The VCFB 2021 will take place on October 9th and 10th 2021 as a hybrid event both on-site and as a live event on the web! You can find the event wiki with the list of all exhibitions, presentations and workshops at wiki.vcfb.de/2021/en:start.
The Vintage Computing Festival Berlin (VCFB) is an event about historic computers and computing technology. This year the participants from all over Germany and beyond present many different aspects of Vintage Computing in both on-site and virtual exhibitions, virtual presentations and workshops. 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 in working condition. Established in 2014, the VCFB has steadily grown and has attracted nearly 3000 visitors in 2019. In 2020, the VCFB took place as an online event.
The (expected) on-site part of the VCFB will take place in the Pergamon Palais of the HU Berlin in the heart of Berlin. Due to the hygiene concept, the number of on-site exhibitions will be limited to 20. However, this also allows the space per exhibition to be substantially larger than in past years (and we encourage exhibitors to make use of this space). The number of people simultaneously present (exhibitors, volunteers, and visitors) will be limited to 109.
The virtual part of the VCFB will also include exhibitions, as well as all lectures and workshops. Like last year this even makes it possible to show exhibits that normally can't be brought because of their size or fragility. The virtual part of the event is going to take place in a wiki and a video conference system. The presentations will be streamed as usual. After each presentation the presenters will be available for a Q&A session in video conference rooms. The exhibitions will be presented in the wiki, the virtual exhibits are shown in more detail in video conference rooms in which the audience can interact with the exhibitors.
Admission is free! To visit the virtual event only a webbrowser is required, no software needs to be installed.
If you want to participate in the VCFB as an exhibitor or presenter you will find all information needed on this page.
If you want to help with preparations or running the event as a volunteer, send an email to firstname.lastname@example.org and subscribe to our volunteer mailing list.
On-site part: Pergamon-Palais of the HU Berlin, Georgenstraße 47, 10117 Berlin, Germany
The venue is located near Friedrichstraße in the heart of Berlin. In the direct neighborhood you will find restaurants, some of which may have cheap offers. It is not possible to sleep at the venue.
By public transport: Take the S- or U-Bahn to Friedrichstraße, then walk five minutes or take the M1 or Tram 12 to Georgenstraße/Am Kupfergraben.
By car: We recommend to use the A 100 highway up to the junction Beusselstraße, then after 2 kilometers turn right into Müllerstraße, following signs towards "Mitte". Continue along this road until you pass the train station Friedrichstraße, then turn left into Dorotheenstraße. At the end of the road, turn left and left again into Georgenstraße, reaching your destination.
A parking garage is available in Dorotheenstraße 30 (maximum height 1.90 meters). Exhibitors can stop in front of the venue for loading and unloading only.
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