8th Vintage Computing Festival Berlin (VCFB) – Call for participation
9th and 10th October 2021
Exhibitions, presentations and workshops
We are looking for people who would like to contribute exhibitions, presentations or workshops about the following topics:
- Historical computers: minicomputers, microcomputers, workstations, vacuum tube computers, … everything that is both interesting and older than 10 years
- Historical software: operating systems, programming environments, games, demos, CAD software, …
- Historical computation equipment: calculating machines, slide rules, disk calculators, pocket calculators, …
- Repairs of historical computers or the like: common defects, advice for repairs, understanding measurement results, test tools, …
- Virtual Game Room: livestreams of retro games, other ideas for an interactive Game Room online
- Would you like to do an exhibition/presentation/workshop about something that doesn't quite fit these categories? Shoot us an email to email@example.com and we'll talk about it.
The registration will close on September 18th, 2021.
Which formats are there? How can I participate?
In the offline part of the event there will be exhibitions only. As we have to limit the number of exhibitions to 20 for hygiene reasons, there will be more space available per exhibition than usual, and we would welcome exhibitions that make use of this space. The available spaces will be allocated in the order of registration.
In the virtual part there will be presentations, exhibitions and workshops, only they will take place in video conference rooms on our BigBlueButton server (BBB server).
Presentations are streamed and recorded, so they will be available even after the event. As customary for this format a good preparation is important here. Of course we're happy to support you with the preparation and during the presentation. After your presentation the audience can ask questions in a video conference room, these Q&A sessions won't be recorded.
Virtual exhibitions and workshops on the other hand are real live events, won't be recorded and therefore have a very similar character to an exhibition or a workshop on-site. Here the video conference room can be used to interact with the audience and to show the exhibits and doesn't have to be an elaborate production. However, there are no limits for your creativity here as well.
As soon as your submission is accepted into the programme, you get an account in the VCFB wiki. There you can create one or more pages about your exhibition, your presentation, or your workshop.
Apart from that you get a video conference room on our BBB server that can be joined from your wiki page. For an exhibition you decide yourself at which times the room will be open. For presentations and workshops we'll make a schedule as usual and arrange a time slot that works for you.
To find the right format for you, you can experiment with your BBB room at any time before the actual festival. We're glad to support you with this.
- You can find more information on technical details in the VCFB wiki.
- Slots for presentations are 45, 60 or 90 minutes long. Presentations will be recorded and streamed live on platforms like media.ccc.de, YouTube, Twitch etc. The recordings will be published under a Creative Commons license on the internet.
- In your video conference room visitors can share their microphone and camera to communicate with you. You consent to uphold the right to privacy of the visitors of your virtual exhibition resp. your virtual Q&A session or your virtual workshop by not recording or livestreaming your BigBlueButton room.
- The exhibition area is at ground level, cars can be parked in front of the venue for loading and unloading only. Exhibition tables are 70cm*70cm in size, at least 250 of these will be available. If you need a special power connection, please tell us beforehand.
- For insurance reasons we will again sign a contract with all on-site exhibitors.
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