A Waterford city schoolboy has teamed up with Apple to become the youngest person in Europe to successfully develop an app for sale.
Jordan Casey, 12, created the app — Alien Ball versus Humans — which is described by Apple executives as a version of the classic Space Invaders.
The sixth-class primary school student started developing websites and uploading content to the web at the age of nine.
His most successful project to date was The Club Penguin Cheats Team, which had a staggering 45,000 hits.
Jordan also developed a taste for creating music for iTunes and his videos became one of the most subscribed in Ireland.
He taught himself how to use coding programmes by reading and using online lessons.
Jordan said that all the hard work paid off when he got recognised by Apple.
“It was amazing. I had no idea when I started off the project that anything like this would happen.
“It is so exciting and I am definitely going to keep developing and keep working on more apps,” he said.
Jordan said his teachers and fellow pupils at St Declan’s NS in the city’s Water Street have all rallied around him in support.
“They have been amazing. My teacher has been very supportive and is really proud,” said Jordan.
“She let me demonstrate the game in class and all my friends have downloaded the app,” he added.
At first Jordan’s parents, Clyde and Louise, said they had no idea the extent of what he had achieved. “We are very proud of Jordan, considering he taught himself how to code and write the programmes — and worked hard on this app to get it published.”
Jordan is now concentrating on promoting the game and getting as many people as possible to buy the app.
The young developer plans to give 10% of the proceeds from the sales to the SOLAS Centre.
“I wanted to give something to charity and I think this cancer charity is really important,” he said.
Jordan hopes to make a career out of developing apps and programming and he is already working on developing an android app so that his game can be downloaded on all smart phones.
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