Erik Jan de Wit

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From a very young age he’s been interested in computers and wrote his first program at the age of 12 without owning a computer hisself. Even today he´s always looking at new technologies, to see if we can solve things differently, maybe even better. Because he´s very enthusiastic about technology, he likes to exchange thoughts and knowledge with others. He does this by talking at conferences or writing blogs.

Twitter: @edewit


Teaching Programming using Minecraft on OpenShift

Computers used to be these "magical tinkering machines" when we were younger. Today, the challenge is to get children excited about learning programming by reducing the time to setup and get started right away in a gamified environment they already love - like Minecraft! We'll show you how with Kubernetes, OpenShift and Minecraft we can progressively do just - at first using our ScratchX extension to get started with graphical programming, and then with a push of a button go to a full development environment set up to start learning and teaching programming. We'll set up an Eclipse Che IDE with continuous builds of the modifications, and a Minecraft server with our OSGi extension that hot reload changes.  All code used in the demo of this project is open source and available to anyone.

This session will include a fair amount of live demo, and background about the technology.