Tacoma sixth graders on path to start tech company


by JANET KIM / KING 5 News

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Posted on May 15, 2014 at 11:49 PM

Updated Friday, May 16 at 5:12 PM

TACOMA -- They aren't old enough to drive a car or vote, but two Tacoma sixth graders are on their way to starting thier own tech company. This past weekend, the middle schoolers won a global competition made up of mostly adults.

By all accounts, Semira Lacet-Brown and Fiona Brennan are sixth graders. They play board games and worry about homework. However, when it comes to coding, the language for computer programming, you soon forget just how old they are. 

The two are now co-founders of GenerationCode. Their idea for a program that bridges elementary level coding to advanced programming, took first place at Startup Weekend in Seattle, a competition promoting new business ideas. By winning Startup Weekend, the team will get a host of resources to help turn a project idea into a viable company.

Adults like Wyking Garrett went from competitor to teammate when his project wasn't voted through to the next round of the competition. 

"There is a saying from the mouth of babes there is wisdom, and there was a lot of wisdom coming out of their mouths," said Garrett.

It's a wisdom now paving the wave of the future in established tech companies like Sitecrafting.

"We have small children playing with iPads," said Sitecrafting President Brian Forth. "Technology is part of the world they see we live in."

In a world where 11 and 12 year olds still have rules, Semira and Fiona are proving their futures are without bounds.