9-yr old Indian origin girl youngest Apple developer

New York: Anivitha Vijay, a nine year old Indian origin girl from Australia, is the youngest app developer at Apple’s prestigious annual Developers Conference (WWDC 2016) in San Francisco. Vijay spent a year watching free coding tutorials on YouTube and the web, and learned how to program.

Vijay is attending WWDC as part of Apple’s scholarship program, which gives hundreds of free tickets to developers from around the world who are creating apps for Apple devices. Vijay, who has been developing apps about empowering children, hopes to meet Cook during the conference. She said “Coding was so challenging. But I’m so glad I stuck with it. It’s my dream to go to WWDC and meet Tim Cook.”

The report said Vijay’s apps were inspired by her toddler sister, who was learning how to talk and identify animals. Her brainchild was the Smartkins Animals app, which uses sounds, and flashcards to help teach children 100 different animals’ names and sounds.