Scientific Games Corporation recently hosted its inaugural EMPOWER customer conference at Planet Hollywood Las Vegas Resort & Casino, attracting more than 500 casino and lottery operators, sponsors, partners and members of the media who perused the company’s innovative solutions, convergence technologies and broad gaming, lottery and interactive product portfolio while being entertained by special keynote speakers and informative conference sessions.

According to company press materials, the EMPOWER conference evolved from Bally Technologies’ Systems User Conference, which was held for 11 years at casino resorts across the U.S. Following the merger of Scientific Games and Bally Technologies in 2014, the company planned an expanded event to incorporate its three business divisions, making EMPOWER the only private, global conference of its kind in the gaming and lottery industry.

Among the highlights of the event was a keynote presentation from Apple Computer Co-Founder Steve Wozniak, who helped shape the computing industry with his design of Apple’s first line of products and influenced the popular Macintosh. Wozniak currently serves as chief scientist for Fusion‐io and is a published author with a New York Times best‐selling autobiography, iWoz: From Computer Geek to Cult Icon. Wozniak captivated the audience with a prolonged question and answer session, in which he discussed his relationship with Steve Jobs, Bill Gates and other early personal computer pioneers.

“EMPOWER attendees are in for an incredible three days of innovation, technology, and entertainment designed to propel them to new levels of professional and personal success,” said Gavin Isaacs, president and CEO of Scientific Games prior to the event. “The conference is a must‐attend for every Scientific Games customer seeking to learn more about our new combined business and the integrated approach we deliver with the industry’s most comprehensive and inventive product suite. We look forward to engaging our customers with great speakers, powerful insights, and lots of fun. Most of all, this is an opportunity for us to listen and learn from our customers while we inform, inspire and entertain.”

A special section recapping EMPOWER’s conference sessions and events will run in the June issue of Casino Journal magazine.