UF student chosen for Apple developers conference

In Engineering Education, News

GAINESVILLE, Fla. — A University of Florida student has received one of only 150 worldwide scholarships to attend Apple Inc.’s sold-out Worldwide Developers Conference.

David F. Muir V, a 22-year-old senior electrical engineering major, won the scholarship by submitting an application and work samples, which includes two iPad apps he created, to Apple. The scholarship covers the $1,599 cost of the conference ticket.

The five-day conference will allow him to strengthen his software development skills and network with other developers in the Apple world, Muir said.

“If there is one conference to go to as an Apple developer, this is most definitely it,” he said.

The conference provides developers an inside look at the most recent iOS and OSX software and Apple products. Attendees will get the chance to attend more than 100 sessions and hands-on labs led by Apple engineers, according to the Apple website. The conference will be held on June 11-15 at the Moscone West convention center in San Francisco.

Muir plans to work this experience into his job as a senior software developer for the Gainesville-based Totuit mobile app company, which specializes in mobile software solutions for the ground transportation industry.