Vintage Computer Festivals

Vintage Computer Festivals provide the community with a great place to convene, inspire, educate, and a most importantly, have fun. Each one is different, made up of a distinct portion of the community, primarily due to the geographic isolation of each event, as well as the history of computer culture in that area. That being said, each one is fantastic in its own way, and I enjoy each of the ones I've experienced for what they are.

I've been involved in the community for a considerable part of my life, and have no intentions of stopping any time soon. I enjoy the exhibiting factor as well as exploring the other computer technology brought in by my fellow hobbyists. Many of them have become friends over the years, and have helped teach me the skills needed to repair and maintain my existing collection of computers. They've also provided me with networking opportunities to find the machines I want, and find homes for computers I've acquired but aren't right for my collection. I would much rather find a good home for a computer than let it languish, unloved in my collection. As best as I can, in turn I've passed along my skills and enthusiasm to others to perpetuate the best aspects of the hobby. That motivation has manifested itself most notibly in the Cactus, and I'm told that others have drawn inspiration from my work, which is such a nice thing to hear.

I can say without question that my involvement in vintage computers wouldn't be nearly as strong if it weren't for events like these. I highly recommend visiting a VCF if you have the time and the slightest interest in old computer topics. You find such a rich community with overlapping talents from ham radio operators, vintage telephony geeks, modern computer experts, and far more.

I attended the following VCFs:

VCF East 4.0 - June 6th, 2007, Wall, NJ
VCF East 7.0 - May 14th & 15th, 2011, Wall, NJ - Exhibit: Heathkit Hero Jr. Robot "Your Friend, Companion and Security Guard"
VCF East 9.1 - April 4th-6th, 2014, Wall, NJ
VCF East X - April 14th-16th, 2015, Wall, NJ
VCF Midwest 10 - August 30th-31st, Elk Grove, IL
VCF East XI - April 15th-17th, 2016, Wall, NJ - Exhibit: Heathkit Hero Jr. Robot "Teaching An Old Robot New Tricks"
VCF East XII - March 31st-April 2nd, 2017, Wall, NJ
VCF Midwest 12 - September 9th-10th, 2017, Elk Grove, IL
VCF East XIII (old gallery) - May 18th-20th, 2018, Wall, NJ - Exhibit: "The Cactus, 6502 Blinkenlights"
VCF West XIII - August 4th-5th, 2018, Mountain View, CA - Exhibit: "The Cactus: 6502 Blinkenlights"
VCF Midwest 13 - September 15th-16th, 2018, Elk Grove, IL - Exhibit: "The Cactus: 6502 Blinkenlights"
VCF East XIV - May 3rd-5th, 2019, Wall, NJ - Exhibit: "The Cactus: More 6502 Blinkenlights"
VCF West XIV - August 3rd-4th, 2019, Moutain View, CA - Exhibit: "The Cactus: More 6502 Blinkenlights"
VCF Midwest 14 - September 14th-15th, 2019, Elmhurst, IL - Exhibit: "The Cactus: More 6502 Blinkenlights"
VCF East XVI - October 8th-10th, 2021, Wall, NJ - Exhibit: VIC-20: The Friendly Computer at 40
VCF East XVII - April 22nd-24th, 2022, Wall, NJ - Exhibit: Nova 1200: Data General's Low Cost Minicomputer
VCF Midwest 17 - September 10th-11th, 2022, Elmhurst, IL - Exhibit: What's Happening at Z Labs (Fixing my Nova 1200)

I will be attending the following VCFs:

TBD in 2023

This page was last updated on 10-16-2022