A 12-year old homeschooled boy, Fabian Fernandez-Han, won the 2009 Financial Future Challenge. It was sponsored by the New York Stock Exchange (NYSE) and K-12. Fabian and his family was just flown to New York City for a special ceremony on January 11, 2010 where he was awarded a $2,500 check. He impressed those in attendance by handing out his business card and explaining how he came up with his winning idea, “Oink-a-Saurus”.

So, what is “Oink-a-Saurus”? It is an Apple iPhone/iPod Touch application that combines profiler, which allows the system to “learn” your preferences and interest by tracking your spending and web browsing habits. The system would then present the operator with “what-if” scenarios. What would happen if the operator would take that same money and invest it in the stock market.

Fabian stated the following about his idea:

“’My idea will show kids how investment opportunities exist all around them as they go about their day buying things at the store, browsing favorite websites, etc. It will allow them to go from buying a favorite thing to learning about the company that makes it, to news/research about that Co, to buy/sell that Co’s shares in stock market simulator & for real. My app combines many existing technologies to learn the user’s buying habits to recommend Co’s to invest in. My app is smart & over time learns about the user & provides wise investment ideas that appeal to each particular user. It will also include a news service providing teen-friendly stock market & investing info.’” (on website:

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Susan Harris News Editor

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