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It's OVER folks, it's OVER.

on Sun, 03/03/2013 - 20:00


The third Global Service Jam - the sixth Jam we have enjoyed with you all - broke all the records. All of them.
At the end of the day, almost 3000 people in over 120 cities had Jammed for a total of 84000 person-hours (that's about 50 person-years) and produced over 500 projects, uploaded here...
But the projects are not even half of it. The buzz on Twitter and Facebook, the serious conversations, the crazy dance videos, the valuable insights - everything was bigger, brighter and bolder than ever before.  And that is all down to you. You made it happen!
We're tired, frazzled and after 65 hours of non-stop GlobalHQ we need a rest. But we have to thank everyone who made the worlds biggest ever service design, design thinking, innovation event possible.  Those amazing local hosts - some of them experienced hands, some of them complete beginners - who took the time and had the courage to set up these amazing events. The sponsors who gave us spaces, food, drink, tools, and advice. And everyone who just helped out in the good spirit of the Jam. You are amazing!
It always blows us away. We run this thing with a staff of 0 and a budget of nearly nothing. Things will go wrong, and things do go wrong. But when you were frustrated - like when we were not clear in our communication, or when we fried the server - NOBODY got mad at us. Nobody even got grumpy. You smiled (at least outwardly), and kept on Jamming. What an amazing community you are! It is a privilege to Jam with you. 
We need to say some special thanks to the people close to us who made it possible to run GlobalHQ for an event of this scale. Thanks to the Bangalore Jammers, to Neeraj and Francis, to Deepthi, Gautham and everyone else at Thoughtworks for hosting and making us so thoroughly welcome! And very special and personal thanks to "no sleep till Monday" Manish and Mik for jumping in at the last minute to help run the GlobalHQ and news desk. You guys rock!
Look at all those projects online! But don't forget to look at all the other outcomes of the Jam - the new skills, attitudes, and energy you have. The  friendships and contacts - tested by Jam - you have made. The other projects and initiatives which will come later.  And of course the knowledge that you CAN do this, you can beat impossible deadlines, work like crazy and still have fun.
Thank you again.  All of you. YOU ARE THE JAM.
Let's do it again in June at Global GovJam, the Jam with unpredendented potential. It's going to be huge!
It's over, we're worn out. We need to sleep. 
GlobalHQ out. JAM OFF!
Markus & Adam.
PS Oh, just one more thing...

2013 Opening theme video

on Sun, 03/03/2013 - 04:38

Enjoy the Theme Video which launched this years' Jam, made by the amazing team in Helsinki with help from Jammers around the world. This is why we Jam!

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We are rolling!

on Fri, 03/01/2013 - 13:17

3, 2, 1 Jam!

The world is starting to Jam! We have confirmed sites in more than 115 cities, with Jams of all shapes and sizes, and many cities and countries Jamming for the first time. We are expecting more than 3000 keen Jammers are lined up to change the world in 48 hours. What a feeling!

Whether you are a first time Jammer, or an old timer, you are welcome! And if you are watching from the sidelines - you are welcome too! Sit back and relax, and follow the Jam here, on Facebook or our fast-moving Twitter stream. It's going to be quite a ride!

Thanks to everyone who has worked so hard to bring us this far, and every Jammer who will join us this weekend.

You are the Jam! Now... JAM ON!

Global HQ 2013 in Bangalore!

on Sat, 02/02/2013 - 17:02

We are pleased to announce that the Global HQ of this year's Global Service Jam will be in Bangalore, India, hosted by the Bangalore Jam.

Adam and Markus write:

The Global HQ of the Jam has always been in our home town, with the wonderful Nuremberg Jammers. But the Jam is truly a global event, and we need to reflect that.  We have personally been very excited to see India catch the Jam fever - and then to see such excellent Jams in India! India has some of the planet's biggest and best Jams. There is a fantastic energy, drive and spirit of sharing which embodies the very best of the Jam way.

Bangalore exploded onto the Jam scene and took a place in the front row. It is certainly among those genuinely world class Jams where we see great results, great productivity and professionalism - while people are having a great time. Bangalore has a global reputation as a city with energy, skills and a forward-looking attitude.  We also experience our Bangalore contacts as remarkably open and cooperative. We are very excited that we will be able to visit, to see the city and Bangalore Jam for ourselves - and we can't wait to meet the Bangalore Jammers and hosts!   

Thanks to all the people from the Bangalore Jam (Neeraj, Francis, Sunhera, Aditi, Viji) and Thoughtworks (Manish, Gautham, Deepthi) for making this possible. See you in India!

Jam? Yes, you can!

on Tue, 01/22/2013 - 13:35

Thinking of hosting a Jam? Yes, we are still accepting locations!

A Jam can be as big or as small as you manage. It can be full-service, or self-orgaining. It can be a whole conference center, or your kitchen table.  All you really need is a space, some people, internet and an open attitude.

We have seen Jams put together in a few hours and - while that style is not for everyone - they rocked! So, if you're still hesistating, just get in touch. We'll help you to Jam the World!

(Pic: Istanbul Jam)


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