Steve Wozniak or ‘Woz’, pioneered the first personal computer – Apple I -and alongside Steve Jobs, founded Apple Computers Inc in 1976.
This Silicon Valley icon and philanthropist first made his mark in the 1970s with his design of Apple’s first line of products, the Apple I and II. The revolutionary effects of which we still feel today. With decades of experience in his field, Woz’s pioneering work with the personal computer is also told in the recent Steve Jobs Biopic.
For his achievements at Apple, he was awarded the National Medal of Technology by the President, the highest honour for America’s leading innovators, and was inducted into the Inventors Hall of Fame. His role in shaping the computing industry cannot be underestimated: he’s the engineer, inventor, teacher, philanthropist and irrepressible prankster who is changing our world even at this very moment.
Currently serving as chief scientist for Fusion-IO, Woz has also published a New York Times best-selling autobiography, iWoz: From Computer Geek to Cult Icon. As the title suggests, Woz’s status as cult icon is constantly cemented with appearances on TV shows such as The Big Bang Theory, reiterating the long-lasting impact Apple has had on the world and our technology since the 1970s.
The biggest draw was the keynote speech from Steve Wozniak. In his well-received presentation directed at students, professionals and academics in attendance, Wozniak traced his lifelong dedication to learning through the use and evolution of technology – a dedication that ultimately resulted in his cult icon status as a technological revolutionary.
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