The long wait is over, but earlier than expected.
The much-awaited Apple’s 2021 Worldwide Developers Conference (WWDC) is set to begin next week, June 7 up to June 11. Tech maniacs and developers are now excited to see what the Cupertino-based company is yet to offer for this year. But, for these three special young ladies, the event is more exciting.
Gianna Yan, Abinaya Dinesh, and Damilola Awofisayo, were the recent winners of the WWDC Swift Student Challenge. All of them have not yet graduated from high school yet Apple has already noticed the potential among the three winners. This year’s group was collected from 35 countries that applied.
These three were selected over what seemed to be thousands of youth applicants around the world. They were tested by each of them demonstrating their abilities in computer coding and problem-solving skills. Susan Prescott, Apple’s vice president of Worldwide Developer Relations and Enterprise and Education Marketing, congratulated the winners after announcing their names.
“Every year, we are inspired by the talent and ingenuity that we see from our Swift Student Challenge applicants,” she said. “This year, we are incredibly proud that more young women applied and won than ever before, and we are committed to doing everything we can to nurture this progress and reach true gender parity.”
Let’s further introduce the winners, one by one.
First winner mentioned was 16-year-old Gianna Yan from Oakland, California. She is currently studying at Piedmont High School, in where she practices her skills in technology. As per Apple Newsroom, Yan recently created an app called Feed Fleet, a software that helps amid pandemic to “pair volunteers with at-risk individuals to deliver essential goods right to their doorstep.”
Aside from that, she had also mastered creating websites and web apps that contribute to her city in Oakland.
“If we foster the next generation with an emphasis on diversity, we’ll continue the acceleration of innovation within tech,” said Yan. “I think it’s really important that people from diverse backgrounds are able to have their voices heard so that we can best identify the problems that most affect our world.”
A year younger than Yan, Abinaya Dinesh also won the Apple contest. She is currently living in North Brunswick, New Jersey, wherein she also developed her app called Gastro at Home. This software finds health-conscious eaters, or mainly people with gastrointestinal disorders a way to access information and resources, especially because those types of conditions can sometimes be sensitive to talk about.
She said that it is important for youth today to push their boundaries to the limit, in order to attain their huge potential in the world.
17-year-old Damilola Awofisayo is the last winner of the WWDC Swift Student challenge. Born in Woodbridge, Virginia, Awofisayo co-created TecHacks, a “nonprofit that describes its mission as “creating a supportive environment for girls everywhere to create, problem-solve, and showcase their talents alongside like-minded females to compete and work with.”
After high school, Awofisayo looks forward for courses like political science or computer science to become her majors in college.
All of them will receive a year’s membership to the Apple Developer Program and other WWDC outerwear and a customized pin set.