If you are passionate about making a change and want to use your skills to make it happen, then the Global Goals Jam is for you!
What is the #GlobalGoalsJam?
It is a worldwide event where teams in different countries will be developing innovative and practical solutions for the most pressing world challenges based on the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs). In this year’s Jam, you will have the opportunity to address real-life issues related to the SDGs that different Edinburgh organisations are currently working on:
- No Poverty
- Zero Hunger
- Good Health and Well-being
- Quality Education
- Sustainable Cities and Communities
When and where will it be?
The Jam will start this Friday 15th September and will run until the afternoon of Sunday 17th September, in the Informatics Forum at Edinburgh.
Who will be challenging you?
Challenges Worldwide (CW) is one of the organisations that will be challenging your creativity and inventiveness this weekend, together with the Oxchain project, University of Edinburgh Social Responsibility and Sustainability, City of Sanctuary and Climate_KIC.
CW’s global issue to be addressed is related to Sustainable Cities and Communities, how can this be achieved by using bamboo. How can bamboo also contribute to improving the other four mentioned Global Goals.
In Sub-Saharan Africa, where we work, a lot of conferences and research papers have celebrated the opportunity in bamboo. Indeed, there has been significant investment into bamboo production and processing, with very ambitious goals around what can be achieved with it. With potential uses from construction to mobility, as well as being a potential source of more stable rural and farming jobs, the opportunity seems enormous. The efforts are yet small and disseminated, as well as many times mostly focusing on few market opportunities.
However, in Ghana, for example, the efforts are yet small and disparate, sometimes also clustered on potentially limited local addressable markets. Perhaps the machinery or expertise is lacking to introduce successful use cases from other markets…
This is why we want to invite you to work with us to think through how countries like Ghana, Uganda, Rwanda and d Zambia might harness the opportunity of bamboo at scale and more quickly. Will acceleration come from greater competition, or perhaps greater aggregation or even consolidation?
The #GlobalGoalsJam is a unique opportunity for you to design and test solutions to global issues, where you will be able to put into practice or learn new skills in different areas that can go from data science to digital design and building relationships and connections. You will also have the opportunity to apply your teamwork skills and do networking and connections with people that share your interests.