Vintage Computing Festival Southeast

Atlanta Historical Computing Society - Vintage Computer Festival Southeast 8.0

We are very excited to partner with the Atlanta Historical Computing Society to sponsor and host the Vintage Computer Festival Southeast 8.0 at SFGE 2021!  The vintage computer festival is a celebration of computer history and nostalgia where attendees have a chance to experience the technologies, people and stories that embody the remarkable tale of the computer revolution.

The Vintage Computer Festival Southeast 8.0 will feature:

  • Speakers with first hand accounts of events in computer history
  • Interactive exhibits featuring computers from the 60’s-90’s…everything from pristine original machines to unique modern hacks!
  • Hands on activities allowing attendees to find their own inner engineer and create their own electronic device
  • A Consignment area where you can find or sell your vintage computing treasures
  • Vendors and Concessions!
  • Best of all, your SFGE weekend or day pass allows access to the Festival as part of the event!

For more details and to learn about how to get involved with the Vintage Computer Festival Southeast 8.0, please check out their page here.

VCFSE Guest Speakers

Panel Sessions

Film Screening: Viva Amiga Extended Remix (Friday @ 6:30PM)

The Viva Amiga documentary is a look at a digital dream….and the freaks, geeks and geniuses who brought it to life. And the Amiga is still alive. And since that wasn’t enough, Viva Amiga: The Extended Remix has been released! The original clocked in at 1 hour, 2 minutes; the new version is a 2 hours, 36 minutes! The Remix has more details provided by Amiga developers, fans, and the Commodore/Amiga engineers. The film also includes some background information about Commodore Business Machines, Jack Tramiel, and the transition from 8-bit Commodores to the Amiga.

8-Bit Brain Surgery (Saturday @ 1:00PM)

Come and learn how an idea about a CPU brain transplant between two very different retro-computers evolved into a successful operation. (Boisy Pitre)

Three Generations of Animation Machines — Atari and Amiga (Saturday @ 4:00PM)

Joe Decuir will present first hand accounts of the Atari 2600, Atari 400/800 and Amiga 1000 — Three generations of computer animation systems that advanced the home computer and entertainment area during the early home computer revolution. (Joe Decuir)

“Before Macintosh: The Apple Lisa” : A Film Sneak Peak (Saturday @ 7:00PM)

Before Macintosh: The Apple Lisa is an exciting new feature-length documentary that explores the history, people, technology, stories and industry influence of this lesser-known personal computer. The film profiles important individuals involved in the creation of the computer, plus its life after cancellation, both as an entry-level Macintosh compatible and as a collectible. (David Greelish)

The Computer at 75: Celebrating the ENIAC (Sunday @ 11:30AM)

This year we celebrate the 75th anniversary of the unveiling of the ENIAC — The first programmable, electronic, general-purpose digital computer. Brian Stuart is an expert on the history of the ENIAC and will present an overview of the life and times of the ENIAC. (Brian Stuart)