Founder Behind Cutting-Edge Fingerprint Technology to Speak at Florida Poly

LAKELAND, Fla. – Florida Polytechnic University is pleased to feature Co-founder and CEO of K4Connect, F. Scott Moody, as keynote speaker at its industry partnership and thought leadership event on September 30.

Moody is best known as the co-founder and former chairman/CEO of AuthenTec, a leading provider of fingerprint sensor technology, which was acquired by Apple in 2012. The AuthenTec fingerprint sensor is the foundation of the iPhone and iPad Touch ID feature allowing users to secure their devices using their fingerprint.

Moody’s keynote address at Florida Poly is titled “Disrupting Markets, One Person – or Fingerprint – at a Time” and will examine the process of developing and launching a tech startup in today’s fast-paced global market.

“We look forward to having Scott share his knowledge and experience with our campus community,” said Florida Poly President Dr. Randy K. Avent. “Florida Poly is a hub of innovation where students, faculty and industry leaders are coming together to fuel the next wave of technological advancement. With his experience as an engineer and entrepreneur, Scott can help us better understand how to creatively solve real-world problems.”

This event is the first in-person #STEMTalks conversation to take place at the University. Florida Poly has held virtual group conversations in the past through its #STEMTalks Google Hangout series, where experts, industry leaders and professors discuss hot topics in STEM innovation.

“It’s an honor to speak at a groundbreaking school like Florida Poly,” said Moody. “The campus, curriculum and culture encourages students to be bold, forward thinking and focused on solutions. Those are exactly the attributes needed to be a leader and entrepreneur in technology today. I’m looking forward to sharing what I’ve learned through my experience, and to connecting with and learning from Florida Poly’s students and industry partners as well.”

At K4Connect, Moody helps older adults and those living with disabilities access and use new technology that helps improves their lives. Under his leadership, K4Connect has raised several million in venture capital including investors such as Sierra Ventures, Lowe’s Home Improvement, Stonehenge Growth Equity (located in Tampa, Fla.) and Better Ventures.

Prior to founding K4Connect and AuthenTec, Moody was the vice president of a division of Harris’ Semiconductor Sector – now Intersil – where he started as a newly graduated engineer. Moody earned his bachelor’s in industrial engineering from North Carolina State University and holds an executive master’s degree from the University of Florida.

To register for Florida Poly’s upcoming “Disrupting Markets, One Person – or Fingerprint– at a Time” event, please visit To learn more about the #STEMTalks series and upcoming virtual events, visit

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