Linda Liukas: Principles of Play

If code is the colouring pens and lego blocks of our times – the tools of creation – how do we teach the curiosity, joy and wonder to our kids? I spent last summer looking at programming and play: how to create experiences that go deeper than just learning logic. So, just like Alice, I swallowed the blue pill and fell down inside the machine. This talk summarises my three principles of play and a few experiments I’ve learned with little Ruby and the journey I’ve been on with her.

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Keynote speaker for the conference will be Linda Liukas, the founder of Rails Girls, a global movement teaching the basics of programming for young women all over the world, in over 260 cities. She believes that code is the 21st century literacy and the need for people to speak the ABC of Programming is imminent. She believes our world is increasingly run by software and we need more diversity in the people who are building it. She is also the author and illustrator of Hello Ruby, a children’s picture book about the whimsical world of computers.