Vintage Computer Festival

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DEC PDP-12 at the first VCF East, Marlborough, Massachusetts, (2001)
Brian Kernighan interviews Ken Thompson at VCF East 2019

The Vintage Computer Festival (VCF) is an international event celebrating the history of computing. It is held annually in various locations around the United States and various countries internationally. It was founded by Sellam Ismail[1] in 1997.


The Vintage Computer Festival promotes the preservation of "obsolete" computers by offering the public a chance to experience the technologies, people and stories that embody the remarkable tale of the computer revolution. VCF events include hands-on exhibit halls, VIP keynote speeches, consignment, technical classes, and other attractions depending on venue. It is consequently one of the premiere physical markets for antique computer hardware.


The Vintage Computer Federation runs VCF East[2] (Wall Township, New Jersey), VCF Pacific Northwest[3] (Seattle, Washington), and VCF West[4] (Mountain View, California). Independent editions include VCF Midwest[5] (metro Chicago, Illinois), VCF Europa (Munich and Berlin, Germany; Vintage Computer Festival Zürich, Switzerland),[6] Vintage Computer Festival GB,[7] and VCF Southeast[8] (Atlanta, Georgia).

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  1. ^ Kahney, Leander (October 23, 2002). "Computer Trash Is His Treasure". Wired. Retrieved March 26, 2012.
  2. ^ "Vintage Computer Festival East XII – Vintage Computer Federation". Retrieved 2017-01-14.
  3. ^ "Vintage Computer Festival Pacific Northwest – Vintage Computer Federation". Retrieved 2017-07-14.
  4. ^ "Vintage Computer Festival West XI – Vintage Computer Federation". Retrieved 2017-01-14.
  5. ^ "Chicago Classic Computing". Retrieved 2017-01-14.
  6. ^ "VCFe 17.0 - Vintage Computer Festival Europa". 2016-10-28. Retrieved 2017-01-14.
  7. ^ "Vintage Computer Festival GB (Part of Silicon Dreams 2013)". Retrieved 2017-01-14.
  8. ^ "Vintage Computer Festival Southeast 4.0 – Vintage Computer Federation". Retrieved 2017-01-14.

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