In 2015, Nicola Sturgeon conﬁrmed that Scotland would be one of the ﬁrst countries in the world to commit to meeting the 17 UN Global Goals for Sustainable Development, both at home and overseas. If these Goals are completed, it would mean an end to extreme poverty, inequality and climate change by 2030.
The Global Goals Jam is a worldwide two-day event where teams develop actionable interventions based on the Sustainable Development Goals. It is coordinated by the United Nations Development Programme and MediaLAB Amsterdam. Through a series of short design sprints, participants hack an idea, and design and test prototype solutions to help achieve the Global Goals.
In 2016, the University of Edinburgh participated in the first ever Global Goals Jam, and they will be hosting a local Jam again this year on 15-17 September 2017, in partnership with the Scottish Council for Voluntary Organisations (SCVO). The Jam is open to anyone who is interested and would like to experiment with using design and data methods to come up with innovative and practical ways to achieve the Global Goals.
The target goals for this year’s Jam are: no poverty, zero hunger, good health and wellbeing, good education and sustainable cities and communities.
Last year, four teams designed three prototypes to address the goals of Affordable and Clean Energy, Sustainable Cities and Communities and Responsible Production and Consumption. Responding to challenges put forward by Scene Community and the Energy Data for All initiative, they developed ‘Collect and Swap’ - a programme to reduce solar waste in rural India; an infographic communicating the value of and potential for off-grid solar energy in India; and a website and communication platform to share information and knowledge about sustainable supply chains.
This year the Jam will focus on specific challenges put forward by organisations and projects based in Edinburgh, with the aim of developing a prototype solution to each challenge by the end of the event. An expert panel including representatives from each sponsoring organization will provide feedback on the prototypes and share and disseminate the learning and ideas generated.
If you or your organization would like to present a challenge or participate in the Jam, you can find more information at globalgoals.scot or get in touch with Cat Magill at C.Magill@ed.ac.uk. Please feel free to share information about the event through your networks.