Are the next generation of architects, engineers and creators currently in their bedrooms right this second playing Minecraft? I say probably. So does The-Core, a project designed to bring the Sunshine Coast into the 21st century. They've acquired a massive chunk of land on the Sunshine Coast and the want to use the land to build a real life city-space. They want it to be designed in Minecraft.
We're talking here about a 60 ha block of land. A sizeable chunk. This area used to be a golf course in Maroochydore, but it's now set to be part of a 'smart city', at the centre of a new area featuring an arts and entertainment centre, a transit plaza, regional library, and a public amphitheatre.
So if you're an avid Minecrafter with aspirations towards city planning, architecture or engineering, this is the chance of a lifetime: the chance to legitimately shape the space of a real world location using Minecraft.
"Gamers have incredible imaginations and I've seen my own sons create incredible worlds through playing a lot of Minecraft," said The-Core co-founder Craig Josic. "Knowing our local council is currently consulting the local community on what they would like to see built on the 60ha block of land they have earmarked to develop a smart city in the heart of Maroochydore, I thought ‘What better way than to get the kids involved and not just from around our area, but from around the world!'"
And by 'the kids' Josic legitimately means 'the kids'. There are thousands of dollars in prizes available in this competition and both an over 13 and under 13 category. The competition closes on 31 May this year. You can find out more and register for the competition here