TROY, Mich., Dec. 10, 2013 /PRNewswire/ -- The Local Search Association today announced that Apple co-founder Steve Wozniak will be the featured speaker at the 2014 Local Search Association Conference, April 27-29, 2014 in Huntington Beach, Calif. A Silicon Valley icon and philanthropist for more than thirty years, Wozniak helped shape the computing industry by co-founding Apple Computer Inc. with Steve Jobs and designing Apple's first line of products, the Apple I and II, as well as influencing the development of the popular Macintosh.
"Steve Wozniak is one of the most influential technology pioneers of the modern era and a leading voice on driving innovation and ingenuity in our society," said Neg Norton, president of the Local Search Association. "Wozniak's insights on how changing digital and mobile technology will shape consumer purchasing behavior will be extremely beneficial to our attendees as they explore strategies for tackling the fast-growing, multi-billion dollar opportunity in local markets."
The 45-minute featured conversation with Wozniak will explore a variety of topics, including:
- The founding of Apple Computer Inc.
- The intersection of future technologies, including mobile and wearable devices, and local marketing opportunities for national and small- and medium-sized businesses
- The defining characteristics of an entrepreneur, and the role of an entrepreneur within a large company
- Ways to nurture creativity and innovation within organizations
Wozniak will headline the Local Search Association conference, one of the largest industry gatherings of the year, to be held at Hyatt Regency Huntington Beach in California. The jam-packed three-day event will feature an agenda of exciting speakers and panelists from across the digital, mobile and print local advertising landscape, in sessions coordinated by Street Fight, Mobile Media Summit and other leading local media analysts. The conference will also feature an Expo Hall, an innovation awards ceremony, and opportunities for professional networking at nightly cocktail receptions.
About Steve Wozniak
Wozniak currently serves as Chief Scientist for Fusion-io. Since his time at Apple, Wozniak has also been involved in various businesses and philanthropic ventures, focusing primarily on computer capabilities in schools and stressing hands-on learning and encouraging creativity for students. He adopted the Los Gatos School District, providing students and teachers with hands-on teaching and donations of state-of the-art technology equipment. He founded the Electronic Fortier Foundation, and was the founder sponsor of the Tech Museum, Silicon Valley Ballet and children's Discovery Museum of San Jose.
Wozniak is the recipient of some of the most prestigious awards in technology. He 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, he was inducted into the Inventors Hall of Fame. He was also awarded the prestigious Heinz Award for 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 is a published author with the release of his New York Times best selling autobiography, "iWoz: From Computer Geek to Cult Icon," which was released by Norton Publishing in 2006. His television appearances include reality shows "Kathy Griffin, My Life on the D-List," "Dancing with the Stars" and "The Big Bang Theory."
About the Local Search Association
The Local Search Association (www.localsearchassociation.org) is the largest trade organization of companies focused on print, digital, mobile and social media solutions that help local businesses get found and selected by ready-to-buy consumers. Association members include U.S. and international directory publishers, search engine marketers, online listings and review sites, digital advertising agencies and mobile search providers. The Association has members in 29 countries.
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