A couple of techie and youth stories caught my attention yesterday.
The first was about a five-year old who just completed his Microsoft Certification and the other is about a teenaged gamer geek that transformed his passion for video game playing into a lucrative sponsorship deal.
Mat Hagg, grew up playing video games, a lot of them. As a teen he was hooked and attended video game events and competitions funding his passion buy working at McDonald's. At 22, he is making a million dollars a year playing Call of Duty!
Competitions make him some money but his social media savvy earned him the attention of Red Bull who sponsors him. Fans can watch him play on-line and watch his posts on his YouTube video journals.
5.11 year-old is the world's youngest computer specialist. The son of a British an IT consultant recently became a Microsoft Certified Professional.
As a 3-year-old, Ayan took an interest in his dad's old computers and parts like motherboards and hard drives. He wants to establish a British version of the Silicon Valley that wants to call E-Valley.
The lesson in all of this, next time you get frustrated with your child's indulgence in computers, think of it as an investment.
I almost feel better about the Call of Duty: Advanced Warfare Atlas Pro Edition ultimate package that Aidan convinced his mother to purchase.