Global IT Award

Tony Fadell

Laureate of 2017 Global Award of the President of the Republic of Armenia for Outstanding Contribution to Humanity through IT


Tony Fadell


Tony Fadell was born in March 22, 1969.  He graduated from the University of Michigan with a BS in Computer Engineering in 1991.

Tony Fadell was famous as inventor, designer, entrepreneur, and angel investor.

A lifelong music lover, he hoped to develop a portable digital music player. While seeking financing for his own startup, he received an invitation to advise Apple. When he presented Apple with his design, Steve Jobs offered him a full-time job leading a new Special Projects group.

He served as the Senior Vice President of the iPod Division at Apple Inc., and known as “one of the fathers of the iPod” for his work on the first generations of Apple’s music

When Steve Jobs decided to move Apple into the mobile phone sector, he placed Fadell in charge of the new project. Efforts to add a phone to the architecture of the iPod failed, but when Fadell and his team reimagined the project as a mobile phone with
a built-in iPod, they created another game-changing device, the iPhone. For the second time, Fadell and his team at Apple had overturned the equilibrium of the consumer electronics industry and set Apple on the path to becoming the most highly capitalized
company in history.

He resigned from Apple in 2008.

In May 2010, he founded Nest Labs.

The Nest Learning Thermostat reached the market in October 2011 and has been followed by Nest smoke detectors and security systems. Fadell has authored more than 300 patents. In 2012, he received the Alva Award as “the next great serial inventor.”
In 2014, Google acquired Nest for $3.2 billion. Fadell continued to run Nest as a division of Google for the first year. The following spring, Fadell resigned his positions with Nest and Google.

In 2014, he was listed in The World’s Top 25 Eco-Innovators.

From 2016 Fadell is also the co-founder of Actev Motors, a young company creating all-electric smart go-karts for children.