NYC Service Design Jam

Workshop / Training
For NYU Community

2013 NYC Service Jam: Friday, March 1 – Sunday, March 3, hosted by NYU-Poly and the NYU-Poly student chapter of OpenIDEO. This event is part of the larger Global Service Jam taking place at 99 locations in 40 countries (as of today) around the world.

What is a "Service Jam"?
The Global Service Jam is a 48-hour design challenge which brings together people of different professions, backgrounds, talents and interests, and challenges them to develop and prototype a completely new service -- inspired by a shared theme -- in less than 48 hours. The theme -- which is unveiled at the start of the Jam, is broad enough to allow the participants to develop the most creative interpretations. And at the end of the weekend, their collection of brand new services will be published to the world.

The Global Jam site's comprehensive FAQ goes over the rules and explains in greater detail what to expect and how it all works.

Why should I participate?  It’s a chance for you to:

  • Learn about service design and what it can do for your business, community, and society
  • Sharpen your existing design-thinking skills in a practical setting
  • Tackle an important challenge that could be answered through the process of service design
  • Meet and network with others who have a passion for sustainability, community, society and service design


What's the schedule?
We'll be getting together at 6pm on Friday, March 1st to meet each other, break the ice a little, and hand out name tags. We'll officially kick off the event at 6:30, and then we're off! Saturday we'll continue brainstorming and refining our ideas, and we'll wrap up and present our final projects at approximately 3pm on Sunday, March 3rd. Finished projects will be uploaded to the Service Jam website for all to see on Sunday evening.

Throughout the weekend we'll have a handful of scheduled breaks to eat, meet, and check everyone's progress. Outside of that, how much or how little time you devote to working on your project is up to you and your group.

Register now!

Current NYU students, staff, and faculty with valid NYU ID can get free admission using the promo code "NYU")

For further details, contact:

at NYU-Poly: Anne-Laure Fayard: or Ashwin Gopi:

or at NYC SDN:  Marshall Sitten: