Many software engineers and IT professionals dream of developing a 'killer App' for popular products like the iPhone, which will make them rich. Other people dream of one day having a book published.
Not many achieve either – and even fewer do so in their early 20s. But Vo Duy Khang (formerly student 3184092), an alumnus of RMIT Vietnam's Bachelor of Information Technology program, has hit the jackpot with success in both of these areas – and now has the makings of a successful business spanning both Vietnam and Australia.
Khang graduated from RMIT Vietnam in November 2010 and travelled to Adelaide, Australia, where he is now completing a Master of Information Technology with Carnegie Mellon University, under a full scholarship.
With the benefit of the scholarship, Khang has been freed up to apply his own financial resources fully to get a small business off the ground while he also continues his studies.
His hard work and talent have been recognised by US publisher Apress, which has just decided to publish a book by Khang on how to build better iPhone applications. Khang's book, Pro iOS Apps Performance Optimization, fills a need in the market for more practical guidance in this booming area of consumer technology.
Khang's creativity and expertise has also been applied to a new business start-up in this field which already has five people on staff in Australia. Khang has been visiting Vietnam in the past month seeking further talent from Vietnam to join his operation.
Almost all his development team to date are RMIT students or graduates.
"They speak English well, and they all have a good understanding of what is needed," Khang says.
According to Khang, the basis of a good user experience of any iPhone or iPad App is good performance. There is enormous potential in helping social networking applications such as Facebook to provide a better user experience by moving data in a quicker and smarter way over the net.
Apress has been impressed by his thinking in this area, as shown on his own website and as shared amongst the online community overseas.
One of Khang's mentors has been Barend Scholtus, Academic Services Manager for the Bachelor of IT program, and the two continue to discuss shared interests regularly.
"We hope – in fact we are pretty sure – that Khang's learning experiences at RMIT Vietnam have made contributions to his achievements to date, and we hope the best is yet to come."