Vintage Computing Festival Berlin (VCFB) 2019
Date:October 12 & 13, 2019, Deutsches Technikmuseum Berlin
Location:The “Ladestrasse” area of the German Museum of Technology (Deutsches Technikmuseum) Berlin. (Access via Möckernstr. 26, 10963 Berlin, Germany)
The Vintage Computing Festival Berlin (VCFB) is an event about historic computers and computing technology. In exhibitions, talks and workshops, participants from all over Germany and beyond present many different aspects of Vintage Computing. Established in 2014, the VCFB has steadily grown and has attracted well over 2500 visitors in 2018.
In addition to retro computers, also historical operating systems, programming languages, network technology as well as pocket and mechanic calculators will be shown. Most of the exhibited devices are still in working condition and can be used by visitors.
Admission is free!
- Special Exhibition “Computers from Germany”: Leibniz, Zuse, Nixdorf and others – German inventors and companies have had a long lasting effect in computing history. As a location for research and development, as an important market, and as a place of manufacturing, both the Federal Republic of Germany and the German Democratic Republic have played an important role in history. As the 50th anniversary of renowned East German manufacturer Robotron approaches, we celebrate the event with a special exhibition on computers from Germany. We thus invite exhibitors to present (working) historic computers with a relation to Germany independently of whether they came from a German company, were designed or “Made in Germany”.
- Game Room: The “House of Computer Games” presents the history of computer games. Visitors get a hands-on experience of past digital games on over twenty historic game consoles and home computers.
- Short Conference “COMPUTER SPACE – 50 years of hardware, software, and wetware in space”: On July 20, 1969, not only the first men landed on the moon – but also the first computer. The moon landing as part of the Apollo 11 mission was an unprecedented symbiosis of humans, hardware and software. Since then, many anecdotes and myths have grown around these protagonists. Five presentations in our short conference will demonstrate that Apollo 11 was not the beginning but only a first climax in the convergence of computer and rocket technology. The conference will further explore what came before and how the moon landings had a long lasting influence on technology and culture (even extending to literature and computer game history).
If you want to participate in the VCFB as an exhibitor you will find all information needed on this page.
If you want to help setting up, executing, or tearing down as a volunteer, send an email to email@example.com.
Streaming and Presentation Recordings
All presentations will be streamed. The presentation recordings will be published later on on media.ccc.de.
Historische Ladestraße, Deutsches Technikmuseum, Access via Möckernstr. 26, 10963 Berlin
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