A Week in the Life of WWDC 2018 Scholarship Winners

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  1. MacRumors macrumors bot


    Apr 12, 2001

    Last week, Apple hosted its annual Worldwide Developers Conference in San Jose, where over 5,000 developers descended upon the McEnery Convention Center for five days of coding labs and sessions, one-on-one consultations with Apple engineers, get-togethers, and even some early morning exercise.

    Apple CEO Tim Cook with WWDC 2018 scholarship winners

    Among those developers were some 350 scholarship winners, who each received a complimentary WWDC ticket, lodging for the week, and a one-year membership in the Apple Developer Program.

    Each year, students aged 13 or older at accredited schools and STEM organizations can apply to become a WWDC scholar. This year, Apple tasked applicants with creating a short interactive scene in a Swift playground, and winners were selected based on the technical skills shown, creativity, and accompanying written responses.

    An example of a winning submission from Giovanni Filaferro, a four-time WWDC scholarship winner from Italy.

    This year's scholars come from all corners of the world, such as Australia, Bulgaria, China, Germany, Greece, India, Italy, Malaysia, Poland, Spain, Sweden, Brazil, and Canada. Many of the 2018 winners are listed on the WWDCScholars website, run by WWDC scholars Sam Eckert, Andrew Walker, Matthijs Logemann, Michie Riffic, Oliver Binns, Moritz Sternemann, and Amol Kumar.

    Apple was kind enough to provide me with a media pass to attend WWDC this year, and during my week in San Jose, I crossed paths with a few of these scholars. After learning about how much fun they were having, I was inspired to connect with more scholars to have them share their day-to-day experiences.

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  2. centauratlas macrumors 6502a


    Jan 29, 2003
    Education, particularly, in STEM type fields is something that is critical for kids. This is a good Apple program that helps everyone over time.
  3. simon-says macrumors regular

    May 24, 2005
    Good on Apple for stepping up their game for the scholarship winners. I won scholarships in 2007 and 2008. We also had to be paying members of ADC at the time as well. In 2007 I believe we got a student rate on a hotel, in 2008 we got nothing. Luckily both years my professors I was doing research under covered that expense. We had a student presentation and the speaker was an indie developer, may have skipped it the second year if they had one.

    In 2007 we weren’t even allowed to go into the main room for the keynote, straight to overfill.

    We sure didn’t get a trip to Apple’s headquarters. Still had a great time and would do it all over again.
  4. scottrngr macrumors member

    Dec 1, 2015
    I'm guessing they learned how to make emoji's.
  5. s15119 macrumors 68000


    Nov 20, 2010
    What a wonderful program. Apple is a positive community member who makes amazing products and works for good!
  6. Thanks pal macrumors member

    Nov 18, 2014
    “Get your HAND off of me.”
    - Tim Cook
  7. pika2000 macrumors 601

    Jun 22, 2007
    Good, let’s demean even younger generation going into STEM. Good job.
  8. techgeek1129 macrumors newbie


    May 8, 2015
    Orange County, CA
    There's a little bit more to it than that ;)
  9. ThunderSkunk, Jun 13, 2018
    Last edited: Jun 14, 2018

    ThunderSkunk macrumors 68030


    Dec 31, 2007
    Milwaukee Area
    It's interesting hearing how people in the software world live. Almost everyone I know never had a day of programming in their entire school experience, went to college shoved into pointless majors, racked up a careers worth of debt, and ended up working in plastics companies and rock quarries and drinking themselves through divorces and into poverty. Scholarships, working for professors who pay for your travel & special treatment by big cushy companies that actually give a damn about you... I'm glad life is working out for someone but you guys might as well be part of some other species living on another planet.
  10. pat500000 macrumors G3


    Jun 3, 2015
  11. alwaysbeincontact macrumors regular


    Apr 9, 2014
  12. litmag01 macrumors regular


    Jul 16, 2009
    I'd love to see the wide angle of that shot. I could very well be wrong, but from that one shot it looks like the group is hedging towards a monochromatic sausage-fest.
  13. scottrngr macrumors member

    Dec 1, 2015
    It wasn't a slam on the kids, but rather where Apple's priorities seem to be.
  14. chrono1081 macrumors 604


    Jan 26, 2008
    Isla Nublar
    Emoji is a unicode standard, not Apple, Apple simply has to adopt them because if they didn't you'd see squares anytime someone on another platform sent you one, or you'd see hard to track down crashes in various apps.

    Animoji is hardly a toy. Too many people focus on the Animoji on the screen, forgetting about the very advanced tech underneath that makes it possible. That tech underneath is what is of interest to developers.
  15. mcfrazieriv macrumors 6502a


    Jan 30, 2012
    Irvine, CA
    All that yellow teeth and BO. I'm surprised Cook could crack a smile.
  16. RogueWarrior65 macrumors regular

    Jun 30, 2003
    Redondo Beach, CA
    Should people really be allowed to win more than once?
  17. ThunderSkunk macrumors 68030


    Dec 31, 2007
    Milwaukee Area
    Well bashing anyone isn't useful, but on the subject of STEM, as much as I've been a big financial supporter of STEM field promotion, as time goes by, the more I'm seeing the results firsthand of people brought up in STEM programs, and I'm more & more certain that STEM needs to include a couple more letters. The value of the Pre-War, well-rounded, classical Greek university education is becoming rather apparent in its absence.

    I'm not exaggerating when I say that most of our engineering dept arrived completely unaware that successful products and even buildings are designed by people with Art degrees, and the lawyers, engineers, and construction workers are support staff. The increasingly common phrase "Looks like it was designed by an engineer." is not a compliment. We need designers and architects that understand basic engineering principles, which they do now, but we equally need STEM grads that have some familiarity & understanding of the value of the arts in their work. Otherwise we're just rebranding german/soviet Brutalism all over again.
  18. kaneda macrumors 6502

    Oct 27, 2001
    Mostly white people in the photo. :)
  19. Angelou92 macrumors newbie

    Jun 14, 2018
    The women are far too attractive to be programmers
  20. Zenithal macrumors 603

    Sep 10, 2009
    I spot a few Hispanic people and one Asian guy. The rest are white, mostly male, and very pale.

    The long necked one that resembles Matt Smith (Dr. Who) stands out.
  21. yakapo macrumors regular

    Jul 11, 2008
    Apple is racist! There’s no black people selected.
    Apple is sexist! There’s few women selected.

    SJW you know what to do.

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