VentureJam’s a Breath of Fresh Air

Developed by Young Scot and Glasgow City of Science, VentureJam gave 40 young people the opportunity to develop fresh ideas that embrace the digital world in order to solve real world environmental challenges.

The partners have now released their final report detailing the success and impact of the project. A copy can be downloaded from here.

The teams developed a wide range of innovative ideas came, including a photosynthesis bicycle, a fan that filters air and a map-based app that shows you ‘clean air’ routes around the city. Reward schemes promoting positive choices for creating more sustainable lifestyles featured heavily in the ideas generated by several of the teams.

Lets Keep Our Air Clean event at Glasgow Science Centre 18.6.16

Guiding jammers through the creative process will be a team of inspirational mentors from the world of television, gaming, product design and 3D animation as well as legal experts and environmental gurus. The three winning teams pitched their best ideas from the Jam weekend, Dragon’s Den-style, to top innovation experts at Venturefest Scotland in September.T he winning receive an investment from Social Investment Scotland (SIS), and all three finalists benefitted from a session with an SIS investment manager to help them realise their ideas.

VentureJam participant, Isla Thom, said:

“It’s been brilliant. I’ve never been to anything like this before so it’s definitely a new experience but to be able to get together with new people from different areas and with different ideas has been good.”

VentureJam 2016 was supported by Scottish Government, SEPA, Social Investment Scotland, Glasgow City Council, Developing the Young Workforce Glasgow, Scotland’s Environment Web, Murgitroyd, Perceptive Communicators and Glasgow Science Centre.