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Steve Wozniak as a Keynote Speaker: The Woz Experience

Posted by WWSG Staff on May 23, 2015 9:00:00 AM

Silicon Valley icon. Notable Philanthropist. Co-founder of Apple Computer. Muse for many disruptive technologies: iPod, iPhone, iPad. Co-inventor of the Apple I & II. He is “Woz.” Steve Wozniak.

Worldwide Speakers Group is proud to be one of two lecture agencies representing such a defining leader of our time – Steve Wozniak.  Gain access to one of the world’s most highly sought-after, outspoken, and provocative entrepreneurs and business leaders speaking to audiences today.

The Woz Experience

He’s not a speaker; he’s an entirely new kind of experience.

In Woz, everything is possible.  You will experience it all as he channels his inner trifecta: the inventor, the entrepreneur and the techie. He’ll mesmerize you, surprise you, challenge you, and inspire you to re-think what’s possible.  You will leave Steve Wozniak’s presence with a new sense of self brought on by a series of epiphanies.  The Woz experience will forever interrupt your norm, enticing you to take the path less traveled. 

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Wozniak is renowned for being candid and provocative. He truly cares for audiences. He prefers a moderated interview format where audiences may see Steve answer 10 open-ended questions over a 60 minute session. Wozniak works directly with the event host to craft a topical focus that is unique, conversational and an excellent tie-in with the overall event theme. The result is a highly personalized, unforgettable experience delivered by one of the most influential pioneers of the technology industry.

The Icon behind the Curtain

This one-of-a-kind has his own Guinness Book of World Records of achievements, but here are a few facts you might not know about the Woz:

  1. During his 2013 commencement speech at UC Berkeley, Wozniak gave students two happiness equations: Happiness equals S-F (smiles minus frowns) and happiness equals F cubed (food, fun and friends). 
  2. He had a Ham Radio license in the 6th grade, and was influenced by his father who had a job in an electronics field and who taught young Steve the basics of electronic components. 
  3. Steve was put on probation for “computer abuse” after orchestrating a variety of pranks, a pastime shared by his future business partner Steve Jobs. Together they built the first digital “blue box” which allowed them to make [illegal] toll-free calls. 
  4. Wozniak is a sworn member of the freemasons. 
  5. Steve Wozniak is a 1997 Fellow Awards Recipient at the Computer History Museum in Mountain View – for his “invention of the first single-board microprocessor-based microcomputer, the Apple I.” 
  6. Woz lost his memory after a small plane crash. He couldn’t recall the crash, nor could he remember day-to-day events. He credits the power of using logical thought processes in healing and recuperating his memory functions. 
  7. Wozniak plays on a Segway polo team, the Silicon Valley Aftershocks. 
  8. Woz dropped out of UC Berkeley in the 1970s but returned in the late 1980s, enrolling under the assumed name Rocky Clark. The UC Berkeley engineering website has a photo of Dean emeritus Karl Pister with engineering student Rocky. 
  9. Wozniak founded the Electronic Frontier Foundation, an organization that defends free speech, privacy, innovation and consumer rights. 
  10. Steve was inducted in the Inventers Hall of Fame in 2000. His official invention listing there: “Microcomputer for Use with Video Display Personal Computer, Patent Number (2) 4,136,359.” 
  11. He hasn't disconnected from the internet since the 90s. 

To read more about Woz, visit his speaker page and read his complete bio. If you’re interested in booking Woz or others for your next event, simply contact us.

Topics: Apple, WWSG's Top Speakers

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