Jammers put the call out for service superstars

Jammers put the call out for service superstars

Those eager to create games or start a company in one weekend are already catered for, but now those in the service sector have an event of their own to embrace.

Just like a music jam session, friends, Service Jam brings people together to design, research and prototype a brand new service in just 48 hours.

Organiser Matt Currie says it's a fun, interactive and experimental session for participants to bounce ideas around and is open to people of all ages and backgrounds.

The jam originated in Germany and had a successful start during its first run last year, when participants in 50 cities around the world created more than 200 service concepts from recipe-sharing services to a community safety network.

The jam does give participants a prompt by revealing a theme at the start of the weekend. There are a few guidelines for participants, and those struggling to come up with ideas will be able to get a little help from Currie.

“You don’t have to have experience designing services to participate,” says Currie, “just an open mind, empathy for human needs and experiences, a strong work ethic, collaborative attitude, and an adventurous spirit.”

There’s even a small chance of fame and fortune, with YouTube and social media sites abuzz with videos and news from the jams. All concepts created are later posted online for public viewing.

“Some of these concepts may well get picked up by businesses and other organisations for further development,” says Currie.

Wintec is sponsoring this year’s local jam, to be held on its Hamilton campus.

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