The rules for winning a coveted scholarship to Apple’s Worldwide Developers Conference are changing this year.
Apple revealed today that it will begin accepting applications for WWDC 2017 scholarships on March 27. Getting one of the spots means you don’t have to pay the $1,599 ticket price. And for the first time ever, Apple is going to hook up student winners with a free place to stay.
Scholarship applications will be accepted until April 2 at 5 p.m. Pacific. Students that get selected will be notified by Friday, April 21.
To apply, students must be at least 13 years old and register as an Apple developer. They must be enrolled in school at least part-time to quality. Members and alumni STEM organizations can also apply.
To enter, applicants must “create a visually interactive scene in a Swift playground that can be experienced within three minutes,” Apple says. “Be creative. You can use Swift Playgrounds on iPad or Xcode on macOS. If you need inspiration, start with templates in Swift Playgrounds for a head start on more advanced creations. Get inventive and make them your own by adding graphics, audio, and more.”
More information on the WWDC Scholarships can be found on Apple’s website. Apple says it will judge entries on “technical accomplishment, creativity of ideas and
content of written responses.”
WWDC 2017 is set to kick off June 5 and run through June 9 at the McEnery Convention Center in San Jose, California.