Today marks the completion of Apple Entrepreneur Camp's first year. Apple designed the program to help female entrepreneurs with developing apps, with the camp offering hands-on technology labs, one-on-one guidance from Apple employees, mentorship from Apple leadership, and ongoing support.

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In a press release, Apple says the first year of the Entrepreneur Camp saw female leaders and their teams from 42 companies take part. Apple engineers worked directly with participants on topics including app development, design, machine learning, augmented reality and, if desired, tips for public relations and marketing. Participants are also invited to attend Apple's annual developers conference WWDC.

Esther Hare, Apple's senior director of Worldwide Developer Marketing and executive sponsor of Women@Apple:

I'm in awe of the passion and drive of our first year of Entrepreneur Camp innovators. They are using apps to impact peoples' lives and solve problems, from building connections for underrepresented groups in tech to making solar power affordable and giving people tools to improve mental health. It's great to hear incredible women leaders telling us their experience at Camp has helped them make their apps even better, and given them the confidence and the tools to build new connections, form support networks and raise rounds of venture capital. And we're just getting started.

Ketaki Shriram, chief technical officer of Krikey, Inc:

Working directly with the Apple team, we got feedback on design methodology that helped us solve a problem in our app we knew we had, but had no idea how to fix. We made some significant improvements based on what we learned, including adding a preview mode so players can try the game before they sign up. That's been really successful for us.

The next Apple Entrepreneur Camp is planned for January 28 to February 5, 2020, and applications will be accepted until November 15 on Apple's website.

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Top Rated Comments

Spock Avatar
18 months ago
Aren’t gender specific events like this a step in the wrong direction when it comes to equality? If this were a male only event it would probably create a very large problem.
Score: 13 Votes (Like | Disagree)
StellarVixen Avatar
18 months ago

Aren’t gender specific events like this a step in the wrong direction when it comes to equality? If this were a male only event it would probably create a very large problem.
inclusivity by more segregation.

If this isn’t a paradox, I do not know what is.
Score: 6 Votes (Like | Disagree)
miniyou64 Avatar
18 months ago

No one is punishing you. The fact that you view it as punishment just reveals your privilege. You're upset because you feel like you no longer have the advantages you've had for millennia. The playing field is finally being made level and you interpret that as punishment. "Resentment will come, and as was seen in 1870 it will linger until it becomes violent." That's what has begun to happen. Women resent the fact that they've been blindly discriminated against forever. They're finally demanding that something be done about it, and now you guys are crying about your lost privilege.

I don't care whether you take me seriously. You guys are blind to the fact that removing your privilege is not discrimination. You see it as punishment. Why would I ever think that you would be able to see another point of view. I don't expect you to suddenly see the leg up you've had (and continue to have) for your entire life because someone online points it out to you. You've denied it forever. You're not going to admit it now.
Your tone and assumptions reveal that this is written by someone with actual privilege and is so biased and incorrect, he couldn’t possibly imagine a man struggling with any in his life ever. As if every man is just born into luxury and ease. What a foolish, naive and ignorant take.
Score: 6 Votes (Like | Disagree)
chrono1081 Avatar
18 months ago
I would love something like this for men too, or you know, let everyone join the same class. There's literally no good reason not to let men join too.


Wow, you poor men. I feel so bad for you . . . now you know what it's felt like to be a woman for eternity. This is a step in the right direction to make up for millennia of discrimination. I think you'll be OK because there are a bajillion other opportunities out there for you. I love when privileged males complain about perceived discrimination only when it's happening to them. Grow a pair!
Excluding people for no reason is never a good thing. Men get discriminated against just as much as women just in different ways and it's not a competition. We shouldn't be excluding anyone who wants to learn and grow a business.


Where were all you guys when women were (and continue to be) openly discriminated against?
Not born yet. Women have had equal rights for a very long time. And like I said above, men get discriminated against too just in different ways. Our genitalia are mutilated at birth without consent, we have to mandatorily enroll in the selective service, we're first to die on the battlefields, we are last to be picked for any kind of childcare/teaching roles for younger people, and we're constantly demonized by the media.
Score: 5 Votes (Like | Disagree)
lunarworks Avatar
18 months ago

I'm actually a strong advocate for women's equality.
*tips fedora*
Score: 3 Votes (Like | Disagree)
rtomyj Avatar
18 months ago

My heart breaks for you. I knew there would be some guys on here who would site instances when women got something because they were women (never mind the fact that overwhelmingly, the advantage is found in being a male). I knew there would be guys who cried over the fact that women sometimes get free drinks at bars (never mind the fact that those same women are judged almost exclusively based on their appearance, or that some men feel that buying a drink entitles them to something more). I knew there would be men who complained about the fact that affirmative action is necessary to give women equal representation in every level of the work force (never mind the fact that even today, women do not get equal pay for equal work).
I knew you couldn’t really be swayed.
I knew you only care about being a white night.
I knew you didn’t have a clue of what you’re talking about.

Bro, stop blindly defending women.The smart see through the facade and won’t wanna date a creepy snake. Instead realize woman are equal to men and as such DONT need protection from you.

I, as a minority, would hate to have been chosen for a job due to affirmative action. And I, someone lower on the totem pole than you my privileged friend, ask you to take my opinion as fact or else you are a racist. Thanks
Score: 3 Votes (Like | Disagree)

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