The Cologne Global Goals Jam (GGJ) is a two-day event to engage the local community to contribute to the Sustainable Development Goals by creating short-term interventions with long-term impact. More than an event, the GGJ is a network of cities and organizations that are excited to engage their local communities to create real impact for the Global Goals.
Let’s #design2030now #Act4SGDs

Why Global Goals Jam?

Do you have a passion for solving social challenges to improve lives? Join us in the first edition of the #GlobalGoalsJam in Cologne, Germany, where local innovators, creatives, and people from different backgrounds will join teams around the world in designing actionable interventions toward achieving the UN’s Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs).

You are invited to expand your Social Innovation network and learn-by-doing methodology from Design Thinking and Service Design. Furthermore, this is a chance to develop and share your ideas in real-time with other participants from 85 cities worldwide!

The Challenge: Migration

The Global Goals Jam in Cologne focuses on the global theme of Migration. During the weekend we will work with the support and exchange of local partners (more details below) and experts working on the topic of migration from whom we can learn and develop solutions with.

Teams will be focusing on the following Sustainable Development Goals as developed by the United Nations, in order to address this challenge:

• SDG 10: Reduced Inequalities
• SDG 16: Peace, justice and strong institutions

Our local challenges are:

  • How does inclusion look like in the job market? Finding a fulfilling job as a migrant.
  • “Being a local citizen” – overcoming the challenge to find a home in Cologne.
  • Education with/for migrant children


Saturday, September 21st. Day 1 (10-18h)
Discover: Participants will attend keynote presentations and guest speaker lectures from local community members and/or industry partners. Dive into your challenge, fall in love with the problem, learn about the problem, and find and talk to real users.
Ideate: After collecting insights from your research, you will be able to better understand the challenge and start synthesizing the information into potential concepts together with your team and our support you will ideate solutions for the challenges.
Prototype and test: After collecting insights from the day before, you will create a first draft of the solutions, a first prototype, you will test it and get feedback from potential users.
Day closing: Zusammen Bierchen

Sunday, September 22nd. Day 2 (10-13h)
Day opener: Zusammen Frühstück:)
Pitch: We will support you and give you templates so each team would be able to pitch their concepts as a final presentation. Experts on the topic will be there to give you the feedback you need.

Language & fee:

English (main) & German

Fee: 30 euros (p/person)
We ask participants for a fee that will cover for some snacks, refreshments & office supplies during the two days. Please let us know in advance if you have any dietary requirements or allergies.
You would love to come but can’t afford it? Please contact us at ggjamkoeln@gmail.com.
Get your tickets here!


Stephanie Helou, Vanessa Espinosa Ureta, Filipi Dias & Abigail Schreider
Contact us: ggjamkoeln@gmail.com


About our partners

UNDP, Since 2016, the United Nations Development Programme (UNDP) has been collaborating with the Digital Society School to create a global community around the Sustainable Development Goals. As a result, the Global Goals Jam was created to empower people to create a direct impact on the global goals, solving local challenges relevant to their own context.

Art Asyl is an organization working since September 2015 with a focus on the integration of refugees in Cologne under the motto “Art connects cultures”. Through regular courses and activities in the field of art, Art Asyl creates points of contact both in school and leisure time and at the same time offer distraction from the often dull everyday life in the refugee homes. The first pillar of the association work is the project area, they organize art projects, workshops, and courses by putting the project ideas of creative people into action.

design with others is a group of designers interested in working on urgent systemic issues. We design and facilitate processes that ensure the participation of minorities because we believe that inclusion should be more than just a quota.

About our Sponsors

Wertheim ist ein Business- und Kulturcenter in der Rheinmetropole Köln. Das Business Center bietet moderne Bürolösungen, die ein produktives Arbeiten ermöglichen. Die vom Wertheim ins Leben gerufene Creative Couch gehört zu einem der beliebtesten Networking-Events im Rheinland – Arbeiten. Leben. Erleben. Werde ein Teil davon.

Yello is originally an energy and gas provider that has recently changed its motto to provide #merhalsdudenkst. Its goal is to supply its customers with the best possible service at a fair price. Said and done. Today Yello has around 1M customers, making them one of the top 10 electricity companies in Germany. Yello Strom has established itself as the power brand on the German energy market.

HeilandtDirekt lecker

Kaffee von der Rösterei Heilandt bedeutet Spezialitätenkaffee von höchster Qualität, nachhaltiger, direkter Handel mit den Produzenten und eine angemessene Preiskultur für ein selbstbestimmtes Leben aller Beteiligten in der Handelskette.

Der Rohkaffee wird im Trommelröster schonend geröstet. Jede Bohnensorte einzeln. So ist es möglich, in jedem Kaffee die interessantesten Geschmacksnoten zum Vorschein zu bringen. Das Ergebnis ist frischer, leckerer Kaffee fürs Büro, für zuhause oder an den vier Standorten in Köln.

Lemonaid ChariTea – Drinking helps – but how, exactly?

Every bottle of Lemonaid sold supports development projects in the regions where our ingredients are grown – in Asia, Africa, and Latin America. In this way, we raised more than 2 million euros for charitable purposes.


Disclaimer: there may be a photographer or film-maker present during and after the event and these images may be used publicly to promote the Global Goals Jam, the SDGs and/or any of our local sponsors’ marketing and communications efforts. By signing up and attending the event you consent and grant permission to create, save and distribute such footage.