Joel Couchman, a Year 11 student at Caloundra Christian College, has been awarded the College’s 2012 Entrepreneurial Award. Joel has spent many hours after school, working at home on his computer, creating a small business for himself.
While many young people enjoy spending their free time playing the highly popular computerised game ‘Minecraft’, by developers Mojang, Joel has set out to enhance the game and develop his own Minecraft internet-based server.
The game is all about building and creating 3D worlds on-screen out of textured cubes, acquiring resources to maintain the player’s fictitious health and survival, despite all of the obstacles and opposition that confronts them.
People from all over the world are now paying a monthly fee to join Joel’s server and play the game. Based on the monthly fee paid, players are able to access different functions and abilities within the game. Joel regularly checks the site and server for errors which he corrects as they arise. He also monitors the behaviour and language of the players on the server and issues warnings (and in some cases bans) to these users.
Joel’s server has proven very popular not only in Australia but internationally. This venture, which began as just a fun hobby, now creates a regular monthly income for Joel, while he continues with his senior studies at Caloundra Christian College.