This year’s Design Automation Conference (DAC) will feature Steve Wozniak, co-founder of Apple Computer, and Chief Scientist of Fusion-IO. Wozniak will be interviewed live on stage by San Jose Mercury News columnist Mike Cassidy. The interview will cover a variety of topics, such as the joy of engineering and following your passion to convert innovative ideas into reality. Steve Wozniak’s interview will take place on Monday, June 6, 2011 at 2:00pm. DAC will take place in San Diego, California, from June 5-10, 2011.
Steve Wozniak designed the Apple I and II personal computers. He also influenced the Macintosh line of computers. In 1976, Wozniak and Steve Jobs founded Apple Computer to market Wozniak’s Apple I. For his achievements at Apple Computer, Wozniak was awarded the National Medal of Technology, the highest honor bestowed on America’s leading innovators.
Since the 1980′s, Wozniak has been involved in various business and philanthropic ventures. He has spent a great deal of time and energy focusing on computer usage in schools by stressing hands-on learning and encouraging creativity for students. In 2000, he was inducted into the Inventors Hall of Fame and was awarded the Heinz Award for Technology, The Economy and Employment. Wozniak also co-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. He currently serves as Chief Scientist for Fusion-IO.