GGJ Tokyo 2020

Do you have a passion for solving social challenges to improve lives? Do you want to leverage your skills and ideas in a diverse and high-energy setting to identify and attack issues in sustainability and inequality? Join us for the third edition of the Global Goals Jam in Tokyo, Japan, where local innovators, entrepreneurs, and creatives will join teams around the world in designing actionable interventions toward achieving the Global Goals.

The Global Goals Jam is a two day designathon where creative teams work together on local challenges related to the Sustainable Development Goals. Using a tailored design thinking toolkit (the “Jamkit”), we will create interventions aimed at short term targets in support of the long term goals.


Date & time:
Sept. 19, 20 (Sat and Sun), 2020
SAT: 10:00-18:00
SUN: 11:00- 19:30*

*Between 10:00 – 10:30, an optional morning yoga session will be conducted by yoga instructor Ayako Fujiwara

Location: ONLINE (Zoom and Miro board)

Language: The program will be run primarily in English. Japanese support can be provided. All presentations and documentation are in English.

Cost: ¥1,000 for students, ¥1,500 for non-students

How to sign up: Registration Page is here👉!

What to prepare?:

・A free Zoom and Miro account
・Computer, computer charger
・Comfortable clothes, shoes
・Stable Wifi-network

What comes with the ticket?:

・Entry to the 2-day GGJ designathon online workshop
・A GGJ Tokyo Good Care Package (to be mailed to your home or picked up at FabCafe Tokyo!)
・Optional Morning Yoga Session on Day 2
・A warm welcome to a community of creatives, thinkers, designers, and entrepreneurs who are passionate about sustainability and making social impact

How do we create our challenge and solution idea?

The Design Method Toolkit by Digital Society School.

In 2016, United Nations Development Programme approached the Digital Society School to create a collaboration that connected the design community with the Sustainable Development Goals. Using their expertise in Design Methods and international, cross cultural collaboration, the Digital Society School customized their Design Method Toolkit to create an open-source Jamkit that empowers people to create direct impact for the global goals, solving local challenges relevant to their own context. These design thinking tools form the roadmap for GGJ members to go from challenge to idea and idea to solution!

What are the focus SDGs for this year’s GGJ in Tokyo?

Global Goals Jam selects three areas from the SDGs as regional issues and tackles them. These are the three focus SDGs at this year’s GGJ Tokyo.

What is the output?

The output of the Global Goals Jam is a visual prototype.

Examples of a visual prototype include…

1. A wireframe, mockup, or other clickable prototype.
2. A visual 3D model or Rendering.
3. Video prototyping as a commercial or advertisement for the product or service.
4. A Storyboard, a sequence of drawings to represent how the service/product works.
5. An SNS campaign, show the message and function of your prototype through SNS

GGJ Prototype Examples:
『Smart Mirror Companion』SDG #3 Good health and well-being, Video prototype; A mirror powered by a digital personal assistant (like Siri) to be your partner when you need 1) medical assistance 2) or just a companion to be there for you. (From GGJ Tokyo)

VitaSip SDG #12 Responsible Consumption and Production, Paper prototype plus advertisements: Approximately 50 billion paper cups in the US end up in landfills every year. These paper cups take more than 20 years to decompose, partly because 5% (the filming inside) is composed of plastic. How can we reduce un-recyclable single-used cups without changing consumer behavior?

Introducing VitaSip, the very first vitamin and supplementary coated bagasse cup! By replacing the plastic coating with a biodegradable, vitamin coating, VitaSip paper cups are not only become recyclable but also offer the consumer the benefit of the vitamin or supplement! (From GGJ Bangkok)

『#climbmywall SDG #16 Peace, Justice and Strong Institutions, Video prototype plus SNS campaign: How might we create an experiential event to raise awareness and empathy, and build a supportive platform to help asylum seekers in Hong Kong? We need to start from an empathetic medium, an activity which is also a physical translation of the mental sufferings.

If this prototype were to become a reality…A wall as a narrative, a symbol. Redbull as the main sponsor makes this charity event possible. Olympic athlete Lee Wai Sze climbs a special designed wall as a challenge. It gets increasingly difficult towards the top, whoever is watching on TV or online can feel the pain and exhaustion of the athlete and the wall that an asylum seeker must climb. (From GGJ Hong Kong)

For more GGJ Past Examples, please see last year’s Global Goals Jam Sprint #4 Share it! AWRD page 👉

Global Goals Jam Tokyo 2020 Timeline

Day I 

09:30 – 10:00 Zoom Door Open
10:00 – 10:30 Introduction and Icebreaker
10:30 – 11:00 Inspiration talk

Sprint #0 Team Building
11:00 – 11:10 Review Day I timeline
11:10 – 11:55 Team Canvas
11:55 – 12:00 5 min break 

Sprint #1 Discover it!
12:00 – 12:45 5W1H,  choose challenge
12:45 – 13:45 Lunch Break
13:45 – 15:15 Stakeholders map, Empathy map
15:15 – 15:25 10 min break

Sprint #2 Develop it! 
15:25 – 16:30 Ideation Round x 2
16:30 – 17:15 Concept Sketches
17:15 – 17:45 Share and get feedback
17:45 – 18:00 Day I Closing

Day II

10:00 – 10:30 Morning Yoga! (optional)
10:30 – 11:00 Zoom Doors open
11:00 – 11:10 Review Day II timeline

Sprint #2 Develop it! (Cont.)
11:10 – 12:00 Develop Concept Sketch
12:00 – 13:00 Business Model Canvas
13:00 – 13:30 Lunch Break
13:30 – 14:30 Through other’s eyes

Sprint #3 Build it! 
14:30 – 17:00 Final push, research, prototyping, preparation of presentation materials
DEADLINE 17:00: Turn in materials, take a break

Sprint #4 Present it

17:30 – 18:30 Presentation and Q and A
18:30 – 19:30 Afterparty

Let’s connect!





Special thanks!

Global Goals Jam Tokyo is organized by FabCafeUNDP and Digital Society School and supported by 100BANCH and AWRD.

For more info on GGJ Tokyo 2019 👉 GGJ Tokyo 2019 event report