Vintage Computer Festival Southeast 3.0
Where was it :
Kings Market Shopping Center
1425 Market Blvd. #200
When was it :
Saturday, May 2, 2015 — 10am – 7pm
Sunday, May 3, 2015 — 10am – 5pm
Who put it on :
The festival had over 35,000 sq. ft. of displays, exhibits and interactive entertainment hosted in what was previously a Comp-USA Super Store. Exhibitors attended from all over the region and country. Attendees operated many of the computers and devices on display, but a few rare computer exhibits were not be accessible for public interactivity. However, exhibitors were available for live demonstrations of all working devices.
At this year’s exhibit, historical milestones were celebrated including the PDP-8 which turned 50 years old, the Altair 8800 which turned 40 this year and the Amiga 1000 which turned 30. Some examples of these machines were on display.
While at the VCFSE, we introduced family and friends to electronics with fun and games, some that you could assemble. Many tried the VCFSE do-it-yourself kits, the perfect introduction to electronics. Assistance in assembling was supplied onsite (as needed), and the activity was popular as always with kids of all ages! A vintage game station was available for children and adults to play classic games on classic computer and game console systems. And, there’s was even more. A classic video game wall!
In addition to the VCFSE, visitors also explored the concurrent Computer Museum of America (CMOA) Apple Pop-Up exhibit, a large, one-of-a-kind display of extremely rare Apple computers amid a dynamic presentation of how a small start-up company, founded in a garage by two young friends, became the leading consumer electronics and personal computer company in the world. Visitors saw a rare and exclusive collection of Apple personal computers and consumer electronic products, from the original Apple 1 era to the present.
Also they saw the CMOA companion exhibit, ”LINK: Personal Computing from Switches to Pockets,” which shows you the “links” from the past to the present via displays of iconic computer brands including original computers like the IBM PC, as well as some very rare and unique machines like the KenBak-1. “Link” is a diverse, fun and inspiring exhibit that allows visitors to explore and dive deeper into the art and technology of personal computing.
- $10 per person for one day, or $15 per person for both days.
- Children ages 17 and younger are admitted free when accompanied by a parent or guardian.
- College Students: show your student ID at the front desk and you will enjoy this exhibit and festival for free.
Have something interesting that’s vintage computing-related to display? Please consider becoming an exhibitor! You can view the current line-up of exhibitors and register your own by clicking here or the Exhibits link to the right.
Please contact Earl Baugh if any questions about the VCFSE 3.0.