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Apple co-founder speaking at annual Arizona tech conference this week

Co-founder of Apple Steve Wozniak addresses the audience during Science Channel's "Silicon Valley: The Untold Story" Screening at Computer History Museum on January 17, 2018 in Mountain View, California. (Photo by Lachlan Cunningham/Getty Images for Discovery)

PHOENIX — Steve Wozniak, the co-founder of Apple, will speak at the DesTechAZ tech conference in Scottsdale this week.

The event at the Fairmont Scottsdale Princess hosts tech professionals to talk about topics including blockchain and cryptocurrency, augmented and virtual reality, and cybersecurity.

The two-day conference started Wednesday with nine 45-minute roundtable discussions, to be followed by an Arizona Commerce Authority pitch competition, which is new to the event this year.

The day will close out with a tech innovation reception with Wozniak. He will also speak Thursday night at the event’s dinner celebration.

The tech entrepreneur launched Woz U, a technical education program, in Scottsdale in 2017.

Other technology and science superstars appearing at this year’s conference include Hanson Robotics founder David Hanson; NASA chief scientist James L. Green; Lindy T. Elkins-Tanton, managing director of the interplanetary initiative at Arizona State University; and Paul Teutul Sr., founder of Orange County Choppers.

Past speakers have included Arizona Gov. Doug Ducey, who was the CEO of Cold Stone Creamery, and hip-hop artist and entrepreneur Pitbull.

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