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  • Hello everyone, my name is Thomas Suarez.

  • I've always had a fascination for computers and technology,

  • and I made a few apps for the iPhone,

  • iPod Touch, and iPad.

  • I'd like to share a couple with you today.

  • My first app was a unique fortune teller called Earth Fortune

  • that would display different colors of Earth

  • depending on what your fortune was.

  • My favorite and most successful app

  • is Bustin Jieber - (Laughter) -

  • which is a Justin Bieber Whack-a-mole.

  • I created it because a lot of people at school

  • disliked Justin Bieber a little bit,

  • so I decided to make the app.

  • So I went to work programming it,

  • and I released it just before the holidays in 2010.

  • A lot of people ask me, how did I make these?

  • A lot of times it's because the person who asked the question

  • wants to make an app also.

  • A lot of kids these days like to play games,

  • but now they want to make them,

  • and it's difficult,

  • because not many kids know where to go

  • to find out how to make a program.

  • I mean, for soccer, you could go to a soccer team.

  • For violin, you could get lessons for a violin.

  • But what if you want to make an app?

  • And the kid's parents might have done

  • some of these things when they were young,

  • but not many parents have written apps. (Laughter)

  • Where do you go to find out how to make an app?

  • Well, this is how I approached it. This is what I did.

  • First of all, I've been programming

  • in multiple other programming languages to get the basics down,

  • such as Python, C, Java, etc.

  • And then Apple released the iPhone,

  • and with it, the iPhone software development kit,

  • and the software development kit is a suite of tools

  • for creating and programming an iPhone app.

  • This opened up a whole new world of possibilities for me,

  • and after playing with the software development kit a little bit,

  • I made a couple apps, I made some test apps.

  • One of them happened to be Earth Fortune,

  • and I was ready to put Earth Fortune on the App Store,

  • and so I persuaded my parents to pay the 99 dollar fee

  • to be able to put my apps on the App Store.

  • They agreed, and now I have apps on the App Store.

  • I've gotten a lot of interest and encouragement

  • from my family, friends, teachers

  • and even people at the Apple Store,

  • and that's been a huge help to me.

  • I've gotten a lot of inspiration from Steve Jobs,

  • and I've started an app club at school,

  • and a teacher at my school is kindly sponsoring my app club.

  • Any student at my school can come

  • and learn how to design an app.

  • This is so I can share my experiences with others.

  • There's these programs called the iPad Pilot Program,

  • and some districts have them.

  • I'm fortunate enough to be part of one.

  • A big challenge is, how should the iPads be used,

  • and what apps should we put on the iPads?

  • So we're getting feedback from teachers at the school

  • to see what kind of apps they'd like.

  • When we design the app and we sell it,

  • it will be free to local districts and other districts

  • that we sell to, all the money from that

  • will go into the local ed foundations.

  • These days, students usually know a little bit more

  • than teachers with the technology. (Laughter)

  • So - (Laughter) -

  • sorry - (Laughter) -

  • so this is a resource to teachers,

  • and educators should recognize this resource

  • and make good use of it.

  • I'd like to finish up by saying what I'd like to do in the future.

  • First of all, I'd like to create more apps, more games.

  • I'm working with a third party company to make an app.

  • I'd like to get into Android programming and development,

  • and I'd like to continue my app club,

  • and find other ways for students

  • to share knowledge with others.

  • Thank you. (Applause)

Hello everyone, my name is Thomas Suarez.

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