A Vintage Computer Festival is a public celebration of computer history and nostalgia. Finally the southeast can have its own!
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Hi, my name is David Greelish, and I am a Computer Historian, Writer, Podcaster & Speaker. Plus, I founded the Atlanta Historical Computing Society.
I am now directing the First Ever Vintage Computer Festival Southeast, and it's in less than two months. The show is in the greater Atlanta area on Saturday & Sunday, April 20 & 21, 2013. Things are really starting to come together, but there's lots more to do. And . . . no way am I doing it all by myself. It takes lots of people behind the scenes, plus we could sure use a little bit of YOUR HELP too.
The Atlanta Historical Computing Society is still a relatively small group, and our budget is tight, so this campaign is to raise the money to get the special, custom t-shirts printed for the VCFSE. This Kickstarter campaign will allow us to pre-sale some t-shirts, then we can also print most of the others we'll need for the show - by getting a better price with volume. It's a reasonable and simple goal, and the t-shirts look great! They're going to be another small part of what will be a BIG show. It's going to GREAT, not to mention FUN!
The single largest exhibit at the show will actually be a temporary, but substantial "pop-up" museum. Lonnie Mimms, the collector and owner of the collection is working towards opening a true museum one day - the Computer Museum of America.
It was a mistake in that I made the t-shirt "rewards" only for the US and once anyone had pledged to an award, it couldn't be changed. So, I then created an international reward.
Please just pledge the given pledge level, unless you are adding more for the cause. You will be contacted after the close of the Kickstarter campaign for the additional $ for any larger sizes or international shipping.
All pre-sale tickets are for one day and can be made into a two-day pass at the door for just $5. Don't hesitate to email me with any questions. - DG
Please read more in our Press Release:
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 US gets its very own!
ROSWELL, Georgia – February 6, 2013 – 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!
- The Apple Pop-Up Museum is a large premier exhibit which will welcome each attendee as they enter the festival. It 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 and 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 luminary speakers and special presenters are now being scheduled.
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.
For hours, location, and other details, please visit vintage.org/2013/southeast
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The show is going to happen, and it's going to be a success, even if in a worse-case scenario there were no t-shirts! There is so much more to it than that, but of course special events really need special t-shirts. I want one for myself too! The goal is extremely achievable here, and it allows for all promised t-shirts and tickets to be created and delivered, on-time.
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