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. He also 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, 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 Ste
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“Woz’ content was great, very down to earth, humorous and very future oriented.”
— Huong, Shiloh Events
“Woz seemed eager to engage the large crowd and did so with some really wonderful and personal tales from the past and also his valuable insight into the future. He was very gracious at the Meet & Greet. Top people present with whom I dealt were very happy with Steve’s portion of the program and the manner in which the attendees were held by Steve even though we were very near the end of a 3 day event
— Al Henson, Show Business Entertainment
“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.”
— Zach Phillips, Director of Professional Development, NAMM
“Steve Wozniak’s dynamic personality, unique vision, and astute knowledge created a session that NAMM’s audience will never forget. His storytelling was compelling and it came completely nature to him. I enjoyed how he would go on tangents giving the audience a sneak peak into untold stories, which created an authentic moment for them. Woz is truly one of kind!”
— Karen Rocco, Owner KROC Entertainment
“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.”
— Paula Nolan, Commonwealth Bank of Australia
“I’ve had the pleasure of featuring Steve Wozniak across several conferences in 2014 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.”
— Paige Pires de Almeida, Producer, TechMedia
TOPICS & FORMAT
Woz’s quintessential appearances are in the “Chat” format; 60 minute dialogues between Woz, a moderator, and the assembled audience. The Chat format offers event hosts tremendous control over the content of the appearance and allows for a more unique and highly interactive experience for the audience. Questions asked of Woz during the Chat can be based on one or a combination of his core topics.
Woz 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
- His personal vision for the future of technology
- The Internet of Things
- Big Data
PHOTOS & OTHER RESOURCES
Steve Wozniak has been a Silicon Valley icon and philanthropist for more than thirty years. He 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. For his achievements at Apple, he 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. He 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, in September 2006 by Norton Publishing. 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.
BEHIND THE SCENES
The items in this background image represent the many facets of Woz that we’ve come to know and love through our work together since 2006:
- Woz and Janet: The image in the upper left are cartoons commissioned by New Leaf of the dynamic husband and wife team.
- 8.11: Steve’s birthday is August 11th.
- Segway: Woz is one of the pioneers of Segway Polo and loves to play whenever time permits.
- Q&A: Steve’s format for all appearances – he loves dynamic back and forth conversations and is really an open book when it comes to answering questions on any topic.
- Woz and Van Halen: Steve has always been a huge fan of and supporter of music- and self-funded two amazing US Festivals in the early 80’s featuring, you guessed it: Van Halen (among others).
- Woz and Jobs: Images from the iconic duo’s early years……………fashionable? No. Visionary? YES.
- The photo of Woz and Janet that is resting on the cover of iWoz: Taken at the Dancing with the Stars season finale in spring of 2009 / Season 8. Woz was a contestant on the show, paired with Karina Smirnoff.
- iWoz: Steve’s autobiography and a fascinating tale of the man behind the engineering genius of Apple
- $2 bills: If you ever see Woz in person, ask him about these.
- Nintendo magazine and a vintage GameBoy: Woz loves ‘old school’ video games and memorabilia. These were some gifts from a host in 2014.
- Photo to the upper left of the official Woz photograph (which was taken by Michael Bulbenko): Woz waiting in line outside an Apple store for the latest product release. He’s known for his warm and engaging personality and his friendliness with fans all around the world.
- Pranks and mischief: Woz loves a good practical joke, prank or encouraging mischief in general. He is truly a kid at heart. These books were included by New Leaf to reflect Woz’s love of pranks and mischief. The contents of each book remain the sole and exclusive property of their respective authors.
New Leaf Speakers has represented Woz directly since 2006 and has gotten to know him quite well over all those years together. New Leaf continues to represent Woz in all negotiations on every booking and is the only agency authorized to sign directly on his behalf, committing him to make an appearance. New Leaf is also the only agency with direct access to his calendar and the ability to directly place holds on his calendar.
Photo collage by Amy Gray.
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