- Super User
- Category: Technology
- Saturday, 24 January 2015 05:52
Facebook battles Google over 15-year-old whiz kid...
Facebook and Google are battling to woo a 15-year-old whiz kid who developed an app which has been downloaded 500,000 times.
Ben Pasternak created the simple game Impossible Rush which has soared up the App Store charts since its launch in October.
It managed to overtake Vine, Google and Twitter thanks to its addictive gameplay.
Now Facebook's internship department has invited him for a tour of the company's California headquarters, while one of Google's vice presidents has asked him to come to its campus.
He is one of 450 young entrepreneurs accepted on to a Google and MIT sponsored event called Hack Generation Y this weekend, in which high school students create a product in 36 hours.
Michael Matias, the lead organiser of the event, said: "Pasternak is a young entrepreneur and clearly ambitious, he has shown the world that age is just a number.
"(His) iPhone app was extremely impressive and if we were to guess - we would never imagine it was run by a 15-year-old."
Ben, from Sydney, Australia, created the iPhone game with another teen based in Chicago called Austin Valleskey.
He told Mashable: "My biggest motivation is knowing that my apps make people's lives just a little bit easier and simple.
"There is no better feeling than seeing people using your creations."
He is now working on an app called One which brings all social media feeds into one app.