It’s here! Vintage Computer Festival West XIII is this weekend (Aug. 4-5) at the Computer History Museum in Mountain View, California. The hours are Saturday 9am-6pm and Sunday 9am-5:30pm. You’ll find dozens of hands-on exhibits of historic hardware and software, an awesome lecture schedule, our famous consignment booth, and much more. The social media hashtag is #vcfwest — don’t miss the show! Special thanks to our supporters at Hackaday and the Association for Computing Machinery.
Update, Aug. 3: Online ticketing is closed. Tickets will be available at the event.
Vintage Computer Festival West XIII is near, and now you can get tickets online to save time at the show. Tickets are $20 for one day and $30 for both days. Computer History Museum members can pay half-price (at the door). Admission to the door is also half-price if you buy a museum ticket that day — as is museum admission if you buy a VCF ticket that day! We also posted the speaker list. It covers everything from Apple to DOS to a musical to PLATO to technology intellectual property!
Our museum is full of incredibly historic computers, but our production network is modern. We are almost finished rebuilding it! The last major component, which we installed on Saturday, is a rackmount UPS courtesy of Minuteman Power Technologies. Thank you Bill A. over at Minuteman! Our other components were donated by individuals: Martin F. provided the HP rack, two Cisco switches (one with power-over-Ethernet, and one with Ethernet-to-Thicknet conversion), Cisco access point, bare-bones Supermicro server, and patch panel. Jason P. gave us an APC-by-Schneider console. Bill D. provided a suitable computer that’ll become our dial-in BBS server. Dean N. contributed a pair of solid-state drives, one for each server, and he’s getting us all the necessary patch cables. Be sure to visit our supporters page for the full list of companies that help us achieve great things.
It’s almost time for Vintage Computer Festival West XIII! The show is August 4-5 at the Computer History Museum in Mountain View, California.
You’ll find dozens of hands-on exhibits, incredible lectures, a huge consignment sale, and much more — plus the museum’s own tours and hands-on demos.
There is still time to register your exhibit, but it’s tight! Go here ASAP to sign up. We also need more volunteers! Email the event producer email@example.com if you can be a helper.
Vintage Computer Festival East XIII is almost here. You’ll find 32 hands-on exhibits, 15 tech talks, 3 incredible keynotes, our biggest consignment room ever, vendors, club tables, kit workshops, learn-to-solder classes, museum tours, food, and much more! Click here for all the details about tickets, the schedule, directions, lodging, and everything else you need to know to make the most of your experience here.
Congratulations to our partners at Vintage Computer Festival Southeast (via the Atlanta Historical Computing Society) and Vintage Computer Festival Italia (via the Vintage Computer Club Italia) for their successful events last weekend and this weekend! Both groups posted pictures on their Facebook pages: Southeast, Italia.
Next up are our two flagships: Vintage Computer Festival East (May 18-20) and Vintage Computer Festival West (August 4-5). There’s also a great fall event, Vintage Computer Festival Midwest, hosted by our friends at Chicago Classic Computing.
One more new added benefit… aside from FREE ADMISSION…
We will also have a sneak preview screening and feedback session for an upcoming documentary Love Notes to Newton (click link for trailer).
To get a flavor of what you might see…
A pleasant change has come to the VCF SE 6.0 event — ADMISSION IS FREE!
The show is opening April 21st… so in just a few days!
The event is taking 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 but due to the ongoing construction will sadly not be able to tour the new exhibit area. You will be among the first to see architectural plans, a 3D model and exhibit design drawings of the museum.
Also don’t forget the VCF SE 6.0 Show itself!
Learn about the development of the Commodore VIC-20 (the first computer to sell 1 million units) and the creation of our favorite text-based adventure games with our two keynotes speakers: Michael Tomczyk and Scott Adams!
We have 32+ exhibits so far. A highlight will be to come see two kickstarter backed replica projects: the Open Enigma and Open DSKY (Apollo Guidance Computer). The creators of these kits will be present at the show. If you get inspired, you will be able to pick up a kit as they will have some on hand.
Exhibit registration is well underway for VCF East XIII (May 18-20) and now it’s open for VCF West XIII too (August 4-5). Click here to learn about the exhibiting process and reserve your space!