Steve Wozniak, co-founder of Apple and an original data nerd, will appear at our FutureStack15 conference, taking place in San Francisco from Nov. 11-13.

In fact, as designer of the Apple I and Apple II computers, the Woz helped make being a nerd cool. That’s just one reason why we’re so excited to welcome him to the roster of fun and distinguished speakers at FutureStack15, New Relic’s annual user conference this November in San Francisco!

Building the seminal Apple I and II would have been more than enough to cement Woz’s place as a Silicon Valley icon, but that was only the beginning of his remarkable career. In the years since helping to create what has become perhaps the world’s most influential technology company, he’s done everything from funding technology for school kids to playing Segway polo. He created the US Festival and contributed to companies ranging from Wheels of Zeus (WOZ) focused on wireless GPS to Fusion-io, a data storage and service company acquired by SanDisk in 2014. His philanthropic contributions include helping to fund the Electronic Frontier Foundation in 1990 as well as the Tech Museum of Innovation, Silicon Valley Ballet, and the Children’s Discovery Museum of San Jose (the same city that named a street “Woz Way” in his honor). He is currently Chief Scientist at Primary Data.

Tellingly, Woz’s unique brand of nerdy is just as culturally relevant as ever: He had a stint on season eight of Dancing with the Stars in 2009 (no, he didn’t win), made a cameo appearance on The Big Bang Theory, announced he was teaming up with Stan Lee to launch Silicon Valley Comic Con next year, and just last week he was a guest on The Tonight Show Starring Jimmy Fallon (playing True Confessions with Seth Rogen, who portrays Woz in the new film about Apple co-founder Steve Jobs):

Woz and FutureStack

Woz noted the commitment at New Relic’s FutureStack to innovation and its underlying belief in the power of software to change the world. “I’m excited to be part of this important event celebrating the importance of building great software,” Woz said. “I see a clear line leading from the hardware nerds creating early home computers in the 1970s and 1980s to the modern software developers and data nerds changing the world with their creations.”

You won’t want to miss Woz on stage at FutureStack15. His talk is sure to be innovative, interesting, and thought-provoking. Just like everything else he’s done.

Want to join the Woz and hundreds of your nerdiest friends and colleagues at FutureStack15 at San Francisco’s Fairmont Hotel, taking place November 11-13? You’ll also get to attend the kick-off event at the historic Fillmore Auditorium, headlined by comedy music legend “Weird Al” Yankovic. Register today!


FutureStack15 promo


Note: Event dates, speakers, and schedules are subject to change without notice.

Steve Wozniak photo credit: Michael Bulbenko

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