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April 21, 2016 /UX/UI Design /

Creative Jam Challenges Designers to Reduce Portland’s Carbon Footprint

Just after 8PM, things started to get intense. Heads were down, cursors were flying, and colors were bursting on screens lined up in a row. In the distance, a countdown was projected on a large screen – less than an hour to go. Surrounded by a couple hundred peers watching as they worked, nine teams of two were rising to the UX Design Creative Jam challenge they were given only three hours to complete.

A hackathon of sorts for designers, Adobe Creative Jams bring together local creatives to tackle a design challenge in teams. While they work, other attendees hear presentations by local thought leaders and get opportunities to talk shop, take in local art, and more. Our recent Jam in Portland was held at XOXO Outpost in the city’s east side. We took over 13,000 square feet of industrial space and continued the venue’s tradition of making creative things happen.


The Portland Creative Jam Challenge

In the spirit of International Earth Day, teams were challenged to design an app which would help reduce Portland’s carbon footprint. With total creative freedom, and Adobe Experience Design loaded on their machines, ideas started to emerge. The food truck eats from Bunk Sandwiches, gourmet Blue Star Donuts, as well as the local beer, wine, and soda helped get creative juices flowing.portland2-neCheck out the venue and watch the teams get started:

Three hours after the Jam kicked off, the teams took the stage to present what they created. Watch the reveal presentations and awards:

The Winners

First Place: Team Lazer Dragons

City Vibes Portland – An app that visualizes your carbon footprint based on data you input.

Second Place: Team VREUGDE

GridMi – Futuristic app based on the concept of energy sharing for incentive.

Third Place: Team Orange Peel

Sunday – Daily challenges to reduce your carbon footprint.

People’s Choice: Team Tetsuo

Protestify – An app that lets you start, engage, or find an environmental protest digitally.

View all of the projects from the challenge on Behance, and ‘Follow’ the Creative Jam account to stay up-to-date on future work.

Hope to see you at a future event! Find out if a Creative Jam is happening in a city near you.

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  • By Darshan Gajara - 11:20 PM on May 19, 2016  

    Such nice designs these teams have created. Love these kind of creative jams. Look forward to more of it.