March 1-3 I attended the excellent XJAM event at Exeter University, part of the Global Service Jam, a series of events which took place across the world, with. Hosted by the ever pro-active Philippa Rose & Simon Gough of Redfront, the event had a wide range of participants, with backgrounds and disciplines, from service design to social media strategy and local government trainers.

The event kicked off at Oddfellows with an ideas jam which looked to establish product and service ideas inspired by the jam’s set theme of ‘Grow’.  Participants spent some time writing down their own ideas before a swapping and scoring ‘speed dating’ style process helped establish the stronger ideas. By the end of the evening three ideas were rising to the top. The next two days looked to develop these whittled down ideas using service design thinking in a variety of forms.

As you can tell from the video below, it was great fun, and I look forward to the upcoming Government XJAM that I will be helping facilitate.

X Jam 2013 from Redfront on Vimeo.

You can find out more about the products and services we developed on our GlobalServiceJam page.