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App developer, at 12 years old

Adam Fraser Published by Adam Fraser October 12, 2010

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App developer, at 12 years old

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Adam Fraser Published by Adam Fraser October 12, 2010

BANDUNG, Indonesia – For some, creating apps or games can seem like a daunting challenge. However, Fahma Waluya Rosmansyah spends his free time creating games that help Indonesian children learn the English language or even basic maths skills. That in itself is worthy of a round of applause, but we forgot to mention that Fahma is only 12 years old. Now that’s amazing.

Fahma was born in Indonesia in 1998 and like most kids, loves playing with his games console, PC games and with mobile phones, and it was when Fahma reached fifth grade that he began to learn how to develop with Adobe Flash. That same year he created his first application called BAHANA which allows young children to learn the alphabet, numbers and colours – all from a Nokia E71. In his sixth grade, he developed over 5 more applications, one of which is downloadable from the Ovi Store. ENRICH enables children to translate Indonesian words into English using colourful images and clearly pronounced words. MANTAP is a similar app but instead teaches Indonesian children Maths, and should be available from the Ovi Store in the coming weeks.

Fahma tells us he can create an application from scratch in less than 12 hours, with the help of his younger sister, Hania, who provides some of the sound content. She is also his main source of inspiration and beta tester. Having recently been awarded the Indonesia ICT Award 2010, Fahma plans to continue developing apps for local Indonesian children and even hopes that one day his apps can be made available to every child, globally.

Here are some screen shots of the ENRICH app.

EnrichMenu

EnrichScreen

For a 12 year old, currently going through school, we find this an incredible story and shows what the young mind can achieve, and what’s even more commendable is that these apps are used to help young children learn some valuable life skills. Download ENRICH for free, from the Ovi Store.

Do you have a similar story to tell? We’d love to hear all about them in the comments below.

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