The world needs more innovators.

We’re committed to finding and supporting the next generation of tech talent. And we’re investing in programs so that people everywhere have the opportunity to realize their potential.

We need as many perspectives as possible so we can build products that are universal.

Craig Federighi

Senior Vice President of Software Engineering

Introducing young minds to tech with ConnectED.

Quitman County, Georgia, doesn’t have any stoplights. There’s one K–8 school, one high school, and one principal, Jon-Erik Jones. He grew up in the rural community, where most of the kids don’t have access to technology at home, but Jon-Erik knows the value of having technology in his schools.

Apple has joined President Obama’s ConnectED initiative and pledged $100 million to bring technology into underserved schools across the country. Now, because of the program, each K–8 student at Quitman County has access to an iPad, each teacher has an iPad and a Mac, and there’s an Apple TV in every classroom. The products have been in the school since February 2016, and Jon-Erik is already seeing a change in school culture. The students are more engaged and motivated, and the teachers are learning new ways to bring lessons to life. “The biggest gain for us so far is having kids walk through the door who are excited about learning. They don’t come to school and power down anymore.”

Jon-Erik said that one of his goals is making sure the devices are being used to help students get involved in engineering and science.

We’re really working to increase the number of students we’re putting into college. And the way we’re doing that is to be sure they’re ready to compete with all the other students in the world.

29

states across the country are represented among the recipients of Apple ConnectED grants*

96% +

of the students are eligible for the free or reduced-price lunch program*

92%

of the students are of Alaskan Native, Asian, Black, Hispanic, or Native American heritage*

Engaging women on a mission with the National Center for Women & Information Technology.

Alejandrina Gonzalez Reyes has always been curious about how things work. Growing up in Mexico, the only computer she had access to was old and broken. Being the kid who always worked on things around the house, she opened it up and fixed it. “I put it back together the same way I took it apart. But backwards.”

Less than two years ago, she built her first app — a game called SPUTNIK. She had no knowledge of programming and no one in her family who could help, but with Xcode, determination, and talent, her app was up and running in just three afternoons. Since then, she’s launched six more apps on the App Store. In 2015, she received one of 350 scholarships to attend the Apple Worldwide Developers Conference (WWDC). There she was introduced to the National Center for Women & Information Technology (NCWIT), an organization that encourages women to be part of the tech industry. Not only have we been working with NCWIT for over a decade, but in 2015, we became their first-ever lifetime partner.

With NCWIT, I found a network with women who support each other and are full of passion. It is inspiring to see how we can collaborate and push each other.

Alejandrina also participates in TECHNOLOchicas — a group created to raise awareness among young Latinas and their families about the opportunities and careers in tech. “Being Mexican and in technology is what I’m most proud of.”

She attended her second WWDC in 2016 and is currently working on a start‑up with four friends. In the fall she’s off to Stanford University, where she’ll pursue a major related to technology.

Grace Hopper Celebration of Women in Computing (GHC)

Our sponsorship and presence at GHC — the largest gathering of female technologists in the world — allows us to meet and discover even more women in tech.

We’re partnering with STEM (science, technology, engineering, and math) organizations to better prepare the next generation for opportunities in tech.

All Star Code
Anita Borg Institute (ABI)
App Camp For Girls
Black Founders
Black Girls Code
Blacks In Technology
ChickTech
Coalition for Queens (C4Q)
CodeNow
Code.org
CodePath
CODE2040
Embark Labs
Girl Develop It
Girls in Tech
Girls Who Code
Grace Hopper Celebration of Women in Computing (GHC)
Hackbright Academy
Hack the Hood
The Hidden Genius Project
Hispanic Heritage Foundation
La TechLa (MEDA SF)
Latina Girls Code
Latinos in Information Sciences and Technology Association (LISTA)
Made by Girls
National Center for Women & Information Technology (NCWIT)
National Society of Black Engineers (NSBE)
New York On Tech
Sabio
Sage Corps

Silicon Valley Forum
Society of Women Engineers (SWE)
TECHNOLOchicas
Technovation
Thurgood Marshall College Fund (TMCF)
Women Who Code
#YesWeCode

Welcoming students to campus through our partnership with the Thurgood Marshall College Fund. 

Chukwuemelie Onwubuya, Chuk for short, remembers exactly when he knew he wanted to pursue engineering as a career. During an internship, he was able to use Python not only to visualize a molecule on a simple level, but also to cut that digital molecule into thin sheets. He saw the power of what code can do, and he was hooked. So to pursue his bachelor’s degree, as well as experience American culture, Chuk moved from Kanye, Botswana, to South Carolina, where he attends Allen University.

Now Chuk is a junior participating in a comprehensive program we launched through our multiyear, $40 million partnership with the Thurgood Marshall College Fund. It’s designed to create opportunities for students from public and private Historically Black Colleges and Universities (HBCUs) who are pursuing careers in the tech industry. In February 2016, Chuk and 32 of his peers attended a weeklong immersion in Cupertino that provided a foundation and a deep understanding of Apple culture and values in preparation for their summer internships. “You might think you know everything about Apple, but when you come, you actually get to see the culture.”

This summer he was back on campus for his internship with the iOS apps QA team, where he learned about software development through real work, real experiences, and mentoring from his leaders. Chuk believes the skills he’s learning will take him far in his career. And he values the diverse cultures of his team at Apple.

I’ve met people from Russia, from Hungary, from here, from everywhere. I think coming in with different perspectives and meshing them together, everybody has different ideas, all working to make a good product. It’s really awesome.

When Chuk returns to Allen in the fall, he’ll be an Apple Ambassador and will be able to share his experiences with other students and faculty.

Faculty Summit

We hosted our first Faculty Summit, giving educators from HBCUs and key leaders at Apple an opportunity to share ideas on ways we can enhance learning for students who are interested in pursuing careers in the tech industry. And through our Faculty Grant program, schools that research and develop new ways to support and push students toward their tech goals can compete for funding.

Supporting diversity in our supply chain.

Through our Supplier Diversity Program, our spending in 2014 with women‑ and minority‑owned businesses exceeded $650 million. In 2015, that number increased by more than 42 percent to more than $929 million.

We work with many of the world’s leading financial institutions. And we feel that to gain a more informed and broader financial perspective, we also need the strong ideas and points of view that come from working with diverse firms. CastleOak Securities and Loop Capital, two African American–owned firms, Ramirez & Co., a Hispanic-owned firm, and Drexel Hamilton, a Veteran-owned firm, were active comanagers in two bond offerings totaling $15.5 billion this year to date. And we’re committed to partnering with women‑ and minority‑owned businesses on future debt transactions.

We’re also a founding member of the White House SupplierPay initiative. That means we’re committed to paying eligible small businesses and diverse suppliers within 15 days of the submittal of their approved invoices, helping increase their working capital so they can grow their businesses and hire more workers.