Global Goals Jam 2020

Do you have a passion for solving social challenges to improve lives? Join us and over 85 cities around the world in the fifth edition of the #GlobalGoalsJam! This is a two day event where creative teams work together on local challenges related to the Global Goals. Using a tailored toolkit, we will create interventions aimed at short term targets in support of the long term Sustainable Development Goals.

The Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs), otherwise known as the Global Goals, are a universal call to action to end poverty, protect the planet and ensure that all people enjoy peace and prosperity.

In 2016, United Nations Development Programme approached Digital Society School to create a collaboration that connected the design community with the Sustainable Development Goals. Using our expertise in Design Methods and international collaboration, we designed a process that empowers people to create direct impact for the global goals, solving local challenges relevant to their own context.

“We are very interested to see how all the ideas that come out of events such as our Social Good Summit can really take effect and make the world a better place by 2030. Our long term partnership with Digital Society School (with whom we co-founded the Global Goals Jam) facilitates a way to take real action. People all over the world can see and learn from each other’s work, as well as provide inputs across borders to create a global design community for the Global Goals.”
Boaz Paldi – Engagement Manager United Nations Development Programme


To see all global locations that are Jamming this year, and for more information on the global event, see: www.globalgoalsjam.org

Amsterdam Jam
This year, we are hosting the event in Amsterdam online. Join us and design for challenges by industry partners and get to work with our Digital Transformation Trainees, while learning how to design for sustainability and co-create in an online space!


Wednesday 16 // pre-symposium and official global kick-off (optional)- 12-2pm
On Wednesday 16 September, the global organisation is hosting an online pre-symposium, with Global Goals Jam partners from Japan, Italy, Somalia and more. Join us to get inspired on cross-cultural dialogue and collaboration!

More info and sign-up here

Wednesday 16 // Showcase Makersprint + testing prototypes!- 230-330pm
Right after the symposium, there is the opportunity to meet your teams and get to know which challenge you’ll be working on. We have arranged an inspiring showcase on where our trainees will present the first results of their Makersprint. These are the projects that form the starting point of the Jam, so make sure you can join it! This will happen in the same space as the symposium above – so make sure you sign-up (even if you can’t join the symposium entirely).


Friday 18 // Day 1 (9.30am-5pm)
9.30-10.00am – Opening Global Goals Jam
10.00-1pm – Sprint 1: Explore it!
1-2pm – lunch break
2-5pm – Sprint 2: Respond to it!
5pm – opportunity to work further and connect to other teams across the globe!

Saturday 19 // Day 2 (9.30am-5pm)
9.30-10.00.am – Check in and warm up
10.00-1pm – Sprint 3: Make it!
1-2pm – lunch break
2-4.30 – Sprint 4: Share it!
4.30-5pm – Closing