Building the future of Amsterdam

Some 500 school children from local schools used the popular video game Minecraft to design their own sustainable and liveable version of Amsterdam’s Hoekenrodeplein. At the event held at the Johan Cruijff ArenA on 23 June, the kids were split into teams of 24 to build a new version of the city square in a 3D-generated world as part of the We Make the City festival. A jury is now tasked with choosing the winning design, which will be handed to the City of Amsterdam and get a spot on the real Hoekenrodeplein.

Future-oriented education

The event was sponsored by the City of Amsterdam and the FutureNL Foundation, an educational initiative that believes all Dutch children should develop digital skills through natural interaction with technology. Through teaching materials, free coding sessions and collaboration with schools, governments, universities and the business community, the organisation aims to get every child in Dutch primary education acquainted with digital technology. Watch the aftermovie here.

Minecraft event

We Make the City festival

We Make the City aims to tackle urgent everyday challenges in the urban environment together with audiences and experts. The inaugural edition of the festival was held this year from 20 to 24 June. Spread across different locations of the Amsterdam Metropolitan Area, the five-day programme included lectures, film screenings, expositions, performances, urban expeditions, games, workshops and more.

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