In 2013, I attended my first Apple event – the iOS 7 Tech Talks. In early 2014, I attended CodeDay New York, a “hackathon,” in which people participate in a competition to develop the best prototype software or hardware application – usually overnight – and with little to no sleep for the duration of the event.
I attended the Apple Worldwide Developers Conference in June of 2014 on a student scholarship ticket. To receive this type of ticket, I had to create an application that demonstrated both my past experience with programming and my technological skills. I was one of 250 students to receive this type of admittance in 2014. I was also awarded a scholarship ticket in 2015, where I was one of 300 students selected to attend the event.
In March of 2014, I was featured in an article published in Exploration School, entitled “Meet Grant Goodman, Explo Alum + Tech Entrepreneur.” In August of 2014, I was featured in The Wall Street Journal in an article entitled “Apple’s New Whiz Kids,” and in September in a Times of London piece entitled “App-developer whiz-kid has aptitude to spare.”
In January 2015, I participated in MHacks V, a well-known hackathon hosted at the University of Michigan. Applicants must be selected to attend due to the limited amount of space and the quality of the available engineers. Of the over 1,000 participants at that semester’s event, I was one of only 150 high school students. In May of that year, I attended a TEDxTeen event focused on young entrepreneurship.
Also in May of 2015, I was the subject of an article in U.S. News & World Report, entitled “Teen App Developer Sets Sights on Future as Next Steve Jobs.” In the same month, I was also in a short television clip on FOX 5 New York entitled “STEM standouts from New York.” In June of that year, I was included in FOX’s podcast, Fast Forward, in a segment called “A Teen Taking Over An App Store Near You, Betterment CEO Talks Robo Investing & Bogus Crowd Funding Campaigns.” In July 2015, I was featured in a television piece for CNBC entitled “Searching for Zuckerbergs: Inside a start-up summer camp.” I was then featured in local newspaper, Newsday, in a piece entitled “Way to Go: Grant Goodman, Sea Cliff.”
I have attended programs across the United States to acquire business and entrepreneurial skills, as well as programming knowledge and technological assets. These schools include Exploration School, Make School – a Y-Combinator funded programming and entrepreneurial studies summer program in San Francisco, and iD Tech at Yale University.
In August of 2015, I interned for the Workflow team – a small array of young developers with an extremely successful automation/productivity application in the App Store, with the team headed by Thiel fellow and MIT drop-out, Ari Weinstein. Workflow has since been acquired by Apple and is now included on all iOS devices as the Shortcuts application.
In September of 2015, I attended meetings to assist the retired members of my community in using various forms of technology. In the same month, I attended PennApps XII, one of the country’s first and largest hackathons hosted at the University of Pennsylvania. In December of that year, I was accepted to PennApps XIII, but was unable to attend due to inclement weather.
During early 2016, I attended the Apple TV Tech Talks. In April of that year, I helped to organize a local hackathon run by and for high school students called def() hacks in New York. In September, I attended PennApps XIV, at which I was one of only 100 high school students attending.
From May to July of 2017, I worked with members of Apple’s National Education Development Team to create an application that supported the growing farm-to-table initiative by facilitating communication between schools and farms.
During summer 2017, after having attended the Summer Academy at Make School for two years previous as a student, I was able to offer assistance and guidance to others as a teaching assistant.
In August 2017, I was accepted to MHacks X, but was unable to attend due to scheduling conflicts. In September, I attended PennApps XVI – once again being a just one of a handful of high school students to attend.
During January 2018, I was a campus ambassador for PennApps XVII. As an ambassador, I was responsible for recruiting students at my school to apply to the event, which I was able to do successfully. I was unable to attend that particular event myself due to scheduling conflicts.
I graduated high school in June 2018. Throughout my high school career, I was a participant in the International Baccalaureate Programme, a member of the National Honor Society, the World Languages Honor Society for Latin, the Advocates for Human Rights club, and the varsity debate team.
In high school I was also a member of the school’s FIRST-associated robotics team, Team 3950, which in 2015 won the regional competition and was able to attend the national competition as a result. I created an app called Atlas to measure eligibility for national competitions and to display attendance metrics, as well as designed the website.
From July to August of 2018, I worked at Digital Media Academy as both an instructor and teaching assistant. During my time as an instructor, I taught basic iOS programming to children as young as eight years old. As a teaching assistant, I was able to help administer lessons on both artificial intelligence and video editing to children and young adults. I returned to work at Digital Media Academy from June to August of 2019 in the same capacity.
Through the end of 2020, I developed a daily fitness challenge app called Mulu as part of a freelance project. I built the app from the ground up to MVP in 1.5 months, including a Firebase backend, push notification support, and a fully-fledged content management system. I also used Firebase cronjobs to tie the database to an Airtable spreadsheet so that team leaders could easily post/update challenges and edit teams.
In the summer of 2021, I worked as an iOS intern on the Mobile Services team at SiriusXM || Pandora. As an intern, I got to work on some incredibly exciting stuff and was on the ground floor of numerous new feature implementations. During my time on the team, I gained working knowledge of SwiftUI, the MVVM design pattern, dependency injection, continuous integration, and more.
I am currently finishing my Bachelor of Arts degree, with a major in linguistics and a focus on computer science at the University of California, Berkeley as a member of the class of 2022. After I graduate, I will be re-joining my team at Pandora as a Software Engineer in August of 2022.