The original Vintage Computer Festival was founded by Sellam Ismail and held in Pleasanton, California during October, 1997. Now, finally, the greater Atlanta area / southeast region of the U.S. gets its very own.
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.
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 electronic products while presenting the history of the company since its founding in 1976 to the present. An Apple I, the first disk ][ and controller card, original apple ][, original Lisa and even a Xerox Alto are among the rare artifacts to be displayed, plus much, much more.
Within the 6,000 square feet of display space that this premier exhibit occupies will be the following rooms:
• Pre-Apple Room
• Apple I Room
• apple ][ Room
• Turmoil Years Room
• No Founders Left Room
• Jobs’ Come Back Room
• Ive’s Colors Room
• iPod / iPhone / iPad Room
• The Timeline Lounge
• Apple’s Present to the Future Room
Dozens of exhibitors will be present from all over the region, plus many from other parts of the country. A large variety of historic computers will be represented in the exhibit hall for live demonstrations by their owners.
A vintage game station will be available for children and adults to play classic games on classic computer and game console systems. Two retrocomputing kit building classes will be held, plus continual, inexpensive introduction to soldering classes. Many luminous speakers and special presenters are now being scheduled.
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 $10, with a two-day pass for $15. Children ages 17 and younger are admitted free when accompanied by a parent or guardian.
More info here.
[Attribution: ZDNet. Thanks to MacDailyNews Reader “Edward W” for the heads up.]