Apple revealed the names of the three winners of the Apple Swift Student Challenge just before WWDC23. This challenge for a healthcare app was won by a 20-year-old Indore girl out of three. Using Apple’s Swift coding language, Madhya Pradesh resident Asmi Jain developed an app to assist her friend’s uncle who underwent brain surgery. She will now be present at the WWDC23 both virtually and physically.
All the participants use coding to share their passions with the world on a wide range of subjects, including healthcare, sports, entertainment, and the environment. Asmi Jain, Yemi Agesin, and Marta Michelle Caliendo are three first-time winners of the Apple Swift Student Challenge.
Asmi Jain, a 20-year-old student at Medi-Caps University in Indore, India found out that her friend’s uncle needed brain surgery. As a result, he was left with eye misalignment and facial paralysis. Jain sprung into action, designing her winning playground to track a user’s eye movements as they try to follow a ball moving around the screen.
Though it was inspired by her friend’s uncle, Jain hopes that people with a variety of eye illnesses and injuries will be able to use the playground to help strengthen their eye muscles.
“It was important for me to create an app playground that could positively impact the lives of people like him,” says Jain. “My next goal is to get feedback and make sure it’s effective and user-friendly, and then release it on the App Store. Ultimately, I want to expand it so that it helps strengthen all of the muscles in the face, and I hope it can one day serve as a therapy tool that people like my friend’s uncle can use at their own pace.”
In addition, Jain’s aspiration to use coding to address issues in the healthcare sector springs from many years spent volunteering to help those around her. She recently set up a forum at her university with the help of a few other students so that their classmates had a support system for working through tough coding problems.
“When you feel as though you’re part of something bigger, it motivates you and drives you to do better. Coding lets me create things that help my friends and my community. And it gives me a sense of independence that is very empowering,” she further added.
Every year before its annual conference WWDC Apple challenges students worldwide to build an original software playground using the Swift coding language. This year’s World Wide Developers Conference (WWDC) 2023 will begin on June 5 and go until June 9.
The challenge winners will be among those present both physically and virtually when WWDC23 begins on June 5 to view the keynote, events, laboratories, and activities made available to the world’s Apple developers this year. According to the company this year instead of awarding 350 winners as in previous years, Apple upped the number to 375.
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