Steve Wozniak speaker

Steve Wozniak

Co-founder of Apple and the creative genius behind the Apple I and II


The technological genius behind Apple Computers Inc., Steve Wozniak (affectionately referred to as 'Woz') has become an icon in the field of information technology. The inventor responsible for the first successful personal computers, he has also designed universal remote controls and was a pioneer of GPS technology. His early love of technology enabled him to achieve his ambitions and he is determined to encourage children, young people and adults of all ages to explore creativity, modern technology and to develop a love of learning.


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About Steve Wozniak


Career

Despite his programming and technological skill, Wozniak felt drawn to more philanthropic work and left Apple in the 1980s in order to pursue his education, returning to university to study electrical engineering and computer sciences (in his early twenties he had dropped out of his first university course after one year) and to found his own businesses. Having always felt his calling was to educate and inspire children and young people, it is little wonder that much of Wozniaks philanthropic work has been focussed around education. He wants to make a difference to encourage young people to strive for their goals and to take control of their own destiny and to make education inspiring and exciting. He has said that avoiding drugs and not caving in to conformist thinking are essential in enabling young people to achieve their full potential. Recognising the importance of technology in modern society, he aims to help all children have a thorough understanding of IT, sponsoring numerous projects to facilitate their learning. In his speaking, he seeks to motivate and inspire his audiences in much the same way, helping people experience the joy of creativity and understanding.

Wozniak has appeared on a number of television shows, including Dancing with the Stars and Kathy Griffin: My Life on the D-List.

Wozniak holds several patents for his inventions.

Praise for iWoz: From Computer Geek to Cult Icon: "How I Invented the Personal Computer, Co-Founded Apple, and Had Fun Doing It".

"Every engineer and certainly every engineering student should read this book.It is, in a nutshell, the engineer's manifesto." - Guy Kawasaki, author of The Macintosh Way.

"Everyone should enjoy Woz's very personal and engaging story.What a wild ride!" - Ray Kurzweil, inventor and author of Singularity Is Near.

"Budding computer-science majors, Apple aficionados and electronics buffs will find plenty to ingest here, as Wozniak recounts the inspirations and thought processes for his designs." - J. D. Biersdorfer, The New York Times.

Current / Past Roles & Positions

  • Inventor
  • Computer engineer and programmer
  • Co-founder of Apple Computer (now Apple Inc.)
  • Philanthropist
  • Honorary Doctorate - Santa Clara University (2012)
  • Honorary Doctorate - State Engineering University of Armenia (2011)
  • Honorary Doctorate - Concordia University in Montreal Canada (2011)
  • Honorary Doctorate - Michigan State University (2011)
  • Honorary Doctorate - ESPOL University in Ecuador (2008)
  • One of the Founding Fathers of Computing - Computer History Museum (2007)
  • Honorary Doctorate - Kettering University (2005)
  • Honorary Doctorate - Nova South-eastern University (2005)
  • Honorary Doctorate North Carolina State University (2004)
  • Heinz Award for Technology, the Economy and Employment (2001)
  • Inducted into the Inventors Hall of Fame (2000)
  • Fellow Computer History Museum (1997)
  • Honorary Doctorate - University of Colorado (1989)
  • National Medal of Technology USA (1985)
  • Grace Murray Hopper Award - Association for Computing Machinery (1979)
  • Chief Scientist - Fusion-io
  • Founder - Acquicor Technology
  • Founder Wheels of Zeus
  • Founder - CL 9
  • Founder - Un.U.Son. (Unite Us In Song)
  • Founder - Electronic Frontier Foundation
  • Founding sponsor - Tech Museum
  • Founding sponsor - Silicon Valley Ballet
  • Founding sponsor - Childrens Discovery Museum of San Jose
  • Founding sponsor - Woz Lab, University of Colorado

Awards, Accolades, Achievements & Honours

  • Inventor of the Apple I and Apple II

Speaking Style

A free-thinking creative genius, Steve Wozniak is able to bring out the motivated entrepreneur in all of his audience, encouraging listeners to work towards their goals.

Steve Wozniak is best known for his role as a co-founder of Apple Computer Inc. alongside Steve Jobs and Ronald Wayne in 1976. He and Jobs had known each other since high school and had worked together on several projects, making the best of Wozniaks ability as an inventor and programmer and Jobs business intuition. Apple became a leading player in the production of personal computers thanks to Wozniak inventing the Apple I computer and its successor, the Apple II. These pioneering computers brought user friendly technology to individuals and received acclaim from industry experts and consumers. The combined genius of the two Steves at Apple led the company to further success with the Macintosh and to worldwide fame.

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Books By Steve Wozniak


  • The Art of Deception (with Kevin Mitnick and William L. Simon) (2002)
  • iWoz: From Computer Geek to Cult Icon: How I Invented the Personal Computer, Co-Founded Apple, and Had Fun Doing It (with Gina Smith) (2006)

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