Apple co-founder packs Business Rocks to rafters

Apple co-founder packs Business Rocks to rafters

Steve Wozniak headlined day one of the inaugural Business Rocks festival in Manchester, packing out the keynote area as he was asked about the secret to Steve Jobs' success.

It was the 'day of the Steves' at Business Rocks as Steve Wozniak spoke passionately about Steve Jobs' Apple legacy, and Steve Bartlett of Social Chain stole the show during the morning keynotes.

Manchester Central was busy from the moment registration opened, and exhibitors in the main hall included Virgin with their #VOOM campaign, Entrepreneurial Spark, the BBC and both Tesla and Rolls Royce who had cars on display.

A hackathon began first thing, with teams working across both days to create products to help the homeless problem in the UK.

The man behind Business Rocks, Jonny Cadden, spoke of his desire to do something different and more engaging as he discussed his vision for Business Rocks, which will return next year and which he plans to take global. 

And the opening keynote, Social Chain's founder Steve Bartlett, fascinated the crowd with his unconventional way of conducting business. We heard the story of how Steve started his business earlier this week, and at Business Rocks we heard more about what they are capable of.

With an average age of just 22 across a workforce of 50, there's a real willingness to do things differently at Steve's office. They are engaged with, or operate, some of the most popular social media accounts and utilise that to conduct a range of different services for their clients. If you know of 'Rex Secco' - that was their work! 

But it was the Woz, Steve Wozniak, who brought everyone together to hear him talk about the journey of founding Apple, and his relationship with Steve Jobs. He admitted that his deserved reputation for talking too much meant that nobody in Apple told him their secrets anymore, but he remains close to the firm that he was instrumental in founding. 

A technical expert, he took the time to correct some of the film portrayls of both him and Jobs, and their journey to make Apple the global form is now is. He spoke passionately about the future of artificial intelligence, talking of feeling robots and how we bridge the gap between them and humans.