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Steve Wozniak, Co-Founder of Apple Computer, to Hold Address at North Carolina State University

North Carolina State University is pleased to announce that Steve Wozniak will be speaking for the first time at the university on Saturday, April 26, 2003. Wozniak is a co-founder of Apple Computer, the inventor of the Apple I and Apple II computers, and a pioneer of the personal computer industry.

The event will be hosted by PackMUG, the North Carolina State University Macintosh Users Group, and will be held at 2:00PM Saturday afternoon at the Jane S. McKimmon Center. Dr. Marye Anne Fox, the chancellor of NCSU, will deliver welcoming remarks. The keynote is open to the public and various representatives from area colleges and universities will be present.

Preceding the event will be a tour by Mr. Wozniak of the NCSU campus, and interactions with students researching emerging sectors of technology. Students from the Center for Robotics and Intelligence Machines, Engineering Entrepreneurs, Embedded Systems, Accelerated Undergraduate Research in Computer Science, and Centaur Labs will take part in roundtable discussions with Mr. Wozniak.

Admission to the address is free for all attendees, with tickets sponsored by Apple Computer. Over 600 students, faculty, and staff representing eight universities in North Carolina, including Duke University, University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, and Eastern Carolina Univeristy, have already registered to attend Mr. Wozniak’s speech. The event is currently filled to capacity.

For more information and to register for a wait-list ticket, please visit Wait-listed ticket registrations will be assigned tickets if more room becomes available. At present, there are plans to accommodate more attendees.

PackMUG will also provide a live video stream of the event. Check for details soon at

In compliance with the Americans with Disabilities Act, NC State University will honor requests for reasonable accommodations made by individuals with disabilities. Requests can be served more effectively if notice is provided at least 10 days before the event. Please direct accommodation requests to Mr. Ben Pope (

About Steve Wozniak:

Mr. Wozniak is an extraordinary engineer and entrepreneur who designed and built the Apple I and Apple II computers that helped launch the personal computer industry. In 1976 he created the Apple I computer with Steve Jobs, and co-founded Apple Computer, Inc. Wozniak’s Apple II personal computer was introduced in 1977, with a central processing unit (CPU), keyboard, floppy disk drive and a $1,300 price tag. The company that began as a two-person operation in Jobs’ garage grew to generate annual revenues of $500M in just six years.

In 1981, Mr. Wozniak left Apple Computer and returned to finish his degree in electrical engineering and computer science at the University of California at Berkeley. After receiving his degree, he decided to pursue a new dream: assisting children in using computers. His strong belief in education prompted him to donate computers, including entire computer labs to schools, servers and Internet access to students, laptops for students and computer training for teachers and students. Mr. Wozniak also founded the Electronic Frontier Foundation.

Currently, he spends a significant part of his time operating a Web site, personally answering the many emails he receives and teaching free classes. In January 2002, he returned to his entrepreneurial roots with the launch of a company entitled “Wheels of Zeus.” Wheels of Zeus (WOZ) is designing new consumer electronics wireless products intended for universal appeal among consumers and corporations. Also in 2002, Mr. Wozniak was inducted into the National Academy of Engineering for “the invention and development of the first mass-produced personal computer.” He is clearly an engineering wizard and an entrepreneurial legend, but Mr. Wozniak is also someone who has a deep understanding of the value and purpose of education.

Through his numerous achievements, Steve Wozniak has enabled the growth of the personal computer industry and enriched the lives of thousands of children and educators. Mr. Wozniak has made and continues to make contributions to our future.

For more information about Steve Wozniak, visit

Press Contacts:
Arman Assa- President, PackMUG-
Ben McNeely- Secretary, PackMUG-

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