Apple has begun accepting applications for its annual Swift Student Challenge, a global competition for children hoping to become developers.
The competition requires competitors to demonstrate their coding abilities and creativity through app playgrounds. Every year, the Cupertino-based computer behemoth selects 350 winners from among the contestants. This year, Apple will select 50 excellent submissions from among the 350 winners, and those participants will be invited to the company’s headquarters in Cupertino.
Apple Swift Student Challenge 2024 Eligibility Criteria
The Swift Student Challenge landing page is now live, and interested students can start applying for the challenge. Apple’s eligibility rules require applicants to be 13 years or older in the United States and 16 years or older in the European Union. In other regions, the corresponding jurisdiction applies.
Applicants must also be enrolled in an accredited academic institution or official homeschool equivalent, enrolled in a STEM organization’s educational curriculum, enrolled in an Apple Developer Academy, or have graduated from high school or equivalent within the last 6 months and are awaiting acceptance or have already been accepted to an accredited academic institution.
Apple Swift Student Challenge 2024 Rules
Participants will be required to create an interactive scene using Swift Playgrounds or Xcode on a topic of their choice from the list supplied. The former is an app playground for individuals who are new to coding, while the latter is for those who are already adept. The constructed playground experience should not last more than three minutes.
The app playground must be written and operated on Swift Playgrounds 4.4 or later, which requires iPadOS 16 or macOS 13.5 or later, or Xcode 15 on macOS 13.5 or later.
Apple Swift Student Challenge 2024 Rewards:
Like every year, Apple will select 350 winners. These victors will be recognized by the tech giant and get a one-year membership in the Apple Developer Program, a voucher to take an App Development with Swift certification exam, and an Apple gift.
However, this year, Apple will select 50 outstanding entries as ‘Distinguished Winners’ and invite them to its Cupertino headquarters for three days in the summer.
During the trip, the selected winners will get a chance to interact with Apple experts and engineers, participate in activities, and more, the company said. The travel and lodging will be borne by the tech giant.