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Apple's Steve Wozniak arrives in Israel amid raging Gaza hostilities

August 24, 2014 15:56

The American inventor, engineer, programmer visits Holy Land for first time to attend annual conference on education.

 Steve Wozniak, the co-founder of Apple Inc.

Steve Wozniak, the co-founder of Apple Inc.. (photo credit:REUTERS)

Apple co-founder Steve Wozniak arrived in Israel on Saturday night to participate in the EduAction Forum, an annual education conference that kicks off at the start of the school year.

The Holon-based conference, set for Monday, focuses on Israel’s school system and attracts the likes of top government officials, entrepreneurs and techies. The Israel National Lottery sponsors the event.

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Wozniak, who partnered with Steve Jobs to build the first Apple computers in 1976, will be giving a talk titled “The Apple Doesn’t Fall Far From the Tree,” discussing his passion for teaching.

Since he left Apple in the mid-1980s, Wozniak remained active in hi-tech but also turned to education, teaching computer classes to middle-schoolers, pro bono.

He is currently the chief scientist at a Utah-based tech company Fusion-io.

Apple went on to become one of the most valuable companies in the world, launching industry-changing products such as the iPod, iPhone and iPad.

Other big-name guests set to attend this year’s event are former president Shimon Peres, Education Minister Shai Piron and Science, Technology and Space Minister Yaakov Peri.

Amy Chua, best-selling author of The Battle Hymn of the Tiger Mother, canceled her appearance at the conference, because of the security situation.

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