#DemJam

Service Open innovation hackathon
Location West Midlands
Client Open source

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It’s no secret some young people get a bum deal when it comes to policy that affects that, everything from wages to education, it’s no wonder most of us old folks consider them to be apathetic when it comes to politics - but, we do not really feel that to be the case if you give young people a platform they will talk and they really do speak a lot of sense.

It’s no secret some young people get a bum deal when it comes to policy that affects that, everything from wages to education, it’s no wonder most of us old folks consider them to be apathetic when it comes to politics - but, we do not really feel that to be the case if you give young people a platform they will talk and they really do speak a lot of sense.

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We’ve designed Dem Jam as an open source toolkit, that means that that anybody can run the hackathons we have already developed for free, if you are interested in running a Dem Jam in your area just send us an email and we’ll send you everything you need alongside guidance notes, we only ask is that you share your findings with us.

The hackathon is basically a workshop, you will be provided with information on how to encourage debate and help to run the activities smoothly. We have ran two Dem Jam hacks already with Dudley Council and Sandwell Council, let’s look closely at what we did.

The first Dem Jam hackathon was held in association with Dudley Council in Council House Chambers. During this structioned hackathon we set participants the task of putting together questions for their local MPs. We did this by having debate sections around crime, homeless, mental health and employment followed by whittling down all of the debate into 4 questions.

Following the event the young people then put these questions to the 3 Members of Parliament in the Dudley area. There were Ian Austin (Independant), Mike Wood (Conservative) and Pat McFadden (Labour) which you can watch by clicking on their names.

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The idea behind #DemJam is to give facilitators a toolkit to give young people they support the platform to have conversations on issues that affect them and have the opportunity to document that digitally - facilitators do not need to have any experience at all in running these type of events, it is all laid out for you.

If you would like to run your own #DemJam event, simley drop us an email and we’ll talk you through the toolkit, it’s really easy to run and completely cost free. It is perfect for Local Authorities to run with their youth groups and youth Councils.

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