Career Magnet student wins scholarship to attend Apple Worldwide Developer's Conference

Written by Sarah Davis, Public Opinion Online | May 23, 2015 9:30 AM
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Matt Seaman, a junior at Chambersburg Area Career Magnet School, met a challenge from Apple to create an app on his iPhone. They liked the app enough to invite the student to an Apple convention.

(Chambersburg) -- A local Chambersburg student will have the opportunity to mingle with some of the world's best technological minds next month at the Apple Worldwide Developer's Conference.

Matt Seaman, a junior at the Chambersburg Area Career Magnet School, is one of 300 students worldwide selected to attend the event after he submitted his application to Apple last month.

"I was required to create an application about myself and instead of actually filling out a paper application I was required to create an app that would run on an iPad or iPhone or Mac and I chose to make one that ran on an iPhone," he said. "It tells you about me and my education, interests, development experience and about CMS."

Apple provided him with a free ticket to the conference, which is usually open only to registered Apple developers and costs $1600. A local fundraising effort also provided enough money to cover his hotel and travel expenses. The conference will be held from June 8 to June 12 in San Francisco, California.

Seaman said he has been interested in Apple and their products since middle school.

"In middle school I had a friend who got an iPod touch and it was my first exposure to Apple and I really liked it because I had an MP3 player and the quality is just so different," he said.

Seaman said one day he wants to work for Apple, so he is looking forward to mingling with people who currently work for the company.

"I am working on a couple of apps now and I can actually go up to the engineers and ask questions and get professional advice from the people who actually made the operating system," he said.

In addition to seeking advice from professionals, Seaman said he can't wait to learn new things from the many informational sessions he will attend throughout the conference.

"It's going to be nine or 10 hours a day for five or six days of learning details about the next operating systems and actually how to make apps for them," he said.

Seaman said he can't wait to go on the trip.

"I am very excited," he said. "I was very excited when I got the (acceptance) email and I still am very excited."

This article comes to us through a partnership between Public Opinion Online and WITF. 

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