Apple co-founder to address Derry event

The co-founder of the Apple technology giant Steve Wozniak will be in Derry in May to address firms at a business event.

Mr Wozniak, pictured right, started the company in 1976 with Steve Jobs.

He will speak in Derry after the city won the right to stage this year’s European Business and Innovation Centre Network Congress.

The congress will take place at the Millennium Forum from May 29 to 31 – the first time it will have been held in the north.

Mr Wozniak, said to be worth around $100 million, invented Apple’s first two microcomputers which put the company on the road to being one of the dominant forces in the industry.

The congress will be hosted by the Northern Ireland Business and Innovation Centre (Noribic) and Invest Northern Ireland.

It will feature events and exhibitions, including the digital, cultural and social innovation networking villages.

“We are absolutely delighted to have secured the congress for Northern Ireland as it is a fantastic and very highly thought-of event and even more pleased to have signed up Steve Wozniak as headline speaker,” Noribic chief executive Bernard Toal said.

“We are now finalising the remaining list of international keynote speakers, befitting the kind of audience this conference attracts.

“The programme, which will include a large cultural element, will also showcase the very best that the city has to offer and we can’t wait to unveil it to the delegates.”