"We had a fantastic Party in the App Lab this month, gathering useful insights from our future players. A special thanks to Eliot for making our session such a success!"
- Margaret McCormack, CEO Girl Power Media
It started out as a crazy idea he had for his fourth grade Student Council speech. But then he actually made it work, and now he's on the Silicon Valley speaking circuit!
My 9-year-old son Eliot wanted a way to raise enough money for his school to buy Kindles for every classroom. So he came up with App Lab - an after-school activity where the students test out apps for local software companies. Eliot's schoolmates signed up weeks in advance hoping for a chance to test out and even influence the hottest kids' apps before they're released. Then Eliot invited Disney, Smule and others to participate, and now, after 6 App Lab sessions, Eliot has raised over two thousand dollars from his corporate guests - enough to get all the Kindles, stocked with a hundred titles.
You can read all about it in the San Jose Mercury News, which featured Eliot's picture on the front page of the LIVING section. And now Eliot has been invited to speak at tonight's WWDC Meetup in Palo Alto, an after-party celebrating kids' apps. I'm hoping he can get me in...
UPDATE: Here's the video of Eliot's talk.