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Sunshine Coast meetup celebrates with mosaic masterpiece

Silicon Coast held their latest meetup at the Caloundra Regional Gallery gallery last week, where, amongst one-minute pitches and networking, local inventor Mic Black’s pixel mosaic was on full display as part of the Digital Disruption exhibition.

“One of the first meetups we had was at that gallery, and the invitation was put to everyone if they wanted to come up with something around digital art,” Silicion Coast co-founder Retha Scheepers said. “And Mic put up his hand.”

The group was formed in the wake of last year’s Startup Weekend Sunshine Coast in May last year, a group of local entrepreneurs and members of the University of the Sunshine Coast formed the meetup, which has since grown to over 400 members.

Described by the Sunshine Coast Innovation Centre’s Mark Paddenburg (pictured) as a “living mosaic”, Black’s interactive, LED-backlit physical art installation was designed to encourage young people to question and express themselves through colour.

Over 450 children submitted personalised colour sequences through the mosaic’s app, which were then digitally represented through the installation, while a traditional tile mosaic base made by the local senior community ensured all generations were represented.

While the mosaic was undoubtedly the visual highlight of the night, the night showcased a number of external startup initiates, notably CoreEd, an entrepreneurial and IT school program run by group member Natalie McDonald, and Ideas2Market, a workshop Paddenburg hopes will help train budding entrepreneurs for more intense events like Startup Weekend.

The gallery officially ended Digital Disruptions last Sunday with a retro game day, where the mosaic was used as a game wall:

While the mosaic’s future is uncertain, Paddenburg hopes to find Black’s installation a new home, possibly at the Innovation Centre.

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