x PhoneArena is looking for new authors! To view all available positions, click here.
  • Home
  • News
  • Apple paid for some teens to attend WWDC 2012

Apple paid for some teens to attend WWDC 2012

Posted: , by Alan F.

Tags:

Apple paid for some teens to attend WWDC 2012
Apple would like to see teen developers writing apps for iOS users their own age. To help that become reality, the Cupertino based tech giant allowed 13 to 17 year olds to attend this year's WWDC for the first time ever. And to help the teens pay the $1,599 cost of attending the sold-out  conference, Apple awarded scholarships to 150 kids. The tech titan also built a student lounge for the teens and invited their parents to chaperone. The only part of the conference, which drew 5,000 attendees, that was off-limits to the teens was the Thursday night Beer Bash.

13 year old Paul Dunahoo has 6 apps in the App Store

13 year old Paul Dunahoo has 6 apps in the App Store

Apple has a number of teen developers, some with multiple apps in the App Store. For example, 13 year old Paul Dunahoo attended the iOS developers' conference and received feedback on his 6 productivity apps from Apple engineers. Mr. Dunahoo owns Bread and Butter Software LLC and is in the eighth grade. He says that his apps have been downloaded nearly 2 million times and has just released his latest app, a grocery shopping list maker. The 13 year old says he has earned $8,000 so far, which he is saving toward the purchase of a house.

The teens are part of a new crowd in the age bracket that have left the typical summer job at the mall or cutting grass to write software for apps.  And while many of the teens are creating apps in order to earn some extra spending money, many have serious designs on working in the software industry when they get older. 15 year old Midas Kwant, attended WWDC 2012 and came to the event from the Netherlands. While in the States, he visited Apple's offices where someday he hopes to work.
"We would get emails after the developer conference from students, 16, 15, 14 years old, saying I already have X number of apps in the App Store. I'm a developer. Can I take part in this too?"-Phil Schiller, Apple Senior Vice President of Worldwide Marketing
source: WallStreetJournal

39 Comments
  • Options
    Close




posted on 18 Jun 2012, 12:55 5

1. aaronkatrini (Posts: 236; Member since: 06 Jun 2012)


Inspiring...

posted on 18 Jun 2012, 12:58 5

2. Bluesky02 (Posts: 1439; Member since: 05 Dec 2011)


I hope they have a social life

posted on 18 Jun 2012, 13:01 5

3. Roomaku (Posts: 278; Member since: 06 Feb 2012)


I have never felt so old and talentless...

posted on 18 Jun 2012, 13:09 6

4. itiswhatitis (Posts: 419; Member since: 23 Jan 2012)


its never too late

posted on 18 Jun 2012, 13:40 16

7. phatride4ever (Posts: 32; Member since: 01 Mar 2012)


Do not worry, these kids will never see a naked girl in their lifetime.

posted on 18 Jun 2012, 13:57 12

10. Roomaku (Posts: 278; Member since: 06 Feb 2012)


They're going to need ice for that burn

posted on 18 Jun 2012, 14:01 7

12. EclipseGSX (Posts: 1473; Member since: 18 Oct 2011)


What do you think he is looking at on his laptop ;)

posted on 19 Jun 2012, 05:58

39. xtian1103 (Posts: 352; Member since: 11 Feb 2012)


kim kardashian... wearing the yeezy 2 playing one on one against kanye

posted on 18 Jun 2012, 14:11 4

13. Non_Sequitur (Posts: 1111; Member since: 16 Mar 2012)


Just like Larry Page or Steve Jobs? Eeeyep. I see success in this kid's future. Too bad he isn't making apps for Google Play Apps.
Your comment was hilarious, just a little uncalled for.

posted on 18 Jun 2012, 14:27 5

15. iamcc (Posts: 1319; Member since: 07 Oct 2011)


$$$ = naked women

posted on 18 Jun 2012, 14:30 5

16. taco50 (banned) (Posts: 5506; Member since: 08 Oct 2009)


Yup I was going to say the same thing.

posted on 18 Jun 2012, 14:37 3

24. EclipseGSX (Posts: 1473; Member since: 18 Oct 2011)


Ugly Nerd + $$$ = naked hookers

posted on 18 Jun 2012, 14:52 5

28. remixfa (Posts: 13902; Member since: 19 Dec 2008)


I dont see what the big deal with hookers is anyways.. as long as u dont get the cheap ones. Instead of paying them with dinner and a movie for sex, your paying them to leave afterwards. sounds a lot more honest to me... lol

posted on 18 Jun 2012, 14:59 1

31. EclipseGSX (Posts: 1473; Member since: 18 Oct 2011)


haha yea I guess that's true. It's honest but sad

posted on 18 Jun 2012, 13:39 5

5. Non_Sequitur (Posts: 1111; Member since: 16 Mar 2012)


Who the hell keeps thumbing s**t down?

