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. 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 over half of my of my life, and have watched it grow during that time. I enjoy exhibiting at these events, 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 that aren't right for my collection. I would much rather find a good home for a computer than let it languish, unloved in storage. As best as I can, I'd like to share my enthusiasm with others to perpetuate the best aspects of the hobby. One way I've found to be most enjoyable is sharing photographs from past events I've attended, both to help me recall specific details from years prior, and to hopefully allow the community to find folks that might be of help to them in the future. 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.

Anyway, enjoy my photos from VCFs-past.

I attended the following VCFs (in chronological order):

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, 2015, 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)

VCF East XVIII - April 14th-16th, 2023, Wall, NJ
VCF Southwest 2023 - June 23rd-25th, 2023, Richardson, TX - Exhibit: VICs that are not 20
VCF Midwest 18 - September 9th-10th, 2023, Elmhurst, IL - Exhibit: VIC-20 Shenanigans

VCF East XIX - April 12th-14th, 2024, Wall, NJ - Full Gallery Coming Soon!

I will be attending the following VCFs:

VCF West XVIII (or 2024, whatever they're calling it. We've had 3 different numbering conventions by now) - August 2nd-3rd, 2024, Mountain View, CA

This page was last updated on 5-2-2024