Apple Worldwide Developers’ Conference Asks For Student Submissions Now

By Pamela Connellan
on 5 April 2021

From now until the 18th April, Apple is accepting submissions from students who love to code. This year’s Swift Student Challenge – which is all part of the online Worldwide Developers’ Conference –  invites students to create an interactive scene in a Swift playground which can be experienced within three minutes.

Swift Playgrounds is a new app for the iPad and Mac which makes learning the Swift programming language interactive. From now through to the 18th April, students can submit their Swift playground to the Swift Student Challenge. Winners will receive exclusive Worldwide Developers’ Conference (WWDC21) outerwear and a pin set. For more information, visit the Swift Student Challenge website here.

Apple WWDC21 brings developers together from all over the world

As customers often rely on a range of Apple products work, learn, express their creativity, entertain and be entertained, WWDC21 will provide Apple’s worldwide community of more than 28 million developers, as well as the next generation of app developers, with the information and tools needed to turn their ideas into reality.

The WWDC21 is an opportunity for developers to learn about the new technologies, tools and frameworks they rely on to build platform-differentiating apps and games.

As Susan Prescott, Apple’s vice president of Worldwide Developer Relations and Enterprise and Education Marketing says:“We love bringing our developers together each year at WWDC to learn about our latest technologies and to connect them with Apple engineers.

“We are working to make WWDC21 our biggest and best yet, and are excited to offer Apple developers new tools to support them as they create apps that change the way we live, work, and play.”

This year’s conference will include announcements from the keynote and State of the Union stages, online sessions, 1:1 labs offering technical guidance – and new ways for developers to interact with Apple engineers and designers to learn about the latest frameworks and technologies.

Apple conference will support an education and equity Initiative

To support the local economy, even while WWDC21 is hosted online and as part of its US$100 million Racial Equity and Justice Initiative, Apple is also committing US$1 million to SJ Aspires, an education and equity initiative launched by the City of San José.

Focused on enabling youth in under-served neighbourhoods to set goals and chart a path toward receiving a college education, SJ Aspires offers a performance-based scholarship program which educates students about their college and career choices, and provides individual mentorship and advising as well as online tools to help reduce the barriers Black and Brown students face in accessing academic opportunities.

This builds on Apple’s multiyear partnership with the City of San José and the San José Public Library Foundation in support of technology programming.

Apple will share additional program information in advance of WWDC21 through the Apple Developer app, on the Apple Developer website, and via email.

Submissions for the Swift Student Challenge are open from now until the 18th April, so get your submissions in now.

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