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We Jammed the Jam!

on Mon, 02/29/2016 - 02:20

Global Service Jam 2016 is over.

It is quite amazing what can happen in three Earth rotations - strangers become friends, ideas become tangible prototypes and work becomes fun. Some people come back to Jams again and again, some Jammers become Hosts and some Hosts become part of Global HQ. But it’s easy to understand when, on the last day of Jam, you see and experience the power of the seven “Hot Kitchen Tips”. And you see what can be done when people put their heads and hands together in a positive way to change the world around them. It’s been five years since the first Global Service Jam with 1263 registered Jammers. We’ve grown not only in the number of jammers, prototypes and wonderful results, but also in the experiences, knowledge, skills and - perhaps the most important - connections we established. Seeing all the photos of jammers, funky moves (Manila, yes we are looking at you), dance-off challenges and happy faces makes us feel great, because we see you really embraced the rule of having fun.

The GSJam 2016 HQ Team, this time strengthened by first-timers from the Ljubljana Jams, helped us to survive 48 crazy hours of research, insight generation, building, testing and throwing away prototypes, exploring and building empathy, constructing business models and sharing all this with the whole world. We will keep on supporting you, no matter how big your upload files - because when we hear all the positive feedback, we know that it is all worth it. We want to thank all the local Hosts, sponsors, Mentors and supporters that made this Global Service Jam possible! And most important, THANK YOU JAMMERS, for being a part of it. You are the Jam.

We hope that you took something from this (even if it just one of those strange rubber chickens wink emoticon ) and that you enjoyed the 2016 Jam as much as we did. Please share your impressions, observations, what you learned and wish for; please post pictures and videos of your favorite moments; and don’t forget to call that special person you met at the Jam wink emoticon There will be more Global Jams soon - we will keep you posted. Meanwhile, check out our (new) Facebook group "Global Jam Community", where you can share your photos and videos with all jammers around the world, and help spread the Jam! JAM ON!

(Pictures from Orléans, Kansas City and GlobalHQ. Thanks!)