What you need to know
- Apple has celebrated three winners of the WWDC21 Swift Student Challenge.
- They are Damilola Awofisayo, Gianna Yan, and Abinaya Dinesh.
- Apple says that more young women applied and won in this year's challenge than ever before.
Apple has today announced three of the winners of its WWDC21 Swift Student Challenge ahead of WWDC next week.
In a press release the company stated
Apple's Worldwide Developer Relations and Enterprise and Education Marketing Susan Prescott said "Every year, we are inspired by the talent and ingenuity that we see from our Swift Student Challenge applicants", stating that Apple was incredibly proud that this year "more young women applied and won than ever before." Apple says it is "committed to doing everything we can to nurture this progress and reach true gender parity."
Three of the winners highlighted by Apple were Damilola Awofisayo, Gianna Yan, and Abinaya Dinesh:
Yan created an app for her immunocompromised grandparents called Feed Fleet, which pairs volunteers with at-risk individuals to deliver goods right to their doorstep. She is also designing an app to help students report incidents of sexual assault on school campuses, and another to assist women in detecting heart disease and breast cancer self-examinations.
Dinesh created a 'Gastro at Home' app, which will launch on the App Store later this summer to help people with gastrointestinal disorders access information and resources.
Awofisayo created a nonprofit called TecHacks:
You can read the full announcement here. Apple's WWDC21 conference kicks off next week on June 7.
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