As part of WWDC 2021, Apple has opened the Swift Student Challenge, where students can win prizes by creating a unique experience of Swift Playgrounds. The annual challenge is held at the same time as the main event of WWDC to encourage young developers to use the Swift Playgrounds application to display their creativity in Swift. In 2021, the challenge will return with the same task, requiring students to create a scene in Swift Playgrounds.
The submitted project needs to provide an interactive scene that can be experienced within three minutes. Apple recommends using Swift Playgrounds or templates in Xcode as a guide and then lets participants add their own graphics, audio, and other elements.
According to the rules, the project needs to be created by an individual rather than a group, but it can include third-party open-source authorized code and pictures and sounds in the public domain, and appropriately indicate the source. The content must be in English, and the ZIP file capacity of the final work must be controlled within 25MB. The deadline for submissions is 11:59 PM Pacific Time on April 18th. Participants will be able to check the status of their entries on June 1.
To be eligible, participants must be 13 years of age or older, or reach the equivalent minimum age in their respective jurisdictions, and be registered as a free Apple developer or part of a paid developer program. They must also be enrolled in academic institutions or institutions equivalent to home education, educational courses organized by STEM, Apple Developer Academy, or have graduated from high school and are waiting for admission to recognized academic institutions.
Winners in the challenge will receive “WWDC21 exclusive outerwear”, as well as a set of customized brooches and one-year Apple Developer Program membership. In 2020, Apple selected 350 winners, each of whom received an emoji plaid jacket as part of the reward package.