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2012 Top 24: Alec Morgana, The App Man

By Tyler Orton, 24 Hours Vancouver



A trip to the principal’s office was Alec Morgana’s first hint he may possess some entrepreneurial spirit.

The B.C. Institute of Technology business management student recalls getting in trouble at elementary school for selling self-authored books about a haunted playground to his classmates for 50 cents each.

But Morgana’s stint in the publishing world was short-lived and he began developing social marketing tools for a Florida video-game company and creating iPhone applications by the time he was 16.

“When I started, a lot of them were just simple novelties,” he said, adding his most advanced iPhone application to date, The Jackass Test, was released just as he graduated high school in June.

The game offers users timed brain-teasing quizzes to determine if someone is, in fact, a “jackass.”

The 18-year-old’s software endeavours have now resulted in half a million downloads and he plans to launch his own tech startup when he finishes at BCIT in 2015.

Morgana has managed this at the same time as battling a congenital heart disease that resulted in three open-heart surgeries.

After speaking at a Children’s Hospital heart conference last weekend, he’s now decided to mentor children afflicted with similar conditions.


We asked you to nominate the region’s best and brightest students for our two-week feature Top 24 Under 24. Now we’re profiling young people already making big strides in the world through volunteering, entrepreneurial spirit and technological innovation





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