This is a list of possible icebreaker questions.

You should make it very clear that everyone should answer the question, and thus it should be very broad. The point is to make sure they know how to use the tools. Make sure that the question feels inclusive - not just that people can answer, but that it doesn’t make people feel they are far behind others.

If you ask people to add there name as part of an introduction, the document becomes personal data and must be controlled more, and sets you on a path to extensive editing before it can be released. Think before you do this - maybe you just ask for information about backgrounds without names.

Relevant to workshop

An icebreaker isn’t supposed to be relevant to the workshop, but it could be useful some days or as a second question.

  • What from this workshop are you going to use in the near future?

  • What was the most confusing thing from yesterday?

  • Have you already used what you have learned in the course during your work? If so, what?

  • What is the most useful thing you know, that you wish someone had just told you about computing when you first started it?


  • What’s a good icebreaker question?

  • How is the weather where you live?

  • How are you doing?

  • Are you happy to continue this workshop for another week?

  • Is that an Iphone?

  • If you could have anything what you want for dinner today, what would it be?

  • What cool thing/tool have you discovered/learned the past days? (independently of this course)

  • Is this course part of your work? Or do you spend free time on it?

  • Do you like olives?

  • Are you annoyed at the size of anaconda?

  • What’s your favourite pizza?

  • Do pineapples :pineaplle: belong on pizza?

  • What did you have for breakfast?

  • Do you like Python?

  • Where’s your favorite place to nap?

  • Do you use git or identify as one?

  • When and how did you learn to program?


Most of these questions came from a “What is an icebreaker” question in the first Mega-CodeRefinery workshop.