Vintage Computer Festival Pacific Northwest 2020

VCFed.org is proud to announce VCF PNW 2020!

When: Saturday, March 21st and Sunday, March 22nd from 10:00am to 5:00pm
Where: Living Computers: Museum+Labs, 2245 First Avenue South, Seattle, WA, 98134 (MapDirections)

Admission is free with paid museum admission!

Join us in Seattle for two days of exhibits, presentations and general vintage computing goodness. Exhibits include classic 8 bit machines, big-iron workstations, home-brew machines, new accessories for old machines, modern interpretations of classic machines, and more! Reconnect with old friends, go treasure hunting in the consignment area, and enjoy both the event and the museum that is hosting us.

VCF PNW launched in 2018.  We had a great time and we did it again (bigger and better!) in 2019. Pictures and the list of previous exhibitors and speakers can be found on the archives page.

Planned presentations

Here are our presenters with rough working titles for their presentations.  (Schedule TBD.)

Bil Herd, The Middle Years of Commodore
Dr. Zbigniew Stachniak, Computing archaeology and the MCM/70
Darius Kazemi, 365 early RFCs and how they shaped the Internet
Jon Philpott, ArcAS: creating an arcade action assembly programming game
Scott Swazey, Restoring The PDP-11/75 that animated the Star Wars Death Star

Exhibits

Exhibit registration is still open, but not for long! Here is our current set of planned exhibits:

Alan Perry, Barn-find Sun 3/260 Restoration
Josh A Dersch, 1973-1993: 20 Years of Graphical Workstations
Zachary Hardesty, The Wonderful World of Quake
Brian Gosney, BBSing: What we did with modems before the Internet
David Cooper, VMS cluster including a VAX 750
Bill Buzbee, Magic-1 HomebrewCPU
Eric Ozrelic, Sun Microsystems workstations and the start of the Internet revolution
Sergey Kiselev, Homebrew machines from outside of the US
Evie Salomon, BackBit Instant Loading Device for Commodore Computers
Jason Howe, Alpha Syntauri: The Original Syn
Rob Carnegie, Chilliwack Retro-Computing Club and their Home-brew Retrocomputers
Gregory McGill, TI-99/4a Systems
Mark D. Overholser, Socializing and Networked Gaming
Stefany Allaire, C256 Foenix – A New Retro Computer
Vincent Slyngstad, PDP-8 Repair and Restoration
Luther Johnson, MakerLisp

If you would like to join us as an exhibitor now is the time to register. Please read the Exhibitor FAQ and then fill out the Exhibitor Registration form. The deadline for registering is January 31st.

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 – please see the consignment page for more information.

Don’t forget: Living Computers: Museum+Labs is an incredible museum! Bring your camera, bring your children, and enjoy all that LC:ML and VCF have to offer.

Other Seattle attractions: Joining us from outside of the area? Seattle for Visitors to VCF PNW has a pretty good list of things to do while you are in Seattle for both techies and non-techies.

Do you need more reasons to attend?

Help us spread the word!

Five different flyers using the same theme …  pick the ones you like! (Click to get the full sized version.)


Until then, Happy retrocomputing!

Michael Brutman
VCF PNW President, CEO, and Executive Floppy Disk Shuffler
michael@vcfed.org

VCFed.org is a 501(c)3 charity. VCF events are part of our mission to preserve computing history through education, outreach, conservation and restoration.