Apple’s help is praised by female app developers building corporate companies

Apple's help is praised by female app developers building corporate companies

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  • Al-Shiban is also one of the winners of the Worldwide Developers Conference 2022, or the WWDC22-Swift Student Challenge. The initiative enabled students to showcase their design skills by creating a Swift Playgrounds app project in any industry of their choice. The academy in the Kingdom received lots of attention following a video announcement during the WWDC Conference, when Tim Cook, Apple’s CEO and board member, spoke about the initiative in Riyadh.

  • Saudi and Arab women have had the opportunity to develop their programming skills and contribute to the iOS app economy since the first all-women Apple Developer Academy in the Middle East opened its doors in Riyadh in February, and are now producing designs for finance, education, and the tourism industry. “As a Saudi woman interested in technology, I can say that Apple did an incredible job supporting Saudi and Arab women by introducing the first all-women Apple Developer Academy to the Middle East,” said Fay Al-Shiban, a student at the academy.

“In Saudi Arabia we launched our first developer academy for women in February, our entrepreneurship camps provide developers from under-represented communities with mentorship, inspiration and insights from Apple,” said Cook. Partnered with the Saudi Federation for Cybersecurity, Programming and Drones, represented by Tuwaiq Academy and Princess Nourah bint Abdulrahman University, the program officially welcomed its students in February for a nine-month intensive coding program.

The programmer said she received an immense amount of support when she was accepted into the program.

Despite many worldwide programs being held remotely, the Riyadh-based academy students attended the sessions completely in-person. “The first time I found out that Apple was opening an academy in Riyadh I got excited,” Al-Shiban said. “I’ve always wanted to develop my skills on app development and there’s not a better way to do it than in an Apple Developer Academy. Apple is my role model when it comes to creativity and I want to become a world-class app developer.”


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