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Calling all Minecrafters! Here’s your chance to get real and design a new smart city

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Minecrafters – take a break. Here’s a once in a lifetime opportunity just for you.

A group called The-Core is calling on Minecraft enthusiasts around the world to imagine and design a new smart city for Maroochydore in Queensland, Australia, using Miceraft, naturally.  

The global competition has attracted widespread interest to date with almost 30,000 views of the competition’s YouTube clip.

Legions of loyal Minecrafters…

In light of the more than 100 million Minecrafters worldwide, The-Core co-founder Craig Josic says Minecraft is the ideal game to design the new city.

“Gamers have incredible imaginations and I’ve seen my own sons create incredible world’s through playing a lot of Minecraft. 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!’”

The land earmarked for development has previously been a golf course, but some heavy wrangling, the land has been given the all clear to be developed in what is one of Australia’s fastest growing regions.

The council is proposing a combination of retail space, residential, public open space, community facilities such as a regional arts and entertainment centre, a transit plaza, regional library, public amphitheatre and civic plaza and urban open space and ensuring a sub-tropical design that embraces Maroochydore’s unique sub-tropical climate, and existing coastal and waterfront lifestyle.

Fun and prizes, and, more importantly, moolah for all ages!

Entries are now open with over $10,000 in cash, prizes and education up for grabs, with an over 13 years, and an under 13 years category to nominate for, and will run until 31 May 2014. 

The-Core competition video 

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