There is also talk of the first “Apple Developer Academy” in Detroit to find and support young talent there. The focus is also on helping “communities of color” – because it is known that in the United States it is much more difficult for them to take advantage of good educational opportunities. One of the effects of the aforementioned “systematic racism” is to exclude sections of the population, partly in a targeted manner, but partly also due to structural reasons. However, it should not stay with the one developer academy, Apple wants to continuously expand the offer. Numerous partners from very different areas are involved in implementing the large-scale projects. “Investing in Education” is one of the key principles behind the aspirations.
Initiative is highly political
Apple is significantly more political under Tim Cook than in previous years – be it through public advocacy for data protection and civil rights or statements on current issues and developments. When Apple advocates the promotion of talent from all walks of life, it naturally also has its own interest – especially when it comes to developers or engineers. Nevertheless, Apple has made the reputation of a company with a comparatively high level of social responsibility. The initiative presented now fits exactly into the picture and is a clear signal. Given the heated mood, remember the “Black Life Matters” protests, Apple takes a very clear position. Incidentally, the “REJI” was announced for the first time six months ago, but at that time without a more detailed description of the activities.