Apple today announced that it plans to host the next Swift Student Challenge in February 2024. This is the first time the company has given students advance notice to give them time to prepare. The Swift Student Challenge challenges students to create an innovative programming project using the Swift Playgrounds app.
This year's Swift Student Challenge will have 350 winners and will create a category that will recognize a total of 50 outstanding winners for their outstanding work. All honorary winners will be invited to Apple's headquarters in Cupertino, California, where they will have the opportunity to network with their colleagues and the Apple team, and all winners will receive a free one-year membership in the Apple Developer Program.
“At Apple, we believe that anyone can learn to code and build apps, and we're proud to support and recognize aspiring student developers every year through the Swift Student Challenge,” said Susan Prescott, Apple's Vice President of Global Affairs. with developers, as well as on education and corporate marketing. “We know that students are eager to learn coding skills to solve problems they care about—whether it's creating an app to help peers identify mental health resources or supporting sustainability efforts on campus—and want to know where to start. Apple releasing new coding resources for students and educators, working with our community partners on Swift-specific programming, and providing advance notice of the 2024 Swift Student Challenge timing. We can't wait to see the playgrounds for the apps students submit next year.”
Apple has been running an annual Swift Student Challenge for several years now, but it's usually announced when WWDC dates are announced. , and past winners are invited to the Worldwide Developers Conference. Apple says this year's 50 honorary winners will be invited to Cupertino “next summer.”
Starting in February 2024, students will have three weeks to submit their app playgrounds to Apple. Apple judges entries on technical excellence, creativity of ideas, and the content of written responses explaining the project. Students can register on the Apple Developer website to be notified when applications open.
Along with the Swift Student Challenge, Apple is launching new “Everyone Can Code” projects that students can use to learn how to create apps and improve their. their application development skills. The new projects challenge students to design a simple app, build it using stacks and shapes, create their own shapes, and design an app icon.
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