Press release – Leeds teams given 48 hours to rock the public sector

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PRESS RELEASE
7 May 2014

LEEDS TEAMS GIVEN 48 HOURS TO ROCK THE PUBLIC SECTOR

Public sector innovators will link up with counterparts all over the world as part of an event coming to Leeds for the first time next month.

Now in its fourth year, the Global GovJam is a high-energy 48-hour challenge for anyone who wants to make public services better while learning new design tools and techniques.

Up to 50 people will take part at the Open Data Institute Node in Duke Street, Leeds, on Tuesday 3 and Wednesday 4 June.

Participants will use social media to swap ideas with teams in other countries, including Brazil, Canada, Germany, Taiwan and the USA – all inspired by a shared theme kept secret until the start of the event.

The emphasis is on doing, not talking. Everyone is encouraged to come up with improvements to public services, make prototypes to show how they would work, and take to the streets to ask their fellow citizens what they think of them.

Matt Edgar, a service design and innovation consultant who is organising the Leeds event said:

“From highways and street cleaning to health and social care, everyone experiences public services. What’s more, tens of thousands of people in our city work to deliver them every day. We think they deserve the best design, and are really excited to be bringing GovJam to Leeds for the first time.

“We’re delighted to have people joining in from Leeds City Council, the NHS and central government. But you don’t have to work in the public sector to take part – GovJam is open to anyone with an interest in service design and improving public services.”

Registration for Leeds GovJam is open now at leedsgovjam.wordpress.com.

ENDS

Notes to editors
For further information contact:
Matt Edgar, matt@mattedgar.com, 07964 763252
Follow @LeedsGovJam on Twitter

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