Recently while driving home from the grocery store I caught a NPR news story about young app developers. And I do mean young (tweens and teens). The app developer that was being highlighted was 13 year old Berry Middle School student Ozair Patel. He would be characterized as the student in your classroom that is very smart but lacks some organization skills. The one who can remember everything on the handout but forgets to bring the handout to class. To help with this problem he, with the help from his father, developed Berry School Mate, an official Apple Application. Ozair’s app has been well received by those in his school district and other schools. Tech developer for Hoover School District stated that Ozair is working on apps for other schools in the district. He wouldn’t share how Ozair would be paid (or how much) but made sure to point out the they would be closely following all child labor laws.
It is predicted that mobile app sales will double in the next year. As the ability to make apps becomes easier and as students see the monetary advantages of making apps, a reasonable prediction would be that what the .com developers and industry was for 2000’s the app developers will be for the 2010’s. Or will it even extend to the 2020’s as those just starting to develop apps still have 8-10 years before they finish college?