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Night of the nerds: Atari founder Bushnell headlines Tech Bloc rally

November 6, 2017

Tech Bloc is bringing industry icon and Atari founder Nolan Bushnell, considered the father of video gaming, to headline its annual rally at Rackspace’s headquarters Nov. 9.

Bushnell was famously Steve Jobs’ first boss and turned down an offer to buy a third of Apple for $50,000, he told ABC News in 2015. Bushnell will sit down for an in-depth conversation with David Martin Davies of Texas Public Radio Thursday night, according to a press release. Rackspace former president Lew Moorman and founders Dirk Elmendorf and Graham Weston, the company’s former chairman, will also speak at the event.

Bushnell, 74, founded Atari in 1972 and Chuck E. Cheese Pizza Time Theater a few years later as a place to install his video games, including Pong.

The “Rally@Rackspace: Game Changing Tech Founders from Silicon Valley to SATX” will have “food trucks, music, retro-gaming competitions, a Cosplay contest, and complimentary drinks and event t-shirts,” according to a news release.

Wytec International, a subsidiary of Competitive Companies Inc., is giving out free tickets the students, teachers and administrators of the new CAST Tech High School, according to the release.

“We are excited by the opportunity to team with Tech Bloc to involve the students of CAST Tech High School in this important tech networking and educational event,” said Wytec CEO William Gray in the release.

Plans to create CAST Tech were announced during last year’s rally.

Tickets cost $15. The event will be held from 5 p.m. to 8 p.m. Thursday at Rackspace’s headquarters at 1 Fanatical Place.

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