GOOD PITCH: Ballina High School student Tyron Henman, 14, got to see the inside of Google in Sydney after winning a competition to create an app.
GOOD PITCH: Ballina High School student Tyron Henman, 14, got to see the inside of Google in Sydney after winning a competition to create an app. Marc Stapelberg

Techy teen helps develop game app with Google

WORKING for Google is a dream shared by many tech geniuses, and for 14-year-old Tyron Henman that dream was realised when he got to collaborate with them on a game design.

After pitching an initial idea through the Australian Indigenous Mentoring Experience (AIME) program, he was selected as one of 18 across the country to take part in a three-day workshop called Game On, where they would be mentored by Academy of Interactive Entertainment engineers.

"We worked across three offices, the Optiva offices, the LinkedIn offices and eventually Google," Tyron said.

AIME encourages young minds to pursue pathways in science, maths, engineering, technology and innovation.

Tyron said the 18 students were separated into teams to work on a game concept over three days and the best one would be developed further.

"They gave us all a task each with a different concept and ours was a sci-fi who-dunnit," he said.

"We eventually came up with a sci-fi murder mystery on a spaceship.

"It's multiplayer ... using a unique system with the heartbeat to find the murderer.

"The more clues you find the faster their heart rate goes."

Tyron said he most enjoyed working in a team, but he was also interested by Google's own cafe, chefs, scooters, skateboards and a tyre swing in the lobby.

Tyron's father and principal of Ballina High School, Dave Henman, said AIME exposed kids to some the different pressures of university life.

"AIME opens up the eyes of the students, it allows the kids to go and see university prior to them having the opportunity to go there," he said.


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