A 9 year old girl, Anvitha Vijay from Australia became the youngest App developer who participated at the WWDC 2016.
She developed an iPad/iPhone app about animals named Smartkins Animals and applied to win one of the coveted Scholarships to attend the Apple Worldwide Developer’s Conference 2016, in San Francisco.
Anvitha Vijay becomes Apple’s Youngest App Developer
After applying she got selected and got the chance to meet Apple CEO Tim Cook. “He’s really good.” Vijay revealed, in an interview at the conference.
Cook himself gave Vijay a sound-off during his Monday keynote as the youngest developer ever to be here at WWDC, one of 350 particularly high school and college students welcomed by Apple to attend the conference completely free.
Scholarship winners get to attend coding and programming discussions, and incorporate and intermingle with app creators, to learn from experts, at WWDC.
“It was like a dream to be here and meet so many people.”
“I’ve just touched the tip of the iceberg in coding, there’s so much to learn.”
Vijay started coding when she was 7. She used to watch YouTube didactic videos, and was inspired to develop an app to show her younger sister how to classify the names of animals. She is also working on a new app, GoalsHi, to offer students more courage in the classroom.
“Turning an idea for an app involves a lot of hard work.”
“There are so many components to building an app, including prototyping, design and wirreframing, user interface design and then coding and testing.”
As she was underage to get an iTunes account. You have to be at least 13 to have your own account. Vijay used her mother’s iPhone to sign in to iTunes.
When she was asked that what do you want to be when she grows up? She said:
“I want to be an innovator, to build things that people will learn and benefit from.”
After her interview she went to other developers and gave them her business card. The business card read: “I want to make a difference in people’s lives through technology.”