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Steve Wozniak

Co-founder, Apple Computer Inc., Chief Scientist, Fusion-io

Bio

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, Wozniak 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.

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-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.  In 2014, he was awarded the Hoover Medal, a prestigious honor given for “outstanding extra-career services by engineers to humanity,” and was inducted into the IndustryWeek Manufacturing Hall of Fame.

Wozniak is Chief Scientist at Primary Data and is a published author with the release of his New York Times best-selling autobiography, iWoz: From Computer Geek to Cult Icon by Norton Publishing. His television appearances include: ABC’s Dancing with the Stars and The Big Bang Theory, The Late Show with Stephen Colbert, Conan, and The Tonight Show Starring Jimmy Fallon.

Topics

Steve Wozniak Speaking Presentations:

Mr. Wozniak takes a very customized approach to each appearance he accepts 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 experience delivered by one of the most influential pioneers of the technology industry. His core topics include:

  • The founding of Apple
  • Innovation and creativity
  • Entrepreneurship or thinking like an entrepreneur within a larger company
  • iWoz, his autobiography
  • Robotics and automation
  • Education
  • His personal vision for the future of technology
  • The Internet of Things
  • Wearables
  • Big Data

Sample Topics:

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.

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.

For more information, fees & booking Steve Wozniak, contact us. Very SERIOUS booking-related inquiries only.

Testimonials

Steve Wozniak’s session at the 2015 NAMM Show will be talked about for years to come. His unique insights on innovation and creativity inspired the audience to look at their businesses differently. Our members were blown away by his generosity, wisdom and authenticity. He’s a living legend, and at the same time, he couldn’t be easier to work with. He received a standing ovation like we’ve never seen at a show.

–National Association of Music Merchants (NAMM)

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Steve Wozniak’s session at the 2015 NAMM Show will be talked about for years to come. His unique insights on innovation and creativity inspired the audience to look at their businesses differently. Our members were blown away by his generosity, wisdom and authenticity. He’s a living legend, and at the same time, he couldn’t be easier to work with. He received a standing ovation like we’ve never seen at a show.

–National Association of Music Merchants (NAMM)

I've had the pleasure of featuring Steve Wozniak across several conferences and enjoyed working with him immensely. His enthusiastic personality translates to a fantastic keynote, and his generosity off stage connecting with attendees had the entire event buzzing. Woz is akin to the Santa Claus of technology - all those that cross paths with him can't help but be charmed and delighted.

–TechMedia

Thank you so much for everything you have done for us during your stay. The amount of feedback from today’s staff session has been phenomenal; – they could not be more excited.  Our clients also thoroughly enjoyed the opportunity to engage in open conversation with you. Your honesty, genuineness, passion and great story telling ability wowed everyone and delivered a truly unique experience for our staff and clients alike. You have both been so lovely to engage with over these past few days and made it such a joy to hold this event.

–Commonwealth Bank of Australia

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