Global Goals Jam Edinburgh

Join the first ever Global Goals Jam in Edinburgh and become part of an exciting new event where teams around the world will design practical, actionable interventions to help achieve the Global Goals. The Jam will run from the evening of Friday 16 September through the weekend of 17–18 September, and will take place at the Informatics Forum, University of Edinburgh.

During the 2015 Social Good Summit, world leaders adopted the Sustainable Development Goals. In 109 locations around the world, people discussed these 17 Global Goals and what they would mean for their lives. Now it is time to move forward with concrete actions to achieve the goals. The United Nations Development ProgrammeMediaLAB Amsterdam, and the Data for All project invite you to participate in this two-day event and apply your knowledge, skills and desire to learn to global efforts to realise the Sustainable Development Goals.

The Global Goals Jam in Edinburgh will focus on Goals 7, 11 and 12:

Global Goals Logo

Challenges related to these goals will be presented by a number of different organisations, and teams will also have the option to identify their own challenges.

Follow the event on Twitter: #GlobalGoalsJam 


We will be using the following location for the Jam:

Informatics Forum, 10 Crichton Street, Edinburgh, EH8 9AB

The kick-off event on the evening of Friday 16th will be in Miniforum 2 on the Fourth Floor of the Informatics Forum, and the main Jam will be in G.07 on the Ground Floor.

The Jam will run from the evening of Friday 16th September through to the afternoon of Sunday 18th September. Here is the detailed schedule.

Friday 16th: Miniforum 2, Informatics Forum

Time Activity
18:00–20:30 Kick-off the Jam!

  • Introduction to the event
  • Presentation of the challenges
  • Team formation

Saturday 17th: G07, Informatics Forum

Time Activity
10:00–13:00 Sprint 1:
Experience the problem
13:00–14:00 Lunch
14:00–15:00 Sprint 1 continued
15:00–17:00 Sprint 2:
Respond to the problem

Sunday 18th: G07, Informatics Forum

Time Activity
10:00–13:00 Sprint 3:
Make a prototype
13:00–14:00 Lunch
14:00–15:00 Sprint 3 continued
15:00–16:00 Pitch preparation
16:00–17:30 Pitching and feedback


  • How can we communicate with people about their patterns of energy usage and payments using 'interactive' non-digital materials and methods?

Tools and Resources

From the start of the Jam, we will be asking teams to use the SCREAM app for setting goals, choosing design methods, and uploading results:

More information about the MediaLab Design Method Toolkit is available at

Copy of Saturday morning slides (including Sustainability Goals and Challenges)

Data data and related resources from the Negawatt global competition on empowering communities to innovate around local energy issues.
http://india.nightlights.ioIndia Night Lights; also see World Bank blog Solar Power supply monitoring
https://opendata.go.keKenya data portal
http://www.europeandataportal.euEuropean data portal Environment Agency portal landing page about mostly DEFRA data
http://data.edinburghopendata.infoCity of Edinburgh Council open data portal food and waste data specific to University of Edinburgh database on land use / land deals, UK National Grid data
http://www.product-open-data.comOpen product data
https://open.sourcemap.comTool to help you visualise supply chains
https://opencorporates.comData that might help w/ supply chain info
http://openfoodfacts.orgData for over 60,000 food products from 134 countries


We are grateful to our sponsors for their generous support.