Vintage Computer Festival East

VCF East is for everyone! Computer geeks, families/children, students, collectors, IT professionals, curious onlookers… #vcfeast

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When: May 3-5, 2019 (download PDF flyer)

  • Friday: 9:00am – 6:00pm (classes and post-lunch keynote)
  • Saturday: 9:00am-6:00pm (morning keynote 9:30-10:30 followed by exhibit halls / consignment / vendors / museum open)
  • Sunday: 9:00am-5:00pm (morning keynote 9:30-10:30 followed by exhibit halls / consignment / vendors / museum open)

Where: InfoAge Science Center, 2201 Marconi Rd., Wall, NJ, 07719 (Google map, directions, lodging)

Tickets: Online ticketing will be open soon, and there will also be plenty of tickets at the door.

Classes: Technical courses dominate the first day of VCF East.

Exhibits (and exhibit registration)Hands-on exhibits are presented Saturday and Sunday. You’ll find demos of 1960s minicomputers, 1970s homebrew systems, 1980s eight-bitters, and a few oddities. Some exhibits contain pristine original machines, while others focus on unique modern hacks and everything in between. Exhibit sign-up is open!

Club/organization tables: VCF East welcomes computer clubs and other organizations related to the history of technology.

Keynotes: Friday, May 3: Steve Bellovin, co-inventor of USENET; Saturday, May 4: Ken Thompson, who co-invented UNIX with Dennis Ritchie at Bell Labs starting 50 years ago right here in New Jersey; Sunday, May 5: Joe Decuir, co-inventor of the Atari VCS, Atari 800 and Commodore Amiga

Consignment: Need to thin your collection a little bit?  Or are you looking to pick up something new and interesting? We will have a consignment room to help! The consignment room is open to everybody – click the link for more information.

Vendors: Do you make hobby-related products or work for a business that may interest our audience? If so, then you may qualify for a professional vendor booth.

Workshops: This year’s workshops will be announced soon.

TIROS tours: The InfoAge museum, which hosts VCF East, is also home to a fully restored and operational 60-foot satellite dish originally constructed as a ground tracking station for TIROS (television infrared observational satellite). Guided tours will gather in the VCF main lobby Saturday at 11am, 1pm, 3pm, and 5pm, and Sunday at 11am, 1pm, and 3pm. No need to sign up, just meet in the lobby 10 minutes prior to the tour. The dish is about an 1/8th-mile walk down the street.

Food: Details available soon.

VCF East Dinner: There is a VIP dinner Saturday night. Exhibitors, volunteers, and speakers will have first access to tickets. We anticipate extra tickets being available to the public. Details not yet available.

Contact: Evan Koblentz — / (646) 546-9999