Vintage Computer Festival East

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

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When: May 3-5, 2019 (download PDF flyer) (press release)

  • Friday: 9:00am – 6:00pm (classes and post-lunch keynote)
  • Saturday: 9:00am-6:00pm (morning keynote 9:30-10:30 followed by exhibit halls / consignment / vendors / museum open)
  • Sunday: 9:00am-5:00pm (morning keynote 9:30-10:30 followed by exhibit halls / consignment / vendors / museum open)

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

Tickets: Online ticketing will be open soon, and there will also be plenty of tickets at the door. Admission is $20 for one day, $35 for two days, and $50 for all three days. Admission is free for ages 17 and younger.

Classes: Technical courses dominate the first day of VCF East.

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. Exhibit sign-up is open!

Club/organization tables: VCF East welcomes computer clubs and other organizations related to the history of technology.

Keynotes: Friday, May 3: Steve Bellovin, co-inventor of USENET; Saturday, May 4: Ken Thompson, who co-invented UNIX with Dennis Ritchie at Bell Labs starting 50 years ago right here in New Jersey; Sunday, May 5: Joe Decuir, co-inventor of the Atari VCS, Atari 800 and Commodore Amiga

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.

Software Store: New this year! We’re setting up a 1980s-style software store, with hundreds of boxed programs and some demo machines. This will be 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.

Workshops: This year’s workshop is a sequel to last year’s build-your-own single-board computer kit, produced by Jonathan “Systems Glitch” Chapman. The system is based on the Intel 8085 processor. Chapman stated: “We’ll be building a CompactFlash interface and getting CP/M 2.2 up and going! If you built an 8085 SBC last year, bring it along and get an
interface going for it! If not, I’ll have some more 8085 SBC kits with me.” The workshop runs for all three days of the show.

VCF Museum: The official VCF Museum, open year-round, 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 not yet available.

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