Vancouver Design Nerds Society is an enterprising non-profit dedicated to adaptive and collaborative processes that engage communities and public space. This adaptive process is affectionately known as a Design Nerd Jam – uses design thinking to frame the Jam challenge – making way for productive and creative collaborative brainstorming – sparking social innovation.

The Design Nerds can organize and host a Jam for your organization / venture. Witness ideas take on new form and potential. Take part in accessing internal capacity you didn’t even realize existed! Let us invite experts from the Nerd Community to contribute unique and relevant perspectives.

Contact vancouver [at] designnerds [dot] org for more information on hosting a Design Jam with you.


• Generate ideas to solve a problem
• Generate ideas with people you’re not connected with
• Bringing the right mix of people into the right room


• Structured way of getting ideas out
• Accessing internal capacity
• Tapping into diverse groups of experts


City Studio (developed from Design Nerd Jam 4.4 GREENEST CITY)
Vancouver HiVE Society (developed by Founding VDN Members)
Open Green Building Society (developed by Founding VDN Members)
Urban Video Collective (developed by Founding VDN Members)
Paths to Plazas (developed from Design Nerd Jam 5.1 SUMMER SPACES)

We have partnered with City of Vancouver, Metro Vancouver Multi-Media, Emily Carr University of Art + Design, SFU Change Lab, City Studio, Gen Why Media, Transformation Projects, Biomimicry Group, Cascadia Green Building Council, Architecture for Humanity, Vancouver Convention Centre, Society Promoting Environmental Conservation (SPEC), Neighbourhood Business Improvement Associations and many more.

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Design Nerds offer the Jamming process as a professional service. These “Service Jams” are similar in nature to our public jams but will offer more depth in scope – including well defined criteria and desired outcomes. Additionally, they may not necessarily follow an open source philosophy. Clients will receive documentation afterwards summarizing the Jam with action steps for seeing the project move forward.

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