Meet Jacen

This iD Tech alum won the KUDO Cup programming competition and was introduced to President Obama!

Former student Jacen entered iD Coding & Engineering Academy with an interest in programming and app development, and left with polished skills, developed talents, and the motivation to hit the ground running outside of camp.

Jacen won a national programming contest prior to attending iD Coding & Engineering Academy. But while this former camper has always loved programming, he gained a new perspective on the subject – along with the motivation to do even more with it – after completing a summer course in iPhone and iPad App Development.

Former student Jacen entered iD Coding & Engineering Academy with an interest in programming and app development, and left with polished skills, developed talents, and the motivation to hit the ground running outside of camp.

Jacen won a national programming contest prior to attending iD Coding & Engineering Academy. But while this former camper has always loved programming, he gained a new perspective on the subject – along with the motivation to do even more with it – after completing a summer course in iPhone and iPad App Development.

“Experiencing iD Coding & Engineering Academy gave me a whole new perspective on how the programming world works. I also improved my communication skills through meeting new people, forming bonds, and learning to work together with other students. Seeing how successful people can be truly inspired me to create more, and to work hard in order to learn all that I can about code.”

What has Jacen been up to since? Only accepting an invitation to the White House and meeting President Barack Obama as a result of his endeavors.

That’s right, by winning 1st place in the first annual U.S. Kodu Cup computer programming competition (Kodu is a free game development tool from Microsoft), Jacen was selected as one of the three Microsoft students (and one of only 100 students total) to participate in the second annual White House Science Fair, hosted by President Obama himself. The event celebrated students who were winners of a number of nationwide STEM competitions.

An excerpt from technet.com outlines the highlights of Jacen’s White House experience.

“After the event, Jacen noted that the day was ‘awesome!’—an experience he will always remember. In addition to getting to shake President Obama’s hand twice, Jacen got to tour the White House [with other students] and meet people from Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT) and the United States Military Academy.”

Not stopping there, Jacen has continued utilizing his newfound app development abilities, creating several apps for public release since attending iD Coding & Engineering Academy in 2011. The result? Success, to say the least, as Jacen was informed of the fact that he was the youngest Windows App developer to have two launched apps exceed 10,000 downloads in the Windows Phone Marketplace! And as if that’s not enough, he was also a semifinalist in the 2012 Microsoft Imagine Cup International Competition!

Together, these and other accomplishments have culminated in Jacen being offered a full-time summer internship, and a part-time school year job, with Lockheed Martin Corp. He says iD Coding & Engineering Academy was a tremendous catalyst occurring at just the right time, equipping him with the skills necessary to achieve impressive successes in computer science and software engineering.

 

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