SAN FRANCISCO — Talking to Steve Wozniak should be a sanctioned sport. Keep up if you can. In a span of seconds, you’ll hear about his preference for low-cost lodging (he's partial to Motel 8 due to its free WiFi), frustration with his slow at-home broadband (which monkeys with his beloved Big Bang Theory), and regrets about not buying a DeLorean in the '80s (though now he'd love a self-driving car).
If you were starting an event that sat at the intersection of technology and pop culture, you could scarcely imagine a better founding myth than one involving an encounter between Apple cofounder Steve Wozniak and Marvel impresario Stan Lee. As the designer of the Apple II's hardware and software, Woz played a monumental role in the personalization of computers that ushered in the era that would bring us not just PCs but smartphones, tablets, smartwatches, smart TVs, and much more. And the Marvel comics that Lee co-created and wrote in the 1960s are the stuff that modern myths are made of.
Apple co-founder Steve Wozniak is helping to create the inaugural Silicon Valley Comic Con, which will be held from March 18-20, 2016, in San Jose, Calif. (Jeff Chiu/Associated Press)
(Photos) Computer pioneer Steve Wozniak was in Toledo for the university’s Jesup Scott Honors College Distinguished Lecture series Feb. 1.
Silicon Valley Comic Con, the San Jose, California, convention conceived by Apple co-founder Steve Wozniak, has announced the programming for its inaugural event in March. As you might expect, the panels reach beyond comic books and popular culture to include science and technology, and gaming. Highlights include a conversation with William Shatner, a Q
Apple co-founder Steve Wozniak plans to return the favor by bringing an American-style pop culture fan extravaganza, the comic book convention, to Tokyo in 2016. And really, who better to serve as America’s ambassador for all things geeky?
Apple did revolutionise personal technology in the 20th century, but it was through the introduction of the Apple II in 1977, a machine designed and created by Steve Wozniak, the one who is increasingly airbrushed out of the history of the biggest and richest technology company in the world.
The evening started with a lifetime achievement award ceremony, which honored powerful HEMP mentors such as Ewing Kauffman, Henry W. Bloch, Ray Pitman Sr. and Barnett C. Helzberg Jr.; Wozniak was also presented with an award at the end of the event.
The Apple Inc. co-founder received a Lifetime Achievement in Entrepreneurial Mentoring award. In his talk, he shared the request he makes of people he helps, delivering a message that resonates with the HEMP mission: “I would say the way you pass it on, the way you pay me back, is when you’re successful and you have something, you give it to others. You give it to others and help them.”
Apple inventor and cofounder Steve Wozniak is way, way nicer than this namesake in the new “Steve Jobs” movie opening in US theatres this month. I know this because I spent hundreds of hours with Wozniak in the course of researching and writing his memoir, iWoz: How I Invented the Personal Computer and Had Fun Doing It (WW Norton) back in 2005 and 2006. Far from the argumentative, cussing Wozniak that Seth Rogen portrays in the new movie, the real Wozniak is breezy and easy to get along with, almost to a fault.