Apple Co-Founder Meets President of Armenia

Co-founder of Apple Inc., Steve Wozniak, arrived in Armenia last week to consult the country on investing in education and youth at the initiative of the Armenian government, reports

During his visit, he met with President Serzh Sarkisian, who awarded Wozniak the “Global Award” for “Outstanding Contribution to Humanity through IT 2011.” Before the official ceremony, Wozniak spoke at a press conference about the importance of nurturing creativity among young people in Armenia. At the award ceremony, the president referred to Wozniak as “a person who has revolutionized the world.”

Wozniak is the second person to receive this prize from the president; the first recipient was Craig Barrett, a chairman of the board of the Intel Corporation.

From the moment he landed at Zvartnots Airport, Wozniak was greeted by many fans. ArmRadio reported that on the same day of his arrival, Wozniak received an award from Synopsis Armenia for “humanistic vision, enthusiasm and boundless energy in promoting innovation in the spirit of entrepreneurship around the world and in Armenia.”

Wozniak co-founded Apple with the late Steve Jobs and often speaks about encouraging creativity in children and young people. When discussing the topic with RFE/RL’s Armenian service, Wozniak said that good ideas usually come from young people because “they aren’t so set in knowing how to do things already.”

Along with the president, Wozniak also met with other government officials during his visit, including Prime Minister Tigran Sargsyan.

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