Photo: Steve Wozniak
Colombia should focus on education to lay the foundation for a better future based on innovation, Apple co-founder Steve Wozniak said during a meeting with Colombian President Juan Manuel Santos, Colombia.inn, a news agency operated by Efe, reported.
“It is necessary for the country to educate people in science, engineering, physics and chemistry,” Wozniak said during the closing ceremony of the 1st Heroes Fest on Saturday.
The three-day event in the northwestern city of Medellin drew 1,000 people with an interest in forming a community of entrepreneurs in Colombia.
Wozniak, who co-founded Apple with friend Steve Jobs and revolutionized the personal computer industry, was asked by Santos what Colombia should do to become the next Silicon Valley.
Recreating the Northern California region that gave birth to most of the world’s leading technology companies “is something that many countries want to do, but it takes time and the first thing is to have the foundation,” the 63-year-old engineer said.
“Colombia has already taken an essential step by recognizing the importance of technology and has better connectivity than many U.S. cities,” the tech legend said.
Heroes Fest was organized by iNNpulsa, a Colombian government agency whose mission is to promote entrepreneurship; the National Learning Service, or SENA; the City of Medellin’s Economic Development Secretariat and the Administrative Department of Science, Technology and Innovation, or Colciencias.