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 announced several new projects as part of its $100 million Racial Equity and Justice Initiative (REJI) on Wednesday, including the funding of a 50,000-square foot learning center in Atlanta. The company first made the initiative public at its Worldwide Developer Conference back in June. In the wake of the killing of George Floyd and Breonna Taylor, and massive protests in the U.S., Cook used the livestream to talk about Apple's plan for fighting racial injustice. The unfinished work of racial justice and equality call us all to account. Things must change, and Apple's committed to being a force for that change.
Apple Inc. is launching several projects to extend education and funding opportunities to minority entrepreneurs, part of the $100 million pledge it made in June to help combat racism in response to the national outcry over George Floyd's killing. The iPhone maker on Tuesday said it would open a software-developer academy in Detroit later this year and launch two venture-funding initiatives for young "Black and Brown entrepreneurs," with the goal of helping to build the next generation of diverse leaders. "We are all accountable to the urgent work of building a more just, more equitable world," Apple Chief Executive Tim Cook said in a statement. "And these new projects send a clear signal of Apple's enduring commitment." Last year, Apple and fellow tech titan Alphabet Inc.'s Google, major banks such as JPMorgan Chase & Co., toy company Hasbro Inc. and others collectively pledged tens of millions of dollars toward racial-equity efforts.
Apple is expanding its coding partnership with historically black colleges and universities as big tech firms face increased scrutiny surrounding diversity and inclusion. The iPhone giant said Thursday that it's adding 10 more HBCUs to its year-old community education program meant to create opportunities for people seeking to learn coding skills. The announcement comes a month after the company launched a racial equality initiative aimed at communities of color. Under the expansion into more HBCUs, Apple will give an increasing number of people of color "the building blocks of coding," the company said in a press release. Coding is the infrastructure that makes digital technologies operate, and more Black programmers put more Black people in the running for in-demand, high-paying jobs tech jobs.
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.