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Nive Jayasekar

17-year-old takes up Facebook job offer

The teenager wowed executives at Facebook with her knowledge of mobile app development.

A 17-YEAR old US high school graduate has taken Facebook up on its job offer after wowing executives with her knowledge of mobile app development.

Nive Jayaseker created a mobile app for Home Depot over a weekend and won a $10,500 prize at a hackathon event in San Francisco earlier this month.

She developed a project organiser for the home improvement chain as a Windows Phone app, and said that she was attracted by the prize money.

She swept the event with her app, which made it easy for both novices and experiences gardeners to find materials for landscaping projects.

As luck would have it, she arrived late to the event and got to present her winning app right before Emily White, Facebook’s director of mobile partnerships was due to speak. They met backstage and Jayasekar was offered a summer internship at Facebook.

White said:

Nive is amazing and I’m going to be working for her someday.

Jayasekar has now accepted the internship at Facebook, where she’ll be working as a partner engineer intern focusing on mobile app development.

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