Steve Wozniak’s Formative Moment
- Introduced the Apple II personal computer which helped launch the entire PC industry
- Awarded the National Medal of Technology by the President of the United States
- Inducted into the Inventors Hall of Fame for his work at Apple
- Innovator, entrepreneur, and philanthropist discussing the impact of technology on business and society
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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.
In 1981, he went back to UC Berkeley and finished his degree in electrical engineering/computer science. For his achievements at Apple Computer, 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 single-handedly 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.
After leaving Apple in 1985, Wozniak was 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-the-art 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 and season eight of ABC’s Dancing with the Stars.
Wozniak takes a customized approach to each presentation he delivers, and speaks directly with the event host to ensure a topical focus that is unique, conversational and an excellent tie-in with the overall event. The result is a highly-personalized, unforgettable talk delivered by one of the most influential pioneers of the technology industry.
Mr. Wozniak’s core areas of interest are:
Robotics, AI, & Automation. Steve Wozniak is a legend in the robotics and automation arena. He is the man who designed the machine that crystallized what the personal computer would become: The Apple II. He believes the development of robotics today parallels to the development of the desktop computer over 30 years ago. In this presentation, Steve shares his insight on the realm of robotics and offers outlook as to future trends and where 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 be 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, 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 that 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 wearables. In this presentation, Wozniak talks about the potential of wearables and the direction they are headed.
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“I am pleased to report that we are continuing to receive many compliments about our engagement with Steve Wozniak. Over the course of the evening, he shared with us his love of a good prank, recounted his early days of innovation and launching Apple with Steve Jobs and his thoughts on the future of information technology. His talk at the UNF Arena was a spirited and engaging one indeed!”