The following article is set up in a form commonly seen on the Internet, called Frequently Asked Questions. It is designed to answer the most common questions people have about KansasFest, the Apple II event of the year. It is not designed to answer general questions about the Apple II, although there may be some overlap.
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Q: What's a FAQ, and how is it pronounced?
A: The letters "FAQ" stand for Frequently Asked Questions. When people first hear of or learn of a subject, such as KansasFest, they often have several questions which others before them had when they also first learned of the same subject. A FAQ is a document listing both the questions and answers most frequently associated with new users, to save themselves (and others trying to assist them) time and frustration.
And by the way, it's pronounced "fack", nearly identical with "fact".
Q: What is the purpose of this FAQ?
A: This FAQ is set up to assist people interested in KansasFest, also known as KFest. Many Apple II enthusiasts are interested in attending or just want some information about this event, so the most common questions are answered here.
Q: What is KFest?
A: KansasFest, abbreviated "KFest", is a computing conference held every summer at Rockhurst University in Kansas City, Missouri. Its original formal name was "The Apple II Summer Conference" while its nickname was "KansasFest", which was abbreviated to "KFest". Today, the conference's official name is "KansasFest".
Q: When was the first KFest held?
A: The first KansasFest was held in 1989. July 2015 will welcome the 27th KFest. You can read more about the history of KansasFest on our Wikipedia page.
Q: When is KFest this year?
A: KansasFest 2015 runs from Tuesday through Sunday, July 14–19, 2015.
Q: Where is KFest held?
A: KFest is held at Rockhurst University in Kansas City, Missouri. The address and phone number are as follows:
1100 Rockhurst Rd
Kansas City, Missouri 64110-2508
United States of America
Q: May I ship items to KansasFest?
A: Sure. Please use the following address:
Rockhurst University Conference Services
Attn: KansasFest – [YOUR NAME HERE]
1100 Rockhurst Road
Kansas City, MO 64110-2561
Make sure your package says "KansasFest" along with your name. Also, ship items to arrive just before you'll arrive to reduce the chance of loss.
Q: If it's held in Missouri, why is it called KansasFest?
A: Good question. It does take place in Kansas City, but if it makes you feel better, the Kansas border is very close to Rockhurst University.
Q: Who comes to KFest?
A: While KFest was originally devoted to programmers, nowadays all kinds of folk from all over the world surface at Rockhurst University. Programmers, users, newsletter publishers, and everyday folk show up from Europe, Canada, Australia, and throughout the United States to celebrate the Apple II.
Q: Has anyone attended every KFest?
A: One person: Tony Diaz of 16Sector.com.
Q: Who sponsors and organizes KFest?
A: It was originally sponsored by Resource-Central, the folks who brought you the wonderful Open-Apple and A2-Central (among several other Apple II) publications. After Resource-Central became ICON, The Apple II Summer Conference became ICONference. This lasted one summer until ICON shut down. Two different companies sponsored KFest before InTrec Software, publishers of ProTERM, took over a few years back.
Currently, KFest is organized by a committee. The session scheduling is done by Andy Molloy. Devin Reade maintains the email lists, and Eric "Sheppy" Shepherd organizes HackFest, the programming contest.
Q: How much does KFest cost? How do I register for KFest?
A: Current prices for KFest can be found on the registration page. Discounted prices are available for early registrants. You may register online or download the registration form and return it via email and mail.
If the above options are unavailable to you, please contact us for alternative arrangements.
Q: Which airport do I fly into, and how do I get from there to Rockhurst?
A: The major airport nearly everyone flies into is Kansas City International, which goes by the code letters MCI (not KCI, which will get you to Indonesia). There's a couple of small commuter airports that are closer, but unless you're Tony Diaz (who flies his own plane), you're unlikely to use these. The general aviation airport closest to Rockhurst is OJC, or Johnson County Executive, located at 12901 West 151st Street in Olathe, Kansas — about 27 miles from Rockhurst.
Even though MCI is the closest major airport, it's still most of an hour's drive from there to Rockhurst, so walking is out of the question and cab fare would be substantial. Your best bet would be to try to catch a ride with another KFester who'll be flying in or passing by around the same time you'll be arriving. Carl Knoblock unofficially organizes rides to and from the airport. The best way to get in on the ride planning is to join the KFest email list, as described later in this FAQ.
Q: What kind of official activities go on at KFest?
A: The official activities include a keynote speech, sessions on various computing topics, product demonstrations, the HackFest programming contest, and a vendor fair. Many past KFest sessions are available for download. The keynote presentation is Wednesday afternoon. Other sessions are all day Thursday through Saturday. Take a look at a previous schedule for an idea about what to expect.
Q: When should I arrive?
A: We gather informally for dinner Tuesday evening. Most people arrive mid-day Tuesday. Check-in opens around noon on Tuesday. Plan on arriving before 5pm if you would like to join us for dinner.
Wednesday morning is unscheduled time to move-in and get acquainted. The keynote usually occurs Wednesday afternoon, and some people choose to arrive Wednesday morning. After that, festivities and sessions, both official and unofficial, continue through dawn on Sunday.
The dorm is not available prior to Tuesday around noon. If you choose to arrive earlier, you will need to book your own hotel room. You may post your travel plans to our discussion list if you would like to share a hotel room or organize pre-event social gatherings.
The dorm closes at noon on Sunday.
Q: What is the parking situation? Will I be able to park on campus? Will I have to pay separately to park?
A: You'll have two options for parking: on the street in front of the dorm (which can get crowded) or in a parking lot east of the dorm behind a security gate. There's no charge for either option.
Rockhurst strongly recommends that you park in their secured parking area. When you check-in, you will be issued a key card that will grant access to the security gates. You can park in front of the dorm to unload, then start parking in the lot until move-out day.
