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Apple picks Calgary teen after he takes a bite out of math problems with tasty app

A Calgary teen is headed to Silicon Valley after Apple picked him to receive a scholarship for growing a fresh app that helps students take a bite out of math.

'All the other math apps seemed too complicated, so I built this to be easy,' Aiden Olfert says

Aiden Olfert, 15, is headed to the Apple Worldwide Developers Conference (WWDC) early next month after they 'picked' him for a scholarship based on his math app for students, Divi. (Andrew Ng/CBC)

A Calgary teen is headed to Silicon Valley after Apple picked him to receive a scholarship for growing a fresh app that helps students take a bite out of math.

About a year ago Aiden Olfert realized existing iPhone apps for mathematics didn't really leave him with a good taste in his mouth.

"All the other math apps seemed too complicated, so I built this to be easy," Olfert told CBC Calgary News at 6 on Thursday.

And Divi was born.

"It was my first project to help me in school because with math, I had a really weak foundation for recognizing and recalling fast, quick facts for multiplication. I had just started learning coding at that time so I built an app to help me and hopefully others," Olfert said.

Screenshots of the Divi app for iPhone developed by Calgary teen Aiden Olfert. (Submitted by Aiden Olfert)

"It gives the user a number and they have to figure out what that number is divisible by: the first term, the second term, both terms or neither."

Then, the 15-year-old got the idea to share his app with the big guys.

"Every year Apple hosts the Worldwide Developers Conference conference in June. I decided this year, because they have a scholarship program, that I would apply," he said.

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"I got an email on my phone saying I won this WWDC scholarship and I just freaked out. I was just so excited."

Olfert heads to Silicon Valley, his first time in California, early next month.


With files from CBC Calgary News at 6 and Andrew Ng