Join the second annual Global Goals Jam in Edinburgh and become part of an exciting 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 15 September through the weekend of 16–17 September, and will take place at the Informatics Forum, University of Edinburgh. It is 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 will spend the weekend developing, designing and testing prototype solutions to challenges in the following areas: poverty, hunger, health, education and sustainable cities and communities. We will use data, design and user-centred methods, so if you have particular skills in these areas or would like to learn them, don't miss out on this event!

Follow the event on Twitter: #GlobalGoalsJam 

Why should I participate?

  • Learn and practice design skills based on the Design Method Toolkit from MediaLAB Amsterdam
  • Apply your knowledge and skills — in data science, developing applications, user experience, social change, creative engagement, building relationships and connections, digital design, encouraging behaviour change, and so much more — to a challenging social problem
  • Work with a team of people to develop and prototype a creative idea
  • Make friends, make connections
  • Discover additional opportunities to develop your idea and use your skills at home and abroad

See what teams developed in the Global Goals Jam 2016!

Rio team prototype on Gender Equality

Amsterdam team prototype on Sustainable Consumption


We will be using the following location for the Jam:

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


The Jam will run from the evening of Friday 15th September through to the afternoon of Sunday 17th September. Here is the detailed schedule.

Friday 15th: Informatics Forum

17:00–19:00Kick-off the Jam!
Introduction to the event Presentation of the challenges Team formation

Saturday 16th: G07, Informatics Forum

9:30Coffee and pastries
9:45Overview - schedule and objectives
10:15Design Sprint 1, Part 1: Understand the challenge
11:15Introduction to data and prototyping
12:15Design Sprint 1, Part 2: Understand the challenge
14:00Design Sprint 2: Ideate
15:45Design Sprint 3, Part 1: Prototype

Sunday 17th: G07, Informatics Forum

10:00Coffee and pastries
10:15Overview - schedule and objectives
10:30Design Sprint 3, Part 2: Prototype
12:00Design Sprint 4: Test and Evaluate
14:00Prepare presentations and pitches
16:00Pitching and feedback


  1. Oxchain project — 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]
  2. 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]
  3. 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]
  4. 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]
  5. 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]


Apply for funding to develop your idea or participate in one of those programmes offered by our sponsors and friends:

More opportunities for entrepreneurs, designers, data scientists, and social changemakers coming soon.

Have an opportunity that you want to advertise? Let us know!


Data Sources

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 access to Scotland's official statistics CityScope curated datasets and visualisations database on land use / land deals, UK National Grid data
http://www.product-open-data.comOpen product data
https://opencorporates.comData that might help w/ supply chain info access to Scotland's official statistics with stats from Bitcoin’s blockchain historical data API emissions by country (1960-2013) gas emissions, by country (1990-2015 waste by waste operations and waste flow, by country (under Waste/Waste Streams) recycling facilities food datasets (UK specific datasets / household purchases / household expenditure) of food deficit by country (1992-2016) food banks across UK (full data-table in the following article) Edinburgh recycling facilities


Thanks to our sponsors and challenge providers for their support. Check out the links to see the great work that these organisations do and how you can get involved with them.