Vintage Computer Festivals

Vintage Computer Festivals

First weekend of November
By offering a huge display of old computer hardware, software, and ephemera, Vintage Computer Festivals provide to the public a hands-on perspective on the computer revolution, as well as the simple pleasure of playing with old computers. The success of the main festival, which is held in California's Silicon Valley, has spawned regional festivals in New England and Europe. The first European version of the festival took place in 2000, and the first East Coast version was held the following year.
Computer collector Sellam Ismail founded the festival with a mission to network with collectors and advance research on the history of the computer. At the first festival, in 1997, collectors exchanged stories, traded equipment, listened to talks by established industry figures, and attended workshops on vintage computer collecting. This basic format of the event has not changed, even as the festival has expanded.
In addition to the main exhibit and the speaker presentations, there is a side event known as the Vintage Computer Film Festival, which screens films on vintage computing as well as technological development.
CONTACTS:
Vintage Computer Festival
2442 Research Dr.
Livermore, CA 94550
925-294-5900
www.vintage.org
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