Inventor Nathaniel Wareing at Tekstar’s Konvergence event with a prototype of his 3D board game technology.
Story & photo Eve Jeffery
The first annual Tekstar Festival continued yesterday with the inaugural Konvergence event held at the Byron Sport and Cultural Complex, a one-day spectacular of light, sound art and technology.
The day was officially opened by Adam Collett and Earth Guardians Holly and Lotus.
The first panel of the event saw inventor Ric Richardson, Common Ground co-founder Kirra Pendergast, SCU’s Dr Barry Hill and mayor Simon Richardson. The panel discussed the idea that Byron Bay was an IT hub but rather than a silicon valley, it was more of a Silicon Village.
Ric Richardson also introduced three local young inventors. Finley Stubbs who has devised a puzzle and game storage and packaging system; Jessica Buhagiar, who has invented a shower safety device which could be used in all domestic and industrial areas that require a particular physical stance for operation; and Nathaniel Wareing who has revolutionised the enjoyment of all manner of board games.
‘I have created a system of converting any 2D board to a new and exciting 3D game’, says Nathan. ‘I have made working prototypes for Connect Four, and I have been working on prototypes of a travel version of connect four and a 3D game of snakes and ladders.’
Tekstar continues this week with workshops, a dance event in Uki and wraps up with the Lantern Parade in Lismore on the weekend.