Oscar Gorog, Year 9, a coding and software development enthusiast, recently entered Apple’s Swift Student Challenge, open to international students with an interest in STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics) to create an app. Applicants had to be older than 13 years, be an Apple developer or a member of the Apple Developer Program and were given less than two weeks to submit their work. Entries needed to be creative and interactive, using Apple’s Swift Playgrounds.
As the COVID crisis has affected people worldwide, Oscar decided to focus his efforts on an app that identifies how long the COVID virus can survive on different materials and surfaces. With his app, the user can direct their phone/iPad on a particular material and be given information on how long the virus is likely to survive on that surface.
This prestigious competition attracts thousands of entries globally and Oscar certainly did not expect to be hearing back from the organisers. But he did! He was one of 350 entries who received an Apple Scholarship. If it weren’t for the COVID pandemic, these winners would also be invited to Apple’s annual Worldwide Developers Conference in San Francisco.
Mazal Tov Oscar! An awe-inspiring achievement and a great message to others that one cannot dream too big.