Swift Student Challenge

Apple is proud to support and uplift the next generation of developers, creators, and entrepreneurs with the Swift Student Challenge. The Challenge has given thousands of student developers the opportunity to showcase their creativity and coding capabilities through app playgrounds, and earn real-world skills that they can take into their careers and beyond.

Applications are now closed. We can’t wait to see your work!

New for the 2024 Challenge, out of 350 winners, we’ll recognize 50 Distinguished Winners for their outstanding submissions and invite them to Apple in Cupertino for an extraordinary experience. All Challenge winners will receive one year of membership in the Apple Developer Program, a complimentary voucher to take an App Development with Swift certification exam, and a special gift from Apple.

Get inspired

From connecting peers to mental health resources, to identifying ways to support sustainability efforts on campus, Swift Student Challenge participants around the world are using their creativity to develop apps that solve real-world problems. We encourage you to brainstorm and develop thoughtful ideas for apps that address important issues in your community and beyond.

Nguyen “Zoey” Vu

Class of 2024, University of Waterloo, Canada

Zoey is a Mathematics student, self-taught app developer, and 2023 Swift Student Challenge winner. Find out how she’s using Swift and Apple technology to honor her Vietnamese heritage.

“Apple technology allows me to fulfill my dreams, whether it’s mentoring other students or creating apps that can improve people’s lives.”

Learn more about Zoey’s work

Gam Preenapun

Class of 2026, Chiang Mai University, Thailand

Medical student and 2021 Swift Student Challenge winner Gam Preenapun used playgrounds in Xcode on Mac to create her app project, Girl Guard, to help people combat sexual harassment.

“My goal is to find solutions that help people at scale — to support a brighter future for today, and future generations.”

Learn more about Gam’s work

Alexander Reinicke

Class of 2024, SRH University of Applied Sciences in North Rhine‑Westphalia, Germany

Coding is big business. See how Alexander develops innovative — and award-winning — business ideas using Apple developer tools on Mac.

“Winning the Swift Student Challenge in 2023 was incredibly inspiring!”

Learn more about Alexander’s work

Jia Chen Yee

Class of 2024, Ngee Ann Polytechnic, Singapore

Jia Chen is an Information Technology student, Apple Developer Academy mentor, and two-time Swift Student Challenge winner who uses Mac and Apple developer tools to power his creative ideas and build awesome apps.

“Coding and building apps with Swift is the perfect avenue to bring ideas to life.”

Learn more about Jia Chen's work

Get ready

Dream, draft, and organize ideas for your app playground, download what you’ll need to make your vision a reality, and start building!

Learn how to get ready for the Swift Student Challenge


Distinguished Winners New

Exceptional work deserves exceptional recognition. Learn more about this new opportunity to showcase your skills and inspire others with your work.

Learn more about Distinguished Winners


Eligibility

Get up to speed on the requirements to apply.

Learn more about the eligibility requirements