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Rebooting Education : A new environment for learning and potential

iiEDU is a portable education environment for USB sticks. We recently took our prototypes to Paris for Cloud Native Kids Day!
Rebooting Education : A new environment for learning and potential

Following several months of intensive pairing, iteration and innovation, ii successfully piloted the introduction of its customized USB development environments at the CNCF Kid’s Day Event in Paris, following 2024’s Europe-based Kubecon conference. Utilizing cutting-edge technology to revolutionize the way people interact, inspire and innovate in the realm of digital education, the launch was a successful first step towards reimagining global open learning and collaboration.

Hippie Hacker and his son Tiki Taka

The Challenge

Our aim was to provide participants in Kid’s Day workshops with a seamless and intuitive educational experience, making learning engaging, convenient, and accessible from anywhere. With Kid’s Day participants ranging from 7 to 18 years old, our team was determined to ensure we balanced the complexity of this technology with something that wouldn’t detract from the programme’s primary focus and delivery.

Localised for French Students

iiEDU is an open-source platform enabling cloud-based coding on portable USB sticks, it was born out of working with youth in Cambodia and New Zealand. With these sticks, students could instantly access a localised digital development environments, with all the necessary tools, resources, and software for learning. In this case, the software included a series of tried-and-tested open-source games and platforms, such as Minecraft and Sonic Pi, curated by a team of CNCF staff, affiliates and volunteers.

Bringing this idea to fruition was no small feat. Our dedicated team worked tirelessly over several months, meticulously crafting and refining the technology behind these customised development environments. We faced numerous challenges along the way, from ensuring compatibility across various devices to optimising the user experience. Countless hours were spent coding, testing, and iterating until we achieved the ideal balance of functionality and simplicity.

Innovation in Action

The true test of our innovation came during the Kid's Day workshops, a specialised event following Kubecon in Paris’ sprawling Porte de Versailles Expo Center. Aiming to spark a passion for tech and creativity in the event’s enlightened attendees, these sessions introduced young minds to the world of technology in a fun and engaging manner, aided by over a dozen passionate volunteers from across the CNCF community.Participants were able to plug in their USB sticks and dive straight into coding activities without any setup or installation required. The feedback was overwhelmingly positive, with attendees praising the technology's convenience and accessibility.

Live Coding environment from USB sticks!

Key Features and Benefits:

Instant access: plug in the USB stick and start coding immediately.
Portable: Carry your personalized development environment wherever you go.
 Customized: tailored to specific workshops with relevant resources and software.
No installation is required; no trace is left on the host device once removed.

Looking towards the future

The success of our customised USB development environments at CNCF KubeCon has inspired us to explore new possibilities and applications. We envision a future where this technology can be utilized in various educational settings, from classrooms to conferences, empowering learners of all ages to engage with technology seamlessly and immersively.

Flashing many sticks

In conclusion, our journey to innovate learning has been both challenging and rewarding. By leveraging the power of Coder and out-of-the-box thinking, we’ve taken one more step towards reimagining modern education. As we continue to push the boundaries of technology and look to develop this work alongside our other learning initiatives, we look forward to empowering even more individuals to unlock their potential through creativity, connection and community.