It's over, folks, it's over.
We thought we could never reach the intensity or success of GSJ11, but you proved us utterly wrong.
The weekend started on with a desert sunrise on Thursday, and ended with a Pacific sunset on Sunday. In those ninety hours or so, 2061 Jammers registered from 85 cities in almost 40 countries worldwide - many of them hosting Jams for the first time. We were especially thrilled to welcome Jams in India, Iran and parts of the Middle East. Together, we created nearly 350 - yes, 350 - brand new service designs and published them for the world!
But the real success of the Jam is in the fantastic emotion of the event. In more than 3500 (and climbing) Tweets, people have talked about the camaraderie, learning, productivity and FUN of the Jam. They have talked about the joy of being playful while working. Thousands of pictures and dozens of films online show those emotions clearly. And we could feel them.
So THANK YOU!
As Markus said in the opening film, without the Jammers, the Jam is nothing. YOU are the Jam. Every single Jammer deserves our thanks, for giving their time, energy and creativity to make the Jam rock. Every Mentor or Judge too, for their time and expertise. And our personal thanks go to the amazing, incredible Hosts who have taken the Jam idea and - while putting in weeks of work - developed it in ways which we never imagined. The Jam has a staff of none and a budget of nearly nothing. You make that possible.
Thanks also, to our special video guests Jane McGonigal and Dave Gray who had nothing to gain from supporting us, yet who did it so wholeheartedly. Thanks to our amazing Global Council who helped choose the inspiring "Hidden Treasure" theme, and thanks to all those who made the video so memorable and unique.
And once again, THANKS to YOU.
After four days with almost no real sleep, we are tired, short tempered and we can hardly type. We probably don't smell too good either. But we are full of energy, joy and even disbelief at what YOU have done this weekend.
I look up at my Twitter stream, where the last minutes of the Jam are counting down, and I see a Tweet which says it all.
>> @RobMaslin "BLOWN AWAY" SEEMS THE PHRASE I HEARD MOST ABOUT #GSJ12.
Blown away? Yes, that says it all.
Adam & Markus