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How 9-year-old Anvitha Vijay became a sensation at Apple WWDC 2016

Speed News Desk | Updated on: 10 February 2017, 1:50 IST

Apple's Annual Worldwide Developer Conference (WWDC) 2016 was the stage for some major updates from the tech giant.

Nine-year-old Anvitha Vijay from Australia was the youngest attendee at this year's edition of the WWDC. Vijay attended the WWDC as a part of Apple's scholarship program, which gives hundreds of free tickets to developers from around the world who create apps for Apple devices.

What made her presence at the conference so special is the fact that Anvitha develops apps for children. The tween, who has already built several apps for iPhone and iPad, now wants to meet Apple CEO Tim Cook.

Vijay learned how to code by watching free coding tutorials on YouTube for over a year. "Coding was so challenging. But I'm so glad I stuck with it," she told Fortune. "It's my dream to go to WWDC and meet Tim Cook," she was quoted as saying.

Of the 350 recipients this year, 120 are students under the age of 18, Fortune said.

Apps by Anvitha Vijay

The Fortune report said Vijay's apps were inspired by her toddler sister, who was learning how to talk and identify animals.

She is best known for developing the Smartkins Animals app, which uses sounds, and flashcards to help teach children 100 different animals' names and sounds.

Vijay has also developed another similar interactive iOS app for children to help them learn colors. She is reportedly working on her next app, which is aimed at helping children in her age group with setting goals.

"Turning an idea for an app involves a lot of hard work," Vijay told Fortune. "There are so many components to building an app, including prototyping, design and wireframing, user interface design and then coding and testing."

-With agency inputs

First published: 16 June 2016, 4:42 IST