VCF West Deadlines!

A quick reminder that VCF West is August 2nd and 3rd at the Computer History Museum in Mountain View, California.

In order to get everything organized before the event we have to shut down exhibit registration and speaker signups by the July 4th weekend. This year that means that the last day to sign up to exhibit or to volunteer to speak is July 7th!

Speaking of volunteers, we’re always looking for a few more. So if you have time, energy and, maybe, muscle to spare for us, shoot me a note!

VCF West 2024 Tickets Available Now!

Tickets for VCF West 2024 Aug 2 & 3, Mountain View, CA

The show is looking to be bigger than ever!

We will again be at The Computer History Museum.

Tickets available through this link: https://buy.acmeticketing.com/events/499/list

Existing VCF Members were emailed the code for their 20% discount. New members can email us after creating their membership to get the code coupon. To get membership: https://vcfed.org/membership/ To check if your membership is current just login to the credentials that you used to sign up.

VCF West 2024 Exhibitors!

Hello folks,

We’re less than a month away from shutting down exhibit and speaker registrations for VCF West.
The July 4th weekend represents the end of both so I can use the rest of July to get the program built, get the floorplan finalized, create schedules, etc.
So if you’ve been waiting to get your exhibit or talk registered, wait no more! We still have room for both, but I can’t promise that will last all the way until July!
This year’s show is already shaping up to be a great one so you don’t want to miss it!
Attendee ticketing information and pre-orders will be posted soon.
If you have any questions, comments, concerns or -especially- if you would like to volunteer to help with the show, please let me know at this email address.
Thank you!
Erik Klein
VCF West Showrunner

VCF West 2024

VCF East is in the books! Congratulations to everyone involved in this great event!

With that show put to bed, it’s time for us to turn our attention to the next big show, 3,000 miles to the West.

There will be a few notable changes to VCF West this year, including the following:

First, like last year, we’re still a Friday and Saturday show, with load in on Thursday.

This year we are partnering with the Computer History Museum to put on the show, so there will be some new opportunities opened up for everyone.

Primarily, there is now only one admission charge for the event, managed by the CHM front desk. We will be setting up ticket pre-sales and our VC Federation member discounts in the coming weeks. This admission will be for both VCF West and the Museum attractions so VCF attendees will be able to tour Revolution, Make Software and the like and Museum attendees will have full access to VCF Exhibits, Speakers, Consignment and the rest of the show.

Beyond that, we will be able to use more of the Museum. Once we have an idea as to what our exhibits will look like I will try to place some select exhibits in one or more of the downstairs spaces to highlight the show and to encourage visitors to spend time in the rest.

On that note, exhibit registration is now open for VCF West. We were just about at capacity last year so please bear in mind that I might have to limit tables and or exhibits this year. Maybe. Get your applications in early just to be sure!

We will also be hosting a Friday night meet and greet in the CHM Courtyard and in other parts of the open space downstairs. There will be food and drinks for purchase and an opportunity for everyone to relax after the first day of VCF while getting to know each other or just catching up.

The rest of the event will be as we know and love. Exhibits, speakers, consignment and tons of vintage fun!

We’re still signing up speakers, classroom instructors and volunteers. If you are interested please contact me! If you already have then hopefully I have gotten back to you. I am a bit behind, but feel free to remind me.

VCF West

Hello and Happy Pi Day!

With VCF East coming up fast that is the current focus of the Federation, but that doesn’t mean we can’t multitask!

VCF West is scheduled to occur on August 2nd and 3rd (Friday and Saturday) at the Computer History Museum in Mountain View, CA.

This year’s show will be a little bit different than previous iterations as we are now a full partner with the CHM and not just a sponsored rental event. That will give us a bit more flexibility in how we use the space and should make the advertising for the show a whole lot better. It also means that there will be one admission price for both the event and the museum, taken at the CHM front desk.

We’re going to work on how to integrate our pre-sales and membership discounts into that in the coming months.

We have already started signing up speakers for the event but there is room for a whole lot more. Please contact me if you are interested in hosting a talk or if you know someone who would be.

As usual, we’d also like to use the classroom(s) for actual classes, if anyone wants to sign up to teach what you know. Again, please contact me with interest!

We are also hoping to host a gathering after we close the doors on Friday Night. We’ll use the patio area out back of the CHM, and maybe some of the indoor space, to let people eat, mingle and geek out.

As always, we’re going to need a lot of volunteers to help with the event. Please let me know if you’re willing to jump on board and share some of your time and enthusiasm for this show or for any other VCFed related events in the Bay Area. We’d love to do swap meets, meet and greets, repair workshops, etc. All we need is folks willing to take the lead… Please, again, contact me if you are willing.

Vintage Computer Festival 6 talks recovered!

