Party on, Woz. Apple founder Steve Wozniak turned 70 on Tuesday and invited the world to his virtual birthday party. The event raised money for the singer’s Jewel’s Inspiring Children Foundation, which provides mentorship and mental health resources for at-risk youth. And while the star-studded event is over, you can watch the replay online.
Wozniak and his wife, Janet, can be seen in party photos and watching the event from their home in Northern California. The celebration included recorded performances and birthday greetings from such celebrities as William Shatner, Kristi Yamaguchi, Shaquille O̵7;Neal, Chris Rick, Nancy Pelosi, Emmylou Harris and more.
How to watch?
There is now a three hour plus video of the party, complete with comments from those who have already watched, available to watch online. If you want it in shorter parts, Wozniak has shared short videos from the party on his Twitter account.
What is the charity angle?
Participants were encouraged to donate to Jewel’s Inspiring Children Foundation. The Grammy-nominated singer was once homeless, and her foundation uses a curriculum she developed to help struggling young people from inferior communities. Candidates have received scholarships to schools such as Stanford, Harvard, Yale, Princeton, Georgetown, West Point and more. “One hundred percent of your donation goes directly to inspiring children,” says the website for the party. As of Wednesday morning, a Woz face donation chart showed that $ 207,255 had been donated.
The party may be over, but it was the kickoff event for “11 Days of Wozdom”, a series of challenges on social media, with awards for some participants. The challenges are to write a formula for happiness, film a dance routine, bake a Woz-related cake, tell a joke and more.
Judges will select a winner for each challenge to receive a signed Woz T-shirt and a Twitter exclamation. Five of the ten challenge winners will receive a larger prize, such as a MacBook Air or an iPhone.