WWDC scholarships: There's an app for that

Students who want to attend Apple's upcoming Worldwide Developers Conference but can't afford the steep ticket price can put their development skills to the test for free admission.

Prodigies, take note: if you're dying to attend Apple's upcoming Worldwide Developers Conference (WWDC) at Moscone West in San Francisco, June 10-14, but can't afford the steep $1,599 ticket price (perhaps because you liquidated your piggy bank to purchase that shiny, new MacBook Pro with Retina display), we've got some good news for you.

Yesterday, the tech giant announced that it would be awarding 150 scholarships (aka free admission to the highly-anticipated developers conference) to full- or part-time students who are 13 or over and current members of the iOS or Mac developer programs. Apple will be seeking students who can use their coding superpowers to develop stellar apps that demonstrate why they deserve to attend WWDC2013. The apps should also speak to the developers' previous development projects, educational and professional achievements, tech skills, and interests.

To qualify, applicants' completed native iOS or Mac apps must be no larger than 50MB, created using Objective-C, written in the English language, and code-signed with the developers' certificates. As with most scholarships, applicants will also need to answer a few essay questions, mostly about their development backgrounds and software interests.

Students can start building their own winning apps using Xcode, a free (for registered Mac and iOS developers) integrated development environment from Apple that includes all the necessary documentation for Mac and iOS app creation as well as its own Interface Builder.

WWDC scholarship applications will be accepted from April 29 (starting at 9am PT) until May 2. More information, including the full rules of the competition, can be found on the official Apple WWDC2013 scholarships page.

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Joshua Rotter is a copy editor for Download.com and covers iOS.