From entrepreneurship to a Software Engineering internship at Neustar, this iD Tech alum is doing it all.
Austin was “transformed” by iD Tech Camps and iD Coding & Engineering Academy, using the skills he learned during multiple summers to become an Apple App Store-published developer, peer-appointed high school “tech guy,” and successful entrepreneur/business owner. He was also selected as a “direct admit” freshman to the University of Washington’s Department of Computer Science and Engineering—a top-10 national program that is growing in popularity thanks to funding from Amazon, Microsoft, and others.
Austin’s programming experiences helped him stand out among other applicants.
"The first time I attended iD Tech Camps, I didn’t even have a computer of my own. I was not tech savvy. But I began programming because of iD Tech Camps, and programming became one of my greatest passions as a result. I was motivated to learn as much as possible and set myself up in a position to succeed.”
A Silicon Valley native, Austin is actually an iD veteran; his six years of tech classes cultivated an impressive pre-college resume. After his last summer (attending the 2-week, iD Coding & Engineering Academy), Austin launched an iPhone app called Ghost Attack to the Apple App Store. Since then, he has created his own coding language, opened an entertainment business, and started his high school’s first Programming Club. He was even hired into the engineering department of a San Francisco-based social media company (the summer after his junior year in high school) after the Chief Technology Officer used his app.
When it comes to college life, Austin chose UW because of the university’s many tech company relationships and startup ecosystem.
“I intend to study Computer Science in college and plan to return to my Silicon Valley roots as an entrepreneur or programmer. I’d love to be an iD Tech Camps instructor during my college summers, if possible.”
Recently, Austin landed a Software Engineering internship at Neustar, the pioneer and industry leader in real-time, cloud-based information services and analytics, putting his wealth of programming knowledge to use. From his experiences, Austin encourages other kids and teens to learn as much programming as possible—seeing how much his technology know-how has helped him in his own classes and pursuits. He wishes for others to benefit from the same opportunities he has enjoyed thanks to time spent at iD Tech Camps and iD Coding & Engineering Academy.
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