David Greelish, producer of the Vintage Computer Festival Southeast, has issued the following press release officially announcing the new convention:
Announcing the First Ever Vintage Computer Festival Southeast
The original Vintage Computer Festival was founded by Sellam Ismail and held in Pleasanton, California during October, 1997. Now, finally, the southeast region of the US gets its very own!
January 31, 2013, Atlanta, Georgia – Vintage Computer Festival Southeast – a public celebration of computer history and nostalgia – will be held on Saturday & Sunday, April 20 & 21. Our mission remains the same as that very first show:
The main mission of the Vintage Computer Festival is to promote the preservation of "obsolete" computers by offering attendees a chance to experience the technologies, people and stories that embody the remarkable tale of the computer revolution.
We will educate and entertain!
Dozens of exhibitors will be present from all over the region, plus many from other parts of the country. Many different brands of historic computers will be represented in the exhibit hall for live demonstrations by their owners.
A large premier exhibit will welcome each attendee as they enter the festival – The Apple Pop-Up Museum which tells the story 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. The exhibit displays an exclusive collection of game-changing Apple personal computers and consumer electronics products while presenting the history of the company since its founding in 1976 to the present. An Apple I and the first Disk II and controller card are among the rare artifacts to be displayed.
A vintage game station will be available for children and adults to play a large variety of classic games on classic computers and game consoles.
Two retrocomputing kit building classes will be held, plus numerous, and inexpensive introduction to soldering classes.
Lectures are still being scheduled now, but our very special keynote speaker and presenter will be announced very soon!
The VCFSE is hosted and produced by the Computer Museum of America and the Atlanta Historical Computing Society.
One-day adult tickets to the VCFSE are just $5. Ages 17 and younger are admitted free. For hours, directions, and other details, please visit vintage.org (lots more info coming)