SAN JOSE, Calif. – Brazil claimed responsibility on Wednesday as the world leader of Apple software developers when the country won the most categories in the WWDC19 scholarship program above the United States.
Eighty-five of the three hundred and fifty award winners were Brazilian, practically one in four, which means Portuguese was heard in almost every corner of the developer conference that Apple celebrated in San Jose, California.
“I love creating video games, and I always try to integrate an educational component so that those who play, as well as having fun, learn,” said Hugo Lispector, one of the Brazilian teenagers selected by Apple.
Lispector, who participated in a round table with several of his countrymen also present at WWDC19, was the writer of two mobile games, “Swift as the Wind,” in which the player must estimate the force of the wind to direct a small boat, and “Aster,” which is set in space and teaches concepts such as gravity.
“I’ve done it all: the design, the code and even the soundtrack,” he added.
Beside him sat, among others, Izabella Melo, the only woman present at the table and who said she is worried about the low presence of women in the sector.
She has founded along with other programmers Cintia, an organization dedicated to promoting the interest of women and girls in computing.
Part of the reason that behind the success of young Brazilian developers in this year’s WWDC was the expansion of the so-called developer academies in the Latin American country, a partnership between Apple and ten universities to teach programming in higher education.
These academies consider coding not as something specific to engineering or computer science, but as a language in itself and, therefore, are open to students of any discipline, from mathematics and electronics to law, business and design.