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Young app developer awarded Apple scholarship, trip to developer conference

Charlie Hutchison

Charley Hutchison

St. Andrew’s Episcopal School middle schooler Charley Hutchison had planned to buy one of 5,000 available tickets to the Apple Worldwide Developer Conference, which starts June 10.

Charley, who last year became one of the youngest app developers in Apple history, didn’t secure a ticket. They were gone in fewer than five minutes.

Turns out he won’t need one.

Charley’s mother, Melissa, said he received an email earlier this week notifying him that he had won one of 150 scholarships Apple gives to student developers across the world. That guarantees his attendance at the conference in San Francisco.

“We thought it was a shot in the dark,” Hutchison said in an interview Wednesday morning. “We were really surprised, because we told him it would be a good experience but we didn’t really expect him to get it. So now we have a week and a half to get plane tickets to San Francisco.”

About 50 of Charley’s fellow winners formed a Facebook group, and are planning a picnic in the shadow of the Golden Gate Bridge before the conference starts. “And that’s really going to be good for him, to be around kids from all over the world who are interested in the same things he is,” Hutchison said.

The WWDC gives developers an up-close experience with Apple’s latest operating systems, and offers hands-on training from Apple engineers. The conference runs from June 10-14 at San Francisco’s Moscone West convention center.

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