CSB major one of only 350 students selected as Apple WWDC2020 Swift Student Challenge winner

When Dave Jha ’22 was a seventh grader, he and his family had the opportunity to tour Apple’s Cupertino campus. “It felt like something from a movie,” Jha says. “Everybody was just very energetic, getting food, having conversations. It was so vibrant.”

He was hooked. That was the year this Computer Science and Business (CSB) major started watching the keynote speeches at Apple’s Worldwide Developer Conferences. “I started investing my time into learning the new tools Apple offers to developers and that evolved into this.”
“This” being that Jha was one of only 350 students selected from 41 countries as an Apple 2020 Worldwide Developers Conference Swift Student Challenge winner. Open to students 13 years of age or older, the challenge is to create an interactive scene in a Swift playground—a testing ground for developers.
Jha’s submission was a social distancing simulator that shows users the potential for the spread of COVID-19 by controlling variables such as the size of the population, whether people are asymptomatic, recovered, social distancing or forced distancing. It includes a game mode, where you can try to avoid infection.
“I was just trying to do something to convince people of the dangers, especially my peers,” explains Jha. “A lot of my peers don't really understand the importance of social distancing and how much it can have an impact later.”
Read the full story in the Fall 2020 issue of Lehigh Business.
Story by Rob Gerth