5th of May 2021

So long, and thanks for all the fish.

They say that all good things must come to an end. Today we’re announcing that after six wonderful years, Jam is closing down.

To this day, we have thoroughly enjoyed everything we’ve done together. Our events were fun, different, and a pleasure to organise and run. You brought them to life and we couldn't be more grateful for all the great moments we enjoyed in your company.

In this announcement, we’d like to share the rationale behind this decision.

2020 has had a disastrous impact on society and the economy as a whole. From a business standpoint, companies operating in the events industry have been hit particularly hard.

Our revenues crashed, and we lost a considerable amount of money in deposits paid to venues – including Hawker House, who we were saddened to hear, are also in the process of closing down.

We successfully ran several online events throughout the year, but it quickly became clear to us that it was going to be impossible to recreate the experiences we'd created in the past, online.

But we didn't throw in the towel. At the end of the year, we attempted a pivot, and launched – Jam Club – an online community for our most committed members.

Our vision was to build a thriving space for growth-minded product leaders, offering intimate virtual workshops every month.

Pivoting from an in-person events company to an online community has proven significantly harder than we’d originally hoped, and the losses we accumulated in 2020 have proven too significant for us to overcome. And so now we’d rather stop here, celebrate the journey, and say a proper goodbye.

What now?

We’ll keep Jam Club open for the next six months. We won’t be moderating it or running any workshops, but you'll be able to access all workshop recordings, discussions, and member profiles. We hope you’ll be able to use it to reconnect with friends made at past events.

To claim your free invite just drop us a note at hello@makingjam.io.

You can also find all past talk videos on our YouTube channel.

Thank you

A huge thank you to our amazing team of staff and volunteers; Marta, Sunil, Jessie, Maria, Francesca, Stephen, Joan, Monica, Ecem, Steve, David, Michael, Mahtab, Eva, Gizem, Antoine, Jeff and all those that helped run our events every year. We’re deeply grateful for the friendship, shared memories, and support you’ve shown us over the years. We couldn’t have achieved everything we did without you.

Thank you to Doug and Chris at Intelligent People. You supported us from day one, and have always been a pleasure to work with.

Thank you to all our speakers and workshop instructors for all the brilliant content you’ve delivered over the years.

And thank you, for the good times we created together.

Seb & Mathilde





An evening with Red Badger

This month, the fantastic product design team at Red Badger opens its doors to the JAM community! When it comes to building products their ethos is simple – 'let's make things better!'. Come learn how they do it, meet fellow product people and have a great time! ## The talks ### MVP vs MDP - about your customers or for them? The idea of promoting a Minimum Desirable Product (MDP) over Minimum Viable Product (MVP) isn’t new, and yes, lots of people are talking about it. But the difference between Desirable and Viable is a subtle one, but with big implications. During this talk we’ll take a look at the presence of your customers, and explore how heading for an MDP can help keep you from data paralysis, and reposition the humans at the centre of your product universe. ### When age isn't just a number Designers instead of seeing ageing as a problem need to imagine themselves as older citizens and redesign many aspects of society. Designing for an ageing population no longer means only thinking about safety. We need to design innovative solutions to help older people participate in workplaces, interact with digital products, get around the city, and convince a youth-centered society that they still have a lot to offer.
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The line-up

Clementine Brown

Product Design Lead, Red Badger

Clementine is a design consultant with Red Badger, who’s been designing for the web since before the smartphone. She has a master's in Contemporary Design Practices and a range of design experience - from beautiful, boutique sites for expert craftsmen to big budget projects for blue chip corporations.

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Froso Ellina

Product Designer, Red Badger

Froso has 10 years’ experience as a Designer and Digital Art Director in global teams at creative agencies and software companies. She has a background in digital advertising and experience in designing high-quality products for global clients. She has always been an advocate of the human-centered design process, working closely with development and product teams and try to come up with solutions across all platforms for the best user experience.

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