EVENT RECAP: Coffee and Jam #212

Coffee and Jam #212 Event Recap. 


Speaker One: Gina Papahadjis// Design Jam- Christchurch Red Zone. 

Design Jam is a 48-hour design challenge that brings architectural, design, community, entrepreneurial and sustainable minds together to come up with potential solutions for the Ōtākaro Avon River corridor former red zone. Presented by 

As well as being well fed over the weekend you'll get mentorship from knowledgeable and skilled industry leaders including US designer Ryan Gravel who created the highly successful Atlanta Beltway regeneration project as a student.

This immersive and fast-paced experience will give participants an opportunity to brainstorm, test, collaborate and communicate ideas and rapidly develop feasible and beautiful approaches to the future of this huge area. Design Jam is a great opportunity for some incredible creativity if we can get everybody thinking. 

This event is open to participants aged 25 and under as well as tertiary students. If you are outside this age criteria but want to get involved be in touch at info@ministryofawesome.com.


Weekend schedule:

Friday 30th June

Information session and create teams

Saturday 1st July

Design Day

Sunday 2nd July

Final development and presentations.


To register click here. Take action, this is your chance to help shape the red zone's future. If you would like to be a volunteer email gina@ministryofawesome.com. 



Speaker Two: Magdalena Lorenzo// The Commuting Book 

Magda, a Ministry of Awesome Launch Club member started The Commuting Book in 2016 as a way to create an opportunity for people to engage with each other an read books. Her goal was to have a mini library on buses around Christchurch where anyone on the public transport system could pick a book, read it and then return it on another bus. This idea is running a little slower than she had anticipated but books are currently being distributed around buses and bus stops. Since the initiative started it has grown and the community have donated over 800 books. Magda has found that books, have helped her and other understand the past, understand the world, understand the importance of humour and much more.

Her next big goal is to have QR codes on the back of every seat of the bus with a different short story on each one. 

If you would like to donate a book there are several drop off points around the city including Awesome HQ at 192 St Asaph Street or you can contact Magda at ponona@gmail.com 



1. Flipout has extra space available. If you are looking for a new office, retail space or something similar it is a great opportunity to get exposed to families and kids. 

2. Boomerang Bag is a new initiative where communities get together for a working bee and sew reusable bags. For the purpose of having bins by shops when you forget your own reusable bags. 

3. If you are looking for a change of scene and a place to work out of Ministry of Awesome is the space for you! We have some permanent desks available. To come trial one for a couple of days for FREE email Gina@ministryofawesome.com. 

4. Legal Mashup is happening at XCHC on July 6th. Check out the event details here.

5. Slave Power' by Raewyn Dawson is being released on 10 July - it'll be available via Scorpio Books and the normal online book distributors (including as an ebook via Amazon).  There's a Facebook page at www.facebook.com/RaewynDawsonWriter for updates and more information.


Coffee & Jam is Christchurch's longest running weekly meet up for entrepreneurially-minded people. It’s a great place to see ordinary people doing extraordinary things, meet people, learn and share in a creative space, hear about other events in Christchurch and indulge in a little bit of free coffee, jam and bread.

If you have an idea you'd like to pitch get in touch with Gina at gina@ministryofawesome.com.