Collective residencies / Robotics and pedagogy IV / Olot


From Wednesday, 5 May 2021 to Wednesday, 12 May 2021

Computer scientist and creator of programming systems for beginners
Cambridge (Massachusetts, United States)


John Maloney is best known for co-creating Scratch, a blocks programming language for beginners used by 39 million children around the world. Scratch grew out of Squeak and Etoys, which John helped create while working for Dr. Alan Kay at Apple and Disney. Before that, John worked on Self, a little-known programming language that was the inspiration for Javascript.

John enjoys working with musicians, artists, and designers. He spent a year in Roger Danneberg’s group at CMU, working with musicians to create tools for musical performance and accompaniment. Later, at Walt Disney Imagineering, John worked with artists and designers to create and test a number of installations for Disney theme parks.

MicroBlocks (, John’s current project, aims to make programming physical devices like the BBC micro:bit as easy as programming in Scratch.

John enjoys playing the dulcian, the Renaissance ancestor of the bassoon.

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