August 5th 2021, virtual (

Update August 6th: Event is now over, thanks for attending! You can find the material here.

Are you interested in creating bots for Minecraft, or even competing in the Diamond or BASALT competitions, but do not know where to start? Then this is the event for you!

Join us during our workshop to complete tasks specifically designed to ease the entry into the AI development in Minecraft! The best part? We (the organizers) will be present to tutor and help you out! We hope that every participant leaves the workshop with freshly gained skills to work towards better AI with the MineRL environment!

We realize that you, our dear reader, might be well versed in the runes of Python as is, or maybe you already master the arcane dark arts of machine learning. Considering this, we will target the tasks towards three groups:


We wish to assist you regardless of your proficiency in programming or machine learning, but that being said, we ask that you at least…

Schedule and venue

Event takes place on August 5th, encompassing time zones from the west-coast US to Japan. The workshop is split into sessions of three hours each.

  1. August 5th, 6am - 9am UTC. See in your timezone here.
  2. August 5th, 10am - 1pm UTC. See in your timezone here.
  3. August 5th, 8pm - 11pm UTC. See in your timezone here.
  4. August 6th, midnight - 3am UTC. See in your timezone here.

You are free to join any of the sessions, even multiple ones! We recommend you join at the beginning of the session for a quick presentation on how practicalities are handled.

Join us on by clicking here (note: invalid link removed)! Gather Town both fun and functional, where we tutors can jump around and help everyone individually, instead of plain-old video lecture! Note that the meeting room can only fit a limited number of participants at any given time.


During the workshop, pick one of the following tasks to work on to get familiar with MineRL. Number of stars (*) indicate the difficulty (*newcomer, **programmer, ***machine learner).

Update 9th August: You can find these tasks and example answers here.

If none of the above seems suitable for you, you can also check out the two competitions (Diamond and BASALT) and begin competing in them! You may also work on other projects related to MineRL. We may not have best answers for you, but are happy to help!

Tutors (may be updated)