Global Goals Jam CANADA Winter 2022

Global Goals Jam Canada winter 2022 (March 18-20)

About this Event

Calling changemakers, developers, designers, engineers, strategists, social innovators, and all enthusiasts to design and hack impactful solutions for the grand challenges of the world. Winning teams get cash awards.

Do you have a passion for solving social challenges to improve lives? Do you want to be part of a select group of committed people who will spend a weekend designing and hacking innovative solutions to challenges that can help Canada contribute to achieving the Global Goals? Join us for the #GlobalGoalsJamToronto 2022. Let’s jam for a better planet! 

To register for The Global Goals Jam Canada winter 2021 (March 18-20),  click here

The Global Goals Jam Canada March 2022 program is organized by the SDG Innovation Lab, Centre of Entrepreneurship, Centennial College with OSPE, and Canadian Partners with support from UNDP and Digital Society School Amsterdam as part of Global Goals Jams around the world. It is a weekend program to contribute to the Global Goals by collaborating and building solutions to pressing social or business challenges and invoking the participation and engagement of students, entrepreneurs, designers, creative thinkers, and the public community. The program uses a design process and Lean methodology to guide participants ensuring that any potential solutions actually solve the problem at hand.

This 2 ½-day program was developed to engage participating designers, developers, strategists, and all community members to contribute to the Sustainable Development Goals by creating solutions with long-term impact.

Participants will work deeper on their problems and solutions with mentor support addressing the themes using design thinking and lean methodology. Participants work towards solutions resulting in presentation and pitching to a panel of eminent judges for a chance to win awards*. During the weekend while teams are working, they are extensively mentored by subject matter, design thinking, business model, and pitching experts.

You are invited to jam for a better Canada and a better world! Get to know design thinking and lean methodology in practice. Virtually meet like-minded people to develop cool solutions for global problems.

*Note: Awards payable only in Canada

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The central themes of this Challenge are:

Theme 1: Leave no one behind

Theme 2: Clean Water and Sanitation

Theme 3: Climate Change

Global Goals Jam Canada Winter 2022 Program Topics

The Global Goals Jam Canada Winter 2022 is based on selected Global Themes/ Topics as below. The participants are required to choose one topic of their interest.

1. Leave No One Behind – Equality and Non-Discrimination 

Solutions to address rising inequalities and discrimination (EDI)

  • Increasing financial inclusion  
  • Reducing gender disparity  
  • Making the workplace more inclusive

The scope of the problem is daunting. Inequalities of wealth and income have reached historic proportions, and inequalities in opportunities and outcomes relating to education, health, food security, employment, housing, health services and economic resources are having equally devastating effects. These inequalities disproportionately affect particular groups on the basis of race, sex, language, religion, age, ethnicity, disability, migrant or economic status, and so on. In addition, gender-based discrimination remains one of the most prevalent forms of discrimination across the globe.

2. Clean Water and Sanitation

Solutions for sustainable management of  water resources

  • Cleaning up the Grand River and/or Great Lakes.
  • Water conservation and pollution of groundwater resources.
  • Agricultural water conservation and increasing water efficiency 

Water connects every aspect of life. Access to safe water and sanitation can quickly turn problems into potential – empowering people with time for school and work, and contributing to improved health for women, children, and families around the world.

Access to water and sanitation are recognized by the United Nations as human rights, reflecting the fundamental nature of these basics in every person’s life. Lack of access to safe, sufficient and affordable water, sanitation and hygiene facilities has a devastating effect on the health, dignity and prosperity of billions of people, and has significant consequences for the realization of other human rights.

  • Climate Change 

Solutions for climate change issues:

  • Manage waste, reduce, reuse, recycle and recover
  • Reduce Carbon Footprint/ Greenhouse gas emission
  • Mitigate and Adapt to Flooding and Forest Fires.

Climate change is affecting every country on every continent. It is disrupting national economies and affecting lives. Weather patterns are changing, sea levels are rising, and weather events are becoming more extreme.

Although greenhouse gas emissions are projected to drop about 6% in 2020 due to travel bans and economic slowdowns resulting from the COVID-19 pandemic, this is a temporary improvement. As the global economy begins to recover from the pandemic, emissions are expected to return to higher levels.


See the Themes link below for more details.

To collaborate, we need to engage in a way that goes beyond talking, towards creating a space for people from all backgrounds to bring in their local knowledge, ensuring a bottom-up, grassroots approach.

More than an event, it is a network of Localities and organizations that are excited to engage their local communities to create real impact for the Global Goals.

More than just a weekend, it is the beginning of a community to create a real impact.

To register for The Global Goals Jam Canada winter 2022, Click Here


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SDG Innovation Lab- Sustainability Institute

The SDG Innovation Lab is annual experiential programming to equip individuals with knowledge, skills, motivation, and action plans to contribute toward the achievement of SDG solutions through social entrepreneurship.

This is an initiative to engage the youth, young professionals, and the community as an agent of change to bring about socio-economic and environmental impact through SDG-driven solutions with the use of an entrepreneurial mindset, new business models, and disruptive technologies. This provides participants with lifelong learning & opportunities to implement their own social entrepreneurship initiatives addressing the most pressing challenges of humanity.

By engaging students in the highly agile experiential, entrepreneurial process and cultivating an entrepreneurial mindset in students, we can empower and engage them to remain adaptable when facing obstacles, persist through failure, communicate better, become problem-solvers, opportunity finders, and next-generation innovators. This lifelong learning enables them to achieve their personal and career goals.

The SDG Innovation Lab consists of five experiential modules providing comprehensive experiential programming:

Module 1: SDG Training Bootcamp
Presentations on SDGs and their implementation by experts followed by an introduction to the design thinking process.

Module 2: Global Goals (SDG) Challenge
An intense, hands-on, team-oriented and thoughtfully mentored program to design, build and pitch strategies for an originally- or collaboratively-hatched idea focusing on Global Goals/SDGs..

Module 3: Tech for SDG Bootcamp/Hackathon
An intense, hands-on, team-oriented, and thoughtfully mentored program to design, build and pitch strategies for an originally- or collaboratively hatched technology idea focusing on Global Goals/SDGs.

Module 4: Build Your Venture (Incubation Experience)
A 10- to 12-week intense, team-oriented, and thoughtfully mentored program to build solutions to pressing social or business challenges using Lean LaunchPad methodology developed by Steve Blank in 2011 and introduced at Stanford University, Columbia Business School, and UC Berkeley, a method for teaching entrepreneurship that combines experiential learning with the three building blocks of a successful lean startup: Alexander Osterwalder’s Business Model Canvas, Blank’s customer development model and agile engineering.

Module 5: Make Your Venture Investment-ready
A mentoring, advisory, and lending program for underserved social enterprises with growth potential. Support and partnerships are planned to operationalize it.