Apple paid for some teens to attend WWDC 2012

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.

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.source: WallStreetJournal

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39 Comments

1. aaronkatrini

Posts: 242; Member since: Jun 06, 2012

Inspiring...

2. Bluesky02

Posts: 1439; Member since: Dec 05, 2011

I hope they have a social life

3. Roomaku

Posts: 278; Member since: Feb 06, 2012

I have never felt so old and talentless...

4. itiswhatitis

Posts: 423; Member since: Jan 23, 2012

its never too late

7. phatride4ever

Posts: 33; Member since: Mar 01, 2012

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

10. Roomaku

Posts: 278; Member since: Feb 06, 2012

They're going to need ice for that burn

12. EclipseGSX

Posts: 1776; Member since: Oct 18, 2011

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

39. xtian1103

Posts: 364; Member since: Feb 11, 2012

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

13. Non_Sequitur

Posts: 1111; Member since: Mar 16, 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.

15. iamcc

Posts: 1319; Member since: Oct 07, 2011

$$$ = naked women

16. taco50

Posts: 5506; Member since: Oct 08, 2009

Yup I was going to say the same thing.

24. EclipseGSX

Posts: 1776; Member since: Oct 18, 2011

Ugly Nerd + $$$ = naked hookers

28. remixfa

Posts: 14605; Member since: Dec 19, 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

31. EclipseGSX

Posts: 1776; Member since: Oct 18, 2011

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

5. Non_Sequitur

Posts: 1111; Member since: Mar 16, 2012

Who the hell keeps thumbing s**t down?

9. Roomaku

Posts: 278; Member since: Feb 06, 2012

Probably the kids from the article LOL

11. sithman

Posts: 299; Member since: Apr 21, 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.

17. taco50

Posts: 5506; Member since: Oct 08, 2009

That's awesome man

33. sbr999

Posts: 79; Member since: Jun 05, 2012

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

35. TROLL

Posts: 4851; Member since: Apr 13, 2012

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

25. ChiX017

Posts: 308; Member since: Nov 09, 2011

LmaO!

37. InspectorGadget80 unregistered

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

6. tedkord

Posts: 17356; Member since: Jun 17, 2009

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

8. networkdood

Posts: 6330; Member since: Mar 31, 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.

27. tedkord

Posts: 17356; Member since: Jun 17, 2009

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

14. DigitalBoy05

Posts: 276; Member since: Jun 04, 2011

probably from ads.

21. tedkord

Posts: 17356; Member since: Jun 17, 2009

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

19. taco50

Posts: 5506; Member since: Oct 08, 2009

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

20. remixfa

Posts: 14605; Member since: Dec 19, 2008

sounds like its an ad supported app. Still, 8k when your that young? thats frikkin awesome. Go kid go!

23. tedkord

Posts: 17356; Member since: Jun 17, 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!

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