11 Year-Old Builds Charitable Apps for Sick Kids


Shipwrecked, comatose, newsie
Aug 2, 2011
11 Year-Old Builds Charitable Apps for Sick Kids

If you feel that your day is lacking in sugar-sweet feelgood gaming news, do read on.

Connor Haines is an 11 year-old iOS developer who has decided to use his skill with drag-and-drop app development platform Make-A-Wish Foundation [http://gamesalad.com/].

Haines and his mother are currently laying the groundwork for the charity, BElieve, that will eventually be used to process all of the app requests sent to Haines by the cancer kids. Each game should take about two to three months to develop, says Haines, who has named the development side of the project FlipFlop Games [http://www.flipflopgames.org/index.html] (slogan: "where kids have the best time").

Despite his age, Haines is almost entirely self-taught. GameSalad is designed to be used by people with little to no knowledge of coding or programming, but most children who learn how to use it do so with organized assistance. "Once I understood the basics I was able to make my own mini-games," says Haines. "I even made an e-book for my one of my sisters."

Haines currently has four games up on the App Store, the most popular of which is That Chipmunk Bob, a "family-safe" app which introduces players to a chipmunk with huge eyes and an invisible body. It's difficult to tell what exactly this chipmunk does from the description [http://itunes.apple.com/us/app/that-chipmunk-bob/id480486008?mt=8] in the App Store, but the listing does promise that players will have "lots of listening fun."

If you know any kids with cancer aged 5-12 years old who'd like to have Haines create the app of their dreams, FlipFlop Games' submission page is right here [http://www.flipflopgames.org/believe.html]. Otherwise, well, mad props to Haines and his mother for using his nascent app-tinkering skills to make ill children smile. The charitable nature of the venture and its support for the Make-A-Wish Foundation are glacé cherries atop this pile of sweet game-based philanthropy.

Source: Develop Online [http://www.berksmontnews.com/articles/2012/01/16/tri_county_record/news/doc4f147dab91147241610257.txt?viewmode=3]



New member
Jan 19, 2010
Fawxy said:
This is pure, unadulterated awesomeness. Good for the kid, he's definitely doing a great thing here.

*Sigh* Why can't we get more stories like this? It's usually just the bad stuff...
Sadly that's just how things work out but stories like this are the ray of hope shining through the mire of life. Lots of respect for this kid he's doing a great thing


New member
Dec 17, 2008
Didn't "Phone Story" get banned from the App Store because it stated it would give some/all revenue to charity?


Admittedly, Apple had more than just that to go on, but I'm interested in seeing how they will respond to this upcoming app.
"21.1 Apps that include the ability to make donations to recognized charitable organizations must be free"