Apple Inc. co-founder, inventor and entrepreneur to visit UNT

Apple Inc. co-founder, inventor and entrepreneur to visit UNT

July 30
17:18 2014

Steven James / Staff Writer

Apple Inc. co-founder, National Inventors Hall of Fame inductee, Hoover Medal awardee, engineer, entrepreneur and businessman Steve Wozniak will visit UNT Aug. 18 to answer questions submitted by students about him and his life.

The event, which is part of the Distinguished Lecture Series, will begin at 7 p.m. in the Coliseum at 600 Ave. D. Wozniak will sit on stage and answer questions submitted by UNT students, instead of giving an actual lecture.

Wozniak was a main player in the technological movement in the late 1990s. Besides co-founding Apple in 1976, he also created the Apple I, Apple II and helped to develop technology essential to the universal remote control and wireless GPS systems, among many other technological achievements. He is also a prominent businessman, taking part in many philanthropic events and earning many technological and business awards.

Tickets go on sale this Friday. Tickets are free for UNT students who present their IDs at the door, $10 for student guests and UNT faculty, staff and alumni and $15 for the general public. Tickets can either be purchased online or at the door of the Coliseum the night of the event.

Wozniak was chosen to speak by the Distinguished Lecture Series Committee, which is comprised of the SGA president, who serves as chair, six other SGA members, three appointed faculty members and three appointed staff members. The Committee chose Wozniak because they were looking for a speaker who was prominent with technology, while also being a widely known creative figure.

Students not in attendance can submit questions through Twitter for Wozniak to answer during the interview. They can either submit questions before the event or during the event’s live Twitter feed. Students in attendance will have chances to ask Wozniak questions in person.

Distinguished Lecture Series Committee member and integrative studies senior Adam Hasley, who has a background in TV interviewing, will be the one asking Wozniak the Twitter questions.

“We wanted it to be more organic,” Hasley said. “Typically in the past, we’ve done more presentations. And while they’ve been very beneficial, they’re not as interactive with the students, and the main thing we bring these speakers here for is for the students, so we wanted to give them a chance to ask their questions.”

Michelle Bradley, coordinator of special projects in the Division of Student Affairs, is in charge of the logistics of the event. She said she hopes students will attend so they can be exposed to a successful business atmosphere.

“Most people only know him as the co-founder of Apple, but he has done a lot more since then, as far as developing new products and philanthropy,” Bradley said. “He uses himself as an example of what you can do and start out very small, and then become this amazing thing, as long as you can utilize the tools that have been handed to you and take advantage of every opportunity.”

SGA president and music education sophomore Troy Elliott said he is amazed by Wozniak’s creativity.

“There is the business mindset of him, and then just everything that he has been able to accomplish with a company like Apple,” Elliott said. “He’s an artist. The products that he created are just really being able to be utilized by a multitude of people. His creativity is amazing to me.”

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