Each year, Apple hosts one of the biggest events for software development, the Worldwide Developers Conference. This one-week convention allows software developers from around the world to connect and to learn new skills. Included in the 5000 attendees are 350 scholarship winners which Apple handpicks to attend the conference and be a part of the excitement. In order to win a scholarship, students need to code a digital experience which is then judged by Apple. A few weeks ago, I was fortunate enough to be awarded one of these rare scholarships to travel to Silicon Valley and join in for one of the most exciting weeks ever! The week before the conference I was invited as a guest on the Today Show on Channel 9 and was even dubbed the ‘Teen Tech Whiz’, and I spoke about my passion for coding.
The conference began with an orientation day where we were able to meet the Apple engineers who built the software platforms and see the daily life of a software developer. As the week progressed, we were shown some of the upcoming features at the main keynote before being invited to the code labs. This was an incredible place to learn how to improve the apps I’ve made already and how to implement new features. I currently have seven apps on the AppStore with over 45,000 downloads across 120 countries/territories.
This year I was one of seven Australian students to be selected and this was actually my second time attending the conference as I was also selected last year. Throughout the whole experience, my favourite part has been making new friends and getting to learn more about software development. The week was truly inspiring and fun and will be a great everlasting memory!