Dundee Design Jams

Announcing Dundee Service Jam 2015

Announcing Dundee Service Jam 2015


Dundee Has 48 Hours to Change the World!

At 5pm on 27th February 2015, 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 2014. Dundee participated for the first time two years ago and hosted the 9th largest jam in the world, with more attendees than either Los Angeles or New York, and was the biggest jam in Scotland, second to London in the UK.

Like other locations all over the world – from Cairo to California, 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.

Jammers in Dundee (right) sharing their project with the Beirut Service Jam (left).
Jammers in Dundee (right) sharing their project with the Beirut Service Jam (left).

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.

As Ross Crawford, one of the event organisers explains:

“We’ve now hosted four design jams in Dundee, and our success in attracting participants and collaborating in real time with people all over the world is one factor in us securing UNESCO City of Design status.”

GSJ Dundee 2014
Jammers at Dundee Service Jam 2014

The Dundee Service Jam is being organised by a group of design professionals and students in the city. They have already secured generous sponsorship to help ensure that the event is a success.

For student designer Claire Wright, this helps achieve a key goal:

“This Jam will show how the creative process is not just an exclusive club for people who have studied design. We have a range of people who get involved, from hospital workers to small businesses so it doesn’t matter what industry you’re from. What is important is the passion you bring to problem solving.”

“We will have organised opportunities to connect with fellow GS.Jammers around the world through use of live video links. In previous events this was quite an entertaining chance to share our ideas and have a bit of fun. It’s all about connecting with people on a global scale as well as locally in order to think creatively about the challenges we face.”


Dundee Service Jam opens at 5pm on Friday 27th February and closes by 6pm on Sunday 1st March. It is taking place at Dundee Makerspace in the Vision Building. For tickets and further information visit: www.dundjams.co.uk

The event is sponsored by Design in Action, Open Change Ltd, Dundee Makerspace and Walkers Shortbread Ltd.