Silicon Valley Legend Adds More Sparkle to Las Vegas
BANNOCKBURN, IL - Apple Computer Co-Founder Steve Wozniak will deliver the opening keynote address at IPC APEX EXPO™ on Tuesday, April 12, 2011, at Mandalay Bay Resort & Convention Center.
Wozniak’s theme, “How to Foster Creativity and Innovation in a Technical Environment,” is a topic the Silicon Valley icon is uniquely equipped to discuss. Wozniak helped invent the personal computer with his design of Apple’s first line of products, the Apple I and II, and contributed to the development of the Macintosh.
The keynote is free to all registered IPC APEX EXPO attendees and exhibitors and will be followed by a book signing on the event’s show floor. A published author, Wozniak will sign copies of his autobiography iWoz: From Computer Geek to Cult Icon, giving attendees an opportunity to meet the legend face-to-face. Wozniak will also attend the PCB and EMS Executive Management Meetings dinner on April 11.
“We are delighted to welcome Steve Wozniak,” says IPC President Denny McGuirk. “When we invited him, he said he had a special place in his heart for electronics manufacturing and was looking forward to meeting the people in our industry. Having a legend like Wozniak kick off our event adds another wow factor to our show, along with the technologies and equipment on display, and should be a big thrill for our exhibitors and attendees.”
For his achievements at Apple Computer, 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, Wozniak was inducted into the Inventors Hall of Fame and was awarded the prestigious Heinz Award in 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.” Wozniak 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 is currently co-founder and chief technology officer for Acquicor Technology, Inc.
Registration for IPC APEX EXPO opens in early November. The IPC APEX EXPO conference and exhibition will run April 12–14, 2011; standards development meetings, professional development courses and other show activities will take place April 10–14. Visit http://www.IPCAPEXEXPO.org to sign up for show notifications.
IPC (www.IPC.org) is a global trade association based in Bannockburn, Ill., dedicated to the competitive excellence and financial success of its 2,700 member companies which represent all facets of the electronics industry, including design, printed board manufacturing, electronics assembly and test. As a member-driven organization and leading source for industry standards, training, market research and public policy advocacy, IPC supports programs to meet the needs of an estimated $1.7 trillion global electronics industry. IPC maintains additional offices in Taos, N.M.; Arlington, Va.; Garden Grove, Calif.; Stockholm, Sweden; Moscow, Russia; Bangalore, India; and Shanghai, Shenzhen and Beijing, China.