THANK YOU to all who attended and supported Vintage Computer Festival West last weekend! It was a huge success. Dozens of amazing exhibits, great lectures, and 18 of the world’s approximately 70 remaining original Apple 1 computers in the building. Special thanks to all of the attendees and exhibitors, plus our awesome loyal supporters: the staff of the Computer History Museum, Hackaday, the Association for Computing Machinery, Commodore’s Bil Herd, Apple’s Dan Kotte, RR Auctions, and Apollo Guidance Computer expert Frank O’Brien. Visit our YouTube channel to watch video of the event.
Vintage Computer Festival West (#vcfwest) is underway. In addition to the exhibit hall, there’s a full slate of lectures, panels, and special demonstrations. There’s nothing like being there in person, but this year we are experimenting with our first live stream — please forgive us if the quality isn’t fully professional. Make some popcorn and click over to our YouTube channel to watch all weekend. Enjoy the show!
VCF West is just a few weeks away! You’ll find three dozen incredible hands-on exhibits, a special exhibit with at least 10 original Apple-1 computers, a restored Apollo Guidance Computer, an amazingly detailed technical lecture by legendary Commodore engineer Bil Herd, our huge consignment sale, and much more!!! It’s all happening at the Computer History Museum in Mountain View, California, right in the heart of Silicon Valley — with special thanks to our supporters at Hackaday and the Association for Computing Machinery. Get your tickets online now to save time at the show! Click here for all of the details.
We’re honored to announce that Dag Spicer is our newest board member! Dag is senior curator at the Computer History Museum in Silicon Valley.
Dag’s background is in electrical engineering and history. He joined VCF to assist in expanding the grassroots involvement of computer enthusiasts in the story of computing, one in which every person on earth is now a part. Originally from Canada, Dag now lives in Santa Clara, CA. His hobbies include reading, hockey, and Cycladic art.
Vintage Computer Festival West 2019 is just two months away! The show is August 3-4 at the Computer History Museum in Mountain View, California.
We are going to have a fabulous show and hope to set a new record for attendance. Buy your tickets online now!
This year we’re having a special gathering of several working Apple 1 computers. Their owners will participate in a panel discussion to tell the stories behind these rare machines. We will also hear from the team who restored an Apollo Guidance Computer, and we’re always happy to welcome Commodore engineer Bil Herd.
Additional speakers and classes are pending but we still have room on the schedule for more of everything. So if you have something to share, please let us know!
If you haven’t signed up for your exhibit yet please do so ASAP. The sooner we get that list together, the sooner we can lay out the hall and get the program started. Click here for the exhibits page.
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Vintage Computer Festival East is in our rearview mirror. It was our biggest east-coast show ever! The highlights were the keynotes by Unix co-inventor Ken Thompson (with Brian Kernighan interviewing him on stage) and Atari hardware engineer Joe Decuir. Watch all of the show videos here.
We’d also like to thank all of the exhibitors, especially those who banded together to make anniversary-edition Unix and Atari exhibits. Additional special thanks to all of the volunteers and speakers, and of course to everyone who attended!
We wouldn’t end this blog post without also thanking our sponsor Hackaday and the Association for Computing Machinery. We also owe gratitude to organizations that simply retweeted us to large audiences, such as the IEEE, Bell Labs, and ArsTechnica.
Upload your show photos here. We’ll see you again next year!
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) and Atari/Amiga engineer Joe Decuir. We also have a DIY computing panel discussion, 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 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: email@example.com) or Erik Klein (VCF West: firstname.lastname@example.org).
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.
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.