HighEdWeb 2013 Announces Wozniak Keynote

HighEdWeb is pleased to share that our 2013 annual conference in Buffalo, NY on October 6-9 will feature two outstanding keynote presentations. Our previously-announced keynote, Scott Stratten (@unmarketing), will join us on Wednesday, October 9 to talk about engagement and share words of inspiration as we close what we know will be another outstanding conference.

And now we’re very excited to announce that  HighEdWeb 2013 welcomes Steve Wozniak, author, speaker, co-founder of Apple Computer Inc. and chief scientist at Fusion-io, as our conference opening keynote presenter!

Photo of Steve Wozniak, HighEdWeb 2013 Keynote SpeakerSteve Wozniak, co-founder of Apple Computer Inc. and chief scientist at Fusion-io

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 and 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.

Wozniak currently serves as Chief Scientist for Fusion-io 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. His television appearances include reality shows Kathy Griffin: My Life on the D-List, ABC’s Dancing with the Stars and The Big Bang Theory.

Register today to join us in Buffalo on October 6-9 and hear Woz and @unmarketing share their insights with #heweb13!

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Colleen Brennan-Barry

Colleen Brennan-Barry (@ColB) is president of the Higher Education Web Professionals Association, serves on the conference committee for the HighEdWeb Annual Conference, and is the Assistant Director in charge of Web Communications at Monroe Community College in Rochester, NY.