Miami Sustainability Jam 2017-05-12T01:03:04+00:00


In one weekend passionate people will meet in 30+ cities, form teams and get to work in an energetic, interactive design thinking event. They’ll have fun creating brand new, sustainable, real world designs, projects and initiatives which might make a difference. All while learning and practicing cutting-edge, creative problem-solving and business skills.

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What is a Jam?

The Global Sustainability Jam is a 48-hour event where people come together in cities around the globe to create and prototype new products and services around the theme of Sustainability.

Jams are about meeting cool people in your community, practicing design-based problem solving methods, picking up new business skills, and most importantly, having fun!

You don’t need to be “creative” or have experience with design to Jam. In fact we encourage people without such experience to join us. You’ll be supported throughout the weekend by your hosts. What you get out of a Jam is up to you! You can get out of it what you put in.

Global Sustainability Jam London 2013. Curtesy of  

Why Jam?

The great thing about a jam is there are no boundaries.

Miami Sustainability Jam is an event where you can let your creativity on the loose while creating solutions for vexing problems. Facilitators will introduce participants to customer-centric design tools, help them form diverse work teams, and coach them in creating a service inspired by the global design theme.

Teams will apply what they learn to rapidly design and test their solutions to problems related to sustainability. At the end of the event teams will upload a video of their solution to the Global Sustainability Jam website to share with the world.

Jams are designed to create innovators. By the end of the event you will be familiar with the fundamentals of customer-centric design, how to dramatically improve customer satisfaction, and how to design new services people really want.

We encourage anyone who wants to learn more about creative approaches to problem solving and sustainability to join us.

  • You will learn more about design thinking, a design-based approach to problems, and about sustainability.

  • You will pick up a load of new ideas and business skills.

  • You will meet a lot of cool people at all levels of experience.

  • Your work and ideas will be reviewed by your peers, and presented to the world.

  • You will design something that you may want to turn into a real business.

  • You might get rich and famous. Probably not…

  • But you will certainly have a blast!

The Program

Jamming is a weekend full of fun + passionate people + design thinking methods.

We run through all the steps of the Human Centred Design process to create working prototypes of new products & services. The details of this years program are still being refined, but you can expect something not too dissimilar to this.

What is Service Design?

9:00 AM – 4:15 PM

9:00 AM: Breakfast – Networking
9:30 AM: Introduction to the Global Service Jam & Hosts
10:15 AM:Design Thinking in 40 minutes
11:00 AM: Secret Theme announced
11:30 AM: Form teams and brainstorm basic idea
12:00 PM: Jamming Begins.
The groups work independently, supported by Hosts and Mentors. Research or observations are performed virtually, or through short excursions. The teams develop their service design and prototype it using whatever methods they choose.
12:30 PM: Lunch
2:00 PM: Status Update / Upload Prototype
3:30 PM: Presentation – Refining Your Concept
3:45 PM: Continue Jamming
4:15 PM: Wrap up for the day

9:00 AM – 4:30 PM

9:00 AM: Breakfast
9:30 AM: Warm-up
9:45 AM: Continue Jamming
11:45 AM: Status Update / Upload Prototype
12:30 PM: Lunch
2:45 PM: Publish!
The teams deliver final documentation of a working prototype on the Global Service Jam website. This can be a film of human interaction, photos of a mock-up, a dummy website, a business plan, or anything else that provides a permanent, publishable record of their idea and work. These are uploaded and published for the world under Creative Commons licensing.
3:00 PM: Present / demo your project to other Miami Jammers.
4:00 PM: Prizes
4:30 PM: Close

Cambridge Innovation Center (CIC)
1951 NW 7th Ave, Miami, FL 33136

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Together we can do amazing things








Global Ties Maimi


Siggi Bachmann
Siggi BachmannChief Strategy Officer
Siggi is a designer and electrical engineer with a deep passion for fostering creativity in teams. He applies his insights about the creative process to drive powerful co-creative team sessions, which yield innovative solutions that delight people. Siggi believes truly superior solutions are achieved when design is led and done with the end user in mind.

Siggi is a co-founder and Chief Strategy Officer at Contexto.

Vassoula Vasiliou
Vassoula VasiliouChief Experience Officer
Vassoula is a designer with 20+ years of experience in design, trend analysis, and branding. She is as highly skilled at distinguishing and addressing consumers’ key needs, wants, and desires as she is in designing rich sensory experiences that connect people with brands. Vassoula believes applying design disciplines to business opens up tremendous opportunities for growth.

Vassoula is a co-founder and Chief Experience Officer at Contexto.

Ezequiel Williams
Ezequiel WilliamsChief Insights Officer
Ezequiel is a business designer passionate about helping people live innovation. His work focuses on helping people deeply understand their customers’ problems and how to solve them creatively. He brings a distinct human-centered design lens to his work and believes customer experience is a key source of competitive advantage in the 21st Century.

Ezequiel is a co-founder and Chief Insights Officer at Contexto.