WWDC 2022: In the footsteps of a young French developer in the country of Apple

This week’s WWDC conference organized by Apple in a hybrid fashion welcomed more than a thousand developers at Apple Park. Among them, Sacha is a young Frenchman who came to discover the place after winning the Challenge of France. A “childhood dream” of a developer full of ideas.

Developers at the end of WWDC 22 keyword // Source: Apple

With his rainbow Apple T-shirt and Infinite Loop message, his young age and big smile, you can take him to an Apple Store employee. However, this young Frenchman, wrapped up in everything and happy to be in Apple Park, was no longer there by chance and flew from Bordeaux to pursue his American dream.

Sacha Salles is one of thousands of developers invited to WWDC 2022, Apple’s annual conference for them. At 23, this is the second time he’s been involved, the first physically. ” Last year it was online and it was really cool. This is my first time in the United States, it’s my childhood dreamBordelais excited. You’ve got the “golden ticket” somehow!“.

Golden ticket for a lifetime dream

As a young programming student, he divides his time between Paris, where he works at startup Luni App, which specializes in designing iOS applications, and Aquitaine, where he attends a master’s degree at Ynov, a private computer school where he also teaches iOS programming. “I trained on my own on Swift Playground, the iPad learning app. I started giving lessons as a volunteer and today I made my own trainingSasha explains in an amusing tone. Between his classes, he’s the one who plays the educator to help others bring apps to life in iOS or macOS.

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Sacha Salles, a young French developer in front of the Apple Store at the Apple Park Visitor Center // Source: FRANDROID – Melinda DAVAN-SOULAS

Proof of his skill when it comes to applications: Sascha has already twice won the Swift Student Challenge organized by Apple France that allows him to attend WWDC.“I saw the contest on Apple’s website and thought it might be a good idea to give it a try.A winning bet, and on his first attempt in 2021, he even won the right to place his order on Tim Cook… from a distance.

The challenge is to design a Playground app that can be tried in no more than three minutes. No restrictions or other rules imposed. You must be between 16 and 25 years old to register. But don’t think it’s that easy. “I took my head and then ended up telling myself that it’s only necessary to rely on what I like and be creative“Sasha summarizes.

Three minutes to seduce Tim Cook

I’m a musician, so I created an augmented reality app to discover brass band instruments, a brass bandsays the student.They come to life around you, you can play them, get information about each one, and there is a mixer to adjust the sound“.

The head of the Apple brand, who is also a musician, praised the accessible aspect of its app. “It was really nice to get feedback from Tim Cook,He remembers. “He told me it was a very inspiring idea, because he’s a trombone player and augmented reality made him accessible above all else. I was really touched.»

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2021 Swift Student Challenge winners including Sascha Salles (center left) // Source: Twitter / @Tim_Cook

And in the 2022 Challenge, the intern programmer decided to do this time…what he doesn’t like, but it’s still augmented reality. “I’m not a sports fan so I chose this topicLaugh.

He has created a virtual bot called Tim Coach that will help you make the right movements in thirty seconds of a workout, squat or jump, and accompany you if necessary. You then have an activity report to see your results. “For these challenges, it’s great, because we use everything available, SDKs, the latest APIs, etc.‘ says the student. And to add:Here, the good thing is to try, to try. It will bring me new ideas and creativity to go back to France. »

I won the WWDC Swift Student Challenge for the second time in a row!

This year it was a challenge for me #3DAnd the #AR and computer vision.
Thank you so much @apple
very happy ❤️
I can’t wait to meet the talented students and engineers at Apple Park!#WWDC22 #SwiftStudentChallenge pic.twitter.com/clMYdzfHNH

– Sacha Salles WWDC (@sascha_salles) May 24, 2022

Throughout the week in California, Sascha has been attending sessions with Apple engineers to learn how to master the nitty-gritty details of iOS 16, macOS Ventura, or even watchOS 9 and iPadOS 16 revealed during Monday’s keynote.

Labs also allowed him to deepen his knowledge of programming and discuss with the company’s teams. “It means a lot to me to get real-time feedback from engineers, which is rare. We really have WWDC to do that as a developer‘ the young man insists.

What he saw in 3D and augmented reality also stunned him:“I really want to try it now and go home to show it to my colleagues in order to apply it in our next projects.»

Return to France with a head full of ideas

Even if a portion of these sessions still take place online, he knows he has nothing but positivity to draw from for his professional experience. He has been able to evaluate topics such as personal data management, a topic close to his heart and one that he wants to take into account in all of his applications. Explain its importance to both developers and users.

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Inside the Apple Park Ring turned into a major area during WWDC 22 // Source: Apple

Everything I do here, I do to learn things. What matters most to me is owning new technologies, and enjoying new thingsHe sums up. He excitedly discovered moving a FaceTime call from one device to another, correcting or canceling sending in Messages, or the new features of MapKit for adding 3D maps. But he was hoping to learn more about tracking the body and its movements with an iPhone in order to improve his project.

It’s been a really rich week for Apple fans as it is. Sascha was able to visit the brand new Apple Developer Center,”magical placeWhich opened near the main Apple Park site and where “Everything is done for the benefit of the developersHe also intends to make use of his visit to Silicon Valley for his personal culture.

Apple Developer Center #WWDC22 pic.twitter.com/XV6ck6GwKM

– Pasquale (@PakiAsWell) 5 June 2022

I go to see all the companies, and I take pictures. We’re a bit of a tech touristFlirting. But he is already enjoying the fact that he is among his colleagues. “We attended the keynote in the ring, we visited. It feels like he’s working at Apple Park somehow’,” he explains with a glint in his eyes. We are waiting for it to become real, perhaps in a few years.

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