WWDC20

Congrats, Swift Student Challenge Winners!

When the Apple Worldwide Developers Conference 2020 kicked off on June 22 in a new, virtual format, 350 Swift Student Challenge winners joined in from 41 countries and regions.

We spoke to three winners about how they started coding and the apps they’ve created in their short but already prolific careers.

Lars Augustin
Age: 16
From: Germany

What inspired him: Sharing his love of coding with younger kids through an after-school program he teaches.

In addition to making coding fun for everyone, Augustin hopes the knowledge he shares will eventually help others create their own tools. “Maybe they will make something I can use one day,” he says.

His creation: Augustin built Charcoal when he couldn’t find an easy way to sketch a concept for a new app he was working on.

Charcoal is all about simplicity—including its pared-down color palettes.

“I wanted something without any distractions. You can just concentrate on what you want to make,” he says.

He’s now using Charcoal to draw new ideas for the app and applying his coding skills to help others create.

    Charcoal

    Visualize Your Ideas

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Maria Fernanda Azolin
Age: 21
From: Brazil

What inspired her: A high school coding class that changed everything.

“I’m so grateful for that one class, because it led me to study other types of development,” Azolin says. “Mobile development is what I want to do with my life.”

Her creation: DressApp helps users save time when choosing what to wear by making it easy to catalog favorite outfits.

Why ransack your wardrobe? Categorize your outfits with DressApp to find the right one for any occasion.

"I built DressApp because it was something I wanted, and a need my friends had as well,” she says. “I felt I really became a developer when I published this app.”

    DressApp: your looks

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Ritesh Kanchi
Age: 16
From: United States

What inspired him: Building his first computer with his dad in fifth grade.

“That really marks the first time I got inspired to go down this route of computer science,” says Kanchi. “Since then I’ve been really invested in it.”

His creation: STEMpump, an educational tool for kids offering tutorials and virtual camps on technical topics—all led by student facilitators.

STEMpump has classes for students grades six to 12 on coding, robotics, design, game creation, and more.

STEMpump began as an after-school program (the in-person kind) that Kanchi started before stay-at-home orders began. Within two weeks of his launching the app, 900 people signed up.

“I did not expect that,” he says. “But it’s really encouraging; I think we have an opportunity to make STEM education accessible to everyone.”

    STEMpump

    Let's learn something new

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    Swift Playgrounds

    Learn real coding the fun way

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