Silicon Valley VR Developer & Entrepreneur
Winston Matthews was born in 2003 in Washington, D.C. Winston is a Silicon Valley VR software engineer, entrepreneur, nationally top ranked athlete, and recipient of the Johns Hopkins Center for Talented Youth award for mathematical problem solving. Winston’s coding has been self-taught since age 6.
At age 13, Winston was the youngest software engineer and game developer for Silicon Valley startup, Virtual World Arcade (VWA). Winston has a unique combination of strong coding, mathematical, and logical thinking skills as well as innovative skills to create storylines and animation. According to VWA’s CEO, Winston “possesses a rare talent in that not only can he code but he has a strong creative ability, clearly demonstrated in the quality of the design, art, and music in the game he released” as well as the skill of “knowing how to learn”.
In 2016, at age 13, Winston Matthews became the youngest virtual reality game developer for VWA where he earned licensing royalties for his first VR game, “Worst Nightbear”. Worst Nightbear is released in several arcades throughout Silicon Valley. The same year, Winston launched his own startup company where he has raised $50,000 in angel funding from VWA’s angel investor. Winston’s company will focus on pioneering experiential learning through VR in developing immersive, interactive education through visualized storytelling.
At 13, Winston also presented at TechCrunch Disrupt DC and SXSW in Austin, TX in 2017.
In 2017 at 14, Winston spoke and presented at the 2017 Siggraph Conference for Maxon Cinema 4D at the Los Angeles Convention Center. In addition, Winston became the 1st Youth Ambassador for Washington, D.C.-based edtech firm, Everfi, backed by Google’s Eric Schmidt, Amazon’s Jeff Bezos, U2’s Bono. In 2018, Winston will be speaking at the World Bank in Washington, DC on “Our New Reality in a Virtual Reality World”.
Winston was invited by H.R.H. Crown Prince Mohammad bin Salman to be the youngest speaker at the Misk Global Forum 2017 as a “Hidden Hero” (www.miskglobalforum.com).
Winston is a freshman at Sidwell Friends School in Washington, D.C. A nationally top ranked tennis player, Winston competes on the Sidwell Varsity golf (ranked #3) and Varsity tennis (ranked #2 singles) teams. Winston has been a USTA high performance tennis player since age 10 (ranked #1 (10u MAS), ranked #5 (12u MAS) and #60 nationally, ranked #17 (14u MAS as of February 2018) and sponsored by Wilson. He is also a 5x Tour Player of the Year in golf and runner up in Augusta National’s Drive Chip & Putt competition 2016.
Winston is a highly ranked USTA tennis player sponsored by Wilson, and a 5x Tour Player of the Year in golf. (more…)
At age 13, Winston is the youngest software engineer/game developer of virtual reality games (more…)
Winston Matthews launched his own startup company, Winston Matthews LLC, in 2016 when he received his first angel investor funding of $50,000 from Silicon Valley Virtual World Arcade investor.