Michelle Obama Takes Part in Fireside Chat at Apple’s WWDC Event

Apple's conference includes new product announcements as well as the former first lady

First Lady Michelle Obama

Patently Apple reports that Michelle Obama was part of a fireside chat with Apple’s Vice President of Environment, Policy and Social Initiatives Lisa Jackson at Apple’s annual World Wide Developers Conference (WWDC).

Apple CEO Tim Cook introduced Obama to the stage. According to Patently Apple:

Their hour-long discussion touched on Obama’s post-White House life, diversity in tech and not falling down the stairs of Air Force One.

“Who are you marketing to? Who do you think is going to use these apps? If women aren’t at the table, you’re going to miss my dollar. Because you don’t really know me,” Obama said, according to clips of the talk posted on social media.

Obama urged the audience to make room for women and people of color in technology. Silicon Valley continues to struggle with diversity, a topic that was back in the spotlight Tuesday with news that Uber had investigated 215 harassment claims and fired 20 people. 

Apple’s five-day conference is currently underway at the McEnery Convention Center in San Jose, California. At the kick-off of the event, Apple announced several new additions and updates to its product portfolio including:

– An all-new 10.5-inch iPad Pro and a new 12.9-inch iPad Pro.

-A new Augmented Reality platform for iPhone and iPad that uses the the built-in camera, and motion sensors in iOS devices.

The ability for Apple Pay users to make and receive payments with friends and family.

A “Do Not Disturb While Driving” feature to silence texts during driving.

For the complete rundown of the new Apple features and products announced at WWDC, check out Apple’s Newsroom.