Yuma Soerianto Impresses Apple CEO Tim Cook With His Apps
The youngest attendee at Apple’s Worldwide Developers Conference is a 10 year old from Melbourne — and his coding work has just drawn praise from the very top.
EN year old Melbourne schoolboy Yuma Soerianto has just done what most app makers dream about: he’s impressed Apple CEO Tim Cook with what he can do.
Yuma, who is a Year 5 student at Middle Park Primary School in Melbourne, is the youngest attendee this week at the Worldwide Developers Conference, Apple’s biggest event of the year that kicks off tomorrow in San Jose.
He decided at age six to start learning code because he said schoolwork was not a big enough challenge. He created his first app just last year and now has five apps in the App Store.
And today he got to tick off his main aim in coming to the biggest app conference in the world: he got to pitch his ideas to the head of Apple.
Yuma’s five apps include the Hunger Button, which he created to help families find a nearby restaurant for dinner, and Let’s Stack, which is a game involving stacking boxes that he made after seeing an arcade game at St Kilda’s Luna Park.
But the app that instantly impressed Cook today was the one he quickly made on the flight over from Australia to help his parents work out the price for goods by adding the local sales tax and doing the currency conversion when they go shopping for souvenirs on the trip.
Yuma’s five apps are Let’s Stack, Hunger Button, Kid Calculator, Weather Duck and Pocket Poke.
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