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Tech & Science WWDC 2020: Young developers meet Apple managers in Webex instead of the USA

20:45  23 june  2020
20:45  23 june  2020 Source:   t3n.de

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WWDC 2020 Scholarship © Apple WWDC 2020 Scholarship

Apple traditionally invites young developers to WWDC 350 from all over the world. Instead of going to San José, the students went to the video meeting this year, where some of them were able to present their projects to Lisa Jackson, Vice President for Environment and Social Affairs at Apple.

This year's WWDC Scholarships winners come from 41 different countries. Each of the 350 young developers had to submit a project to Apple in advance and thus apply for the scholarship. The sessions around the WWDC are however free of charge for every developer via the Apple Developer App .

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WWDC 2020: Everything is different for up-and-coming developers

Usually, the winners of a WWDC scholarship can not only look forward to a ticket for the developer conference - which is quite expensive - and the accommodation costs to be covered, but usually also meet personally to one or the other big name from Apple. A few can even speak to Tim Cook briefly.

A few Apple Scholarship winners presented their projects to Lisa Jackson, Vice President of Environment, Policy and Social Initiatives, at WWDC 2020. (Image: Apple)

All of this is not possible this year, and Apple has, among other things, established a new format for the scholarship winners, in which a selection of scholarship holders can present their project to an Apple executive via Webex. In one of these meetings, t3n was allowed to play mice and, among other things, watched the Ukrainian-born Oleksandra Talalaieva, who was born in Germany, and how she presented her project to Lisa Jackson from Apple.

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Swift Playgrounds from the areas of environment and health

In keeping with Jackson's position as Vice President of Environment, Policy and Social Initiatives, all Swift Playgrounds presented revolved around the topics "Inspiring Environmental Innovation", "Encouraging Health & Wellness" and "Home" .

Oleksandra Talalaieva is one of the 350 WWDC scholars and is studying in Germany. (Image: Apple)

With her project Happy Earth, Oleksandra has developed a game that teaches users how to properly separate garbage and explains why it is so important. Like probably all other young developers, Oleksandra is disappointed that the WWDC will not take place in the USA this year, but the developer conference is also exciting from afar: "I am grateful that Apple is still organizing everything for the scholars from afar. Of course, we also got the mandatory jackets and pins and a free Apple developer subscription for one year. ”

Scholarship winners can also take part in all labs within the WWDC. Oleksandra is particularly interested in the lab around the new homescreen widgets.

The Miogarage project by an Italian developer is also impressive. Using an app, users can open their garage door, but also allow strangers to use the garage as a parking space for a limited time. The idea: relieve congested city centers and remedy the lack of parking spaces.

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Especially in the "Health & Wellness" category, many projects revolved around Corona. Shopquik stood out from the crowd. The twelve-year-old Adria Rao from the USA has developed an app that shows users in real time the waiting time that may arise due to access restrictions in front of different shops in Palo Alto.

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