Roald Dahl's Imaginormous Challenge 2019

A chat with... Minecraft: Education Edition

Working with Minecraft: Education Edition, a team of Minecraft builders will transform one winning Imaginormous story idea into a playable Minecraft experience for the winner. We chatted with Bryan from their program team about what makes a great idea.


Tell us a bit more about the Golden Ticket prize you’re helping Wonka with this year.

My name is Bryan Bonham, and I work on the Minecraft: Education Edition team creating lessons and worlds to help students and teachers bring game-based learning to their classrooms.
We’re thrilled to be able to team up with the winning author to transform their story into an immersive Minecraft world! We’ll have professional builders work from the text to create a playable world within Minecraft and connect the winner with the team to do a video meet-and-greet

What’s your favourite Roald Dahl story?

My favorite Roald Dahl story is Fantastic Mr. Fox.
I love the creativity and determination Mr. Fox and the other animals show to overcome the challenges they face.
We like this story so much we created a whole Minecraft world based on it!


Which Roald Dahl character do you think is most like you?

I’m so tall that sometimes I feel like the BFG.
I’m always hitting my head on things, and don’t get me started about airplane seats…

Where do the best ideas come from? 

I worked for many years in museums.
I loved being surrounded by ancient artifacts, artworks, and even movie props.
I always found inspiration walking through the galleries.
Now I create museums inside Minecraft!

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What’s the wackiest idea you’ve ever had? Did it work? 

Once, while working at a museum, our staff had a wacky idea to learn more about an Egyptian mummy in our care.
We thought, why not take the mummy to a hospital to perform a virtual autopsy? It worked!
After carefully transporting the mummy for a variety of scans, we learned a great deal about them, including that they were almost 3,000 years old!

What do you think makes a spectacular story? 

Colorful characters and lots of adventure!

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