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A 12-year-old app developer Thomas Suarez

A 12-year-old app developer Thomas Suarez Translator: Joseph Geni Reviewer: Thu-Huong Ha Ive always had a fascination for computers and technology, and I made a few apps for the iPhone, iPod touch, and iPad. Id like to share a couple with you today. My first app was a unique fortune teller called Earth Fortune that would display different colors of Earth depending on what your fortune was. My favorite and most successful app is Bustin Jieber, which is — Laughter which is a Justin Bieber whack-a-mole.

Laughter I created it because a lot of people at school disliked Justin Bieber a little bit, so I decided to make the app. So I went to work programming it, and I released it just before the holidays in 2010. A lot of people ask me, how did I make these?

A lot of times its because the person who asked the question wants to make an app also. A lot of kids these days like to play games, but now they want to make them, and its difficult, because not many kids know where to go to find out how to make a program. I mean, for soccer, you could go to a soccer team. For violin, you could get lessons for a violin.

But what if you want to make an app? And the kids parents might have done some of these things when they were young, but not many parents have written apps. Laughter Where do you go to find out how to make an app?

Well, this is how I approached it, this is what I did. First of all, Ive been programming in multiple other programming languages to get the basics down, such as Python, C, Java, etc. And then Apple released the iPhone, and with it, the iPhone software development kit, and the software development kit is a suite of tools for creating and programming an iPhone app. This opened up a whole new world of possibilities for me, and after playing with the software development kit a little bit, I made a couple of apps, I made some test apps. One of them happened to be Earth Fortune, and I was ready to put Earth Fortune on the App Store, and so I persuaded my parents to pay the 99 dollar fee to be able to put my apps on the App Store.

They agreed, and now I have apps on the App Store. Ive gotten a lot of interest and encouragement from my family, friends, teachers and even people at the Apple Store, and thats been a huge help to me. Ive gotten a lot of inspiration from Steve Jobs, and Ive started an app club at school, and a teacher at my school is kindly sponsoring my app club. Any student at my school can come and learn how to design an app. This is so I can share my experiences with others.

Theres these programs called the iPad Pilot Program, and some districts have them. Im fortunate enough to be part of one. A big challenge is, how should the iPads be used, and what apps should we put on the iPads? So were getting feedback from teachers at the school to see what kind of apps theyd like. When we design the app and we sell it, it will be free to local districts and other districts that we sell to — all the money from that will go into the local ed foundations.

These days, students usually know a little bit more than teachers with the technology. Laughter So — Laughter Sorry. Laughter So this is a resource to teachers, and educators should recognize this resource and make good use of it. Laughter Id like to finish up by saying what Id like to do in the future. First of all, Id like to create more apps, more games.

Im working with a third party company to make an app. Id like to get into Android programming and development, and Id like to continue my app club, and find other ways for students to share knowledge with others. Thank you.

Applause A 12-year-old app developer Thomas Suarez Translator: Joseph Geni Reviewer: Thu-Huong Ha Ive always had a fascination for computers and technology, and I made a few apps for the iPhone, iPod touch, and iPad. Id like to share a couple with you today. My first app was a unique fortune teller called Earth Fortune that would display different colors of Earth depending on what your fortune was. My favorite and most successful app is Bustin Jieber, which is — Laughter which is a Justin Bieber whack-a-mole.

Laughter I created it because a lot of people at school disliked Justin Bieber a little bit, so I decided to make the app. So I went to work programming it, and I released it just before the holidays in 2010. A lot of people ask me, how did I make these? A lot of times its because the person who asked the question wants to make an app also.

A lot of kids these days like to play games, but now they want to make them, and its difficult, because not many kids know where to go to find out how to make a program. I mean, for soccer, you could go to a soccer team. For violin, you could get lessons for a violin. But what if you want to make an app? And the kids parents might have done some of these things when they were young, but not many parents have written apps.

Laughter Where do you go to find out how to make an app? Well, this is how I approached it, this is what I did. First of all, Ive been programming in multiple other programming languages to get the basics down, such as Python, C, Java, etc.

And then Apple released the iPhone, and with it, the iPhone software development kit, and the software development kit is a suite of tools for creating and programming an iPhone app. This opened up a whole new world of possibilities for me, and after playing with the software development kit a little bit, I made a couple of apps, I made some test apps. One of them happened to be Earth Fortune, and I was ready to put Earth Fortune on the App Store, and so I persuaded my parents to pay the 99 dollar fee to be able to put my apps on the App Store. They agreed, and now I have apps on the App Store. Ive gotten a lot of interest and encouragement from my family, friends, teachers and even people at the Apple Store, and thats been a huge help to me.

Ive gotten a lot of inspiration from Steve Jobs, and Ive started an app club at school, and a teacher at my school is kindly sponsoring my app club. Any student at my school can come and learn how to design an app. This is so I can share my experiences with others. Theres these programs called the iPad Pilot Program, and some districts have them. Im fortunate enough to be part of one.

A big challenge is, how should the iPads be used, and what apps should we put on the iPads? So were getting feedback from teachers at the school to see what kind of apps theyd like. When we design the app and we sell it, it will be free to local districts and other districts that we sell to — all the money from that will go into the local ed foundations. These days, students usually know a little bit more than teachers with the technology. Laughter So — Laughter Sorry.

Laughter So this is a resource to teachers, and educators should recognize this resource and make good use of it. Laughter Id like to finish up by saying what Id like to do in the future. First of all, Id like to create more apps, more games.

Im working with a third party company to make an app. Id like to get into Android programming and development, and Id like to continue my app club, and find other ways for students to share knowledge with others. Thank you. Applause

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