Award-winning software developer and entrepreneur, changing the world one line of code at a time.
Founder at Bestee™.
Recipient of the Allan Gray Orbis Foundation Fellowship.
Breakthrough Developer of the Year 2018.
Cape Town, South Africa
NOV 2017 - PRESENT
APR 2019 - PRESENT
FEB 2019 - JUN 2019
JUN 2017 - JUL 2017
MAR 2017 - JUN 2017
JUN 2016 - JUL 2016
BSc Mathematical Sciences (Computer Science)
2019 - 2021
SACS High School
National Senior Certificate (90% average)
2015 - 2018
Design and UI
2016 - 2017
I could type before I could write.
I was given my first computer at 4 years old. Two years later I was designing rudimentary computers, creating animated videos and impersonating David Attenborough.
After 3 years I'd built up an extensive portfolio of websites and worked at a web design studio, whilst also honing my design skills.
I started development on my own video game - Light Bringer - which deals with the social issues that plague South Africa.
I had to learn 3D modelling and coding languages like C# and C++ to do this. Read this article by Unity and this one by Between 10 and 5.
At 16 years old I worked for Silicon Valley-based IT company Repl.it, alongside colleagues from Google and Facebook, whilst attending high school in Cape Town.
Later in the year I interned at Root, a company revolutionizing banking. I took this experience and developed a secure banking app which generates a random pin for each transaction and keeps your card disabled, except right when you need it. Unfortunately, this app got wrapped up in red tape and never launched publicly.
I attended the Google Cloud developers' conference which gave me insight into the future of cloud storage and computing. I also completed a design course at Putter School - furthering my creative pursuits.
I built my own computer from recycled laptop parts.
I received the Victoria scholarship from SACS High School for academic merit; the most prestigious award obtainable at school level.
A few weeks later I launched a beta version of Bestee. She's a virtual assistant app like Google Assistant or Siri but offline, private and much faster.
I was invited to the App of the year awards, hosted by MTN Business, where I was named breakthrough developer of the year and Bestee received the award for most innovative solution. I was also invited to present Bestee at the Web Summit in Lisbon.
I went on to make my first live TV appearance; I was hosted on the Hectic Nine-9 show on SABC 2 to talk about my inspiring story.
I was awarded the Allan Gray Orbis Foundation Fellowship to fund my further studies. The fellowship is given to the 100 most high-impact, responsible entrepreneurs in Southern Africa.
All of this whilst still in high school.
I began studying a degree in computer science at Stellenbosch University, funded by the Allan Gray Orbis Foundation.
Noroff University in Oslo, Norway invited me as a guest lecturer to address their students on the journey to success in the world of technology.
I was featured in the Morning Brew; one of the biggest tech newsletters in the world. And I co-hosted a computer science crash course at Stellenbosch University, along with two friends, for charity.
I worked for OccuPi Space, a commercial property marketplace, as a senior developer - whilst juggling university lectures, scholarship commitments and Bestee's development.
I took part in the SU Hackathon, along with my team of 3 first-year computer science students. We developed a banking app that creates a Bluetooth Low Energy mesh network of all nearby devices, allowing for offline mobile banking in rural and developing areas, for which we ended up as the overall winners.