Apple Co-Founder Speaks in Armenia

Last week, the president of Armenia honored Steve Wozniak, Co-founder of Apple Inc., with the Global Award of the President of the Republic of Armenia for Outstanding Contribution to Humanity through IT 2011. Wozniak visited the country on Thursday to speak about education, youth, and the IT industry in Armenia.

At the ceremony, President Serzh Sargsyan had this to say about the honor: “He [Wozniak] is a person, who has revolutionized the world by initiating the creation of personal computers. Thanks to him, computers stepped out from the scientific and military establishments, huge corporations and entered every home, every person’s life.” Wozniak was the second recipient of this award; the first was chairman of the board of the Intel Corporation, Craig Barrett.

During his visit last week, Wozniak met with government official, university leaders and students. In addition to the Global Award, Wozniak also received a certificate from Synopsis Armenia, reported ArmRadio.

In an interview in the country, Wozniak encouraged Armenian businesses to hire smart young people whether they have a college degree or not. He said, “It’s not that great when companies require all sorts of degrees or certification. You have to be able to spot young people who will think for themselves and come up with good new ideas — the real innovators.”