The Vintage Computer festival is a yearly gathering of computer history, celebrating evolution of computing technology as well as the founders, mavericks, and revolutionary products that have taken us from pushing pencils to tapping away on iPhones. The festival is celebrating two firsts this year: it’s the first time the event is being held in the southeastern U.S. (Atlanta, to be exact), and the event will also feature a very special Apple-themed display. Although AppleTell won’t be in attendance this year, our readers should definitely try and make it to Atlanta to experience the Apple Pop-Up Museum.
Apple Pop-up Museum
Apple has created some revolutionary and gorgeous products over the years, and the goal of the Pop-up Museum (in conjunction with Shrine of Apple) is to honor the history of Apple by displaying those products and telling the stories behind them. With 6,000 square feet of exhibition space, the museum will feature objects both rare and recent from Apple’s history, and tells the story of a plucky startup founded by two young guys in a garage, which would go on to become one of the most valuable companies in the world. The museum will feature artifacts like the original Apple I, a Lisa, and a Xerox Alto, which shows off the Xerox PARC’s graphic UI from which Steve Jobs is said to have drawn “inspiration” for the Macintosh. The exhibit is separated into rooms in roughly chronological order, starting with Pre-Apple, the Apple I and Apple ][ rooms, Turmoil Years, No Founders Left, and wrapping up with Jobs’ Comeback, Ive’s Colors, and the iPod/iPhone/iPad rooms.
In addition to the Apple Pop-up Museum, the VCF Southeast will also feature exhibits of other, non-Apple vintage computing gear. According to their website, the festival’s mission 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.”
Classes will be held on topics like soldering and retro computer kit building (if you’re under the age of 30, you may not remember that one day computers didn’t come fully assembled; they were designed by Apple in California, and assembled in your living room instead of China). There will be a vintage game console station for kids and adults to experience classic games, and speakers on topics ranging from vintage computers to the similarities between Steve Jobs and Walt Disney.
Tickets for the VCFSE are $10, while a two-day pass will set you back $15. Children 17 or under are free when accompanied by an adult. The festival itself will be held April 20-21 in a suburb of Atlanta called Roswell. The full address is:
Kings Market Shopping Center
1425 Market Blvd., #200
Roswell, GA 30076