Recent UC Berkeley computer science graduate and founder of DiamondFire, a server-based platform for teaching computer science through Minecraft.
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What are the unique benefits and challenges of running a hackathon in Minecraft? This talk will share observations from game jam hackathon events on the DiamondFire multiplayer server. In these game jam events, teams are given a theme and a limited amount of time to design and program a game on top of Minecraft. I’ll discuss how the Minecraft platform and multiplayer setting engages students, the restrictions that come from building on top of Minecraft, and how ultimately those same restrictions can help unlock students’ creativity.