If you're interested in learning Swift or improving your existing knowledge, this is the coding competition for you.  We'll start the week off with a 5-hour Swift Workshop (space is limited) where we'll build an app together and then you'll have the rest of the week to create your own app in a group of up to 3 people.  Apple engineers will be on-site to conduct the training and to help with coding questions.  This is also an awesome opportunity for you to add a project to your resume and chat with an Apple recruiter.  The top team will win a MacBook Air for each member of the team then interview with Apple the next day.

On Monday, September 29th at 8pm, teams will present a demo of their app to a packed house in the McConomy Auditorium.  If you're not participating in the challenge, you should definitely come to the awards ceremony to see these awesome demos!


Registration is restricted to currently enrolled (as of September 25th, 2014) students of Carnegie Mellon University.  Students from other area 4-year universities may be allowed to participate; e-mail challenge@apple.com for details.


Submit a working .xcodeproj with all supporting files, zipped up, to ChallengePost with your submission before the deadline.  A logo or icon representing your app is also required as part of the submission.  Your app will be compiled on our computers and pre-installed on an iPad or iPod touch for the final awards ceremony.

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$8,091 in prizes

First Place

13" MacBook Air for each member of the winning team (up to 3)

Second Place

128GB iPad Air (WiFi Model) for each member of the team (up to 3)

Audience Choice

128GB iPad mini with Retina display (WiFi model) for each member of the team (up to 3)

Devpost Achievements

Submitting to this hackathon could earn you:

How to enter

Click the link to register here then watch your e-mail for updates.  The kickoff presentation will be held in the Rashid Auditorium at 7pm on Thursday, September 25th, 2014.


iOS App Challenge Judges

iOS App Challenge Judges

Judging Criteria

  • Originality of idea
  • Technically challenging implementation
  • Final demo and presentation

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