After previously announcing the shift to an online format, Apple has announced the start date for its Worldwide Developers Conference for 2020.
“WWDC20 will be our biggest yet, bringing together our global developer community of more than 23 million in an unprecedented way for a week in June to learn about the future of Apple platforms,” said Phil Schiller, Apple’s senior vice president of Worldwide Marketing. “We can’t wait to meet online in June with the global developer community and share with them all of the new tools we’ve been working on to help them create even more incredible apps and services. We look forward to sharing more details about WWDC20 with everyone as we get closer to this exciting event.”
The developer conference will be free to all developers and hosted in the Apple Developer app and on the Apple Developer website.
In addition, Apple is asking students to submit to their Swift Student Challenge. The company says this will let student developers show off their “love of coding” by creating something in Swift Playgrounds.
“Students are an integral part of the Apple developer community, and last year WWDC saw attendance from more than 350 student developers spanning 37 different countries,” said Craig Federighi, Apple’s senior vice president of Software Engineering. “As we look forward to WWDC20, although our gathering will be virtual this year, we want to recognize and celebrate the creative contributions of our young developers from around the world. We can’t wait to see this next generation of innovative thinkers turn their ideas into a reality through the Swift Student Challenge.”
The Swift Playgrounds app is available for iPad and Mac and makes it easy to learn Apple’s Swift programming language. From now until May 17th at 11:59pm PDT, students from around the world can submit an interactive scene in a Swift playground that is under three minutes.
Winners of the Swift Student Challenge will get an exclusive WWDC20 jacket and pin set. More information can be found here.
WWDC20 starts on June 22nd.