what to expect.
During the 2 days you will also have brief presentations from experts about techniques you could use at each stage, and you will be supported by some of our volunteers who will be there in a mentoring capacity. You’ll need to work as a team and we’ll ask you share with everyone what you are working on, and to help each other out. There might also be a ‘twinjam’ – that means we join up with a jam somewhere else in the world to share what we are working on and to offer support.
Sounds like hard work? Well, it is, and it’s rapid. It’s also rewarding, a great way to learn and try out new techniques in a safe space and it is FUN.
Piqued your interest? Book your ticket here https://www.eventbrite.com/e/leeds-gov-jam-2019-tickets-66929037553
Look out for our next blog which will explain more about what happens at GovJam!