Children are the most beautiful gifts of Allah in this world. Love, care and security are the basic rights of these innocent souls. Food, playgrounds, education, and health are the required flourishing rights of which no child should be denied of.
“Children who are compelled to work are robbed of childhood itself,” Ann M. Veneman Executive Director, UNICEF)
Today, around 250 million children are sharing the work burden of this planet, 150 million of them are involved in hazardous kinds of works. More than one million of these children become the victims of human trafficking industry is the most unfortunate fact of the time. The face of Earth is getting grimmer with every tick of the clock.
As per ILO’s IPEC (International Program on the Elimination of Child Labour) statistics, in Pakistan, 3.8 million out of total 40 million children of age group 5-14 years are contributing in the monetary toads of their families. 50% of these economically active children are in age group of 5 to 9 years. These horrifying statistics are depletive of the insensitivity of the society and the government. These blossoming buds are deprived of their right to bloom right at the very onset of the spring season of their Lives. Their rights to good, safe and healthy food, proper clean outfits, books stationery and school bags, school, parks and playgrounds are bartered for a few coins or currency notes which are never sufficient to get them or their families enough of anything of the world around. Every Year JUNE12 (World Day against Child Labour) is the wakeup call for the sanity to get out of slumber and join hands to free these captivated destitute childhoods.
Let’s save their innocence!
Let’s join and give them back their playgrounds and playmates!
Let’s not rob them of their birth rights!
Let’s secure our future!
WWDC Scholarships reward talented students and STEM organization members with the opportunity to attend this year’s conference. Developers selected for a scholarship will receive a WWDC 2017 ticket and lodging free of charge.
To be eligible to apply for a WWDC Scholarship, you must be:
- 13 years of age or older;
- Registered for free with Apple as an Apple developer or a member of a paid Apple Developer Program; and
- Enrolled part-time or full-time in a course of study, or be a member or alumni of a STEM organization.
1. Tell us about yourself.
Sign in with the Apple ID associated with your developer account. If you’re 13 – 17 years old and share your Apple ID with your parent or legal guardian, you will be asked to enter your name. You will also be asked for a phone number where we can reach you.
2. Provide school / membership information.
If you’re a student, you will need to provide a PDF, PNG, or JPG of your current class schedule or other current proof of enrollment and your dean or principal’s contact information. If you’re a member or alumni of a STEM organization, you will need to provide a PDF, PNG, or JPG of your membership information and your local leader’s contact information.
3. Upload your Swift playground.
Create a visually interactive scene in a Swift playground that can be experienced within three minutes. Be creative. You can use Swift Playgrounds on iPad or Xcode on macOS. If you need inspiration, start with templates in Swift Playgrounds for a head start on more advanced creations. Get inventive and make them your own by adding graphics, audio, and more.
4. Describe your Swift playground.
Tell us about the features and technologies that you used in your Swift playground, in 500 words or less.
5. Provide optional information.
Let us know how you’ve considered sharing your coding knowledge and enthusiasm for computer science with others, in 500 words or less.
If you have extenuating circumstances that would require financial assistance for travel to attend the conference, let us know in 500 words or less. You will also need to provide a letter of reference (PDF, PNG, or JPG) from a teacher, supervisor, or other person of authority in your community confirming your need for travel assistance. Make sure that it includes their role and contact information.
Your Résumé / CV
If you’re 18 years of age or older and currently pursuing a BS, MS, or PhD in computer science, software engineering, computer engineering, or a similar field and wish to share your résumé or CV with other groups at Apple, upload a PDF. This information will not influence the judging process.
Swift Playground Requirements
- The Swift playground you submit should be created entirely by you as an individual. Group work will not be considered.
- Your Swift playground should be built using Swift Playgrounds on iPad or Xcode on macOS.
- Your Swift playground should function properly and run on the latest releases of Swift Playgrounds and iOS or Xcode and macOS.
- All content should be in English.
- Your .zip file size should not be more than 25 MB.
- Any resources in your project should be included locally in the .zip file that you provide, as your Swift playground will be judged offline.
Submissions must follow all requirements in the WWDC Scholarship Terms. Applications will be judged on:
- Technical accomplishment;
- Creativity of ideas; and
- Content of written responses.
For full details, see the WWDC Scholarship Terms.
The opportunity to buy tickets to WWDC is offered by random selection. Registration is open until March 31 at 10:00 a.m. PDT.
Apply for the chance to receive lodging and a ticket to WWDC.
iPhone 7 Red
The iPhone 7 goes red to help fight HIV/AIDS
For 10 years, our partnership with (RED) has supported HIV/AIDS programs that provide counseling, testing, and medicine that prevents the transmission of HIV from a mother to her unborn child. So far, we’ve raised over $130 million through the sale of our (RED) products. Now we’re introducing iPhone 7 (PRODUCT)RED™ Special Edition. Every purchase brings us a step closer to an AIDS‑free generation.
