A young entrepreneur who haslaunched an iPhone and iPad App has won an Apple scholarship.
Dylan McKee, 17, of Seghill, has previously seen his popular apps get well over a million downloads, including his Instawhere app, which enables users to view photographs by location on Instagram.
Now the Whitley Bay High School sixth form student has won an Apple scholarship to attend their WorldWide Developers Conference (WWDC) in June in San Francisco.
Dylan said: “I had to develop and submit an app to them and fill in an application form, and I won one of the coveted places they had on offer.
“The WWDC is an amazing event – tickets sold out in a couple of minutes when they went on sale a couple of weeks ago, so it’s a really prestigious and exciting thing for me to do, a dream come true.
“This is such a huge opportunity for me, a chance to meet others and learn more.
“I hope to develop my own business, which I’ve already started, and I feel it’s a real opportunity of a lifetime for me.
“Just to have won the scholarship is brilliant, but to get there and be at WWDC would be unbelievable.”
Following the launch of his first app in 2010 Dylan was commissioned to make a range of different ones for organisations, including Surfing in Tynemouth and North East Golfer apps.
Now Dylan is fundraising to pay for the flights and hotel to San Fransisco, and has set up a crowd-sourcing page at www.indiegogo.com/projects/can-i-get-to-wwdc-2013