WWDC 2023 ‘Swift Student Challenge’ Tasks to Develop Swift App Playground

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Apple just announced that it will hold its 34th annual Worldwide Developers Conference from Monday, June 5 to Friday, June 9. Apple also announced that it is now accepting submissions for its annual Swift Student Challenge.

Entrants will be required to show their “passion for coding” by submitting an app playground on the topic of their choice. Winners will receive multiple prizes, including exclusive WWDC23 outerwear, a customized pin set, AirPods Pro, and a one-year membership in the Apple Developer Program. Apple will also randomly select from winners who opt to be eligible to allow them to attend a special event at Apple Park on June 5 to view the keynote and the State of the Union.

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Apple is accepting submissions starting today and will continue to accept them through April 19 at 11:59 p.m. Pacific Time. Entrants must be at least 13 years of age in the United States or an equivalent minimum age in other countries. Entrants must also be enrolled in an educational program of some type (more about that below).

Students must submit an interactive scene in an app playground that can be experienced within three minutes. Apple will judge the submissions on technical accomplishment, the creativity of the ideas, and the explanation of the project and other app development experiences.

Swift Student Challenge Eligibility

To be eligible for the Challenge, entrants must:

  • Be 13 years of age or older in the U.S., or the equivalent minimum age in other countries (Apple gives an example of 16 years of age for the European Union);
  • Be registered for free as an Apple developer or be a member of the Apple Developer Program;
  • Also meet one of the requirements below:
    • Be enrolled in an accredited academic institution or homeschool equivalent;
    • Be enrolled in a STEM organization;
    • Be enrolled in an Apple Developer Academy’
    • Have graduated from high school or equivalent within the past 6 months and be headed to an accredited academic institution;
  • Not be employed as a full-time developer.

Students can receive a Swift Student Challenge award or a WWDC Scholarship as many as four times.

Swift Student Challenge Submission Requirements

As mentioned above, entrants must create an interactive app playground scene that can be experienced within three minutes. Students are allowed to use provided templates to get a head start. The templates must be customized by adding audio, graphics, and other elements.

Submissions must be stored in a ZIP file, cannot rely on network connections and all resources used in the app playground must be included in the ZIP file. ZIP file size is limited to 25MB.

Group projects will not be accepted. Third-party open source licensed code and/or public domain images and sounds can be used, although credit and an explanation of why it was used must also be included.

App playgrounds must be built and run on Swift Playgrounds 4.2.1. The Apple Pencil can also be incorporated into the project. All submissions should be in English.

Apple will also conduct a random drawing among the Swift Challenge winners to select attendees for the event to be held at Apple Park on June 5. Students must opt-in to the random selection process when uploading their projects. Students must pay for their own travel and accommodations.

Apple will inform winning students about their status by the end of the business day on Tuesday, May 9. Entries can be submitted through Apple’s developer website.

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