March 13th, 2013

Oz Kfest announced

In the tradition of KansasFest, the Australian alternative gathering, Oz Kfest, will happen again this year. When last held in 2009 it caused quite a stir: one prominent Apple II celebrity allegedly lamented that the lack of a followup to this event was their number one gripe. So here it is!  Scheduled to again coincide with KansasFest, Oz Kfest will be happening July 26-28 2013 at Kurilpa Hall, Kurilpa, a suburb of Brisbane in Queensland state.

Registration is now open and session requests and proposals are now being solicited. For more information please visit the website at

You can also join in the weekly “Downunder Chat”, which happens on the A2Central IRC server every Friday night, 9-11pm Australian Eastern time. ( on

December 17th, 2012

Randy Wigginton to keynote KansasFest 2013

The KansasFest committee today announced that Randy Wigginton, Apple employee #6, will keynote the 2013 edition of the annual Apple II convention in Kansas City.

KansasFest 2013, the Apple II convention scheduled for July 23–28 in Kansas City, Missouri, comes on the thirty-fifth anniversary of the Disk ][ disk drive, Apple DOS, and Applesoft BASIC. To celebrate this anniversary, Randy Wigginton, Apple employee #6 and engineer who worked on all three of these innovations, will be the keynote speaker.

Visit the KansasFest web site to read the complete announcement.

November 7th, 2012

KansasFest 2013 announced, 25th year celebration

Apple II Forever! Mark your calendars and plan to attend KansasFest 2013, July 23-28, 2013 at Rockhurst University in Kansas City, Missouri. This will be the event’s 25th annual meeting and the largest gathering of Apple II fanatics in one place from all over the world. It’s sure to be a party and an experience no one will forget. Be there, or regret it forever.

August 24th, 2012

Video: Randy Brandt at KansasFest 2012

Randy Brandt today posted an edited video of his A History of AppleWorks session from KansasFest 2012. Brandt’s presentation, which clocks in at just over two hours and five minutes, is an extensive accounting of his Apple II programming experiences. Brandt begins with his early days learning to code on an Apple II Plus and continues to his tenure at Beagle Bros, Quality Computers and JEM, and through his experiences as the lead developer of the later versions of AppleWorks. Watch the entire presentation here:

August 14th, 2012

Open Apple podcast #18 (August 2012) now available

On the August episode of Open Apple, Ken Gagne speaks with Wayne Arthurton, who recently attended his first KansasFest since 2004, and Paul Hagstrom and Jeremy Rand, both first-time attendees at the world’s premier annual Apple II convention. In this panel-format discussion, the four veterans discuss their personal highlights from the show, what motivated them to attend, and their favorite sessions, HackFest challenges, keynote speaker memories, vendor fair purchases, and more. Find the show at the Open Apple Web site or in the iTunes and Zune podcast directories.

July 26th, 2012

Bluetooth on the Apple II – proof of concept

One of the more exciting bits of news to come out of KansasFest was Alex Lukazi’s successful experimentation with Bluetooth on the Apple II. Read about his collaboration with Vince Briel and others to pull off this amazing feat. We look forward to continued developments over the next year.

Apple II Bluetooth proof of concept

July 25th, 2012

KansasFest 2012 Media

The first media from KansasFest 2012 have been posted.   The videos can be viewed at this Vimeo page, and the KansasFest page has links to the various attendee galleries.


June 26th, 2012

KansasFest kit-building workshop with Vince Briel

Past KansasFest attendees have had loads of fun building one of Vince’s kits. Last year almost 20 of us built the a2mp3 card, and the year before was the Replica-1.

Vince will again offer a workshop with his hands-on guidance. He’s a good teacher and patient with newbies (you can learn how to solder!).

To register for the workshop, visit this link. The deadline to register is July 8.

The following kits will be offered (prices are special for KFest attendees):

  • Replica 1 (Apple-1) – $129 (save $20 off list) – Experience: Beginner to intermediate
  • Apple IIGS 4meg RAM – $49 (save $40 off list) – Experience: Beginner Only 10 available!
  • Apple II MP3 – $89 (save $20 off list) – Experience: Beginner
  • Micro-KIM – $99 (save $10 off list) – Experience: Intermediate
  • Altair 8800micro – $209 (save $10 off list) – Experience: Intermediate

Visit Briel Computers to read up on the kits.

At the very least you will need to bring a soldering iron (pick one up at Radio Shack).

One more reason to attend KansasFest!

May 25th, 2012

Reminder: KansasFest early bird pricing ends next week

KansasFest is still more than a month and a half away, but you’ll want to hurry up and register now if you haven’t already.  After May 31 – that’s next Thursday for those of you without a handy calendar – prices go up.  If you get in before the deadline,  $375 will cover your conference, meal and a double room; $445 will buy you a little more privacy with a single.  After the cutoff, you’ll have to fork over $430 or $500, respectively for the same packages.  Visit the KansasFest web page to register now and join us at the annual summer camp for nerds in Kansas City!

March 7th, 2012

KansasFest 2012 registration opens

KANSAS CITY, MO — March 7, 2012 — KansasFest, the 23rd annual convention dedicated to the Apple II computer, is now open for registration. Users, programmers, hobbyists, and retrocomputing enthusiasts are invited to Rockhurst University in Kansas City, Missouri, from Tuesday, July 17, through Sunday, July 22, for six days and five nights of sessions, demos, announcements, contests, and camaraderie.

The week kicks off with a keynote speech by John Romero, co-founder of id Software and creator of Wolfenstein 3D, Dangerous Dave, and nearly a hundred other popular computer and video games. Romero will be available immediately afterward for a Q&A and autograph session.

KansasFest 2012 logo

The week then offers a variety of presentations and workshops, including but not limited to:

  • The history of AppleWorks, presented by Randy Brandt
  • Andy Molloy looks at the best of the Apple II demo scene
  • Apple II Road Show — Tony Diaz shows you how to tell authentic hardware from a fake
  • Build your own Apple II WordPress site with Ken Gagne
  • Learn to program interactive fiction in Inform 7 with Carrington Vanston
  • A Kickstarter brainstorming session
  • HackFest, an annual programming challenge open to coders of all skill levels
  • A vendor fair and exhibit hall for attendees and the general public to show off, play with, and buy and sell new or unusual hardware and software

Attendees are encouraged to share their knowledge by presenting their own hardware and software sessions, especially of the Apple II but including Macintosh, Windows, Linux, iOS, and others. All KansasFest sessions are presented by the attendees, who are known for unscheduled events and debuts, too. Whether it’s a behind-the-scenes look at new software, preorder opportunities for new hardware, a live-action text adventure, a podcast recording session, GShisen and Dueltris tournaments, or an athletic round of Bite the Bag, there are experiences to be had and memories made at KansasFest that aren’t possible except in the company of surprising, brilliant, diehard Apple II fans.

Register before June 1 to guarantee a price of $375 for a double room or $445 for a single, which includes admission to all sessions as well as most meals. Official KansasFest shirts are extra and optional and must be ordered by May 31; registration for staying on-site closes July 8. Veterans of the event are invited to bring a first-time attendee; if each indicates the other’s name on the registration form, both will receive a $25 referral rebate at the event. To register, please visit the official Web site at

KansasFest sponsor 16 Sector invites any and all Apple II users, fans, and friends to attend the world’s only annual Apple II conference. For photos, videos, schedules, and presentations from past year’s events, to sign up for the email list and for inquiries, please visit the event’s Web site.

Twitter: @KansasFest

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