WWDC23 Swift Student Challenge Terms and Conditions

You must agree to these WWDC23 Swift Student Challenge Terms and Conditions (the “Terms”) in order to submit your information to the WWDC23 Swift Student Challenge (the “Challenge”). If you do not agree with these Terms, do not submit. By submitting your information, you agree to be bound by all the Terms.

Challenge submissions are due by Wednesday, April 19, 2023, at 11:59 p.m. PDT. Apple Inc. (“Apple”) is not responsible for lost or late submissions, or for electronic transmission errors, regardless of cause. Applicants can view their status by end of business day on Tuesday, May 9, 2023, by signing in to developer.apple.com/wwdc23/swift-student-challenge/apply with the Apple ID used for submission.

Application Eligibility Requirements
To be eligible to submit your information to 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;
  • 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;
  • And not be employed full time as a developer.

You can receive a Swift Student Challenge award or a WWDC Scholarship up to four times.

A STEM organization is any organization with a membership program that teaches science, technology, engineering, or math outside of a regular school curriculum and is legally recognized as a nonprofit organization.

Void where prohibited by law. Eligibility is subject to verification by Apple, and you agree to cooperate with Apple to provide information about your educational and membership status, as applicable. Employees, interns, affiliates, subsidiaries, and advertising and promotional agencies of Apple Inc. are ineligible for the Challenge, as well as immediate family members and/or those living in the same household of such parties.

Legal guardians of developers under 13 years of age in the United States or the equivalent minimum age in the relevant jurisdiction (for example, under 16 years of age in the European Union) may request permission for their child to apply by sending an email to swiftstudentchallenge@apple.com. Permission may be granted at Apple's discretion.

Submission Requirements

  • You must complete all required fields on the submission form and upload all required files and documentation before submitting.
  • You must provide a PDF, PNG, or JPEG of your current class schedule or other current proof of enrollment and the contact information for your dean or principal.
  • Class schedules or other current proof of enrollment is accepted in all languages and must clearly show:
    • Your name;
    • The organization or school name; and
    • The dates showing it's currently valid.
  • Your submission must be an app playground (.swiftpm) in a ZIP file.
  • Your creation should not rely on a network connection and any resources used in your app playground should be included locally in the ZIP file. Submissions will be judged offline.
  • Your ZIP file can be up to 25 MB.
  • Your app playground must be fully functioning, and be built with and run on Swift Playgrounds 4.2.1 on iPadOS 16 or macOS 13 or Xcode 14 on macOS 13. You may incorporate the use of Apple Pencil.
  • All content should be in English.
  • You must provide an essay answer written by you for all required questions on the submission form.
  • Your app playground must either be created by you as an individual or be based on a Swift Playgrounds template modified by you as an individual. Group work will not be considered.
  • You acknowledge and agree that you are solely responsible for the content of your submission. If your submission includes any open source software, music, photos, artwork, or any other content that you do not have ownership rights in, you agree to (a) comply with all applicable licensing terms and copyright obligations and (b) provide an explanation of why it was used.
  • You must comply with the terms of the software you use when creating your app playground (either the Swift Playgrounds Software License Agreement or the Xcode Software License Agreement).
  • You hereby grant to Apple, its affiliates, and agents, a nonexclusive, worldwide, fully paid-up, royalty-free license to reproduce, host, process, display, transmit, modify, create derivative works of, and otherwise use your submission solely in order for Apple to evaluate your submission for the Challenge.

You may only provide one submission per person for the Challenge. Submissions are only accepted through the form available at developer.apple.com/wwdc23/swift-student-challenge/apply and will not be accepted through any other channel or after the submission deadline.

Information Submitted to Apple Not Deemed Confidential
Apple works with many software developers and some of their products may be similar to or compete with the app playground you submit. Apple may also be developing its own similar or competing apps, playgrounds, products, or services or may decide to do so in the future. To avoid potential misunderstandings, Apple cannot agree, and expressly disclaims, any confidentiality obligations or use restrictions, express or implied, with respect to your submission or any information that you provide in connection with your submission (“Applicant Disclosures”). You agree that all such Applicant Disclosures will be non-confidential. Submitting an app playground as part of this submission does not grant Apple any ownership interest in your submission, and you retain your rights in your submission.