posted on 18 Jun 2012, 13:56 8

9. Roomaku (Posts: 278; Member since: 06 Feb 2012)


Probably the kids from the article LOL

posted on 18 Jun 2012, 13:58 9

11. sithman (banned) (Posts: 299; Member since: 21 Apr 2012)


Some idiot android fan with nothing to do. My son went to WWDC via apple, and said it was a great experience for him. He also got a free iPad 3... Saved me some bucks.

posted on 18 Jun 2012, 14:31 7

17. taco50 (banned) (Posts: 5506; Member since: 08 Oct 2009)


That's awesome man

posted on 18 Jun 2012, 15:14 2

33. sbr999 (Posts: 79; Member since: 05 Jun 2012)


Some idiot Android fan? You must be a cretin yourself then. Why are Android fans idiots?

posted on 18 Jun 2012, 15:39 6

35. TROLL (banned) (Posts: 4851; Member since: 13 Apr 2012)


More like smart and clever....
Unlike stupid simple basic computer illiterates, and little kids and grannies...

posted on 18 Jun 2012, 14:40 1

25. ChiX017 (Posts: 308; Member since: 09 Nov 2011)


LmaO!

posted on 18 Jun 2012, 18:28 2

37. InspectorGadget80 (Posts: 5649; Member since: 26 Mar 2011)


gave u thumbs up Non _sequirtur. you can thank taco and other ifans

posted on 18 Jun 2012, 13:40 9

6. tedkord (Posts: 3939; Member since: 17 Jun 2009)


Two million downloads, $8,000? That's less than a half penny per download. What's he charging for these?

posted on 18 Jun 2012, 13:52 7

8. networkdood (Posts: 5562; Member since: 31 Mar 2010)


8,000? I would have thought it would be closer to 2,000,000 - maybe he has a lot of costs....still pretty cool. When I was his age I was programming in BASIC and learning PASCAL.

posted on 18 Jun 2012, 14:52 4

27. tedkord (Posts: 3939; Member since: 17 Jun 2009)


Ha! You're dating yourself. I actually took a college course in Fortran F77. that's like ancient hieroglyphics today.

posted on 18 Jun 2012, 14:21 4

14. DigitalBoy05 (Posts: 200; Member since: 04 Jun 2011)


probably from ads.

posted on 18 Jun 2012, 14:36 6

21. tedkord (Posts: 3939; Member since: 17 Jun 2009)


Ah, hadn't thought of that. It's nice to see enterprising kids like these. I wish them lots of success.

posted on 18 Jun 2012, 14:32 10

19. taco50 (banned) (Posts: 5506; Member since: 08 Oct 2009)


It's probably a free app. This kid is probably going to be very successful

posted on 18 Jun 2012, 14:34 9

20. remixfa (Posts: 13902; Member since: 19 Dec 2008)


sounds like its an ad supported app.

Still, 8k when your that young? thats frikkin awesome. Go kid go!

posted on 18 Jun 2012, 14:37 7

23. tedkord (Posts: 3939; Member since: 17 Jun 2009)


Still, he oughta put a nominal price on them, and at least bring home a dime per DL. $80,000 would be a whole lot more awesome!

posted on 18 Jun 2012, 14:42 5

26. tedkord (Posts: 3939; Member since: 17 Jun 2009)


Make that $200,000. I was thinking he was getting a penny per download, forgot it was $0.004.

posted on 18 Jun 2012, 14:54 6

29. remixfa (Posts: 13902; Member since: 19 Dec 2008)


oh, I totally think he should go for the 10 cent mark. 2 million downloads is pretty substantial He needs to start pullin in the G's. Its kind of odd though, since Rovio makes boatloads off of ingame advertising, and he's making so little. I realize rovio has a bazillion more downloads, but u think he would be making more per click.
Maybe his apps arent used that much after DL. Most of the advert money is made from apps that have high use statistics.

Still. again.. go kid go. :)

posted on 18 Jun 2012, 14:57 6

30. RamyRamz69 (Posts: 390; Member since: 12 Dec 2011)


There are three types of people who own a mac:

Engineers, Wanna-Bes and nerds who wanna make money like the guy above.

posted on 18 Jun 2012, 18:28 2

38. InspectorGadget80 (Posts: 5649; Member since: 26 Mar 2011)


These kids must be desperate. have they EVER HEARD OF STREAMING??

* Some comments have been hidden, because they don't meet the discussions rules.

Want to comment? Please login or register.

Latest stories