PUC-Rio student wins Apple Award for the fifth year in a row

Karina Tronkos, a 24-year-old computer science student at PUC-Rio, has won the Swift Student Challenge award at the Worldwide Developers Conference (WWDC), Apple’s annual developer conference.

Out of the 350 students worldwide who were awarded, 90 are Brazilian. They come from both private and public colleges, including the Federal University of Ceara (UFC).

The company’s programming language Swift was used to creating the applications. The challenge gave students two weeks to create an app.

Karina, a five-time champion, proposed work on biomimetics. This area of research draws inspiration from the natural world to create more sustainable products and services.

Karina, who is a product designer at Hurb and creates content for the Instagram account nina_talks, comments that Brazilians possess a lot of potential.

Karina speaks about design and technology on the network with more than 92,000 subscribers. She focuses on women.

My goal is to decentralize technology and encourage more women to use this medium. Karina said that she wants to support the group in the first stages of their careers, within the pillars of empowering, inspiring, and educating.” She receives daily messages asking for advice from women seeking her guidance and suggestions.

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Two of the nine PUC-Rio students who were awarded this year are women: Karina Prado and Juliana Prado. “There are two of them, and I was amazed at how different they were when I went to the [Swift Student Challenge] event. The lines were long for the men’s toilets while there were no women’s.