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Lectures and workshops

The lectures and workshops take place in the Activity Room. See the floor plan for directions.

Saturday, 7th of October
TimeLectures in the Activity RoomWorkshops in the middle foyer
10:00 - 10:30Opening Event
Eva Kudrass, Dr. Stefan Höltgen
10:30 - 11:30Cray-1, Ikone des Supercomputing – Wie die Maschine zur Welt kam, und was danach passierte
Wolfgang Stief
11:30 - 13:00MERACs Ahnen – Erste Rechner im Vergleich
Rainer Glaschick
13:00 - 14:00Mittagspause
14:00 - 15:30PenPoint: Von einer revolutionären Idee bis zum Venture-Capital-Fail
Fritz "cyberfritz" Hohl
Bristlebots – Baue deinen eigenen Zahnbürstenroboter
Deutsches Technikmuseum Berlin
15:30 - 17:00Der Computerpionier Konrad Zuse als Erfinder und Visionär
Nora Eibisch
17:00 - 18:30Computer History from Below: Reading Human Values in Artifacts
Ian S. King
18:30 - 21:00Jahreshauptversammlung des Vereins zum Erhalt klassischer Computer
TimeOther Workshops
when neededDEC PDP-11 verstehen und reparieren
Jörg Hoppe
Location: Exhibition 15, see exhibition plan
when neededSoldering Workshop: Pentabugs
Abteilung-für-Redundanz-Abteilung e.V.
Location: Soldering Corner


Sunday, 8th of October
TimeLectures in the Activity RoomLectures in the "Netze"-ExhibitionWorkshops in the middle foyer
10:00 - 11:30Hardware Preservation: Die Erhaltung historischer Hardware als Strategie der digitalen Langzeitarchivierung
Carmen Krause
Symposium "Kids and Codes"Ein Commodore Amiga auf Raspberry-Pi-Basis
Sven Oliver Moll
11:30 - 13:00Die Motivation, ein Terminal auszustellen – Das robotron K8911
Dirk Kahnert
13:00 - 14:00Mittagspause
14:00 - 15:30ABBUC: Über 30 Jahre Atari Bit Byter User Club
Thomas Schulz
Symposium "Kids and Codes"Bristlebots – Baue deinen eigenen Zahnbürstenroboter
Deutsches Technikmuseum Berlin
15:30 - 16:30Die Entstehung des NDR-Klein-Computers und der TV-Sendung ComputerTreff des Bayerischen Fernsehens
Rolf-Dieter Klein
16:30 - 17:00Musizieren mit Hardware – Vom singenden Drucker zum Game-Boy-Orchester
Dr. Yvonne Stingel-Voigt
17:00 - 17:30Abschlussveranstaltung
Eva Kudrass, Anke Stüber
TimeOther Workshops
when neededDEC PDP-11 verstehen und reparieren
Jörg Hoppe
Location: Exhibition 15, see exhibition plan
when neededSoldering Workshop: Pentabugs
Abteilung-für-Redundanz-Abteilung e.V.
Location: Soldering Corner

Cray-1, Icon of Supercomputing – Inception and Beyond

Wolfgang Stief


MERACs Ahnen – Erste Rechner im Vergleich

Rainer Glaschick


PenPoint: A Revolutionary Idea becomes a Venture Capital Failure

Fritz "cyberfritz" Hohl (VzEkC)


Computer Pioneer Konrad Zuse: Innovator and Visionary

Nora Eibisch


Computer History from Below: Reading Human Values in Artifacts

The Living Computer Museum in Seattle, Washington, began with the passion of the owner, Microsoft co-founder Paul Allen, for two particular artifacts – the DEC PDP-10 mainframe and the MITS Altair 8800 microcomputer. The de facto curators, I and Mr. Richard Alderson III, empirically chose additional artifacts to craft stories that would be meaningful to a visitor base we were defining concurrently. We asked each other why these stories would be compelling and to whom. This inspired my research into a theoretical grounding for such questions. The work I will discuss relies on treatises on material culture regarding "reading" artifacts as historical documents; how information science conceptualizes the document; and as an operationalizing element, the theory and method of value sensitive design (VSD). I will discuss the application of VSD's tripartite method and its rich "toolbox" as an historical lens for a case study of the Dartmouth Time Sharing System (DTSS), one of the earliest computer information systems supporting conversational interaction. Research to date supports my thesis that discovery of stakeholder roles and their values in a VSD investigation enriches sociotechnical narratives of historical technological innovation. Ian S. King (Living Computer Museum)


Hardware Preservation: Preserving Historical Hardware as Long-Term Digital Archiving Strategy

Carmen Krause


The robotron K8911 terminal

Dirk Kahnert


ABBUC: More than 30 Years Atari Bit Byter User Club

Thomas Schulz


Understanding and repairing a DEC PDP-11

Jörg Hoppe, retrocmp.com


A Commodore Amiga on a Raspberry Pi

Sven Oliver Moll


Soldering Workshop: Pentabugs

Kids aged 7 years or older can learn to solder at VCFB. They will build a Pentabug, a small bug-robot that flashes, beeps and moves. Abteilung-für-Redundanz-Abteilung e.V.


More information about lectures and workshops is available in German.