At the five-year anniversary event “GiGsters Connect”, organised by Gaming Innovation Group (GiG), legendary Silicon Valley tech wizard Steve “Woz” Wozniak was welcomed by a cheering crowd while whizzing into the InterContinental Arena in Malta on a Segway.
The audience included 650 GiG employees (“GiGsters”) from Malta, Norway, Spain and Denmark as well as over 500 external guests who were given a free ticket by GiG: UoM, MCAST and Middlesex University students and professors, members of the Maltese tech community and high profile guests.
Kelly Kehn, Co-founder All-in Diversity: “What an inspiring and engaging event for students, employees and the local community!”
The gadget guru captivated the audience with an inspiring and educational fireside chat with GiG CEO, Robin Reed, and also took questions from the audience.
Sharing a wealth of anecdotes Woz had the audience glued to his every word: while working at the video game company Atari, he had dreamt of a “computer in color”. After “four days and nights without sleep”, the image of a colored computer screen had popped into his head. It was “just a digital number” but that was all it took to change the industry.
“I am really grateful to GiG for this wonderful opportunity of a lifetime. I got to meet one of my role models, talk to him and have him sign my books and my shirt. Today was a good day.”, said GiG Solutions Architect and former MCAST student Chris Demicoli. And listening into conversations after the event he seemed to speak for almost every guest that evening.
The two-day GiGsters Connect event meanwhile has been featuring many more in-depth knowledge session, hackathons, parties and learning opportunities lined up for all 650 GiG employees in attendance.