All decisions made by the judges are final and scoring is confidential. Submissions will be judged on:

  • Technical accomplishment in the submitted app playground;
  • Creativity of ideas in the submitted app playground; and
  • Content of written responses to the questions in the submission form.

Reasons for Disqualification
Your submission may not be considered for the Challenge if it does not satisfy all eligibility and submission requirements or if it meets any of the conditions listed below:

  • Your app playground does not function during the judging process;
  • Your submitted app playground was not built by you or was built by more than one person. Group work will not be considered. Plagiarized work will not be considered and may disqualify you from future challenge or scholarship opportunities;
  • Your app playground requires sign in;
  • You track and/or insert analytics code in your app playground meant to identify or track any usage of the judges; or
  • You submit the same app playground that you submitted previously, with minimal or no changes.

In addition, Apple reserves the right to disqualify your current and/or future submission, or withhold or revoke your award at any time if:

  • You submit your information to the Challenge more than once. Each person is only allowed one submission;
  • Any part of your submission is untrue, plagiarized, or fabricated;
  • You engage in misappropriation of intellectual property, open source software, music, photos, artwork, or any other content;
  • You engage in or previously engaged in harassment or other harmful behavior directed at Apple, Apple employees, other applicants, or WWDC attendees;
  • You, directly or indirectly, commit any act intended to interfere with the Challenge, including but not limited to falsely discrediting other applicants to increase your chance of receiving an award or by contacting Apple employees to request more favorable treatment of your submission; or
  • You (or your submission) fail to comply with these Terms.

Each student selected for a Challenge award will receive exclusive WWDC23 outerwear, AirPods Pro, and a customized pin set, subject to these Terms. In addition, one year of individual membership in the Apple Developer Program will be assigned free of charge to eligible accounts of recipients who have reached the age of majority in their region. This membership will start on June 5, 2023, for eligible accounts that do not already have an individual membership in the Apple Developer Program. For eligible accounts that already have an individual membership in the Apple Developer Program, the membership will be renewed free of charge for one year once the current membership expires. Recipients who have not yet reached the age of majority in their region can contact Apple once they reach the age of majority and request to have their membership enabled.

Up to three hundred and fifty (350) Swift Student Challenge awards will be given at Apple’s sole discretion. Only one award will be given per recipient. There will be no substitution of awards and no cash awarded in lieu of the WWDC23 outerwear, AirPods Pro, pin set, or Apple Developer Program membership. Apple is not responsible for lost or damaged awards. All applicable taxes or fees are the sole responsibility of the recipient.

Special Event at Apple Park
Challenge award recipients who selected “Yes” in the “Special Event at Apple Park” section of the application will be included in a random selection process to attend the special event at Apple Park on June 5, 2023. This random selection process will include only award recipients from 2023 and is conducted separately from the general random selection process to attend the special event. Not all award recipients will be selected to attend, and travel and accommodations are not included. There will be no cash awarded in lieu of attendance. Attendance at the special event is subject to additional attendance policies and completion of a WWDC23 Special Event Parent Permission Statement.

Photo and Video Consent
Photographs and video taken as part of the Challenge (e.g., interview of an award recipient) or as part of WWDC23 by Apple, or others on behalf of Apple, may include your voice, image, or likeness. By submitting your information to the Challenge, you agree that Apple may use such photographs, and video, including those that may contain your voice, image, or likeness, for Apple Worldwide Developer marketing and App Store purposes in connection with the Challenge on a worldwide basis in perpetuity, without any compensation to you, and you release Apple from all liability related thereto.

General Terms
All federal, state, and local laws and regulations apply. By submitting your information to the Challenge, you agree to hold Apple and its directors, officers, employees, and assignees, harmless against any and all claims and liability arising out of your submission to the Challenge and/or acceptance of the Challenge award. You assume all liability for any injury or damage caused, or claimed to be caused, by participation in the Challenge or use/redemption of the award. You agree to be bound by these Terms and the decisions of the judges, which are final in all respects. You agree that Apple shall not be responsible for any typographical or other errors in the administration of the Challenge.