april, 2020

24apr(apr 24)9:00 am26(apr 26)5:00 pmVintage Computer Festival East

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Event Details

VCF East is for everyone! Computer geeks, families/children, students, collectors, IT professionals, curious onlookers… #vcfeast

When: April 24-26, 2020

  • Friday: 9:00am – 6:00pm (classes, workshops)
  • Saturday: 9:00am-6:00pm (morning keynote 9:30-10:30 followed by exhibit halls, consignment, vendors, workshops,  all museum open)
  • Sunday: 9:00am-5:00pm (morning keynote 9:30-10:30 followed by exhibit halls, consignment, vendors, workshops, museum open)

Where: InfoAge Science Center, 2201 Marconi Rd., Wall, NJ, 07719 (Google mapdirectionslodging)

Tickets: Online ticketing is not yet open. Please check back soon. There will also be plenty of tickets at the door. Admission is $20 for one day, $35 for two days, and $50 for all three days. Admission is free for ages 17 and younger.

Classes: Schedule to be determined. Technical courses, a panel discussion about DIY Computing, and the SBC workshop dominate the first day of VCF East.

Exhibits: Exhibit registration is not yet open. Please check back soon. Hands-on exhibits are presented Saturday and Sunday. You’ll find demos of 1960s minicomputers, 1970s homebrew systems, 1980s eight-bitters, and a few oddities. Some exhibits contain pristine original machines, while others focus on unique modern hacks and everything in between. Exhibit sign-up is open!

Keynotes: Keynotes will be announced soon.

Consignment: Need to thin your collection a little bit?  Or are you looking to pick up something new and interesting? We will have a consignment room to help! The consignment room is open to everybody – click the link for more information. This room is open Saturday and Sunday.

Vendors: Do you make hobby-related products or work for a business that may interest our audience? If so, then you may qualify for a professional vendor booth. The vendors room is open Saturday and Sunday. Registration will open soon.

Workshops: Workshop details will be announced soon.

VCF Museum: The official VCF Museum, open year-round, is just down the hallway(s) from VCF East events. It will be open Saturday and Sunday. So will the rest of the museums at InfoAge, including those dedicated to radio/TV, shipwrecks, military vehicles, model trains, electronic warfare, and more!

TIROS tours: The InfoAge museum, which hosts VCF East, is also home to a fully restored and operational 60-foot satellite dish originally constructed as a ground tracking station for TIROS (television infrared observational satellite). Guided tours will gather in the VCF main lobby Saturday at 11am, 1pm, 3pm, and 5pm, and Sunday at 11am, 1pm, and 3pm. No need to sign up, just meet in the lobby 10 minutes prior to the tour. The dish is about an 1/8th-mile walk down the street.

Food: Food will be sold at VCF East on Saturday and Sunday. There is a scheduled DIY lunch hour on Friday. Nearby establishments are listed here.

VCF East Dinner: There is a VIP dinner Saturday night. Exhibitors, volunteers, and speakers will have first access to tickets. We anticipate extra tickets being available to the public. Details are not yet available.

Contact: Evan Koblentz — [email protected] / (646) 546-9999 or Jeffrey Brace — [email protected]

Time

24 (Friday) 9:00 am - 26 (Sunday) 5:00 pm EST

Location

InfoAge Science Center

2201 Marconi Rd. Wall, NJ 07719

Organizer

Vintage Computer FederationVintage Computer Federation is a user group for people who collect and restore historic computers. We’re a 501(c)3 non-profit. We evolved in autumn 2015 from the DNA of related groups.[email protected] P.O. Box 417, Eatontown, New Jersey, 07724

InfoAge Science Center2201 Marconi Rd. Wall, NJ 07719About InfoAge InfoAge is a science and history center at the Jersey shore. We formed in 1998 as a 501(c)(3) educational non-profit organization. Our mission is to preserve, teach, and honor scientific innovation and history in order to inspire new generations of thinkers, dreamers, and visionaries. We are a hub for hands-on education in science, technology, engineering, and math (STEM). STEM Education By visiting InfoAge, you can learn about the invention of wireless telegraphy, listen to early radio, hear your voice bounce off the moon, program historic computers, and study electronic warfare. You can see artifacts from local shipwrecks, be amazed by military vehicles, and operate model trains. You can tour an authentic nuclear fallout shelter, build a 3-D printed robots, and understand home front contributions to the military.

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