Creative Dundee

Creativity versus challenge at Global Service Jam


A global design jam kicks off in Dundee this weekend, which will once again place the city on the map for its incredible creativity in tackling big issues. The Dundee Service Jam offers participants 48 hours to change the world and they’d love you to get involved. 

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 80 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.

Ross Crawford 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.”

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. For tickets and further information visit:

You can get your ticket from Eventbrite.

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