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From Garage to Global Importance: the Rise of the PC

On Thursday, Jan. 26, SCU will host a conversation with Silicon Valley icon Steve Wozniak.

Wozniak started the PC revolution. He co-founded Apple along with Steve Jobs in 1976 and designed Apple’s earliest computers. While operating the company from Jobs’ garage, Wozniak created the Apple II, which included innovations such as a keyboard, a disk drive, color graphics, and a central processing unit.
The Apple II kick started the era of personal computers, providing a blueprint for a computer that would be easily accessible to people. Over the next six years, Apple grew into a $500 million business. In 1985, President Reagan awarded the National Medal of Technology to Wozniak and Jobs for the “development and introduction of the personal computer, which has sparked the birth of a new industry extending the power of the computer to individual users.”
Since leaving Apple in 1985, Wozniak’s focus has included philanthropy and education. He provided hands-on teaching and technology equipment for the Los Gatos School District, 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 recent years, this pioneer of computing has become a pop culture icon. He’s appeared on Dancing with the Stars and pioneered the sport of Segway polo. In 2006, he wrote a best-selling autobiography, iWoz.
Moderated by Assistant Professor of Computer Engineering Ahmed Amer, this second installment in the 2011–12 President’s Speakers Series will begin at 7:30 p.m. in the Mayer Theatre. Tickets are sold out, but standing-room only tickets may be available the day of the event. Please check with the box office at 7 p.m. on January 26. Or seats are available for a live broadcast in the Harrington Learning Commons Viewing and Taping Rooms A & B.
To get more details, please visit the speakers series website.

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