PRESS RELEASE FROM UL LAFAYETTE COMMUNICATIONS DEPARTMENT
BY: Charlie Bier
University of Louisiana at Lafayette student Joseph Kokenge gave his high school computer science assignments, by his own admission, considerably more attention than other subjects.
“I found myself wanting to do more computer science homework, and trying to find ways to get around doing social studies, science and math homework. So, I told myself, ‘You know what, I enjoy doing this so much I should probably pursue this in college,’” Kokenge said with a laugh.
The 21-year-old senior at UL Lafayette is majoring in computer science, with a concentration in big data and cloud computing.
He evidently made the right choice, according to Apple. The technology company has named Kokenge among 350 students from 41 countries as winners of its Swift Student Challenge. The challenge is held in conjunction with the Apple 2020 Worldwide Developers Conference, which begins today.
It requires tens of thousands of students who enter to develop a virtual environment on Apple’s Swift Playground app. The app teaches users how to code, which is the process of creating instructions for computers using programming languages.
Kokenge created the “Secure Hashing Algorithm Crash Course,” a virtual playground focused on cybersecurity. Hashing involves using algorithms to convert passwords into a “hash,” a string of characters that helps keep passwords secure.
The playground offers another feature for an added measure of security. “It basically walks someone through how to go from just having