Apple has begun accepting applications for the Swift Student Challenge 2024. The annual competition challenges students to create innovative programming projects using the Swift Playgrounds app.
Last November, the Cupertino-based corporation announced plans to launch the Swift Student Challenge 2024, giving students ample time to prepare for the event. In the second half of January 2024, it became known that applications for the competition would open on February 5 of this year.
The Swift Student Challenge is an event to support student developers over the long term. Participants in the competition will create applications in the Swift programming language.
Apple will select 350 Swift Student Challenge 2024 winners and create a category that will recognize 50 honorary winners. The latter will be invited to Apple's headquarters in Cupertino, California, where they will be able to interact with other competition participants and the Apple team.
All 350 winners will receive a free one-year membership in the Apple Developer program, a voucher to take the Swift app development certification exam, and a special gift from Apple.
The corporation has been conducting the Swift Student Challenge for several years. Past winners of the competition have been invited to WWDC 2023. This year, 50 honorary winners are likely to attend WWDC 2024, which is scheduled to take place in June.
Students will have three weeks to submit their app designs to Apple. The application must be submitted by February 25. Apple will evaluate submissions based on technical excellence, creativity of ideas, and content of written responses.
Students enrolled in an accredited institution or official home-based equivalent, a STEM organization's educational program, or the Apple Developer Academy will be eligible to participate in the program.
Apple also accepts applications from developers who have graduated from high school or its equivalent in the past six months and are awaiting admission to an accredited academic institution.