Video Summary: Thomas Suarez: A 12-year-old app developer

    Video Summary: Thomas Suarez: A 12-year-old app developer

  • 1 Thomas: I was always fascinated by computers and technology

    Thomas said he made apps for iPhone and iPad. He mentioned two apps he created 'Earth Fortune' a fortune-telling app and 'Bustin Jeiber' a whack a mole style app featuring Justin Bieber. He said he created those apps over the holidays in 2010.

  • 2 Thomas: Kids want to make apps but they don't know how

    Thomas said that many kids want to make their apps but they just don't know where to go or how to start unlike other hobbies where there is a clear path. Thomas said that many parents had popular hobbies when they were young but apps weren't there at that time.

  • 3 Thomas: I programmed using many languages

    I got the basics of programming by writing Python code, C and some other languages.

  • 4 Thomas: The release of the iPhone opened a new world of possibilities for me

    Thomas said that the release of iPhone opened a new world of possibilities for him. He said the iPhone came with the development suite, tools that can help people develop apps for the iPhone.

  • 5 Thomas: I persuaded my parents to pay the Apple fees to post my app

    Thomas said he persuaded his parents to pay the 99 dollars required for a person to have a developer account. After they agreed, Thomas had his apps in the App Store.

  • 6 Thomas said he got inspired by Steve Jobs

    Thomas said that many people encouraged him including friends, family and even people at the app store. He said Steve Jobs is his role model. Thomas then started an app club at his school where he can teach others students how to design an app.

  • 7 Thomas: A big challenge is to find what apps to put on the iPad

    Thomas said they got feedback from teachers in schools as to what kind of apps they liked in order to get new ideas. Thomas said that when they finish an app, they make it free for the local districts and if they make any money it goes to the local aid foundations.

  • 8 Thomas: Students know a bit more about technology than teachers

    Thomas said that students these days know a little bit more about technology than teachers. Thomas said that this is a good resource for teachers and that educators must find a way to make good use of it.

  • 9 Thomas: I'd like to finish up by saying what I'd like to be in the future

    Thomas said he'd like to make more apps and more games and that he is already working with a third party company to make an app. He said he wants to continue with his app club and learn how to program for Android. Thomas said he wanted to find other ways to share knowledge with students.