Colin de la Higuera is the author of more than 70 reviewed research papers in the areas of Machine learning, algorithmics and formal language theory, and of a monograph, Grammatical Inference: Learning Automata and Grammars, published in 2010. He has been involved in grammatical inference and machine learning for the past 20 years. He is a trustee of the Knowledge for All foundation, and is involved in the issues of producing open educational resources. In this setting, he acted as chair of the Open Courseware Conference Global held in Ljubljana in 2014. He is head of the COCO project at University of Nantes, former President of the French Computer Science learned society from 2012 to 2015 and current President of the organising and steering committees of Class’Code project which objective is to train teachers and educators, in France, in coding and computational thinking. Colin will be extending the goals of the project to train hundreds of thousands of teachers and education professionals to code and computational thinking via the soon to be UNESCO Chair in technologies for the training of teachers by OER (open educational resources).