CTU Celebrates Technology Innovation with Apple Co-Founder Steve Wozniak
By Dr. Yahnzen Qu, Professor and Dean of Computer Science and Information Technology
A couple of weeks ago, CTU had the pleasure of being the lead sponsor for the Colorado Springs Business Journal’s “Celebrate Technology” awards, which honor companies and individuals who positively impact the community and drive economic vitality and innovation.
Among the talented innovators in attendance, Apple co-founder Steve Wozniak, provided this year’s keynote speech. Wozniak not only co-created one of the most impactful companies of our time, but also set the personal computer revolution in motion. He has won countless awards for his achievements, including the National Medal of Technology—the highest honor bestowed on America’s leading innovators—and he’s a true teacher and philanthropist.
As part of his keynote, Wozniak offered the following tips to inventors and aspiring entrepreneurs:
- Don’t follow a text book business plan. Get creative.
- Everyone on your start-up team MUST be talented.
- Create a company because you’re passionate about it, not because of money or titles.
At CTU, we strive to learn from innovators like Wozniak and incorporate his teachings as well as the latest technology developments and achievements into our degree programs. As an example, each year our students compete in the National Security Innovation Competition, which represents the most innovative technological advances in homeland security and defense. In 2013, our students placed first in the competition for creating an innovative method to detect zero-day variant malware on computers including mobile devices.
Who knows! Maybe one day our graduates will be responsible for the next ‘big technology revolution.’