Anyone can Learn to Develop!
August 23, 2021 2:30 PM 2:50 PM Aspen Ballroom
As a high school student, living through a pandemic, I have had an unusual introduction to software development. I contracted COVID-19 in March, 2020, and I decided to put my new downtime towards learning Swift. I had heard that the best way to learn a foreign language was by fully immersing yourself. I applied this to learning Swift by breaking ground on my first app 12 days after writing my first line of Swift. Through a curriculum taught by YouTube, with daily readings from the Apple Developer Documentation, and classmates on Stack Overflow, my confidence as a developer grew. After months of not sleeping until 4 AM, my first app, Krypter, was App Store ready. The feeling of emptiness that I felt upon realizing that I would not be spending 70 hours a week with my pet project anymore made me realize that software development is my purpose. I want to show everyone that you don’t need expensive classes or a genius IQ to learn to develop, and to provide some information on how to get started with development regardless of your experience level or financial limitations. I hope that I can inspire others to explore the world of development, because who knows, you may find your calling.