GovJam London

Building innovative public services

Spend the Diamond Jubilee bank holiday jamming!

The GovJam is a pilot event which will apply the concept and energy of the Global Service Jam and Global Sustainability Jam into the world of government and the public sector. Working around a common Theme, small Teams will meet at multiple locations, working for 48 hours on building innovative approaches and solutions towards challenges faced by the public sector. At the end of the two days, they will upload their results and publish them for the world.

The GovJam London is open to everybody who is interested in the public services, and who wants to add their own ideas and perspectives while enjoying themselves and learning more about how the world works. Both individuals and organisations can join - you do not need experience of government or the public sector.

More information about GovJam can be found on:

To attend, please claim your ticket via eventbrite here:

After the Jam is finished, you can view what we created here:


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When and where

Tuesday, June 5th 2012 at 11am-6pm

68 Lamb's Conduit Street


9:30 - the theme of the Jam is announced in Canberra
11:00 - GovJam London starts
11:00 - 11:30 - introduction to jamming and service design
18:00 - London deadline for project submissions

The agenda is subject to change.

What is a Jam?

Imagine a Jam session in music. You come together, bringing your instruments, your skills, your open mind. Someone sets up a theme, and you start to Jam around it. You don't overanalyse it, you don't discuss it to death, you Jam. You bounce your ideas off other people, and play around with what comes back. Together, you build something which none of you could have built alone. And at the same time, you are learning new ideas, discovering more about how you work and whom you best work with, sharpening your skills, and having a great time. And who knows, maybe there are one or two ideas there which might make it to the next album. Or maybe you Jammed so well, you decide to form a band...

The GovJam works in just the same way. But it's not music you are Jamming - it's ideas. You'll be working with people you might never have met before, bouncing ideas off one another and building on what bounces back. And it's not just talking - you are here to turn your ideas into a concrete design, prototype and plan of action which you or somebody else might want to make real. Can you prototype and plan it in a way that someone could go out and make it real, knowing what resources they would need, what they should do, and who they should talk to? That's the challenge of the Jam.

Organizer contact details

You can contact Tomas Ruta with any enquiries.