At 5pm on 7th March 2014, a global design event will kick off in the city that will once again place Dundee on the map of creativity. The Dundee Service Jam will offer participants just ‘48 hours to change the world’.
The Global Service Jam movement began in 2011 and has grown ever since, with over 120 locations and nearly 3,000 people taking part around the world in 2013. Dundee participated for the first time last year and hosted the 9th largest jam in the world. With around 70 participants the 2013 Dundee Jam had more attendees than either Los Angeles or New York, and was the biggest jam in Scotland, and only second to London in the UK.
Like other locations all over the world; from Kampala to Kathmandu, Amsterdam to Athens, Stockholm to Shanghai; the Dundee Jam will provide an inventive, engaging, and fun environment for designers, students, professionals and the community to address serious global issues. New design methods will be used in a collaborative way to develop new service ideas. These could be health services, commercial services, community services and new business ideas.
Like a music jam, a design jam is also about improvisation and working fast and risk free to try out new ideas and new ways of working, all while generating a buzz of excitement through connecting with other ‘jammers’ all around the globe using various social networks.
Ross Crawford, an interiors graduate, was one of the organisers of last year’s jam:
“We had business people, social workers, students, designers and many others of all ages working together on challenging design issues. And the big challenge is – do it in two days! The excitement generated was incredible, but for me the highlight was connecting in real time by video with other jammers from Beirut to Bogota.”
Kirstie Snowdon is a jewellery student, and one of this year’s organisers:
“The point of a jam is that it’s active and engaging. People of Dundee can expect to see us out on the streets, testing our ideas and involving people in creative design. Whatever happens, there will be a lot of fun on the streets!”
The Dundee Service Jam is being organised by a group of students, staff and graduates from Duncan of Jordanstone College of Art & Design at the University of Dundee. They have secured generous sponsorship to help ensure that the event is a success.
Dundee Service Jam opens at 5pm on Friday 7th March and closes by 6pm on Sunday 9th March. It is taking place at Duncan of Jordanstone College of Art & Design, Perth Road, Dundee.
There will also be considerable photo opportunities during the event itself, which can be discussed further with the event organisers.
Tickets can be purchased from our Eventbrite page.