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Apple WWDC 2023 Swift Student Challenge: 20 year-old developer from Indore Asmi Jain among winners; Who is she?

Apple announces winners of WWDC 2023 Swift Student Challenge, including 20-year old Asmi Jain who developed an app to help users strengthen their eye muscles.

Apple WWDC 2023 Swift Student Challenge winners include (from left to right) Marta Michelle Caliendo, Yemi Agesin, and Asmi Jain.Premium
Apple WWDC 2023 Swift Student Challenge winners include (from left to right) Marta Michelle Caliendo, Yemi Agesin, and Asmi Jain.

We are less than a week away from Apple’s annual developer conference that is scheduled to kick off on June 5. Days before the event, the Cupertino-based company has announced winners of Apple WWDC 2023 Swift Student Challenge. Among the top three winners is a 20-year old developer from Indore, Asmi Jain who used her coding skills to solve problems in the healthcare sector.

While at Medi-Caps University in Indore, Asmi Jain found out her friend’s uncle had to undergo brain surgery. As a result, he was left with eye misalignment and facial paralysis. It is then Jain kicked into action and created an app playground designed to help users 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."

Along with Asmi Jain, other winners are 21-year old Yemi Agesin from the US and 25-year old Marta Michelle Caliendo.

Agesin’s winning app playground is a first-person baseball game that alludes to two of his passions: sports and filmmaking. He’s currently writing a film about a baseball player that he will produce this summer. 

“Coding gives me the freedom to feel like an artist — my canvas is the code editor, and my brush is the keyboard," says Agesin. “For my next two projects, I’m designing a sports game where you compete against other players in real time in a team setting. And I’m also planning an app that will use augmented reality to help filmmakers visualize their graphics and effects while they’re shooting on iPhone."

Marta Michelle Caliendo has passion for paleontology and has won Apple WWDC Swift Student Challenge for developing a memory game app featuring anatomically correct pictures of dinosaur fossils that she drew in Procreate on iPad, made all the more impressive because she only learned Swift in September.

“I study the animals we’ve lost to help protect the ones we still have," says Caliendo. “We all have an opportunity to positively change things in the world, and I see technology and coding as the tools I can use to do that."

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Updated: 01 Jun 2023, 01:27 PM IST
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