Buy (RED). Give life.
Other iPhone RED Products
Since the beginning of the current century, huge changes are taking place all around us in our lifestyles, communication, business, and technologies. And all this is happening at a frightening pace that is only going to accelerate with every passing day. Imagine what is going to happen in the next 10 years. Disruptive changes to existing business models are already causing adverse effects on the jobs landscape. Fast paced technological developments in communication, automation, nanotechnology, artificial intelligence, 3D printing, and biotechnology are a few examples that are going to have a serious impact on the employment scene in the next few years.
According to World Economic Forum report issued in January 2016, the current trends in disruptive labour market changes could lead to a loss of 7 million jobs by 2020, two thirds of which are concentrated in routine white collar job categories.
The innovation in new business models fuelled by technological advancement has its fair share to badly impact the employment landscape. Uber and Lyft (new business models for commuters) are not only threatening the rental car industry but have scared the owners and operators of taxi businesses around the world. Airbnb, (a new web based business model where ordinary people list and rent their lodging space to travellers) now offers 1.5 million rooms across the world, a capacity much larger than any major hotel chain.
Due to fast paced innovation, the uncertainty is at its peak. Competing technologies are vying for the survival of the fittest. Skype, Viber, WhatsApp and other VOIP providers have seriously threatened the future of telecom industry worldwide. Snapchat and Instagram are emerging as a major threat to Facebook. Google is scared by Amazon and YouTube due to their robust search capabilities. Experts are predicting that 65% of children entering primary school today will ultimately end up working in completely new job types that don’t exist today. While newer business models and newer technologies will create newer job opportunities, the magnitude of job displacement along with rapid change will cause a huge skills gap. In such rapidly changing environment, the keys to survive are innovation and adaptability many well established businesses are failing mainly due to lack of these characteristics. Even the size of business is no security to survival. Less than half of the fortune 500 companies on the list two decades ago made the cut in 2015.
With the increasingly challenging environment in the job market for professionals, the innovation and adaptability become even more crucial. Today we have a gap in the supply and demand of talent that is only going to get worse in future. The main problem with the talent; however, is a skills gap.
Those who think the degree or certification they acquired 15-20 years ago will survive them through this storm, better prepare for an early retirement. Today your continuing education and skills development is far more crucial than the original qualification. Reset your priorities. The game has changed. Spend at least 10% of your time learning new things; preferably 15% and ideally 20%.
That is one full day out of your work week. Yes, that’s right. With the magnitude of change happening, this is the minimum investment you must commit to keep your talent marketable. It does not mean you have to go to external training programs every week. Today we have so many diverse and effective learning opportunities around us that we can easily build learning into our daily lifestyle.
Follow some good experts and role models in your profession and develop the habit of reading their blogs, watching short videos, and listening to podcasts. You will be surprised how much you can learn quickly on the go. Try to read at least one business or leadership book a month. If you can spend just 10-15 minutes a day on reading, you can easily finish a book within a month. Mind the skills gap. If you keep your talent polished through innovation and adaptability, you will always be in demand. There are and will always be good career opportunities available to the right people.
Here is the good news. Among the few job categories for which the World Economic Forum report has predicted the increase in demand in future include business leaders who will successfully steer companies through the upcoming change and disruption. Become a business leader and avail your opportunity.
Social media has converged the world into multiple small platforms with Facebook and Twitter leading from front. Safely assuming that these innovations were to bring pie together and facilitate their interaction while living at a distance but we Pakistanis have always excelled in utilizing resources with a totally different dimension. While rest of the world is busy making effective use of it for education, information sharing, socializing and customer service including governments using for strategic approach, our youth on the other hand is busy having virtual affairs and political bashing on Facebook and Twitter. Even the limitation of 160 words on twitter could not slow us down from making unethical political moves which seem to have become the only vision and mission of our youth.
These social platforms are more economical and effective sources for the political parties to play their dirty politics compared to traditional political moves. While each party vows to serve the nation by giving their photo-shopped visions, a few newbies have emerged dreaming of ruling the nation without realizing the effects of their inexperienced, unethical, and uncultured moves that have corrupted our youth. Oldies are making their efforts to counter back on same level but their traditional experience is a failure for them making them no match to the newbies.
War between the ruling elite and would-be rulers has its own consequences. We have lost morality, ethics and corrupted our culture in this clash. With youth representing more than 50% of the nation, the damage is unbearable and will have long term impact on the future of nation. Leaders should realize and cultivate their followers fruitfully before it is too late for any recovery.