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What is the 30under30? 30under30 is an Anthill initiative launched in early 2008 to encourage and promote entrepreneurship among young Australians. Each year, we invite...
Brandon Cowan is aware that he has two things going very much in his favour: the media love apps, and they love apps designed by young folk. As he wraps up high school, Cowan has cranked up the volume, working with developers and on his own to turn dozens of ideas into apps, three of which have made it into the coveted Top 100 on iTunes. "My apps change lives for the better," he proudly declares.
When the 17 year-old's mum misplaced her car in a large parking lot, the ol' lightbulb came on. With a partner, Cowan developed iParkedHere, a iPhone app that combines GPS tech, the phone's camera and a simple timer to help people locate their vehicles and keep track of time left in a metered parking spot. The app, which sells for $1.99 in the Apple Store, has attracted thousands of downloads and became the tentpole for Cowan's software development company, Crazy Dog Apps.