Minecraft competition is open for innovative ideas for a new smart city on the Sunshine Coast

Do you have an iconic vision for what you would like to see in a new city centre on the Sunshine Coast?

If so, you now have the chance to share your vision with the world in a Minecraft competition developed by a group of Sunshine Coast digital champions called The-Core, which is offering more than $10,000 in cash and prizes.

Often referred to as digital Lego, Minecraft is a sand box game that allows players to focus on the creative aspects of building and construction.

The-Core co-founder Craig Josic said the competition provided the opportunity to harness the power of creativity through a building competition that engaged the community to envisage a new smart city right here in the middle of the Sunshine Coast.

“Minecraft has become a worldwide phenomenon because it releases free-flowing imagination to everyone who engages in it,” he said.

Launched in 2009, Minecraft currently boasts more than 100 million registered users, with Australia ranked sixth on the list out of 112 countries.

RDA Sunshine Coast has supported the development of this Minecraft competition from its inception. CEO Russell Mason said it provided the opportunity for community collaboration, embracing new technologies and harnessing young people’s imagination.

“It’s crucial that we continue to build on our recent successes as a tech-savvy digital region through ongoing development and supporting ideas which are based in the digital world,” Mr Mason said.

A video explaining the competition is available on The-Core website. Once contestants register they will receive a link to the MineCore competition server and will be given a designated plot to create their vision for a new smart city on the Sunshine Coast.

The-Core crew has built a number of places within the Minecore server that represent the Sunshine Coast lifestyle to help inspire everyone, such as beaches, foreshore, the Hinterland, Glass House Mountains, waterfall and rainforest walks, shops, cafes, esplanade, SS Dicky Wreck, Loo with a view, and the Lighthouse at Point Cartwright.

“We are not looking for the best Minecrafter. We are searching for clever, different and innovative ideas,” Mr Josic said.

The best entries will be posted on the Sunshine Coast Daily’s Facebook page on 31 May. The community will then vote for their favourite concepts.

The-Core originated to meet the growing demand for the Sunshine Coast to become an innovative and digitally brilliant region.

Read more about the Minecraft competition.

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