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Apple announces learning hub for HBCUs, VC funding in its $100 million drive to tackle systemic racism

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Apple on Wednesday announced the latest phase of its $100 million initiative to tackle systemic racism and promote racial equality. Apple is among the handful of technology giants that have pledged to hire more Black workers and people of color to address inequality. In its latest move, Apple said it's launching a global innovation and learning hub for Historically Black Colleges and Universities (HBCUs), a developer academy in Detroit to support coding and tech education for minority students; and venture capital funding for Black and Brown entrepreneurs. The Propel Center in Atlanta, pictured in a rendering above, will aim to bring coding and career opportunities to HBCU campuses and communities across the US. As part of the company's ongoing partnerships with HBCUs, Apple said it's also establishing two new grants to support HBCU engineering programs.


Apple unveils first projects as part of $100M Racial Equity and Justice Initiative

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Apple will help launch a global innovation and learning hub for historically Black colleges and universities (HBCUs) as part of its $100 million Racial Equity and Justice Initiative, the company announced Wednesday. The Propel Center will offer support to students and faculty at HBCUs through virtual platforms, a physical campus at Atlanta University Center and on-campus activities. Apple will contribute $25 million toward the center, which will offer educational tracks such as AI and machine learning, app development and augmented reality. "We are all accountable to the urgent work of building a more just, more equitable world -- and these new projects send a clear signal of Apple's enduring commitment," said Apple CEO Tim Cook in a statement. YouTube ban:Google blocks new uploads to Donald Trump's channel after Capitol riots Apple also plans to open the first U.S. developer academy in Detroit.


Apple will build a learning hub in Atlanta as part of its racial equity pledge

Engadget

Apple has shed more light on its $100 million pledge to improve racial equity. Today, the company announced that it will be making a $25 million contribution to the Propel Center, a learning hub designed for members of the HBCU (Historically Black Colleges and Universities). It will include a physical campus at the Atlanta University Center, a virtual platform for remote learning and events at partner institutions' campuses. In a press release, Apple said the Propel Center will teach a variety of subjects including AI and machine learning, app development, augmented reality, creative arts and entrepreneurship. Apple employees will help design the curricula and offer mentorship opportunities, including internships.


Apple announces an Entrepreneur Camp for Black Founders and Developers

Engadget

Apple has announced the latest program under the umbrella of its $100 million Racial Equity and Justice Initiative. Founders and teams from 13 app companies are participating in the first Entrepreneur Camp for Black Founders and Developers. The camp aims to help developers advance their technical skills, gain one-to-one support at code level from Apple engineers and obtain mentorship and insights from leaders at the company. Apple is also working with venture capital firm Harlem Capital, which invests in founders from diverse backgrounds, to provide guidance and mentorship. Among those taking part in the camp are David Bosun-Arebuwa, whose B3am app uses an iPhone camera and machine learning to recognize gym equipment and explain how it's used, and Adam Taylor, founder and sole developer of the Black app, which surfaces "culturally relevant and multifaceted news" for Black people.


'Things must change': Apple launches $100 million Racial Equity and Justice Initiative

USATODAY - Tech Top Stories

Apple is building out a $100 million program to promote racial equality for people of color in the wake of calls to end police brutality. The funds will go toward support for education, economic opportunities and criminal justice reform, Apple CEO Tim Cook said in a video posted on Thursday. The effort will focus primarily on black people in the U.S. to start before rolling out globally to support other communities of color. "Things must change and Apple is committed to being a force for that change," Cook said in the video on Twitter. "The initiative will challenge the systemic barriers to opportunity and dignity that exists for communities of color and particular for the black community."