Apple Holds a Coding Contest for Students Worldwide

  • Technology giant Apple has announced a first-ever Swift Student Challenge. 
  • To take part in the contest you have to build an interactive scene using Swift Playgrounds.

Recently Apple has announced it will host its annual Worldwide Developers Conference 2020 virtually, beginning June 22, in the Apple Developer app and on the Apple Developer website for free for all developers.

The company has also unveiled their first Swift Student Challenge that aims to let student developers showcase their love of coding. To participate in the contest, applicants have to build an interactive scene using Swift Playgrounds – on iPad or Mac – that can be experienced in three minutes or less and submit it through the Swift Student Challenge website

Swift is known to be Apple’s programming language which can be used to build apps for iPhone, iPad, Mac, and other Apple platforms.


‘Swift Playgrounds is … super-gamified. You need no coding experience whatsoever to [get started]… It’s important everybody realizes how fun coding can be and how important it can be,’ Esther Hare, senior director of developer marketing at Apple told CNET.

  • The deadline for submissions is Sunday, May 17, 2020, at 11:59 p.m. PDT.
  • Applicants can view their status starting Tuesday, June 16, 2020.

The award is rather symbolic – an exclusive WWDC20 jacket and pin set. What really matters is the opportunity to stand out from the crowd and be noticed by leading engineers from Apple.

Who is eligible to apply?

To be eligible for the challenge, you must:

  • Be 13 years of age or older, or the equivalent minimum age in the relevant jurisdiction (for example, 16 years of age in the European Union);
  • Be registered for free with Apple as an Apple developer or be a member of the Apple Developer Program; 
  • Fulfill one of the following requirements:
    • Be enrolled in an accredited academic institution or official homeschool equivalent;
    • Be enrolled in a STEM organization’s educational curriculum;
    • Be enrolled in an Apple Developer Academy; or
    • Have graduated from high school or equivalent within the past 6 months and be awaiting acceptance or have received acceptance to an accredited academic institution.
Your submission must be a Swift playground created by you as an individual. Group work or Xcode projects will not be considered. 

Find more details here

‘Students are an integral part of the Apple developer community, and last year WWDC saw attendance from more than 350 student developers spanning 37 different countries. As we look forward to WWDC20, although our gathering will be virtual this year, we want to recognize and celebrate the creative contributions of our young developers from around the world. We can’t wait to see this next generation of innovative thinkers turn their ideas into a reality through the Swift Student Challenge,’ Apple’s senior vice president of Software Engineering Craig Federighi said.


Comments are closed.