Fourteen-year-old programmer and software developer Santiago Gonzalez might just be the next Steve Jobs. He already has 15 iOS apps to his name and dreams of designing for Apple. At age 12, Santiago became a full-time college student and is on track to earn his bachelor’s degree in computer science and electrical engineering by age 16. By 17, when most teenagers are excited to just have their driver’s license, Santiago will have his masters degree.

A self-professed computer nerd, Santiago is fluent in a dozen different programming languages and thousands of people have downloaded his apps for the Mac, iPhone and iPad.

Learn how Santiago’s parents overcame a rigid school system that left their son intellectually stifled and depressed and instead followed an unconventional pathway to nurture his incredible gifts. Santiago’s story is truly inspiring and his family’s experience provides a powerful model for parents of exceptionally gifted children.

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28 Comments

  1. Jubair Onik

    August 21, 2019 at 6:06 am

    an Alien LLOOOL

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  2. TheBestMovieAlive

    August 21, 2019 at 6:06 am

    This kid was in my Astronomy class when I went to Arapahoe Community College in Colorado.  He is a very cool kid!!

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  3. Sid Lacy

    August 21, 2019 at 6:06 am

    Kind of like me, except that instead of pushing on, I just gave up because the curriculum was too easy 🙁

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  4. stevedorry

    August 21, 2019 at 6:06 am

    Nerd!

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  5. Harry Strongjaw

    August 21, 2019 at 6:06 am

    Well now i know, i am really stupid. Because all i wanna say is. " His voice sounds like a Robot's voice.

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  6. DjMirage3

    August 21, 2019 at 6:06 am

    I'm sure the U.S. military will get ahold of him one day 🙁

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  7. yognaughtcharbel

    August 21, 2019 at 6:06 am

    this kid is going to grow up to be real famous and rich but then he will suicide by being miserable like all the greatest smart minds in history we can only predict the future with our history

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  8. Macspieler

    August 21, 2019 at 6:06 am

    He is everything, but not the new Steve Jobs. Steve Jobs was an marketing and business genius, but not a programmer. I know it's nitpicking, but I find it so annoying that everyone seem to see Steve Jobs as a computer genius, even though Steve Wozniak did all the programming and engineering and Steve Jobs just happened to know how to sell it.

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  9. zeus7888

    August 21, 2019 at 6:06 am

    he should try weed, and STFU.

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  10. Infinite Loop

    August 21, 2019 at 6:06 am

    what text editor or IDE he using?

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  11. Jo Riley

    August 21, 2019 at 6:06 am

    Who's saying he's a "god-like" programmer? The comments getting the most attention here seem to be the anti-Apple ones…

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  12. DEFAULT_USR

    August 21, 2019 at 6:06 am

    LOL you probably don't even know how to make a simple game.

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  13. DJTron Getzel

    August 21, 2019 at 6:06 am

    im 13 and im a programmer and im in middle school i give this kid my word

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  14. under the ocean

    August 21, 2019 at 6:06 am

    It seems perfectly reasonable to not worry about what you're wearing… And at his age with his abilities, I wouldn't do anything differently either! Mom is a little misguided… Thinking that age —> wisdom. Not necessarily……..

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  15. Headzup

    August 21, 2019 at 6:06 am

    which program he use for programming? looks like a apple app or?

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  16. Mo McSuave

    August 21, 2019 at 6:06 am

    Pretty cool,makes you wonder when his parents say he could have been a disaster.Look at what happened to Jonathan James,could have channeled all that intellect the right way

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  17. TallyKo

    August 21, 2019 at 6:06 am

    That teacher speaks with his eyes lol

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  18. Hiranya Nayyar

    August 21, 2019 at 6:06 am

    what an awesome kid…

    Reply

  19. Felt Anime Piano

    August 21, 2019 at 6:06 am

    Man this guy is cool!

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  20. Artomix11

    August 21, 2019 at 6:06 am

    I would love to know all the programming languages fluently like he does :p

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  21. FINISH2START

    August 21, 2019 at 6:06 am

    AMAZING

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  22. VTS

    August 21, 2019 at 6:06 am

    lol I feel your pain, bro…

    Reply

  23. troy henderson

    August 21, 2019 at 6:06 am

    HE IS SPOCK FROM STAR TREK OMG !

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  24. David Evans

    August 21, 2019 at 6:06 am

    Wow honestly I am inspired by this young man

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  25. flyhelo60L

    August 21, 2019 at 6:06 am

    Great job!

    Reply

  26. Sir Monsieur

    August 21, 2019 at 6:06 am

    Milkions of people have the same capacity to learn as he does, but only a select few are introduced into an environment where those talents are realized and improved upon. He was hoven the right oportunities, dont het me wrong thos type.of talent and understanding is nothing to be overlooked. But I'm just saying, many people could be like this, but they either do not have tje integrity to push on as this lad has, or they were not raised in the right environment.

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  27. WickedMo13

    August 21, 2019 at 6:06 am

    Cant wait to see what kind of weapon system this kid is going to develop for the government war machine, directly or indirectly, its going to be pretty great.

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  28. TheName'sBrian

    August 21, 2019 at 6:06 am

    This guy is… a robot

    Reply

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