Apple World Wide Developer Conference (WWDC) 2017 scholarship
Attending Apple’s annual Worldwide Developers Conference is quite expensive when you factor in the $1599 ticket on top of travel and hotel expenses. Apple’s WWDC Scholarships program makes it possible for students and new developers to apply for a chance to attend the conference with most expenses covered. This year WWDC is moving from San Francisco to San Jose, and the WWDC Scholarships program has a new application process as well.
Apple detailed the new rules and this year’s deadlines on its developer website today. Submissions will run Monday, March 27 at 10 am PDT to Sunday, April 2 at 5 pm PDT. Winners will be notified on Friday, April 21 ahead of the conference kickoff on Monday, June 5.
WWDC Scholarship eligibility
- 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.
What has changed this year is the application process . Apple has modified the application process over the years, but this year is very different with a focus on Swift Playgrounds.
How to Apply:
1. 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.
2. 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.
3. 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.
4. Describe your Swift playground. Tell us about the features and technologies that you used in your Swift playground, in 500 words or less.
5. Provide optional information.
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
From steps 3 and 4 from the new process:
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.
Apple also requires a 500 word or less essay that includes “how you’ve considered sharing your coding knowledge and enthusiasm for computer science with others.”
Back in 2014 and 2015, Apple asked applicants to create iOS apps about themselves as part of the process. Last year Apple modified the process and allowed applicants to submit any App Store app they developed or were developing in addition to multiple essays.
This year removes the app submission requirement which should encourage a wider group of applicants and instead focuses on Apple’s Swift Playgrounds app. Apple has similarly promoted Swift Playgrounds in Apple Stores during the recent Hour of Code event for students after introducing the iPad app at WWDC 2016.
Full details including Swift Playground requirements can be found on Apple’s developer website.