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It’s been 20 years now since VCF 6.
VCF 6 took place October 11-12th, 2003 at the Computer History Museum
Due to the extraordinary efforts of Kay Savetz, Clay Cowgill, and Josh Malone over the past two years, some of the talks from Vintage Computer Festival 6 have been recovered!
The recordings were in very poor condition and took extreme measures to recover. The audio is often not good. Sometimes it is very bad. But this is the best that they could do from very bad recordings.
C. H. Ting, Jef Raskin, John Ellenby, and Gary Starkweather are dead now, so these are voices from those who passed.
They have the audio of the five recoverable sessions from VCF 2003 up at Internet Archive.
Len Shustek – Computer History Museum
Bruce Damer – The Joys and Trials of Computer Collecting
David Jaffe / C. H. Ting / Kevin Appert / Dwight Elvey – Forth
Jef Raskin – Apple and the Humane Environment
John Ellenby / Gary Starkweather / Dave Robson / Peter Deutsch / Charles Simonyi – Xerox Alto panel
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Jeff Brace
VCF National Board Member Chairman & Vice President
Vintage Computer Festival East Showrunner
VCF Mid-Atlantic Event Manager
Vintage Computer Federation is a 501c3 charity

We’ve come a long way, but we’re set for another edition of VCF West, 20+ years removed from the picture above!

Please join us on Friday August 4th and Saturday August 5th at the Computer History Museum for what promises to be an amazing show!

We’ve set records for exhibitors (56!) and speakers with our first, the amazing Jeri Ellsworth, kicking off festivities at 10:00 AM on Friday!  Gates will open at 9:30 to get everyone seated in time! Book your tickets now!  Or pay at the door when you arrive.

If you’re a collector looking to add or subtract from your collection it looks like our consignment space will be overflowing with goodies! Sellers need to sign up in advance, so please hit that link above!

See you soon!

VCF West 2023 Update

Planning for VCF West 2023 is moving along nicely!  This is a good thing since there is less than a month left!

The show will take place on FRIDAY AUGUST 4th and SATURDAY August 5th at the Computer History Museum in Mountain View, California.

Please note that this year’s show is Friday and Saturday. There is no event on Sunday for 2023.

The Exhibitor list has been posted and registration is now closed. Amazingly, we have more exhibits than we’ve ever had before!

If you missed the deadline please contact us via the link on the Exhibitor page and we’ll do our best to accommodate.

For those already registered, look for an email containing our standard set of Exhibitor instructions in the coming days.

Our cast of Speakers is absolutely outstanding this year! This will be finalized along with a schedule in the very near future. Thanks to Bil Herd and others we have a packed speaker schedule with tons of exciting talks!

We have a new space for Consignment this year!  We’ll have lots more room and a more streamlined system. This will, however, require some extra help from those participating in consignment. The instructions on our page will be updated very soon.

Thank you all for the encouragement and support.  This show can’t happen without you all. 

VCF West 2022, Aug 6 & 7! Great speakers, exhibits and consignment!

VCF West is breaking records for VCFs with more exhibits and more speakers than ever! We won’t have 12 original Apple 1s, as in this photo, but there will be several there for you to see, including the first ever! There will be lots of other great exhibits with the current list here. Speakers are selected and can be found here. Lee Felsenstein will be there to give a talk about his Pennywhistle along with almost a dozen other speakers. Consignment, as always, will be very active with more space than ever with lots of sellers bringing lots of awesome stuff. If you are interested in consignment, look here.

The show will be August 6 & 7, 2022 at The Computer History Museum. Show information can be found here. Tickets can be pre-bought on Eventbrite. The first 100 Two day ticket buyers get a unique custom badge for this event.

Other VIPs who will be at the show include Liza Loop and Dan Kottke.

Vintage Computer Festival Turns 25! VCF West 2022

The Vintage Computer Festival started in on October 25, 1997 at the Alameda County Fairgrounds in Pleasanton, California. Founded by Sellam Abraham after posting to cctalk (Classic Computing) Discussion List. By 2006 it found it’s home at the Computer History Museum. Stopping in 2007 and rebooted in 2016.

VCF West 2022 is fast approaching!

Held again at The Computer History Museum in Mountain View California on August 6 & 7.

Exhibit registrations will be closing after the July 4th holiday and speaker slots are just about full!
If you’re planning on exhibiting please sign up ASAP here.
If you’d like to speak please email me at erik@vcfed.org with your ideas and availability.
Volunteers are always needed to help at our front desk, in consignment, with set-up and tear down and or with any number of other tasks that keep the show running smoothly.  Students are welcome to volunteer and we will sign or otherwise document this for volunteer hours.
And, finally, tickets are on sale at Eventbrite – tell your friends and forward this information far and wide!