Young app developer Tom Fox is just back from San Francisco after winning a scholarship place at Apple’s prestigious World Wide Developer Conference and meeting Apple boss Tim Cook.
Tom, a Yr 8 pupil at Court Fields school, created an app about himself as part of Apple’s entry competition, downloaded it and was then thrilled and astonished to open an email saying he was invited to the event California.
“I was a bit speechless really. We were watching a movie on a Friday night and I just said Mum…I think she was really shocked to be honest” Tom’s mother Victoria travelled to San Francisco with him.
“There’s about 5,000 professional developers that go, from all over the world, and then places for 350 students,” explained Tom. “I’ve watched some of the sessions online for a couple of years but never thought I could actually go to WWDC.”
Tom attended five days of sessions and seminars with adult developers and also labs with Apple engineers. He had his photo taken with Tim Cook, successor to the legendary Steve Jobs, who founded Apple.
“I got my MacBook last November and started an online course that teaches you how to create different sorts of apps. “ Tim’s long-term aim is go on to a career in IT and technology.