Monday, February 7, 2011

Stephen Fry meets Lim Ding Wen, developer of Doodle Kids

Fry and Ding Wen

To many, Stephen Fry is best known as a British actor who acted opposite Hugh Laurie in Jeeves and Wooster, and who played Melchett in various episodes of Blackadder.

However Doodle Kids developer Lim Ding Wen has never watched Blackadder or Fry and Laurie. So when the 11-year-old was interviewed by Stephen last week, what impressed Ding Wen most was the fact that Stephen had spent the day with Steve Jobs while interviewing him for Time magazine. (That and the fact that Stephen has a white iPhone given to him by none other than Jonathan Ive, Apple's VP of Industrial Design.)

The British actor and author interviewed Ding Wen last Friday. Stephen was in Singapore over the Chinese New Year, presumably to do some work for the Singapore Tourism Board. Apart from catching the fireworks, he also interviewed Ding Wen, who is best known as being the world's youngest iPhone developer. Back in 2009, Ding Wen developed and released an app called Doodle Kids when he was just 9 years old.

According to Ding Wen's father, the interview on Friday went well because it was more like a conversation than an interview. We look forward to seeing the interview some day!

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Lim Thye Chean said...

The Singapore Tourism Board portion is news to me. They requested for an interview releted to BBC language series. They are supposed to talk about English language and its usage in Singapore, but Fry is probably impressed by what he saw and it ends up becoming a computer language talk - which is kind of funny to me!

Jimmy Yap said...

Thanks for clarifying! I have no idea if he was here for STB or not. I was just guessing.

If he was here because of a BBC programme, I hope STB seized the opportunity to take advantage of his presence.

Lim Thye Chean said...

Yes, he was here for BBC program. I have no idea who he is before you email me during the interview!