The name Anvitha Vijay may not ring a bell, But the 9-year-old smart kid from Australia is one of Apple apps developer. She started coding atage 7 with help of Youtube and instructional videos, and she created her first app so her sister vould learn to identify animals.
She was among the 350 who received the Apple scholarships to young developers at WWDC event this year, With Apple CEO Tim Cook highlighting the 9-year-old, not to mention the shout-out from Cook on stage, Saying, "she's a developer who can code better than most adults".
In an interview with USA Today, Vijay said that she's got a long way to go when it comes to coding. Her first app is called Smartkins Animals (available at this link), and it’s supposed to teach young children about animals. Her app had already been downloaded a few hundred times ahead of her interview.
"It was like a dream to be here and meet so many people," Vijay said. "I've just touched the tip of the iceberg in coding, there's so much to learn." About Cook, she said that "he's really good," and "really nice."
She used Xcode to create her app – not even Swift, which is Apple’s newest programming language. She used her mom’s phone and uploaded the app under her mother’s name since she’s under the age (13) that would allow her to create her own iTunes account.
Vijay is working on a new app for students. Called GoalsHi, it’s supposed to help students get more confidence in the classroom. For this second app, the young programmer is using Swift.
"I want to make a difference in people's lives through technology” – that’s the message on her business card, and Vijay might have a bright future in this business.