The Next Generation of Summer Jobs: Idaho Teen, Cody Brown, Becomes iPhone Developer

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Sixteen-year-old teen, Cody Brown, creates his first business and his first application—iTune’s “Messier”—and develops his own year-round “summer job”

The challenge of learning Objective-C is really starting to pay off, and I’m looking forward to developing more programs in the future.

The Apple iPhone and iPad Developer Program has led to an interesting phenomena: While traditional jobs may be scarce, gifted and above-average high school students now have the ability and opportunity to generate income not just during the summer, but year-round, even while they attend school.

In the down economy, jobs that are normally available for high school students are being filled by adult job seekers who have found themselves out of work and are willing to accept lower-paying jobs to make ends meet.

But phenomena such as the iPhone Developer Program are making it possible for young people to create their own opportunities and to learn about creating and running a business as well. One such teen is Cody Brown, age 16 and a student at the Treasure Valley Math and Science Center in Boise, Idaho, and also a sophomore at Kuna High
School in Kuna, Idaho. Recently, Cody chose to seize the opportunity from Apple to develop and release an iPhone application called “Messier” (released January 10, 2010) that is now available on the iTunes App Store for $.99. The Messier application embodies Cody’s passion for astronomy and deep sky. It is a catalog of French astronomer Charles Messier’s deep sky objects and the constellations. The application does not require web access. All the images and data are stored on the phone.

Cody Brown is no stranger to high accomplishment. He entered gifted classes at the age of 10 and has never looked back. He became a Master Scuba Diver at the age of 12. He authored a book at age of entitled “Scuba For Kids” ( For the past three years he has written a monthly column called “Kids Corner” for Northwest Dive News Magazine. He has also been a student of martial arts for the past 10 years who holds a black belt in American Kenpo Karate and is a regular competitor at regional and international tournaments where he has won many awards.

And now, most recently, Cody taught himself Apple’s Objective C programming language with help from “” Now Cody looks forward every morning to checking Apple’s Developer Website for his most recent sales before heading off to school. He particularly enjoys seeing sales from foreign countries, and now Cody is excited about developing new applications this summer.

“I like the idea of making money while I sleep or during any other activity like while I’m at school,“ Cody says. “The challenge of learning Objective-C is really starting to pay off, and I’m looking forward to developing more programs in the future.”

While most kids will be working at fast food establishments and minimum wage jobs, the Apple Developer Program has given kids like Cody the chance to develop iPhone and iPad applications instead. Apple has changed the world in more ways than developing product. It has created new opportunities that can impact the youth of the world for years to come.

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