Day 4 started with a private tour of iconic automotive brand Mercedes-Benz in Sunnyvale where we got to see what the future of driving looks like in their Silicon Valley innovation lab. We were impressed to find out that infotainment systems and head-up displays of the future will be all about gesture control and predictive behavior. Knight Rider has arrived!
Next we were off to the Computer History Museum in Mountain View to really “geek out”! A comprehensive display summarising the evolution of computing from Lovelace to Hollerith, Turing to Jobs, Gates to Brin which included models of the DEC PDP-1, the game-changing IBM 360, early Apples up to the latest Autonomous vehicles. Many perhaps don’t realise that IBM’s Tom Watson bet the company in 1961 to the tune of $5billion to develop the IBM 360 which revolutionised the corporate world in 1964. You can spend hours in this place!
It seemed only natural after this to visit one of the legends of the tech sector – Steve Wozniak. We headed back to San Francisco to John’s Grill for a late lunch with the Woz, co-founder of Apple and a hero for so many tech enthusiasts including our Unleashed winners. Steve was in great form for the rest of the afternoon as he fielded questions and shared stories and opinions around Social Media, Blockchain, AI, and Quantum Computing and of course his days at Apple with Steve Jobs and his many ground-breaking inventions. It was incredible to see that a man that has achieved so much be so humble and dedicated to his great love – first rate engineering and the people who work in this field. This was vintage and unbridled Woz!
The team had one last dinner at Scoma’s on Fisherman’s Wharf to contemplate an incredible week of activities. We’d like to congratulate Layne Fortenberry of Grainster, Dr Jonathan Hall of Life Whisperer, Nathan Williams of Minespider, Max ter Horst of E-Kite, Nikhil Pooviah and Raghav Murali-Ganesh of CancerAid, Greg Reed of HomeServe and Nick Whitehouse of McCarthy Finch for their achievements and wish them all the best in their future endeavours. They are a collection of great minds and ideas and it was an absolute pleasure to spend time with them. We look forward to seeing their dreams come true!