Vintage Computer Festival East is May 3-4-5 at the InfoAge Science & History Center in Wall, New Jersey. This year’s show features keynotes by Unix co-inventor Ken Thompson (who’ll be interviewed on stage by Brian Kernighan), Atari/Amiga engineer Joe Decuir, and Usenet developer / computer security expert Steve Bellovin. We also have HUGE exhibits devoted to the histories of Unix and Atari. Plus dozens of additional exhibits, the massive consignment room, a single-board computer workshop, museum tours, learn-to-solder classes, and much more!
We had a great time last weekend! Congratulations to our award winners!
- Max Tonnage Award, Josh Dersch, 40 Years of the Three Rivers PERQ Workstation
- Youngest Exhibitor, George Amores, Commodore 64 vs. Commodore Plus 4
- Most Interactive, Joerg Hoppe, BlinkenBone, Program a PDP-11/70 over reanimated front panel
- Best Display, John Ball, AppleTalk – Apple’s First Generation Network Protocol
- Most Interesting Presentation, Rick Bensene, Wang Laboratories’ Electronic Calculators
- Most Complete System, Jason Howe, Atari 800 Productivity
- Garage Queen, Stephen M. Jones, SDF Public Access UNIX System
- Best Restoration, Chris Henkel, Early PC based Engineering Workstations
- What the heck is that?, Kaylin, Hayes, & Papenhoff, PDP-6 emulation with interface to PDP-6 Console and 340 Display
- Kill-A-Watt, Madeline Autumn-Rose, CompuServe and Their PDP-10 Clones
- The Overachiever Award, Ian Finder, Only Amiga Makes It Necessary and The GRiD
- Best in Show, Sergey Kiselev, Retro Brew Computing – Do-it-yourself 8-bit Single Board Computers
It was my first time handing out awards, so I apologize for the flubs and wonderfully awkward moments. 🙂
Links to the presentations can be found on the event page at http://vcfed.org/vcf-pnw/.
If you attended the event please consider adding your pictures to the shared photo album at https://photos.app.goo.gl/e2rzk4iT4aHrQUoy6. It helps others to see the show from a different perspective, and it helps us who were too busy to take pictures.
And one last request – help us make VCFed events even better! If you were at VCF PNW 2019 please fill out a short survey for us: https://goo.gl/forms/V3DiyxwkpbIOCKn73
See you in 2020!
Mike, on behalf of VCFed
VCF PNW 2019 is this weekend in Seattle!
Come check out the 30 exhibits, enjoy six presentations, and go hunting for treasure in the consignment area. And of course come for the people – they are what make a VCF event so fun!
Details can be found at http://vcfed.org/vcf-pnw. We hope to see you there!
Mike on behalf of the VCF PNW crew
A note from our friends at the Atlanta Historical Computing Society about Vintage Computer Festival Southeast 7.0: exhibit registration is open! The show will be Saturday, April 27, 2019, 10AM-7PM, and Sunday, April 28, 2019, 12PM-5PM.
This year’s focus is on the 50th anniversary of Unix and 40th anniversary of the Atari personal computer (and the TI-99/4). More space is expected to be available than last year, so visitors should expect to see more than 30 exhibits. The event takes place at the currently under-construction Computer Museum of America in Roswell, Georgia.
Visitors will be able to view the museum’s artifacts and construction in progress through viewing panels. You may be able to explore part of the museum, depending on the status of construction.
Announcements about keynote speakers are coming soon.
We opened exhibitor registration for VCF East and VCF West. This year we’re doing it through Google Forms. Click here to sign up for a VCF East exhibit or click here to sign up for a VCF West exhibit. Exhibit tables for both events will sell out, so don’t procrastinate! If you have any questions then contact Evan Koblentz (VCF East: firstname.lastname@example.org) or Erik Klein (VCF West: email@example.com).
Ken Thompson, who invented the UNIX operating system with Dennis Ritchie at Bell Labs in the 1960s and 1970s, will be a star at Vintage Computer Festival East this year! It’s the 50th anniversary of when their work began. Thompson also wrote the programming language B, which preceded Ritchie’s world-changing language C. His accomplishments on these and other important works in computer science must be acknowledged. Ken will be interviewed on stage on Saturday morning, May 4, by Bell Labs’ Brian Kernighan of K&R fame. Brian himself spoke at VCF East in 2015.
If you were thinking of joining us for VCF Pacific Northwest 2019 in Seattle then now is the time to let me know!
The event is March 23-24th (Saturday and Sunday) with setup the day before. We still have room for some more exhibits if you are interested in joining us. If you are going to join us I need to know by Friday, February 8th. If you have told me you were coming but did not complete the registration form, well, now is the time …
A description of the event can be found at http://vcfed.org/vcf-pnw. General information for exhibitors including pictures from last year, a link to the registration form, and a FAQ can be found at http://vcfed.org/wp/vcf-pnw-exhibitor-registration/. Also, yell at me directly if you have questions.
firstname.lastname@example.org or email@example.com
PS: Not exhibiting at the event but interested in unloading some tonnage? We are hosting a consignment area again! The consignment area is open to everybody; now is a good time to start cleaning and testing things that you might want to sell.
You keep asking, and now we have answers! For 2019 the Vintage Computer Festival series schedule is:
- VCF Pacific-Northwest — March 23-24, Living Computers: Museum+Labs, Seattle, WA
- VCF Italia — April 27-28, Cartiera Latina – Parco dell’Appia Antica, Rome, Italy
- VCF East — May 3-5, InfoAge Science Center, Wall, NJ
- VCF West — August 3-4, Computer History Museum, Mountain View, CA
All four events are awesome! We promise you will have a great time there. Bring your friends, family, and coworkers too! Our events are truly “festivals” to celebrate the history of computing.
Happy holidays from Vintage Computer Federation!
If you’re looking for an end-of-year charity contribution, Vintage Computer Federation is an excellent choice. We’re a 501(c)(3) devoted to preserving computer history, enabling hobbyists, and informing the public. Please click here for more information.
-Evan Koblentz, executive director, VCF
Just some quick updates on VCF PNW 2019
- So far we have 11 registered exhibitors plus a few more who have expressed interest. We are looking for 20 to 25 exhibits and probably have room for up to 30 so don’t be shy. (We would like to have exhibitor registration complete in mid-January so we can start working on the show layout.)
- We are also still looking for a few more speakers who want to present their topics. Being a speaker at VCF PNW is a great way to share your knowledge with a very friendly crowd.
- We are hosting a consignment area again! Have an old machine or gear that you want to find a new home for? Now would be a great time to get it cleaned up and ready for sale.
VCF Pacific Northwest 2019 will take place March 23-24, 2019 at Living Computers: Museum+Labs in Seattle, Washington. Details can be found at http://www.vcfed.org/vcf-pnw.