This Canada Day, we are welcoming young virtually creative minds #downbytheriver. Take part in building a “Canada150UAE’ world in Minecraft! The creator of the event is Max Chow Everett, who is 11 years old and is a proud Canadian! Keen to meet new friends and collaborators, Max created this event to build iconic buildings and landmarks from Canada and the UAE, and to show the world what youth who love Minecraft can create together. We interviewed Max to learn more about how he came up with the idea!
WHAT IS MINECRAFT?
Minecraft is a game where people can work together and have fun, kids can learn math, programming, and even create a city! Minecraft is something that has helped Me grow and overall is amazing for kids!
WHAT MAKES MINECRAFT DIFFERENT FROM OTHER VIDEO GAMES?
It is not as violent and is very educational, it is also a game for anyone!
HOW DID YOU GET INVOLVED WITH MINECRAFT?
I saw it on YouTube one day and heard people talking about it and thought I should give that a try! I have been taking courses every summer (for the past 4 years) to try and learn new skills related to Minecraft and building.
WHAT ‘S YOUR FAVOURITE PART OF MINECRAFT?
Everything!!! I like playing on the Hypixel server with my friends. It is my favourite server. I also really like to build.
HOW DID YOU CONCEIVE OF THE MINECRAFT COMMUNITY DAY?
After I came up with the idea to build a Minecraft world featuring UAE and Canadian buildings, I just thought that I wanted everyone to have a try at Canada150UAE and the ones with a lot of promise could become Master Builders!! So it is meant to be fun, but there is a small bit of competition too! Different people in the Dubai have supported me by getting their school to hold Community Days. Or they have offered space for me to hold community days, such as IN5, which is an incubator for start ups.
ARE YOU HAPPY WITH THE SUCCESS OF YOUR INITIATIVE?
Yes!!! But I am especially excited about collaborating with kids in Vancouver on Canada Day!
DO YOU THINK THIS MAY BECOME AN ANNUAL EVENT?
Maybe. This was meant to be for just 2017, but I can see the value of keeping it going. Showing the world the best of Canada and the UAE can never get old! Especially as the UAE will host Expo2020. And it will have been 34 years since Vancouver hosted Expo’86! Hey, maybe I just came up with a new idea!
OTHER THAN MINECRAFT, WHAT OTHER HOBBIES OR ACTIVITIES DO YOU ENJOY?
Tennis, Parkour, Youtube… and a lot more!!! I like to sing and act. I am very active with my Boy Scout Troop. I just advanced to 1st Class a few weeks back!
WHAT SHOULD YOUR FELLOW PARTICIPANTS EXPECT FROM THE MINECRAFT COMMUNITY DAY AT RIVER DISTRICT ON JULY 1ST?
I don’t have a specific comment besides one thing, to get ready for fun!!!
If you have not registered, what are you waiting for? Spread the word to your friends, hockey team, school … whoever likes to have fun! There is always lots going on during Canada Day, but this is definitely unique and will be memorable. Come be part of creating a world that commemorates Canada’s 150th birthday! There are already 50 buildings on the existing server that have been built by kids living in the UAE. Now it’s the turn of Canadian kids to add to this world!