On July 23rd, 1985, the world was introduced to the Commodore Amiga Computer. This year marks the 30th Anniversary of the Amiga's launch and to commemorate that seminal event in computer history we are throwing a party.
Join us on Saturday, July 25th, in a celebration of the amazing Amiga. Our party will feature an evening of epic Amiga Fun. The event will be a banquet with feature speakers, panel discussion, historical artifact displays, and more.
The main event for the banquet will be a panel discussion of original Amiga developers including:
- Dale Luck
- Carl Sassenrath
- Dave Needle
- RJ Mical
- Plus more
The panel topics will cover start-up life in 1985, building the Amiga 1000, and how the Amiga influenced technology over the last 30 years.
Additional speakers will include:
- Trevor Dickinson, co-founder and managing director of A-EON Technology, makers of next generation Amiga systems and software.
- Colin Proudfoot, Former Managing Director of Commodore Business Machines (UK)
- Mike Battilana, founder and CEO of Cloanto, owners of the classic Commodore/Amiga copyrights and makers of Amiga Forever and C64 Forever.
We will also have video presentations including a special extended clip from the upcoming “Viva Amiga” documentary video presented by "Viva Amiga" producer Zack Weddington.
Artifacts at the event will include the Amiga Lorraine Prototype wire-wrap boards, Commodore Amiga 1000 serial #1. A historical presentation of Amiga systems from 1985 to today's AmigaOne X1000 -- all running and usable. Rare images and art from the original Amiga Corporation.
The banquet will start with a reception where attendees can rub elbows with fellow Amigans and Amiga luminaries past and present. Dress for the occasion will be Amiga style. The Amiga’s strength was to bring together creative individuals from all disciplines and walks of life; in the tradition of that community, wear what you want to honor the Amiga Computer and who you are. Following the reception we will have a banquet-style dinner with videos, speakers, and the panel discussion.
Banquet space is limited and you must have a banquet ticket to attend. Please be sure to back this event by getting your banquet tickets early.
The original Amiga was booted with a “Kickstart” disk. It's appropriate that we are using Kickstarter to boot a party to honor this great machine. Our goal is modest -- raise $20,000 USD to host a banquet to honor those, with us and not, who created the first Amiga computer, the Commodore Amiga 1000. For the Kickstarter, we have two stretch goals, one to add internet streaming and another to expand the event to include a two-day exhibit hall in addition to the banquet. The exhibit hall will provide a showcase Amiga Computer inspired technology, art, and more. This will be a truly unique event bringing together 30 years of history and a showcasing new technologies, emphasizing that "Only Amiga Makes It Possible".
The event will be hosted at the prestigious Computer History Museum located in Mountain View, California -- just a few miles from the original Amiga Corporation offices.
The Amiga 1000 was introduced to the world in July, 1985. It was launched at the Lincoln Center in New York. At the launch Andy Warhol and Debbie Harry demonstrated the artistic capabilities of the Amiga 1000.
The Amiga had a profound impact on desktop computers, and the idea of "Multimedia" and more. NASA used the Amiga's open design and graphics power to manage data from the space shuttle, Hollywood used the NewTek Video Toaster and Lightwave 3D to produce hit shows, and others used the Amiga in medical imaging, music production, and virtual reality for the masses.
With a custom build chipset ahead of its time, an inexpensive Amiga 500 became a video games powerhouse. Games, like "Shadow of the Beast" brought new dimensions to what was possible.
As the 70's gave way to the 80's, the personal computer world saw wave after wave of machines, most of which faded from memory... The Mattel Aquarius, TI-99/4A's, and TRS-80's -- each with its own architecture and operating system. In 1982 a start-up was founded to build some thing even more ground breaking.
It would be a cutting edge multiprocessing game machine - with thousands of colors and 4 channel sound. At it's heart would be a preemptive multitasking OS with a graphical, windowed interface. This machine, the Amiga, carried the mantra: "A computer for the rest of us. This was the beginning of the story.
In the decades since, an enthusiastic cadre of supporters, users, and companies have carried on that spirit, continuing the development of Amiga OS in numerous projects and in new forms (MorphOS and AROS to name a few). Some even building full, new systems, such as the A-Eon AmigaOne X1000 to run the latest version of Amiga OS4.
We will designate an area on the Amiga30.com website which will list the names of all backers. We will also create popup banners at the banquet and exhibit hall with the names of each backer.
Designed to commemorate Kickstarter the 30th anniversary of the Amiga at the Computer History Museum
Show off your proud support of this event with a basic t-shirt.
Special Event Shirt
For the larger donations, we will be creating a special shirt that will include more design and graphic elements. This shirt will show that you backed the Kickstarter. The shirt will be revealed at the event.
Amiga Forever has long been the easiest and most complete way of emulating the Amiga on Windows PC-based systems. Included in the DVD are official Amiga ROMS, tons of games, demos, and other programs, along with a massive collection of historical videos. The videos include interviews with Jay Miner and the famous "Deathbed Vigil" by Dave Haynie.
Vintage RoboCity Poster
Printed for the second annual Amiga Developers' conference, these posters were donated by Dale Luck from his personal collection for the Kickstarter.
This system represents the fastest and most advanced Amiga Next Generation system currently available. Specifically designed to run AmigaOS 4 and built for A-Eon in the UK, the AmigaONE X1000 is not like other computers. It's based on the PowerPC CPU architecture and it includes Xena, a "Software Defined Silicon" coprocessor.
Attending the event:
In the coming weeks, we will have a list of suggested hotels and transportation posted to the Amiga30 website for those traveling to the event. The airfare, hotel, and transportation will not be provided.
Risks and challenges
Using Computer History Museum as the venue for this event reduces the risk evolved.
The funds raised will be used for securing the CHM space, providing food and beverages at the banquet, and hosting our Amiga guests. Those funds will also cover other direct expenses, such as securing tables, chairs, decor, and the transport and setup of various exhibits.
If the stretch goals are reached, the CHM space can be expanded for more exhibition space, and the CHM can be rented for a two-day exhibition.
Following the successful funding of this Kickstarter, our remaining challenges will be logistical. We will need to sign contracts with the venue, and caterers, finalize the agenda, and organize volunteers and exhibits. Should banquet seats and/or exhibit hall passes remain available after the Kickstarter has finished, tickets for the remaining seats/passes may be sold via other means.Learn about accountability on Kickstarter
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