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It turns out, that the vice president of Corporate Marketing and Strategic Alliances for Synopsis Rich Goldman is an avid tweetterer and has been twitting photos from the official dinner Armenian President Serzh Sargsyan gave to honor Apple co-founder Steve Wozniak, who was in Armenia to receive a presidential award.
These rare pictures give an amazing sense of what it’s like to be at a presidential dinner.
Goldman, who was accompanying Wozniak throughout the Apple co-founder’s trip, was twitting all the way. From what I understand, his company, Synopsis, was one of the initiators and organizers of the whole prize-giving gig.
A Prize for Woz
Back to the man “guilty” for the dinner invitation: Wozniak, the tech-hero, who created the Apple 1 and Apple 2 computers in mid-1970s, was given the Armenian President’s IT Award for his “outstanding contribution to humanity”.
The award was instituted in Armenia in 2009 and was first handed to Craig Barrett, a former chairman and chief executive of Intel Corporation. One of its goals is to encourage connections between the Armenian IT industry and world’s IT visionaries. The Armenian government has declared development of the domestic IT sector, which employs around 7,000 people, a top economic priority.
Wozniak, by the way, seemed to immensely enjoy his time in Armenia. He gave a bunch of interviews in which he spoke of readiness to come back to Armenia again.
PS: From what I’ve heard, it was initially planned to hand the award to Apple co-founder and longtime CEO Steve Jobs, but after it became clear that Jobs is unwell and couldn’t make it (he passed away on October 5th), plans were adjusted to bring Apple’s “Other Steve” to Armenia.