This year's Silicon Valley Forum Visionary Awards featured a tribute to the late Andy Grove, the legendary leader of Intel, who helped build the company into the world's most valuable semiconductor company.
Three additional people received a 2016 Visionary Award: Carl Bass, CEO Autodesk; Tom Wheeler, Chairman of the Federal Communications Commission and Jennifer Pahika, founder and Executive Director of Code for America.
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Grove died March 21, 2016 and his is the first posthumous award by the 33-year old organization. It was accepted by Craig Barrett, former CEO and Chairman of Intel. He recited a poem and praised Grove for his mentorship that included himself and many others, some who later became heads of large companies. Grove was an immigrant from Hungary and worked at Intel for more than three decades.
Jennifer Pahlka, founder and executive director of Code for America, was introduced by her husband Tim O'Reilly, founder of the publishing and events company O'Reilly Media, and a 2014 Visionary Award winner. Pahlka gave a passionate speech about government, communities, poverty and social justice.
Carl Bass, president and CEO of Autodesk spoke about the opportunties ahead. Tom Wheeler, the 31st Chairman of the Federal Communications Commission spoke about the importance of broadband infrastructure and net neutrality.