AYCH Creative Jam,

Ivybridge, Devon, UK


AYCH Creative Jam, Ivybridge, Devon, November 2019

I had a great time at the local AYCH Creative Jam across two days 9th-10th November located at The Clay Factory, Ivybridge a fairly new site which offers space for artists, creatives and businesses as well as The Red Pod Cafe and a large conference area where the Creative Jam took place. The event welcomed participants aged 18-30 from the South West who are currently studying, a part of the Plymouth Youth Services or who had a general interest in exploring the future of Fab Cities, social entrepreneurship and problem solving with sustainable ideas.

As an AYCH representative and mentor I helped out with ideas and support for each of their teams during the intense Hackathon 6-hour brain storm and final pitch which was presented to a panel of experts within the fields of sustainable construction, renewable energy, employer engagement and digital skills. As previous Hackathon events and Creative Jams go, time was tight but everyone got stuck in and worked together to create some really innovative and forwad thinking solutions to mental health awareness and support, designing green social spaces, swapping and circular systems within clothing and housing developments for freelance creatives to work, live and socialise.Day one consisted of ice breaker games and workshops to get everyones brains thinking about their concept for day two. I was lucky enough to gain an insight into ‘The Internet of Things’, Arduino coding and the future of 5G connectivity, plus Social Enterprise and the different areas to consider when starting a project that is beneficial for both people and the planet.


Following on from lots of creative energy in day one, day two was all about working together to create a final pitch presentation and prototypes that solved a problem within cities and complemented plans to achieve ‘Fab City’ status by 2054. Groups included Shirt: a pod where you can swap clothes and receive new items donated by others to counteract fast fashion, GNC: Green Creative Community Living: a place where creatives can live and work in one place powered by aguaponics, People & Plants: social gardens where individuals can feel safe and work together to grow vegetables and fruits for a self sufficient city and Sensory Sette: combining virtual reality with an interactive sofa that comforts and aids those with anxiety, depression or disabilities.


It’s always so inspiring to hear and see the sorts of ideas that come from teams of mixed ages and skillsets in such a short period of time and gives a great insight into how we can achieve ‘Fab City’ status within different areas that have already signed up to the pledge.


You can read more about the Fab City project here.Thank you to AYCH Plymouth for having me involved and a part of the voluntary team!