Is this 5 -year old the world’s youngest app developer?


App developers come in all shapes and sizes these days, with hundreds of companies looking to cash in on our thirst for the hippest new apps.

We were amazed, however, when we were contacted by Ryan Pellett, who has developed an app with his son, Christian, who’s just five years old.


Ryan decided to embark on his journey after Christian suggested a new word game to rival the likes of Scrabble (which Ryan consistently beats dad Ryan at). All that was needed was a name – the result being ‘FastWord’.

The duo then got to work swatting up with how-to books and using internet forums to get ideas on what resources are available to build such an app.


 “Chasing is very fast, sometimes too fast for me”

Launched today (December 4th) in the Apple App Store worldwide, Ryan and Christian will no doubt be watching the FastWord download stats closely to see if it’s a success.

The FastWord app itself should appeal to traditional word game fans and is a beautifully simple concept. As soon as you’re ready to play you just (I say ‘just’ but it’s not that easy!) have to make as many words as possible from the letters on the screen before the timer runs out.

You can choose to play against friends or random opponents – there’s also some strategic play that comes in when you have to decide whether it’s better to go for long words or short words.


Christian told us that his favourite part of marking the app was “playing it”, and more specifically, “starting rounds because you can take your time. Chasing is very fast, sometimes too fast for me.”

We’re excited to see where this project takes Ryan and Christian and whether the pair turn out to be a force to be reckoned with in the highly competitive app world.

Try the FastWord app for yourself with a free download at the Apple App Store.