Global Goals Jam Tokyo 2020

Join us for the fourth 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.

Closed SAT, SEP 19, 2020 - SUN, SEP 27, 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.

GGJ Tokyo 2019 @ 100BANCH

The Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs), otherwise known as the Global Goals, are a universal call to action to end poverty, protect the planet and ensure that all people enjoy peace and prosperity.

You are invited to expand your network and learn design methods from Digital Society School to share your ideas in real-time with other participants from Hong Kong, Nairobi, Kyoto, Rio de Janeiro, Amsterdam and beyond!

Let’s design 2030 together! Think Big! Start Small! Act Fast!

When? Where? How much?


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. Paper or Carton Prototype

2. Visual 3D model or Rendering

3. Physical 3D printed or hand-made prototype made with suitable material available.

4. Video prototyping as a commercial or advertisement for the product.

5. Storyboard, that being a sequence of drawings to represent how the service/product works.

GGJ Prototype Examples:

『Smart Mirror Companion』 (GGJ Tokyo 2018)

SDG #3 Good health & Well-being, Video prototype, A mirror powered by a digital personal assistant (like Siri) to be your partner when you need 1) medical assistance or 2) just a companion to be there for you.

VitaSip』 (GGJ Bangkok 2019)

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 reduce unrecyclable single-use cups without changing consumer habit?

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 becoming recyclable but also offer the consumer the benefit of the vitamin or supplement!

Climb my Walls』 (GGJ Hong Kong 2019)

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 specially designed wall as a challenge. it get 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.

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


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