Swift Student Challenge

We continue our long-standing support of students around the world who love to code with this year’s exciting Swift Student Challenge. Showcase your passion for coding by creating an incredible Swift Playgrounds app project on the topic of your choice. Winners will receive exclusive WWDC22 outerwear, a customized pin set, and one year of membership in the Apple Developer Program.

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Build your Swift Playgrounds app project, answer a few written prompts, provide documentation, and submit.

To be eligible for the Challenge, you must:

  • Be 13 years of age or older in the United States, or the equivalent minimum age in the relevant jurisdiction (for example, 16 years of age in the European Union);
  • Be registered for free with Apple as an Apple developer or be a member of the Apple Developer Program; and
  • Fulfill one of the following requirements:
    • Be enrolled in an accredited academic institution or official homeschool equivalent;
    • Be enrolled in a STEM organization’s educational curriculum;
    • Be enrolled in an Apple Developer Academy; or
    • Have graduated from high school or equivalent within the past 6 months and be awaiting acceptance or have received acceptance to an accredited academic institution.

Please note: The Challenge is designed for developers who are cultivating their software development skills. You can receive a Swift Student Challenge award or a WWDC Scholarship up to four times.

Building your app project

Create an interactive scene in a Swift Playgrounds app project that can be experienced within three minutes. Be creative. If you need inspiration, use the provided templates for a head start on more advanced creations. Make them your own by adding graphics, audio, and more.


  • Your submission must be a Swift Playgrounds app project (.swiftpm) in a ZIP file.
  • Your creation should not rely on a network connection and any resources used in your app project should be included locally in the ZIP file. Submissions will be judged offline.
  • Your ZIP file can be up to 25 MB.
  • Your submission must be created by you as an individual or a template modified by you as an individual. Group work will not be considered. You may include third-party open source licensed code and/or public domain images and sounds, with credit and an explanation of why it was used.
  • Your Swift Playgrounds app project must be built with and run on Swift Playgrounds 4.0.2 on iPadOS 15.4 or Xcode 13.3 on macOS 12.3. If it runs on iPadOS, it must be optimized to display properly on all models of iPad Pro. You may incorporate the use of Apple Pencil.
  • All content should be in English.

You can ask questions and connect with other applicants on the Apple Developer Forums with the Swift Student Challenge tag.

Completing your submission

  1. Sign in.
    Sign in to the application form with the Apple ID associated with your developer account. If you’re under 18 years old, you’ll also be asked to enter contact information for your parent or legal guardian.

  2. Provide enrollment information.
    Upload your most recent class schedule or other most recent proof of enrollment (PDF, PNG, or JPG) and the contact information for your educational supervisor. Documentation is accepted in all languages. Your documentation must clearly show your name, the organization or school name, and the dates showing that it’s valid.

  3. Upload and describe your app project.
    Upload the ZIP file (up to 25MB) containing your Swift Playgrounds app project and related resources. Tell us about the features and technologies that you used in your creation, in 350 words or less.

  4. Provide optional information.
    If you’ve shared or considered sharing your coding knowledge and enthusiasm for computer science with others, let us know in 350 words or less.

    You’ll also have the option to tell us about any apps you have on the App Store created entirely by you as an individual, in 350 words or less. If you’re 18 years of age or older and wish to share your résumé or CV with other groups at Apple, upload a PDF.


  • Submissions open on Tuesday, April 5, 2022, at 9:00 a.m. PDT.
  • Deadline for submissions is Sunday, April 24, 2022, at 11:59 p.m. PDT.
  • Applicants can view their status by end of business day on Tuesday, May 24, 2022.


Submissions must follow all requirements in the WWDC22 Swift Student Challenge Terms and Conditions. Submissions will be judged on:

  • Technical accomplishment;
  • Creativity of ideas; and
  • Content of written responses.

For full details, see the WWDC22 Swift Student Challenge Terms and Conditions.