The Global Service Jam focuses on developing and prototyping new services. The GSJ focuses on prototyping ideas quickly and learning from public feedback on the idea before they do another version.This is an event where you learn how to prototype and present prototypes. It is fun, creative and will leave you with new skills you can use in whatever you do on the Monday.
This is the event outline. you'll find more details at http://gsjaberdeen.org
If you're worried about what to do with your kids, then don't. Bring them along and they too can participate.
NOTE: We've put in a placeholder location as backup, but hope to have somewhere in the city centre.
Multiple locations, worldwide, jamming to the same beat:
Fri. at about 5 pm local
The Jam participants come together at worldwide locations prepared by local organisers (see footnote 1).
Fri, not before 6.30 pm local
The global themes and achievements (optional goals) for the Jam are presented (see footnote 2). Discussion in informal groups. Dinner is a good idea.
Local Jams are in contact globally through social media, wormholes, carrier pigeons or whatever else we set up. Share, exchange, inspire. But remember - it is deeply Cheesy and Uncool to communicate the themes to teams to the West of you. For a level playing field, themes are announced at LOCAL time...
Fri., at about 8pm local
The local Jam comes together for the pitching session. Anyone can present their basic idea, groups form, and participants join the group that interests them.
Fri., about 9pm local; until Sun., exactly 3pm local
The groups work independently, supported by Mentors and Specialist Providers in some locations. Research or observations are performed virtually, or through short excursions. The teams develop their service design and prototype it using whatever methods they choose. Sleep is optional, but recommended.
Sat., about 9am local until Sun., 3pm local
Teams iterate over their ideas: develop/refine prototype, show it to people, reflect and continue. We'll also keep our mentors checking in with you to see what you're doing.
Sun., exactly 3pm local
The GSJ teams deliver documentation of a working prototype. This can be a film of human interaction, photos of a mock-up, a dummy website, or anything else that provides a permanent, publishable record of their idea and work. These are uploaded and published for the world under Creative Commons licensing.
Then the teams present their results to the other local teams. Perhaps there could be some symbolic prizes...
After that, teams can sit back, kick back, enjoy a well-earned beverage and browse through the global results. Or they can get busy supporting teams further to the west...