Alexandra Jordan, 9
Alexandra is getting her entrepreneurial feet wet ( creating something from nothing ). Her application Super Fun Kid Time is a play date finder for kids. As reported by readwrite.com which recently published an article about some teens and tweens getting their hack on.
Like many kids growing up in our technology driven world access to online learning as well as the ability to write software without costs is allowing the entrepreneurial spirit in these youngsters turn their ideas into tangible products and services that can be distributed to a market just as easily.
Time and time again we see examples of kids creating some pretty amazing things; even early then we thought was possible. Providing your children with a level of comfort and understanding around pushing an idea into a tangible product or service will allow them to take them with the tools to apply their skills and creativity early in life creating greater options and pathways for their careers as adults.
“I usually get bored in the summer and it’s very hard to find playdates,” she says. “So I thought ‘Hey! A good idea is to make a playdate finder!’ because I’ve been learning how to program.”
Jordan is learning Ruby on Rails and HTML on a site called Code Academy, an online service that teaches programming skills. Her website is still in beta, and although she had some help from her father who is a programmer himself, she proudly explains that she designed the site’s logo and graphics and wrote its basic structure in HTML.
Jordan revealed her application at a hackathon last month, and since then she has been working diligently to get it up and running. She’s drawn interest from other companies like ooVoo, a video chatting application that she’s integrating into Super Fun Kid Time for virtual playdates.
The Sunnyvale, Calif., student says she’s the only coder at her school. This year, though, she plans to start a weekly tech club where she’ll teach fellow fourth graders how to code.
Like many nine-year-olds, she enjoys reading, biking, and jumping rope. But her excitement for programming dwarfs those other hobbies. “When we get back from [the Next Web Hack Battle] we are going to program a Raspberry Pi!” she says.