Frequently Asked Questions

A Sprint is a timeboxed session in which teams plan, execute and evaluate its goals. We use sprints because we believe in the Think Big, Start Small, Act Fast philosophy. During the #GlobalGoalsJam sprints last for 3 to 4 hours. The entire Jam contains 4 sprints in total that takes jammers from research to ideas, to prototype, to testing and presenting.

  • The Global Goals Jam will use the communication channels (website, twitter, fb) of the UNDP to communicate about the event.
  • We mainly use Twitter: @globalgoalsjam and the hashtag #globalgoalsjam
  • Local organizers are suggested to use their own (existing) accounts for external communication. We can provide you with a link that redirects to your event page ( and of course share your channels through ours!
  • For our Jamming community, we use Slack ( and for video calls and check-ins we use Spark. All of our video content you can find on Youtube, and for this year Medium will also be an important place where we share results.

Being a jammer is simple, you just need to register for the local Jam near you! As soon as there is an event page of your local city it will be available among the locations. There you will be able to sign up as a participant. For local organizers, we provide a general Eventbrite format, that local jams can use as a registration tool for participants as jammers. Jammers register with name and expertise, and will be challenged to bring participants from the community they design for.

How to host your own Global Goals Jam

To start, you need a physical space to comfortably seat participants – local Jams have varied from 10 to 100(!) participants. The average is mostly between 20 and 30.

  1. Reliable Internet access (either wired or wireless) for all participants
  2. Access to the methods, tools and templates we will provide you with, as well as basic design tools such as post-its (lots of ’em!), blank paper, markers, tape etc. Don’t forget the music! ‘)
  3. Local IT support in case of problems with computers or internet connectivity
  4. At least one local official organizer to coordinate the event
  5. Coffee, tea and other beverages as well as easy access to food
  6. Security
  7. In addition, some “nice to haves” you could think of are tools and machines for prototyping (3D printers, laser cutters etc.) We also strongly encourage you to collaborate with the local community you will be designing for and involve users, local entrepreneurs and companies in your Jam.

You will need some time to prepare the jam, to recruit jammers, find a venue and receive the materials. The deadline for signing-up as a local organizer is set on May 9th, as we will need time to prepare and send you our toolkit. In case you are reading this and May 9th has already passed, all tools and methods will be made (if possible) available online. It is however harder to include you in the global community and all updates.

The Global Goals Jam has no commercial purpose. This means that local organizers are not allowed to use the Global Goals Jam for commercial purposes. You are however allowed to ask a registration fee to the jammers in order to cover organization expenses such as materials, food, drinks and security. Additionally, consider involving local organizations for sponsorship (either financial or in kind). Within our info package, we will provide you with a sponsorship sheet you can adapt to your needs and wishes and connect to the local industry.

Yes! This is one of the main goals of the Global Goals Jam. We want to share intermediate results with the world, so others can build upon all those small steps that we’ve made. Teams are responsible to document their process and output. We will provide you with hands-on guidelines that will help you to do this. It is recommended to give assign someone within your organisation, or in the teams, with this specific role. Because of course we want to show each other, and the world what amazing interventions you will develop!

Feel free to share pics and vids through your channels, then tag this material with #globalgoalsjam. Photo’s and Video’s will be harvested and collacted on Youtube and Flickr, to showcase online. Next to that, we will for max 3 hi-res shots that we can use in the official aftermovie that we will show at the Social Good Summit in New York as well as in a physical installation we will use to expose the results. Within our #jamkit_materials in our Slack community, you will find an adaptable Global Goals Jam logo and bumper video to give the pics and vids some context.

We use Slack to communicate with each other day-to-day and Mailchimp for relevant updates.

Check with your local partners on how they can be involved. Since it might be complex for partners to sponsor events financially, it might help to ask them to sponsor a part of the event, or offer them the stage for an inspiration talk. Corporate Social Responsibility (CSR) Departments of multinationals, Universities or local SME’s may be useful partners to approach.

  • Lunch
  • Dinner
  • Drinks / Cocktail
  • Hardware setup (projector, screen, mic, audio)
  • Venue
  • Branding Materials
  • Materials (Paper, Markers, Flip-overs, etc.)
  • Access to Fablab tools and materials
  • Film (aftermovie)
  • Photographer

First you need to request and account from us. Please send us a message with the subject “Account Request” using this form: 

We have created a web guide for you. You can download it by clicking here:

Intellectual property & code of conduct

The jam teams hold all IP rights. However, the Global Goals Jam may use outputs for demonstration and communication as it sees fit. All outputs must be posted in the condition they are in at the end of the jam. If jamteams wish to upload subsequent versions, they are welcome and we will host and archive them. All participants must agree to use Creative Commons, share, alter, no sell license.

Local jam organizers are allowed to ask organizations to sponsor the event. However, the organizing committee would like to know which partners are going to support your event. Due to UN ethics and policies, partners related to tobacco companies, arms industry and other similar businesses should not be part of the Global Goals Jam. You can also check the official documentation of the UNDP.

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