Canadian Representation Video Game Strong: WWDC20’s Swift Student Challenge Winners

Ever since the start of the COVID-19 pandemic, businesses, events and festivals have all taken a hit. It has led to the rise of different types of events taking the online route by having them hosted on virtual platforms–and the annual Apple Worldwide Developers Conference (WWDC) is set to do the same this year.

The event will be taking place from June 22nd to 26th and includes over 100 engineering sessions and the Apple Design Awards. A significant part of the WWDC20 was the Swift Student Challenge, which was an opportunity for student developers to showcase their coding passion and skills. Each participant was asked to create their own Swift playground and there were submissions from 41 different countries!

Even more exciting is the fact that 11 of the 350 global winners are Canadian high school and university students. With winning submissions from Toronto, Vancouver, Montreal and Waterloo, it is truly a moment of Canadian pride.

Below featured are the WWDC20 Swift Student Challenge Winners from Canada:

Pranav Karthik, 14, Vancouver

This talented coder caught the attention Apple CEO Tim Cook at last year’s WWDC. Cook praised Pranav’s efforts on Twitter for teaching others how to code using Swift programming language through videos. In May 2020, he launched a non-profit in India called Manavata’s iOS app. It was created to help the less fortunate create daily schedules, meals and exercise through Yoga.

Duraid Abdul, 20, Vancouver (Surrey)

Duraid is a mechanical engineering and computer science student at University of Alberta. He is currently working on building a calendar app that will be user-friendly based on fluid gestures on iPhone or iPad.

Tate Liang, 18, Vancouver (Coquitlam)

Tate will be graduating from Port Moody Secondary School this month and is currently working on two games which he hopes to release this summer.

Amol Kumar, 23, Montreal

Amol is currently attending Concordia University’s Computer Science Master’s Program. He is a two-time WWDC student scholarship winner and is working part-time at Montreal’s Design+Code studio.

Yashvardhan Mulki, 17, Toronto (Oakville)

Yashavardhan will be graduating from Abbey Park High School in Oakville. He is one of the 100 students across Canada who is a recipient of the Schulich Leader Scholarship.During his high school years, he has provided iOS app solutions for retailers like Saks, Hudson’s Bay, and Kate Spade. He currently has four apps on the App store.

Taylor Whatley, 17, Toronto (Oakville)

Taylor will be finishing grade 11 at Abbey Park High School this year. He spends his free time learning coding through websites, forums and books.

Victor Gao, 18, Toronto

Victor has been coding since he was 11 and has attended 3 WWDCs as a student scholarship winner. He currently has four apps on the App store.

Arjun Dureja 19, Toronto (Mississauga) 

Arjun is currently a second year computer engineering student at Ryerson.  He spends his summers gaining work experience iOS developer intern at Prepr and currently has 2 apps on the App store.

Alex Bandu, 15, Toronto (East York)

Alex will be finishing his freshman year at East York Collegiate. He discovered a love for coding in grade 4 when he had an interest to figure out the workings of the Minecraft game.

Yongqi Xu, 19, Toronto and Vancouver

Yongqi is a student at Simon Fraser University. His primary fascination is with augmented reality and hopes to develop an app with similar state-of-the-art features.

Zach Radford, 20, Waterloo

Zach is a third year student at University of Waterloo and his current co-op is at TextNow, where he is working on building their messaging platform. He also plans to launch a music app this summer, after WWDC20.
Congrats to all!

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