Thursday, 07 September 2017 11:09

The Woz in Oz, Apple co-founder to headline Pivot Summit 2017

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Steve Wozniak’s love affair with Australia continues, as he gets set to headline the third Pivot Summit in Geelong on 8 December.

Widely regarded and respected as one of technology’s most influential minds, it’s no surprise that the Apple co-founder is in high demand at events around the world, with many demands on his time.

Indeed, with his son, daughter-in-law and grandchild living in Sydney, and with Woz not only an adjunct professor at Australia’s University of Technology in Sydney but also a permanent resident of Australia, thus making him practically Woztralian, Woz and Oz are now inextricably linked.

So, what is The Pivot Summit

It is held annually in Geelong, and “brings Australian and international thought leaders together to share insights on the future of the digital space and its impact on how we work, live and think".

Woz will “share his insights on innovation and emerging technologies in the current business landscape” as headline speaker at the summit, and will “discuss the technology of the future, what exciting developments he has seen globally and how this will affect and impact our daily lives".

Naturally, Woz is described as a “hugely popular and visionary speaker”, with the Pivot Summit happy to use his appearance to “cement the position of this symposium as one of the most important events of its kind in Australia".

We are told that it also “marks recognition of the growing importance of the work Pivot and the Geelong-based start-up accelerator Runway are doing to establish Geelong as a major hub for startups and innovative technology businesses".

Pivot founder Leighton Wells, who is also chief operations officer of Runway, said Pivot, Runway and Geelong each had important roles to play in amplifying the tech and start-up culture in Australia.

Wells said the inclusion of Wozniak on the list of speakers at this year’s Summit was exciting evidence of the event’s momentum, and added: “Entrepreneurial thinking is a global currency and Geelong is incredibly competitive in this space.

“To have someone with the international profile of Woz addressing a future-focused technology event in regional Victoria is reflective of where Geelong is at as a startup and tech community. Woz’s focus on innovation and disruption captures the spirit of Pivot and I’m sure he will be delighted by the start-up culture he discovers here in Geelong.”

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