14-Year-Old Prodigy Programmer Dreams In Code

Published on Jan 3, 2013 8,519,781 views

Fourteen-year-old programmer and software developer Santiago Gonzalez might just be the next Steve Jobs. He already has 15 iOS apps to his name and dreams of designing for Apple. At age 12, Santiago became a full-time college student and is on track to earn his bachelor's degree in computer science and electrical engineering by age 16. By 17, when most teenagers are excited to just have their driver's license, Santiago will have his masters degree.

A self-professed computer nerd, Santiago is fluent in a dozen different programming languages and thousands of people have downloaded his apps for the Mac, iPhone and iPad.

Learn how Santiago's parents overcame a rigid school system that left their son intellectually stifled and depressed and instead followed an unconventional pathway to nurture his incredible gifts. Santiago's story is truly inspiring and his family's experience provides a powerful model for parents of exceptionally gifted children.

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  • Macspieler
    Macspieler 4 года назад He is everything, but not the new Steve Jobs. Steve Jobs was an marketing and business genius, but not a programmer. I know it's nitpicking, but I find it so annoying that everyone seem to see Steve Jobs as a computer genius, even though Steve Wozniak did all the programming and engineering and Steve Jobs just happened to know how to sell it.
  • Eliot
    Eliot 3 года назад What do you think of elon musk then? Elon is a fantastic engineer and knows how to sell products, and this kid might be able to sell as well. Don't limit a persons potential due to who they're compared to.
  • zeus7888
    zeus7888 4 года назад he should try weed, and STFU.
  • TheBestMovieAlive
    TheBestMovieAlive 4 года назад This kid was in my Astronomy class when I went to Arapahoe Community College in Colorado.  He is a very cool kid!!
  • Harry Strongjaw
    Harry Strongjaw 4 года назад Well now i know, i am really stupid. Because all i wanna say is. " His voice sounds like a Robot's voice.
  • DjMirage3
    DjMirage3 4 года назад I'm sure the U.S. military will get ahold of him one day :(
    NO NAME 3 года назад an Alien LLOOOL
  • yognaughtcharbel
    yognaughtcharbel 4 года назад this kid is going to grow up to be real famous and rich but then he will suicide by being miserable like all the greatest smart minds in history we can only predict the future with our history
  • Sid Lacy
    Sid Lacy 4 года назад Kind of like me, except that instead of pushing on, I just gave up because the curriculum was too easy :(
  • Infinite Loop
    Infinite Loop 5 лет назад what text editor or IDE he using?
  • Jo Riley
    Jo Riley 5 лет назад Who's saying he's a "god-like" programmer? The comments getting the most attention here seem to be the anti-Apple ones...
    DEFAULT_USR 5 лет назад LOL you probably don't even know how to make a simple game.
  • DJTron Getzel
    DJTron Getzel 5 лет назад im 13 and im a programmer and im in middle school i give this kid my word 
  • under the ocean
    under the ocean 5 лет назад It seems perfectly reasonable to not worry about what you're wearing... And at his age with his abilities, I wouldn't do anything differently either! Mom is a little misguided... Thinking that age ---> wisdom. Not necessarily........ 
  • Headzup
    Headzup 5 лет назад which program he use for programming? looks like a apple app or?
  • Mo McSuave
    Mo McSuave 5 лет назад Pretty cool,makes you wonder when his parents say he could have been a disaster.Look at what happened to Jonathan James,could have channeled all that intellect the right way
  • TallyKo
    TallyKo 5 лет назад That teacher speaks with his eyes lol
  • Hiranya Nayyar
    Hiranya Nayyar 5 лет назад what an awesome kid... 
  • Felt Anime Piano
    Felt Anime Piano 5 лет назад Man this guy is cool! 
  • Artomix11
    Artomix11 5 лет назад I would love to know all the programming languages fluently like he does :p
    FINISH2START 5 лет назад AMAZING