Last month, 9-year old Alexandra Jordan from Sunnyvale, CA shocked and awed at the TechCrunch Disrupt Hackathon with her new app, Super Fun Kid Time, a playdate finder for kids.

Alexandra was inspired by her dad Richard to attend the hackathon where she came up with the idea for the app, led its design and coded it. “I built it because parents always forget to exchange details before summer vacation or long school breaks,” Alexandra explained.

Super Fun Kid Time is a perfect example of identifying a problem and coming up with a workable and simple to use solution. Parents or guardians register and then select the school their children go to, which grade they’re in, and which teacher they have. A list of “available” students pops up and you can then choose a friend to schedule a playdate with for your child. Once both kids agree to the playdate, email and text confirmations are sent to the registered users.

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Since presenting at TechCrunch Disrupt, 5,000 people have signed up for Super Fun Kid Time, which is scheduled to launch in November, just in time for the long holiday break.

Alexandra likes reading, writing, drawing, math, TV and word games. She loves programming “because I like being able to sit down and just do it, I like how it makes you think and I like working on projects with my dad,” she shares.

This app is only the beginning for Alexandra as she already has several other projects on the horizon, including an after school tech club for girls. “It will teach other girls to code, because if girls learn to program when they are young they won’t be discouraged later. My motivation is to be a great person, to help the world, to make discoveries and to prove that girls and women can do anything.”

With the help of her dad and Codecademy, Alexandra is currently learning to program in Ruby and HTML and hopes to launch her next app, a safety search filter for YouTube users, next year.

You can watch Alexandra’s spirited presentation that earned her a standing ovation from the crowd here.

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