Eligible developers and students can now submit requests to attend a special Apple Park event to kick off WWDC22

Apple’s Worldwide Developers Conference kicks off with a special event at the Apple Park building, with eligible developers and students now able to request to attend.

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  • WWDC, Apple’s annual five-day event, will be held online so anyone will be able to follow along whereas physical attendance was limited to developers in the past.
  • The company will be holding a special in-person event for developers and students at its Apple Park headquarters on June 6, the first day of WWDC22.
  • Registrations for the special event are now open, but space is limited.

Apple’s WWDC22 special event submissions are now open

So what’s this about? An announcement on the Apple Developer website calls the event an all-day experience that’ll gather developers and students to watch the WWDC22 keynote and Platforms State of the Union videos at the Apple Park headquarters alongside Apple engineers and experts. To submit your request, visit developer.apple.com/wwdc22/special-day/ in your browser and click the blue “Submit request” button to get started, then follow onscreen instructions.

Apple explains who can attend:

Attending this event is free and open to members of the Apple Developer Program and Apple Developer Enterprise Program, and 2022 Swift Student Challenge applicants. Invitations will be allocated through a random selection process and are non-transferrable.

So who can attend? Members of the Apple Developer Program and Apple Developer Enterprise Program, as well as the 2022 Swift Student Challenge applicants, can submit their request to be included in the random selection process starting today until May 11 at 9 a.m. PT. Apple is going to notify you of your status by May 12 at 6:00pm PT. Read: How to check what apps are draining your iPhone battery

You’ll need to follow Apple’s health and safety protocols

If you’re selected, you’ll hang out with Apple engineers, developers, enthusiasts and other like-minded people at Apple’s massive ring-shaped building. That also means following the company’s health and safety protocols regarding COVID-19, which entails bringing proof of a negative COVID-19 test no more than three days before the event. Masks, Apple says, are “currently optional.” Apple will fill you in with additional details concerning the latest COVID requirements prior to the event.

WWDC 2022 kicks off with a keynote on Monday, June 6. The software-focused event will bring previews of Apple’s next major platform updates including iOS 16, iPadOS 16, macOS 12.4, watchOS 9 and tvOS 16. The public will be able to follow the keynote and watch other WWDC22 videos on Apple’s website, via the company’s YouTube channel and through the official Apple Developer app. [App Store link]

For further information, visit developer.apple.com/wwdc22.