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Steve Wozniak

Co-Founder of Apple, Innovator & Technology Pioneer

A Silicon Valley icon and philanthropist for more than thirty years, Steve Wozniak has helped shape the computing industry with his design of Apple’s first line of products the Apple I and II and influenced the popular Macintosh. In 1976, Wozniak and Steve Jobs founded Apple Computer Inc. with Wozniak’s Apple I personal computer. The following year, he introduced his Apple II personal computer, featuring a central processing unit, a keyboard, color graphics, and a floppy disk drive. The Apple II was integral in launching the personal computer industry.

Los Angeles, California, USA

Presentations

Robotics/Automation
Steve Wozniak is a legend in the robotics/automation arena. He is the man who designed the machine that crystallized what a desktop computer was: the Apple II. Hek believes the development of robotics today parallels to the development of the personal computer over 30 years ago. In this presentation, Steve shares his insight on the realm of robotics and offers outlook as to where he thinks technology will take us.

The Apple Story
Wozniak and Steve Jobs founded Apple Computer in 1976. Between Wozniak’s technical ability and Jobs’s mesmerizing energy, they were a powerful team. In this presentation Steve Wozniak shares the backstory as to how Apple came to the the world renowned organization we know it as today.

Innovation & Creativity
One of the early innovators of the microcomputer revolution, Wozniak co-founded Apple Computers (now Apple Inc.), designing both the Apple I and the Apple II. He was awarded the National Medal of Technology from President Ronald Reagan for his innovations, which effectively paved the way for the personal computer industry.

Wearables
Steve Wozniak is a gadget guy. He drives a Tesla, rides a Segway, has a remote controlled device which lights up his luggage at baggage claim, and even uses a toothbrush holder that sticks to the mirror. He loves getting his hands on new devices, especially innovative wearbles.  In this presentation, Wozniak talks about the potential of wearables and the direction he thinks they need to go in.

Platform Plus

A Conversation with Steve Wozniak

Up to a 60 minute on-stage dialogue and open Q&A between Steve, the interviewer (which we would be happy to assist you in selecting), and your attendees. The interview format offers tremendous control over the content of the appearance and allows for a more unique and highly interactive experience for your attendees. The best way to utilize this format is to identify the topical area that you would like to ask Steve questions about during the conversation – ideally 10 open ended questions for a 60 minute session. Steve is happy to answer questions from a broad variety of areas. We are available to assist with the interview format and content to help you create a dynamic and thought provoking event.

Awards

2014
Hoover Medal

2000
Inventors Hall of Fame
Heinz Award for Technology

1985
National Medal of Technology


Summary Profile

In 1981, he went back to UC Berkeley and finished his degree in electrical engineering/computer science. For his achievements at Apple, Wozniak was awarded the National Medal of Technology by the President of the United States in 1985, the highest honor bestowed on America’s leading innovators.

In 2000, he was inducted into the Inventors Hall of Fame and was awarded the prestigious Heinz Award for Technology, The Economy and Employment for singlehandedly designing the first personal computer and for then redirecting his lifelong passion for mathematics and electronics toward lighting the fires of excitement for education in grade school students and their teachers.

In 2014, he received the prestigious Hoover Medal, which is an American engineering prize for “outstanding extra-career services by engineers to humanity.” The prize is given jointly by the American Institute of Chemical Engineers, American Institute of Mining, Metallurgical, and Petroleum Engineers, American Society of Civil Engineers, Institute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers, and American Society of Mechanical Engineers.

Through the years, Wozniak has been involved in various business and philanthropic ventures, focusing primarily on computer capabilities in schools and stressing hands-on learning and encouraging creativity for students. Making significant investments of both his time and resources in education, he adopted the Los Gatos School District, providing students and teachers with hands-on teaching and donations of state-of-theart technology equipment.

He founded the Electronic Frontier Foundation, and was the founding sponsor of the Tech Museum, Silicon Valley Ballet and Children’s Discovery Museum of San Jose. Wozniak currently serves as Chief Scientist for Fusion-io and is a published author with the release of his New York Times best-selling autobiography, iWoz: From Computer Geek to Cult Icon, in September 2006 by Norton Publishing. His television appearances include reality shows Kathy Griffin: My Life on the D-List, ABC’s Dancing with the Stars and The Big Bang Theory.