Today’s Tech Sightings:
Her name is Anvitha Vijay. The nine-year-old who created an app about animals in Australia applied to a scholarship to attend Apple’s Worldwide Developer’s Conference. She was accepted – the youngest developer to attend – and got a shout-out from CEO Tim Cook himself. Scholarship winners – up to 350 high school and college students – attend coding sessions and learn from the veterans.
The Chan Zuckerberg Initiative, which seeks to advance human potential and promote equality, announced Thursday it is leading a $24 million investment round into African startup Andela. What Andela does is it vets applicants and trains them for careers in IT. It then matches them with project-based work for international firms, where they continue to learn while getting paid.
U.S. government statistics looking for insights into the emerging Internet of Things (IoT) market reveal that approximately 50 million women used a tablet or an eReader last year. In contrast, nearly 46.6 million men were using Smart TVs. The study also found about 7 percent of Internet users – or around 13 million people – are using IoT devices, mostly in households with incomes higher than $100,000.
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