As WWDC approached, Apple shared a news story, including two special developer stories. One is about a young developer who just launched the first application, and the other is about a senior developer who created communication aids for people with disabilities. Although there are great differences among Apple developers around the world, Apple points out that WWDC is a platform for dreamers to gather together and believe in the power of technology to change the world positively.
One of the two heroes of the story is Hairston, a 23-year-old Yale graduate who works in San Francisco and has just launched Zimela, her first application, to diversify technology. Zimela helps underrepresented groups enter the technology sector by establishing guidance and making users aware of career placement opportunities, such as internship opportunities. She recently completed the Apple Entrepreneur Camp Apple Enterprise Training Course, which is designed specifically for women to help them succeed in the App industry.
Hairston, who just launched its first application, is also participating in WWDC for the first time this year. "Every time I look at WWDC, I think the world is getting bigger and bigger, and people are more and more likely to realize their dreams," she said.
Another protagonist, Niemeijer, is a 50-year-old father of two in Amsterdam. He founded Assistive Ware, a company that designs communication aids for disabled people, 20 years ago and serves as CEO of the company.
Although there are significant differences between the two developers, Apple emphasizes that they are inspired by people they like and other people with similar backgrounds when creating applications. They are in two different positions in the journey of life, but there are many similarities in their growth process.
Both come up with solutions inspired by the people they like, and then work hard to make them real. Both start as individual companies, coding in their spare time anytime, anywhere. Both are connecting and empowering communities to use technology to help people find themselves and each other.
Although they all come from very different places and work in different fields, what they have in common is a strong sense of community.
In a car accident, Niemeijer's friend was seriously injured. To help his friend and more people who had the same experience, he founded Assistive Ware. Niemeijer designed a virtual keyboard that could use a mouse-controlled solution and eventually became a KeyStrokes program. In 2001, a KeyStrokes user sent an e-mail to Apple co-founder Steve Jobs asking if KeyStrokes could be integrated into macOS, and Niemeijer began a 20-year partnership with Apple.
It's only a few days before WWDC 2019, and Apple points out that these are just two of the thousands of unique stories of developers, part of the 30-year history of the Apple Developers Conference.
Developers are always regarded as the most precious protagonist of Apple's ecosystem, and it's their dreams and efforts to change everything: it's a collection of dreamers, linked by a common belief in technological power, that actively changes the world.