Apple picks Calgary teen after he takes a bite out of math problems with tasty app
'All the other math apps seemed too complicated, so I built this to be easy,' Aiden Olfert says
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.
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"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.
"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.
"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.
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With files from CBC Calgary News at 6 and Andrew Ng