Edinburgh Global Goals Jam

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 


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

Time Activity
17:00–19:00 Kick-off the Jam!

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

Saturday 16th: G07, Informatics Forum

Time Activity
9:30–13:00 Sprint 1:
Organise ideas / Experience the problem
13:00–14:00 Lunch
14:00–15:30 Sprint 2:
Respond to the problem
15:30–16:00 Break
16:00–17:00 Sprint 3, Part 1:
Make a prototype

Sunday 17th: G07, Informatics Forum

Time Activity
10:00–12:00 Sprint 3, Part 2:
Make a prototype
12:00–13:00 Sprint 4
Test and evaluate
13:00–14:00 Lunch
14:00–16:00 Pitch preparation
16:00–17:00 Pitching and feedback


  • Sponsors' challenges forthcoming...

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 http://medialabamsterdam.com/toolkit/.


http://www.europeandataportal.euEuropean data portal
http://www.eea.europa.eu/data-and-mapsEuropean Environment Agency portal
http://environment.data.gov.ukdata.gov landing page about mostly DEFRA data
http://data.edinburghopendata.infoCity of Edinburgh Council open data portal
https://edinburghlivinglab.github.io/dds/datasets/Some food and waste data specific to University of Edinburgh
http://www.landmatrix.org/enOpen database on land use / land deals
http://www.gridwatch.templar.co.ukGridwatch, 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.