At Yoyo Wallet, we believe that learning is a lifelong journey and you are never too young or too old to learn. We love nothing more than throwing our doors open to bright, young students who are interested in technology and building innovative solutions. Last week, we had the pleasure of Swiss student and keen coder Aryaman Wig joining us as part of his school’s work experience programme.

We loved having him and at just 14 years old he’s undoubtedly one to look out for in the future! Read about his experience with Yoyo Wallet below, and if you are interested in participating in Yoyo Wallet’s work-study / intern programme please contact our Director of Strategy & Finance, Min, at min@yoyowallet.com to learn more!

Hi I’m Aryaman! I’m an 8th grader from Switzerland and I just spent a week coding an Android app at a leading fintech startup in London, this is my experience….

I first became interested in coding a few years ago through playing video games, which is one of my favourite hobbies. While I was playing Minecraft, I thought about how cool it would be if I could create something better one day. My Dad saw how interested I was in computers and bought me a Raspberry Pi as a present, challenging me to build my own computer from scratch.

That was the beginning of many a night watching YouTube videos to learn how to set up and code on my Raspberry Pi, and was also when I first realised I could use it to turn my ideas into reality. I started to code on Minecraft – 8 lines of code made “Hello World!” appear in the chat; a few more lines enabled my player to teleport wherever I wanted; and yet a few more lines magically made blocks appear right in front of me. The possibilities were endless.

Fast forward to now, I am working on an app with 3 of my friends to provide a platform to connect kids under 16 who are looking for some work experience, with individuals and businesses who are offering on-demand jobs. We are making great progress and have people interested in signing up, and I wanted to get more experience in how an actual tech startup functioned so I could be better equipped with the skills needed to push my idea forward.

I found the perfect opportunity to do so. In Switzerland, we have a mandatory one-week work-study requirement that we have to fulfil. While my most of my friends are working in banks, bakeries or grocery stores, I wanted to work in a fast-paced tech environment. I had done my research and learnt that Yoyo Wallet, the UK’s largest mobile wallet and marketplace, offered work-study placements to students and eagerly applied. I was thrilled when they accepted my application and offered me a position (plus I always wanted to check out London!)

So what have I been working on for the past week? I spent some time with Enzo, a mobile engineer at Yoyo, who taught me a lot of things I didn’t know about Android app development and worked on a project to write some code for the Android app. I also worked with Rob, Yoyo’s senior platform engineer, who showed me how the different servers communicated with each other. In this short but productive week. I have clarified a lot of things about programming that baffled me before, and learnt many concepts that I was not aware of. Most importantly, I have also learnt how essential it is for all the various teams in a business, not just product and engineering, to communicate and collaborate effectively to build a good product and business. Yoyo is a fun work environment and the team is comprised of inspiring people who love tech and share a common vision of building something amazing. I am thankful to have had this experience.

When I grow up, I want to be a programmer and develop my own app that will benefit society, so this week has been invaluable to me. In addition, it has inspired me to spend time studying hard on my mathematics and science courses to improve my logic and programming capabilities, so that I can get a job at a great workplace like Yoyo Wallet when I graduate from university.

I think by then the world will look very different from today – the Hyperloop will be able to take us around the globe super fast, we will all have self-driving electric cars, and robots will replace a lot of manual everyday jobs. This is why I believe it is so important for children to learn how to code at a young age – so that they can play an active part in shaping what the future looks like. Right now, it looks very bright and promising to me.