You'll have to watch out for the one-way streets both on and off campus — there are a lot of them. The campus map gives you an idea of where everything is. We usually stay in Corcoran Hall (north side of campus). The campus roadways on this map have arrows indicating one-way traffic flow.
For outings, we'll pile into available cars and carpool. It is not necessary to have your own car. Most attendees don't have a car and don't have trouble getting to off-campus destinations.
Q: What if I want to host a session?
A: Submit your ideas for a session via our online session submission form. Sessions can include new ways to use programs, new programs, networking, or nearly anything else you can imagine. Everyone has something they can teach.
Q: What kind of unofficial activities go on at KFest?
A: Unofficially, there have been movie outings, pizza nights, Bite The Bag contests, late night eating at Denny's, runs out to Krispy Kreme, Floppy Disk Ninja, Apple II Jeopardy, and more!
A: Besides HackFest, there are several friendly competitions you can enter — often for prizes! — if you come prepared:
- Tie One On: In honor of Roger Wagner, attendees (men and women!) are invited to wear outrageous or ugly ties to the Friday night formal banquet. The person with the best (or worst!) tie will be arbitrarily decided by a member of the steering committee.
- Door Sign: Attendees staying on-site in Rockhurst University dorm rooms may decorate the door to their room. Posters, signs, knick-knacks, and other accessories are all fair play, as long as they can be safely removed at the end of the conference.
- GShisen: Gamers can compete in this tile-based puzzler by Kelvin Sherlock. All entrants will play the same round in private, with the top three times proceeding to a final, public round. Prior to KansasFest, you can practice on your IIGS, iPod or iPhone, or online. Although this contest doesn't run every year, it's always a crowd-pleaser when it does.
Q: Are meals provided?
A: Your registration fee includes breakfast, lunch, and dinner in the Rockhurst cafeteria starting with Wednesday dinner and ending with Sunday breakfast, except for Saturday dinner. Your registration also includes the KFest Kookout barbecue for lunch on Wednesday. Please indicate any special diets (vegetarian, etc.) during registration, and we will try to accommodate them.
Tuesday night usually features a trip to the Jack Stack restaurant. KFest attendees descend upon a local restaurant for Saturday dinner.
Q: What's with all the Krispy Kreme donuts?
A: Former KansasFest planning committee member, Juiced.GS editor, and social worker Ryan Suenaga was a health nut; a diabetic, he rarely indulged in sweets. But when, upon a trip to Kansas City, he discovered Krispy Kreme — something he didn't have back home in Hawaii — he allowed himself this annual indulgence, treating all KansasFest attendees to dozens upon dozens of glazed goodies.
Ryan passed away unexpectedly in April 2011. Less than a week earlier, he'd tweeted, "One of my life goals is to leave 10% of my estate to a scholarship for Buddhists from HI studying social work." In honor of that request, the Ryan Suenaga Scholarship Fund was founded at Kapiolani Community College.
The Thursday night of KansasFest, attendees are treated to Krispy Kreme donuts in memory of Ryan, in return for monetary donations toward his fund.
Q: Does KansasFest have an anti-harassment policy or code of conduct?
A: Yes. We gather to celebrate the Apple II. If your actions or words prevent somebody else from celebrating the Apple II, we may ask you to leave. If you feel harassed, please notify any of the conference organizers.
Q: I hear that the Rockhurst University dorm is wired for Ethernet. Is there a way I can access that while I'm there?
A: Yes. In each dorm room in the halls of Rockhurst is an outlet that seems to be phone jack. This isn't a phone jack. It's an Ethernet port — to be exact, an RJ-45 connector that is compatible with 10 Base-T Ethernet. The entire Rockhurst dorm is connected to the Internet this way. Rockhurst has a fairly strict policy for accessing their network. PC users may be required to download anti-virus software and other applications to conform to Rockhurst's security policies. Macintosh users, so far, have not been required to follow these procedures because of the general lack of viruses for the platform.
Whatever your computer (including the Apple II), you may need specific configuration instructions, such as proxy and IP settings, that will be available upon your arrival. Check with one of the event organizers at checkin. With many attendees being professional network engineers, system administrators, and power users, we'll ensure everyone is settled in very quickly.
Q: I hear that there's wireless Internet access in the Rockhurst dorm. How do I get hooked up?
A: Shortly after you arrive and check in, an address to a website and a code will be given to you. You will login to this site and authenticate, which will then authorize you with wireless access for the duration of the conference. Various Apple Airport Base Stations and other equivalents brought by convention attendees will likely help expand the available coverage. Please see one of them (Ken Gagne, Sean Fahey, Geoff Weiss, and Eric Shepherd are likely candidates) if you'd like to get on the wireless 'Net.
Q: What should I bring?
A: A complete packing list is located on the official Web site. What you bring will depend on if you're flying or driving, but certainly you'll want to have a computer with you (some people bring laptop Macintoshes; others bring their complete Apple II setup) and all associated accessories. Also at the least, follow the advice of Ford Prefect and bring along your towel. Seriously, the provided linens tend to be smaller than average.
Q: How can I learn more about KFest?
A: Visit the KansasFest World Wide Web site at http://www.kansasfest.org/ or send an email. You could also subscribe to the KFest mailing list. Many KFest regulars (and others) use IRC (Internet Relay Chat), especially during KFest itself. A2Central hosts the semi-official IRC of KFest – just point your favorite IRC app to: irc.a2central.com, port 6667, channel "#a2c.chat".
Q: Should I go to KFest?
A: Need you ask? KFest is a must for the serious Apple II fanatic. Do yourself a favor — you're worth it. Show up at KFest 2015, the summer camp for Apple geeks.