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He’s the Apple of his eye! Australian coding whizz, 10, meets with top tech CEO Tim Cook after developing his own apps – and the schoolboy made his first website when he was SIX
By Tom Flanagan For Daily Mail Australia 11:26 BST 05 Jun 2017, updated 22:30 BST 05 Jun 2017
- Yuma Soerianto from Melbourne won a scholarship to attend Apple conference
- The 10-year-old showcased his app developing skills to Apple CEO Tim Cook
- Apple’s Worldwide Developer Conference was held in San Jose, California
- The impressive tech prodigy began coding for websites at the age of six
An Australian schoolboy who has been coding websites since the tender age of six was lucky enough to be invited to attend Apple’s Worldwide Developer Conference in California and managed to impress Apple CEO Tim Cook in the process.
Yuma Soerianto, 10, was one of a select few to receive a scholarship to the event held in Silicon Valley’s San Jose and was the youngest app developer in attendance.
The tech-savvy sensation from Melbourne showcased his talents to none other than Apple chief Tim Cook, who appeared impressed with Soerianto’s ability, The Sydney Morning Herald reports.
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After building websites since he was just six, the schoolboy turned his attentions last year to building apps via Swift Playgrounds, the Apple app designed for children to develop their coding skills.
Remarkably, the 10-year-old is self taught and once completing Swift Playground’s tutorial with ease, he enrolled in a free online coding course offered by Stanford University.
He has since developed five apps on the App store including a game that entails a duck operating a machine that stacks blocks on top of one another named Lets Stack!, which is his most complex so far.
‘I liked building websites, but everyone has phones, so I wanted to learn how to build apps and I could build more fun stuff on an iPhone, like games!’ he told Fairfax Media.
After balancing his school work with app building in a hectic schedule, Soerianto decided to apply for a scholarship for the yearly conference.
After preparing an application for the prestigious event over two weeks, he was delighted to find out he had been awarded a spot at the Silicon Valley annual bash.
One of the highlights for all scholarship winners was an introduction with Apple boss Tim Cook, and after indulging in a brief chat with the CEO regarding the 10-year-old’s exploits, both parties seemed impressed.
When asked about his aspirations and what he’d like to be in the future, his response was a reminder of just how young the talented Australian is.
‘Batman,’ he responded. ‘That’s a joke, by the way. I really want to teach people how easy it is to code.’
And Soerianto has already begun offering tutorials to eager students after starting his own YouTube channel aptly named Anyone Can Code that has over 800 subscribers and are not necessarily other children.
‘The funny thing is, I made the YouTube channel for other kids, but most of the people who comment on my videos seem to be adults,’ he revealed.