Join Apple’s WWDC20 Plus The Latest Swift Student Challenge Winners

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on June 22, 2020

Apple’s 2020 Worldwide Developers Conference known as the WWDC20 kicked off this week in a totally new virtual format and is open to the global community of 23 million developers for free via the Apple Developer app and website.

For 31 years, the WWDC20 has pulled together the world’s largest group of innovators and entrepreneurs. It’s how they can connect and learn about the latest developments at Apple and take part in 100 technical and design-focused sessions helmed by Apple engineers. Not to mention watching the unveiling of the new Apple iOS 14.

The 350 Swift Student Challenge winners from 41 different countries and regions have also been taking part. They were selected based on their original Swift playground submission, which is part of Apple’s annual WWDC challenge, which recognises our future generation of coders and creators. 

This year the winners included Sofia Ongele, Palash Taneja, and Devin Green. One of the winners Sofia Ongele said her desire was to: “Make some tech and do a whole lot of good along the way.” All three view challenges in the world as opportunities to effect change. Every problem is a call to action — and they are answering, loud and clear.

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Swift Challenge winnerSofia Ongele

Sofia, 19, just finished her second year at New York’s Fordham University, and her focus for change combines both tech and social justice. ReDawn, her first iOS app, is an example of her work. After one of her college friends was sexually assaulted during her freshman year, she created ReDawn to help survivors access resources in a safe, easy, and sensitive way.

“I wanted to make something that makes this process less isolating,” says Sofia Ongele.

Sofia said the best feedback she has received came from the friend who was assaulted. “She thinks it has the potential to impact people, and that’s what matters most to me.”

Sofia Ongele’s app ReDawn helps sexual assault survivors access resources.
Sofia Ongele’s app ReDawn helps sexual assault survivors access resources.

Sofia’s career as a coder started in 2016 when she attended a Kode With Klossy boot camp, a free coding course for girls ages 13 to 18. Learning to code, she says, transformed her world.

Apple’s WWDC20

Join the worldwide developer community for an in-depth look at the future of Apple platforms, directly from Apple Park. Kick off time for Apple’s WWDC20  are below:

Special Event Keynote
22 June, 10 a.m. PDT

Discover new innovations and updates coming to all Apple platforms later this year. The keynote address will stream directly from Apple Park via apple.com, the Apple Developer app, the Apple Developer website, the Apple TV app, and YouTube, and will also be available for on-demand playback after the conclusion of the stream.

Platforms State of the Union
22 June, 2 p.m. PDT
Apple engineering leaders as they dive deeper into the latest advances across iOS, iPadOS, macOS, tvOS, and watchOS. State of the Union will be available on demand via the Apple Developer app and the Apple Developer website.

100+ Engineering Sessions
23 to 26 June PDT
Starting 23 June PDT, developers will have the ability to learn how to build the next generation of apps with more than 100 technical and design-focused sessions helmed by Apple engineers. Videos will be posted each day at 10 a.m PDT and will be available in the Apple Developer app on iPhone, iPad, and Apple TV, as well as on the Apple Developer website.

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