Technology alone is not enough. Technology must intersect with the liberal arts and the humanities, to create new ideas and experiences that push society forward. This summer WWDC brings together thousands of brilliant minds representing many diverse perspectives, passions, and talents to help us change the world.
WWDC Scholarships reward talented students and STEM organization members with the opportunity to attend this year’s conference. Developers selected for a scholarship will receive a WWDC ticket and lodging free of charge.
To win a WWDC scholarship, students and STEM members were tasked with sharing a three-minute visually interactive scene created in Swift Playgrounds. Entries were judged on technical accomplishment, creativity of ideas, and content of written responses. Scholarship winners must accept the scholarship award by deadline.
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Apple sends out emails to students and STEM organization members who have won a scholarship to attend the Worldwide Developers Conference. The scholarship winners receive free tickets to WWDC, a huge benefit as a ticket is normally priced at $1,599.
Apple is also providing scholarship winners with free lodging this year, housing them at the university dorms, located near the venue.
Apple has also already selected WWDC ticket lottery winners and charged chosen developers the attendance fee.
Developers and students who were not selected to attend WWDC are able to watch both the keynote event and sessions with engineers through the Apple Developer website and the WWDC app for iPhone, iPad, and Apple TV.
To be eligible to apply for a WWDC Scholarship, you must be:
- 13 years of age or older;
- Registered for free with Apple as an Apple developer or a member of a paid Apple Developer Program; and
- Enrolled part-time or full-time in a course of study, or be a member or alumni of a STEM organization.
- Tell us about yourself.
Sign in with the Apple ID associated with your developer account. If you’re 13 – 17 years old and share your Apple ID with your parent or legal guardian, you will be asked to enter your name. You will also be asked for a phone number where we can reach you.
- Provide school / membership information.
If you’re a student, you will need to provide a PDF, PNG, or JPG of your current class schedule or other current proof of enrollment and your dean or principal’s contact information. If you’re a member or alumni of a STEM organization, you will need to provide a PDF, PNG, or JPG of your membership information and your local leader’s contact information.
- Upload your Swift playground.
Create a visually interactive scene in a Swift playground that can be experienced within three minutes. Be creative. You can use Swift Playgrounds on iPad or Xcode on macOS. If you need inspiration, start with templates in Swift Playgrounds for a head start on more advanced creations. Get inventive and make them your own by adding graphics, audio, and more.
- Describe your Swift playground.
Tell us about the features and technologies that you used in your Swift playground, in 500 words or less.
- Provide optional information.
- Beyond WWDC
Let us know how you’ve considered sharing your coding knowledge and enthusiasm for computer science with others, in 500 words or less.
If you have extenuating circumstances that would require financial assistance for travel to attend the conference, let us know in 500 words or less. You will also need to provide a letter of reference (PDF, PNG, or JPG) from a teacher, supervisor, or other person of authority in your community confirming your need for travel assistance. Make sure that it includes their role and contact information.
- Your Résumé / CV
If you’re 18 years of age or older and currently pursuing a BS, MS, or PhD in computer science, software engineering, computer engineering, or a similar field and wish to share your résumé or CV with other groups at Apple, upload a PDF. This information will not influence the judging process.
Swift Playground Requirements
- The Swift playground you submit should be created entirely by you as an individual. Group work will not be considered.
- Your Swift playground should be built using Swift Playgrounds on iPad or Xcode on macOS.
- Your Swift playground should function properly and run on the latest releases of Swift Playgrounds and iOS or Xcode and macOS.
- All content should be in English.
- Your .zip file size should not be more than 25 MB.
- Any resources in your project should be included locally in the .zip file that you provide, as your Swift playground will be judged offline.
Submissions must follow all requirements in the WWDC Scholarship Terms. Applications will be judged on:
- Technical accomplishment;
- Creativity of ideas; and
- Content of written responses.
For full details, see the WWDC Scholarship Terms here https://developer.apple.com/wwdc/scholarships/terms/WWDC-2017-Scholarship-Terms.pdf
Ask questions and connect with other scholarship applicants on the WWDC Scholarship forum here https://forums.developer.apple.com/community/other/wwdc17-scholarships/.
About the scholarship
Each year, over 5,000 iOS developers from around the world gather to learn more about the new releases in iOS, OS X, watchOS, and tvOS. Tickets to WWDC are highly coveted and cost $1599 each, but this is no guarantee you’ll actually get one.
Developers interested in registering for the conference are put into a random lottery system. In addition to its lottery system, Apple also offers up to 350 scholarships to students and members of STEM organizations interested in attending the conference.
To enter the contest, students must submit one (or two) apps and answer a series of essay questions. Apple then judges the applicants based on “technical accomplishment in the submitted app, creativity of ideas in the submitted app, and quality of written responses to the questions in the application form.”
While Apple does not disclose how many applicants entered, this year the competition was harder than ever. Those accepted into the program receive a WWDC ticket free of charge.
In previous years, Apple outlined clear, concise guidelines regarding how submitted apps should be formatted, etc. However, this year Apple switched up the program’s rules, allowing applicants to enter one or two apps they have worked on.