Indian American teen wins Apple’s global app contest for second year running


Indian American teen Aditya Mangalampalli (18) was announced one of winners at Apple’s World Wide Developer Conference for his password-generating app that not only creates new passwords but also calculates the estimated time to brute-force guess any password and details its entropy.

Mangalampalli wrote on his website, “My project was a password validator that used various mathematical formulae to determine the efficiency and reliability of a password. This project allowed the app to create random passwords that fulfil the various criteria given, but also for the user to enter their own passwords. Some of the various statistics calculated include entropy, possible combinations, and the estimated time it would take for a computer to brute-force guess.”

A 12th grader from Mission San Jose High School, Mangalampalli has been accepted at University of California, Berkeley for the 2022 intake in the computer science and business streams.

His was one of 350 entries from 40 countries for the annual Apple contest for students. Each student of the Swift challenge wins a scholarship sponsored by Apple. Six students were chosen to meet Apple CEO Tim Cook this year. Mangalampalli was one of them.

In 2022, applicants were tasked with creating a Swift Playgrounds app project on the topic of their choice to showcase their passion for coding.

Other winners who got to meet Cook included Jones Mayes II, who received honors for his app, IVY, which helps gardeners detect invasive vines, such as kudzu, using machine learning; Audrey Wang’, whose app, Theia provides games that simulate synesthesia, the wide-ranging phenomena where the stimulation of one sensory pathway sparks responses from another sensory pathway; Josh Tint, who was honored for his app Discover Me, which lets users try on different gender markers through a language interface; Angelina Tsuboi, who was chosen for her app CPR Buddy, which teaches users correct procedures and techniques for administering CPR and will be coming to the Apple Watch sometime in the future; and Lexline Johnson, whose Quantum Entanglement app explains the phenomenon through interactivity and modules that break the complicated field down into easily digestible bites.