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The Florida Forum Speaker Series to Welcome Steve Wozniak

December 12th, 2023 · Leave a Comment

The Florida Forum Speaker Series, presented by The Women’s Board of Wolfson Children’s Hospital, will welcome entrepreneur Steve Wozniak on Wednesday, Jan. 17, 2024. The program begins at 7 p.m. at the Center for the Performing Arts in Jacksonville.

A Silicon Valley icon, technology entrepreneur, and philanthropist for more than 40 years, Steve Wozniak helped shape the computing industry with his design of Apple’s first line of products, the Apple I and II. 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, keyboard, color graphics, and floppy disk drive. The Apple II was integral in launching the personal computer industry. He is listed as the sole inventor on four Apple patents.

Wozniak was awarded the National Medal of Technology 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 singlehandedly designing the first personal computer and for then redirecting his passion for mathematics and electronics toward lighting the fires of excitement for education in students and their teachers. His autobiography, “iWoz: From Computer Geek to Cult Icon,” was a New York Times bestseller. He continues to pursue philanthropic and entrepreneurial interests and recently co-founded Efforce, a blockchain-based energy saving trading platform.

Wozniak is the second of three events offered by the Florida Forum Speaker Series. The series concludes with U.S. Navy Adm. James Stavridis (Ret.) on Feb. 26, 2024.

Subscriptions for the Florida Forum events start at $170 each for general seating, $235 for preferred seating, $300 for one reserved Bronze level ticket, $600 for two reserved Bronze level tickets, $1,500 for two reserved Silver level tickets and $3,000 for four reserved Gold level tickets. The purchase of a Silver or Gold ticket package includes invitations to the private receptions honoring the speakers following the lectures. Patrons under the age of 30 may purchase Young Subscriber tickets for $100 each. To purchase tickets, visit www.thefloridaforum.com, call 904.202.2886, or email [email protected].

The Florida Forum Speaker Series is made possible by long-time partners and generous sponsors Wells Fargo, Landstar and Florida Blue.

Funds raised by the Florida Forum support the Women’s Board of Wolfson Children’s Hospital’s commitment to raise $1.5 million for two new Kids Kare Mobile Intensive Care Units (ICUs), part of Wolfson Children’s Hospital’s Neonatal and Pediatric Critical Care Transport fleet, including necessary life-support equipment for the transportation of critically ill and injured infants and children by 2024. Kids Kare vehicles and helicopters safely transport more than 2,250 infants and children a year to Wolfson Children’s Hospital for emergency critical care, trauma and specialty care.

For more information, visit www.thefloridaforum.com, call 904.202.2886, or email [email protected].

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