We’ve all assembled, got a brew and are ready. The anticipation builds. The room goes quiet.
The theme is announced!
In small groups, we’ll rapidly brainstorm what we think the theme is about. All ideas are welcome, there are no wrong ideas.
Then we’ll share them, putting them up on the wall for all to see.
We’ll all walk through the ideas as a single group, and gradually refine them into a set of ideas grouped by loose topics. Everyone can choose which topic appeals to them most (it doesn’t have to be the one you came up with!). This way, people are brought together into groups through things that interest them, and your topic group will work together over the 2 days on designing a solution to the challenge in your topic.
Sounds fun? It is!
Join us, and book your ticket at https://www.eventbrite.com/e/leeds-gov-jam-2019-tickets-66929037553
The Global GovJam is well and truly over for another year. So, well done Leeds GovJam Jammers. You came. You jammed. You conquered. It really is incredible when Jams take shape and ideas come to life through prototypes that are tested with users, refined and developed in a whirlwind 48-hour sprint to the final show and tell.
Well done, everyone
You can check out all the projects that were created around the world this year over on the Global GovJam platform. You can also marvel in wonder at how Leeds Jammers realised these ace projects in just 48 hours…
We would like to take this opportunity to thank our sponsors, DWP Digital Academy, Stick People and UKGovcamp, plus the amazing space that is ODI Leeds, and everyone who got involved in Leeds GovJam 2016.
Last but by no means least, we would also like to give thanks to the awesome Global GovJam HQ team for starting this thing, growing this thing, and for choosing to spend this year’s Jam in Leeds. It was lovely to have you here!
A few reviews
Learn more about the experience of DWP Digital Academy at GovJam 2016 in this fab review film that shows Sophie, Ben, Chloe, Becky, Joe and Liz talking about user research, agile techniques, and what they thought of Leeds GovJam.
There is also this brilliant blog by original Leeds host turned Global GovJam HQ team member Matt Edgar – 10 things I learned on the Global GovJam HQ team.
“The jamming movement across the public sector has massive potential, and I have learned loads about making something happen on a shoestring at a global scale…”
“Being a jam helper has helped me learn loads about service design, design thinking and how small acts of creativity can create bigger change over time…”
Thanks also to Emma Coppack from Digital DWP for sharing her perspective in this excellent blog – Jamming with Lego, not guitars: My experience of GovJam 2016.
“The Leeds GovJam was a wonderful experience, it showed what is possible when you get out of the office, speak to users and work in an agile and iterative way.”
We salute you
If you have a blog, write-up or thoughts to share about Leeds GovJam, please do let us know so we can link up with you in this post.
Thank you – #YouAreTheJam – we salute you!
Sharon, Liz and Lisa.
Each Leeds GovJammer was given a passport to be stamped for every service design method they tried…
We made these posters to explain the methods a little more…
As with everything made during GovJam, we’re releasing the posters under a Creative Commons License. Share and enjoy!
Leeds GovJam is less than one week away. Our team of volunteers are busy preparing to welcome more than 35 people to ODI-Leeds on Tuesday.
But we’ve found the time to revisit our favourite service design links and tools which we’re sharing here. Wherever you’re jamming, we hope you’ll enjoy the selection below…
What is Service Design?
- Service Design Network – What is service design?
- Design for Service – Books for Service Designers
- Jeff Howard – Design for Service
- This is Service Design Thinking
- Service Design Books
Wow! Our Leeds GovJam early bird places sold out in just four days.
But don’t worry – if you head on over to the booking page you’ll find we’ve just released a further batch of tickets.
You can also see the list of people who have signed up in the week since booking opened – people from Leeds City Council, the NHS, mySociety and others. We’re talking to other local authorities and at least one central government department is looking to join in too.
Thanks to our venue hosts ODI-Leeds, we have spaces for up to 50 jammers, and we would love to fill them all. Sign up yourself, tell your friends, or bring your whole team. We’ve even made you a flyer to print and share.
As Leeds GovJam team member Nick tweeted:
Want to help improve government services? Thought so.