Researcher and Designer
From May 6 to May 13, 2019
Jens Mönig is a researcher at SAP and makes interactive programming environments. He is fanatical about visual coding blocks. Jens is the architect and lead programmer, together with Brian Harvey, of UC Berkeley’s “Snap! Build Your Own Blocks” programming language, used in the introductory “Beauty and Joy of Computing” curriculum. Previously Jens has worked under Alan Kay on the GP programming language together with John Maloney and Yoshiki Ohshima, helped develop Scratch for the MIT Media Lab and written enterprise software at MioSoft. Jens is a fully qualified lawyer in Germany and has been an attorney, corporate counsel and lecturer for many years before rediscovering his love for programming through Scratch and Squeak. For leisure Jens likes guitar picking and strumming his mandolin.
Jens will explore ways to engage leaners in STEAM projects through physical computing. He plans to work on the MicroBlocks visual programming language for physical computing together with John Maloney, Bernat Romagosa, Jadga Hügle i Kathy Giori, tinkering with alternative designs for integrating MicroBlocks into the Snap! programming environment.