December 7, 2015 — While Gregg Mojica’s classmates are focused on sending in early-decision college applications, the 17-year-old is fending off job offers. Mojica, a student at Canisius High School in Buffalo, New York, is a programming prodigy, who became interested in computer code when he was 12.
Mojica now has dozen of apps available through Apple’s App Store, and his most successful creation so far is an anonymous social networking app called “Viper.” He built it when he was 15, and within two days of launching, Mojica said almost every student at Canisius had downloaded it. The app has more than 161,000 downloads today.
Mojica attended Apple’s 2015 Worldwide Developer’s Conference in San Francisco, after winning the student scholarship for a pair of tickets. He used the opportunity to network with start-up tech companies in Silicon Valley and other developers, which began to generate job offers.
In April 2015, Mojica received a message on his LinkedIn page from Facebook, recruiting him for a job. He was just 16 years old when Facebook invited him to California for an interview, but his parents put the brakes on the process, telling him he had to go to college. Several smaller tech companies also made Mojica job offers, which he turned down.
However, Mojica has kept busy. Canisius asked him to help build a student portal app called Nexus, which students use to check grades, keep track of their calendar and more. He built the app for free, but earned payment in the form of a new relationship. Mojica’s computer teacher introduced him to Canisius graduate Leo Rocco, who sold his business to Amazon for more than $90 million. Rocco made Mojica the Chief Technology Officer of his new company, Gradology, Inc., which is building the Gradology App and plans to launch it in January.
Mojica still spends several hours a night on homework and is sending out college applications. Stanford University would be his first choice, although he says “that school is nearly impossible to get into.” But given his track record, his chances at being accepted seem good. [Source: WIVB.com]