The second Edinburgh annual Global Goals Jam was part of an exciting event where teams around the world designed practical, actionable interventions to help achieve the Global Goals. The Jam ran from the evening of Friday 15 September through the weekend of 16–17 September at the Informatics Forum, University of Edinburgh. It was sponsored by the Edinburgh Living Lab and the Scottish Council for Voluntary Organisations, in partnership with The United Nations Development Programme and MediaLAB Amsterdam.
We spent the weekend developing, designing and testing prototype solutions to challenges in the following areas: poverty, hunger, health, education and sustainable cities and communities.
- Ox-Chain — How can we design a solution which uses digital technologies (especially Blockchain and smart contracting) to promote more responsible consumption and production, particularly in relation to the global trade in second-hand clothes? [Resources]
- Challenges Worldwide — How could bamboo be harnessed to build a sustainable city with the tools and resources to contribute to Global Goals 1-4 (No Poverty, Zero Hunger, Good Health & Well-Being, Quality Education)? [Resources]
- University of Edinburgh Social Responsibility and Sustainability — Considering climate trends and vulnerabilities, choose an area of Edinburgh that seems most at risk in the face of climate change. Investigate the area and develop a proposal of what incremental and transformational adaptation would look like in that area. Is transformational change required or is incremental change enough to meet the challenges of climate change in the city of Edinburgh? [Resources]
- Climate-KIC — How could we support small innovative businesses to reduce carbon emissions from their supply chain by (1) making them aware of the benefits of reassessing their supply chain and (2) calculating their emissions from their supply chain? [Resources]
- City of Sanctuary — How can we further develop and improve our approach to collecting and disseminating information that is relevant for refugees and asylum seekers in Edinburgh? [Resources]
For our second Edinburgh Global Goals Jam, we recruited over 20 participants from across the University and the City of Edinburgh, with skills and interests in sustainability, design, computing, social science, engineering, art and more. Five teams formed to address each of the five challenges and supported by our expert mentors, became intensely involved in the process of researching, ideating, designing and prototype over the weekend.
Brief descriptions of the final concepts that they developed are described below.
Apply for funding to develop your idea or participate in one of those programmes offered by our sponsors and friends:
- Are you 18-25 years old and interested in helping support a small or medium enterprise in Africa? Check out the International Citizen Service programme at Challenges Worldwide.
- Do you have a cleantech business idea or are you developing a low-carbon start-up? Get support through the ClimateKIC programme at the Edinburgh Centre for Carbon Innovation – check out the ClimateLaunchPad and the ClimateKIC Accelerator.
- Are you a university student in Edinburgh? Hone your design thinking skills and become a consultant with Fresh Sight.
- The Scottish Council for Voluntary Organisations can help identify funding to support community groups, charities, and social enterprises.
- Zero Waste Scotland offers a variety of funding opportunities.
- Are you a student at the University of Edinburgh? Check out Launch.ed, Student Project grants, the Sustainable Campus Fund and the Innovation Initiative Grant.
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