Vintage Computer Festival(s) in Atlanta and Rome are complete!

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.

Vintage Computer Festival Southeast 6.0 — even more!

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).

We’ve also revealed our shirt design for VCF SE 6.0! (we will make them available to folks who are unable to attend, please contact Earl Baugh for more info)….

To get a flavor of what you might see…

Admission is now FREE at VCF Southeast 6.0!

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.

Announcing the first VCF Italia!

Italy has art, culture, history, literature, and science. Now it also has a Vintage Computer Festival, organized by Vintage Computer Club Italia. The show is April 28-29 in Rome. Click here for the details.

There will be more than 30 exhibits and 14 presentations, including experts on the history of the Olivetti Programma 101 and Apple history in Italy. Also speaking is Lee Felsenstein of the Homebrew Computer Club, Processor Technology, and Osborne.

Keynote Speakers announced for VCF SE 6.0

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!

Our exhibit space is filling up fast… and 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.

VCF Southeast, VCF East, VCF West dates announced

Many people asked, and now we’re answering! There are three incredible events happening soon.

Vintage Computer Festival Southeast 6.0 (produced by our friends at the Atlanta Historical Computing Society) is April 21-22 in the Atlanta area (Roswell, Georgia). Vintage Computer Festival East XIII is May 18-20 at the Vintage Computer Federation museum in Wall, New Jersey. Vintage Computer Festival West XIII is August 4-5 at the Computer History Museum in Silicon Valley (Mountain View, California).

Exhibit registration for Southeast and East is now open. Don’t delay: these events get full quickly!

And, it’s done …

VCF PNW 2018 is now officially a memory. Nothing caught fire, so we could not hand out that award. We had a few glitches but overall, things went very well.

If you have pictures send them along and we’ll post them (and give you credit, of course …)

Thanks again to our exhibitors, speakers, and VCF volunteers for their effort, LC:M+L for giving us a place to make the magic happen, and Hackaday for helping to fund our adventure.

Michael Brutman
michael@vcfed.org or mbbrutman@brutman.com
Vintage Computer Festival Pacific Northwest 2018 producer

Vintage Computer Festival Pacific Northwest is this weekend!

It’s here! The inaugural Vintage Computer Festival Pacific Northwest — we’ve been planning this for almost a year. The show is 10am-5pm this Saturday and Sunday at Living Computers: Museum+Labs, 2245 First Avenue South, Seattle, Washington. We are very excited about this new edition of the festival series. Please come check it out!

At the show you’ll find hands-on exhibits of historic computers from the 1960s, 1970s, and 1980s, a consignment booth where you can buy or sell just about any vintage computing item, presentations on a variety of interesting topics, and much more. You can even purchase a Vintage Computer Federation mousepad or coffee mug.

Special thanks to our sponsor Hackaday and our supporters at the Association for Computing Machinery and IEEE History Center.