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