Vintage Computer Festival East XI

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

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Sponsors & friends: VCF Mid-AtlanticInfoAge Science CenterHackadayPenn BreweryBogan’s BasinOMARCIEEE History CenterACMTCF

When: April 15-17, 2016

  • Friday — gate opens 8:30, classes start 9:00, classes end 6:00
  • Saturday — gate opens 9:00, keynote is 9:30, exhibits 10:30-6:00
  • Sunday — gate opens 9:00, keynote is 9:30, exhibits 10:30-5:00

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

Tickets are sold at the gate. The cost is $20 for Friday or Saturday or Sunday. Saturday and Sunday combined ticket is $30. Kids get in free!

Classes — Technical courses dominate the first day of VCF East. Click through to see the schedule.

Game programming hackathon (Friday) — Can you write a fun 8-bit videogame on a classic computer in a little more than two hours?

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.

Keynotes — Come see our keynote speakers! This year’s Friday speaker is John Blankenbaker who invented the Kenbak personal computer in the early 1970s and also worked on the National Bureau of Standard’s SEAC in the 1950s. Our speaker for Saturday is Stewart Cheifet, of the former “Computer Chronicles” PBS television show. Sunday is your chance to see 1960s/1970s personal computing visionary Dr. Dr. Ted Nelson (not a typo: he has two Ph.D.s.)

Consignment — Vintage Computer Festivals are not flea/swap events, however we do offer a consignment room. Complete a system form and we’ll try our best to sell your on-topic items. Our fee is 15% of final sales.

Vendors — Do you work for a business that may interest our audience? If so, then you may qualify for a professional vendor booth.

Other attractions — Hackaday 8-bit game programming contest, Diana/TIROS site tours, digital art show (sponsored by The Arts Project Room at InfoAge), and learn-to-solder classes (sponsored by Institute for Exploratory Research).

Food — Where they are computer nerds, there must be food! Items such as bagels, muffins, coffee, sandwiches, snacks, soft drinks, etc. will be available. Proceeds will benefit the InfoAge Science Center.

VCF East Dinner — There is a VIP dinner Saturday night. Exhibitors, volunteers, and speakers will have first access to tickets. We anticipate that a couple of dozen tickets will also be available to the public. An announcement about this will be made Saturday afternoon at the show.

Contact: Evan Koblentz — evan@vcfed.org / (646) 546-9999