Vintage Computer Festival East

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

Updated March 12, 2020.
VCF East 2020 will be POSTPONED (not cancelled) until October 10th
through 12th, 2020. This is Saturday through Monday, Columbus Day.

When: October 10,11, 12th, 2020

  • Friday: 9:00am – 6:00pm (classes all day, workshops all day, 1pm – 6502 Inside and Out Roundtable with Bill Mensch and Bil Herd)
  • Saturday: 9:00am-6:00pm (morning keynote 9:30-11:00 followed by exhibit halls, consignment, vendors, workshops,  all museums open)
  • Sunday: 9:00am-5:00pm (morning keynote 9:30-11:00 followed by exhibit halls, consignment, vendors, workshops, 1pm – Modern 6502 Roundtable, all museums open)

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

Tickets: Online ticketing is open now. Advance ticket purchase on Eventbrite gets you in 30 minutes early (8:30 am) so you can claim a spot for keynotes, classes, sales or other events.

Ticket prices are higher at the door the days of the event and do not start
until 9:00 am, so buy ahead and get in early!
Advance ticket sales close at end of day Monday October 5, so don’t wait!

Classes: Final schedule to be determined. Technical courses, a panel discussion about DIY Computing, and the SBC workshop dominate the first day of VCF East.

Apple 8bit Classroom – new for 2020, classes throughout the festival.

Exhibits: Exhibit registration is open. Please register now for an exhibit. 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!

Keynotes:

  • Saturday – Bill Mensch – 6502 Co-Design Engineer
  • Sunday – Michael Tomczyk – Product Manager at Commodore (Vic-20)

Roundtable Discussions

  • Friday – Bill Mensch, Bil Herd – 6502 In and Out
  • Sunday – David Murray, Ben Eater – The Modern 6502

Special guests:

  • Harry Bawcom – Layout Designer
  • Bil Herd – Inventor of Commodore 128
  • The 8-Bit Guy (David Murray) – Commander X16
  • Ben Eater (6502 Computer Kit and Khan Academy) (Sunday Only)
  • Stefany Allaire (C256 Foenix)
  • Lenore Byron (Neon 816)
  • Eric Schlaepfer (MOnSter 6502)

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. This room is open Saturday and Sunday.

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. The vendors room is open Saturday and Sunday. Registration will open now!

VCF Museum: The official VCF Museum, open year-round at InfoAge Science Center (formerly Camp Evans) in Wall, NJ at 2201 Marconi Road, Wall, NJ. It is just down the hallway(s) from VCF East events. It will be open Saturday and Sunday. So will the rest of the museums at InfoAge, including those dedicated to radio/TV, shipwrecks, military vehicles, model trains, electronic warfare, and more!

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: Food will be sold at VCF East on Saturday and Sunday. There is a scheduled DIY lunch hour on Friday. Nearby establishments are listed here.

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 are not yet available.

Contact: Jeffrey Brace — jeffrey@vcfed.org

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