Latest Event Updates

Announcing our venue, and our first supporter

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For the second year running, Leeds GovJam will be at the wonderful ODI-Leeds.

You can get a feel for the space by looking through Lisa’s photos from last year’s Leeds GovJam.

ODI-Leeds is a light and open collaboration space on the top floor of Munro House…

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There’s loads of room for up to 50 jammers to work in project teams…

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And it’s right opposite the bus station and market, making it really easy to take your prototypes out onto the street…

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We’re also delighted to announce that Leeds GovJam 2015 will be supported by UKGovcamp Grants.

UK Govcamp web page

UKGovcamp is the free, annual ‘unconference’ for people interested in how the public sector does digital stuff. The organisers put some of their left-over sponsorship money into a grants pot each year, and use it to help other similar events get off the ground.

We’re doubly fortunate because UKGovcamp has also supported our sister event, Leeds Service Jam. Thanks!

Could your organisation help to make Leeds GovJam 2015 even better?

Leeds GovJam is run by volunteers, and nobody makes a profit from it. Sponsors and supporters help us keep costs down, open up new possibilities, and provide extra treats and prizes to jam participants.

In return your organisation gets to show its support for public sector innovation in a high-profile and practical way.

To find out more, contact Matt Edgar – matt@mattedgar.com – 07964 763252

Thanks to our amazing volunteers and sponsors, here’s how we put on a £15,000 event for less than £700

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Wrapping up the accounts for Leeds GovJam 2014 has highlighted just how much we relied on our volunteers and sponsors, and what fantastic value participants got for their ticket price.

At full commercial rates, including venue hire and GovJam team costs, we estimate that a two-day event of this scale for 40 people would cost at least £15,000.

Thanks to the generosity of ODI-Leeds, and the seven team-members who gave their time for free, we brought the whole event in for less than £700.

Sponsorship from the University of Leeds School of Design helped us keep ticket prices down even further, while That Old Chestnut kept us well supplied with cakes!

In the open spirit of the jam, here’s the detail of how we did it…

How was it for you? Jammers write up their GovJam experiences

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We’ve had a couple of lovely write-ups from last week’s Govjam.

Jammer Rebecca Williams and Team Member Lisa Jefferies (who also took many great photos of the Jam) wrote about it on the Tunstall blog.

So what did we learn? Well, first up, we learned about the importance of playfulness in eliminating fear in teams. We were inspired to try new approaches, to work in new ways and to ‘fail fast’. Ideas blossomed and became real through prototyping. And teams were actively encouraged to take their prototypes outside of the building, to test their ideas (and assumptions) on others, and to invite challenge from ‘customers’. Crucially, the time constraint of the two-day event meant that teams had to keep moving and iterating their concepts at pace in order to improve them. Any organisation can learn from such an approach to service design.

Leeds City Council Service Improvement Officer Andi Elliott made his notes as a document which he’s kindly allowed us to reproduce below. We particularly like his take-outs from the event too:

What value was gained from the day?

The event ‘blurb’ suggests ‘Govjam is a practical way to find out about service design and how it can make a difference to where we work. What we actually learnt from taking part in this event was:

* Ideas, improvements, concept development and communication on a local or global basis can be achieved in very short time frames and with simple tools.

* That by imposing shorter time frames, project decision making be- comes simpler and more direct with less need for meetings.

* Available resources can be adapted rather than always using new ones.

* Any colleague at whatever level can do this.

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 And GovJam team member Si Wilson blogged about his experience of the jam:

I was chuffed to bits the event went so well, as did the rest of the team running the event. What’ll be interesting for me will be what the attendees do next, and hopefully those guys will report back at some point in the not-too-distant-future about how some of the GovJam spirit has helped them within their services!

Thanks to Lisa, Rebecca, Andi and Si for their write-ups. If you’ve written about Leeds GovJam, please let us know!

GovJam passports and posters

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Each Leeds GovJammer was given a passport to be stamped for every service design method they tried…

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We made these posters to explain the methods a little more…

As with everything made during GovJam, we’re releasing the posters under a Creative Commons License. Share and enjoy!

Well, that was fun!

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The first ever Leeds GovJam is over. We’ll say a proper thank you to everyone who made it happen over the coming days. For now just look at the amazing services our 6 teams of jammers prototyped – all in less than 48 hours of learning by doing…

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We’re jamming in Leeds!

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Six teams are working on new public service ideas inspired by our secret theme.

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See the work in progress in Lisa’s lovely photo set on Flickr...

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