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September 20, 2020

NEW DATES: The New Shape of Jamming


2020 has been a year of changes for the Jams, with our main event, the Global Service Jam, turning into a mix of virtual and physical events spread over many months. All local Hosts and HQ have had to react, pivot, and work with short lead times and last minute changes. The Hosts were amazing, and we had some fantastic events! On the way, we have learned a huge amount about new ways of Jamming. Now, we are ready to put that into practice in the upcoming Jams.


Global GovJam 2020

The Global GovJam – the Jam for all things public service – will take place at the end of 2020 as a mix of physical and virtual Jams. The Big Jam Week will be from the 3 to the 8 November 2020, with local Jams choosing their own timeslot of up to 48 hours for their #GGovJam event.   It’s a short lead time, so we might get a different Jam. But we’d like to experiment with you!

So, in this Covid context, we will also welcome GGovJam events any time between the 8 November and the 31 of December. In addition, we will allow other experimental formats – for example, a local Jam might take place over several weeks  – as long as the total working time does not exceed 48 hours.  (Please understand that Jams outside the Big Jam Week might experience less support and slower responses from Global HQ.)


Global Service Jam 2021

Our biggest Jam, the Global Service Jam, will remain a mix of physical and virtual events. In 2021,the #GSJam will take place on the weekend of the 12 March 2021. In most countries, this means Jams will take place between the 12 and 14 March. In countries with other weekends, for example some Muslim countries and Israel, Jam organisers may optionally choose the “local” weekend instead.

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NEW DATES: The New Shape of Jamming

NEW DATES: The New Shape of Jamming

Global GovJam #GGovJam 2020: BIG JAM WEEK 3-8 November; with other individual GGovJam events through November and December.
Global Service Jam #GSJam 2021: Weekend of the 12th of March 2021
Big Jam Weekend 8th August 2020!

Big Jam Weekend 8th August 2020!

After a few brave cities Jammed remotely back in March, it’s soon time for the “Big Jam Weekend”. This is what you need to know!
March GSJam 2020 becomes online-only event

March GSJam 2020 becomes online-only event

Given the current situation with COVID-19 around the Globe, many hosts decided to postpone their Jams until August, there are a few Jams exploring the new challenge of going remote with such an engaging and co-creative format as the Jam. 
New dates! Get ready for a great year of Jamming

New dates! Get ready for a great year of Jamming

The next Global Jams will continue along our path of learning and experimenting as we reach for a wider audience. Here are some dates for your calendar!
You Jammed the #GSJam 2019!

You Jammed the #GSJam 2019!

Congratulations to everyone who took part in the 2019 Global Service Jam! Across four days and 19 timezones, Jammers at 124 locations on six continents researched, ideated and prototyped around a shared Surprise Theme. Led by amazing volunteers, they made new friends, tried new skills and learned new ways of solving problems. As they worked, they shared their progress, publishing well over 500 prototypes of brand new services as thousands of people each gave 48 hours to change the world.
Welcome to the 2019 edition of the Global Service Jam!

Welcome to the 2019 edition of the Global Service Jam!

After amazing efforts by local hosts, partners and a small backstage team, thousands of people will meet in locations in more than 100 cities this weekend.