KansasFest 2021: 16-Bit Virtual Edition

Posted Sun, Feb. 14th 2021 in News

Welcome back! We hope everyone has been staying safe and healthy. Since last July, we had hoped that things would have returned to normal in time to hold KansasFest 2021 in person. Although the pandemic situation has improved and vaccines are on their way, there are still too many health risks and potential travel restrictions to attempt an in-person gathering in 2021.

Given the success of last year’s 8-bit Virtual KansasFest (over 500 attendees!), the KansasFest Board is pleased to announce “KansasFest 2021: 16-Bit Virtual Edition”. Similar to 2020, our plan is to hold an online event Friday and Saturday, July 23-24. The event will include lots of exciting talks, panel discussions, and other fun events (the return of Superhuman Samurai SyberSquad?). We’ll also have time in the evenings for get togethers on Discord, where you can chat through text or video, get advice on hardware or software mods, or just hang out with fellow Apple II enthusiasts.

This year, we plan on having two registration tiers: The $10 tier which will guarantee you a login spot to attend all talks and participate in online activities. For $20, you’ll get a login spot plus a commemorative 2021 KansasFest pin which will be mailed separately (free postage). Both tiers will also include a discount coupon for an optional T-shirt, to be ordered separately. Session recordings will be available free of charge (as usual) on YouTube and the Internet Archive

Further information on submitting session proposals will be coming soon. We expect registration to open on May 1. Put it on your calendar, and plan to meet us online in July!

HackFest 2020

Posted Fri, Sep. 25th 2020 in News

HackFest is an Apple II programming competition held over the course of KansasFest every year, and we were fortunate to continue this tradition in 2020. It’s amazing what people can develop in such a short time.

We had 8 entries and 5 awards. Video, links, disk images, and source code are available from our Website.

  • Matt Rand with “Using an Apple ][ through Discord” (1st place)
  • Charles Mangin with “Canyon” (2nd place)
  • Sellam Abraham with “Mesmerizer Exorciser” (3rd place)
  • Micah Cowan with “Fnord” (4th place)
  • Ben Smith with “Etch” (5th place)
  • Matteo Trevisan with “Visual Apple II OS”
  • Scott Lawrence with “Video Switcher for the Apple ][c Rollercoaster LaserDisc Game”
  • Andrew Roughan with “Patch Mockingboard speech titles to use SAM software speech”

Please thank our judges: 4am, Carrington Vanston, Kay Savetz, and Quinn Dunki

HackFest 2020 Award Presentation

Background Contest Winners

Posted Wed, Jul. 29th 2020 in News

KansasFest includes a door sign contest where attendees create Apple II themed collages on their dorm room doors. Lacking real doors, we organized a background contest.

We’ve selected three winners and one honorable mention from numerous excellent entries.

“Apple ][ Forever” – Melody Ayres-Griffiths
“I’ve a feeling we’re not in Kansas (City) any more.” – Charles Mangin
Honorable Mention – Stivo

What’s happening at KansasFest?

Posted Fri, Jul. 24th 2020 in News

Cult of Mac has a nice article about KansasFest. After that, check out our free live stream:

Join us live again Saturday morning (0900 CDT/GMT-5).

KansasFest 2020 Starts

Posted Thu, Jul. 23rd 2020 in News

KansasFest 2020 starts Friday morning. We have an incredible 509 attendees from 17 countries. The schedule is packed with 29 sessions and 2 contests.

If you have registered, you should have a private e-mail with directions for joining via Zoom and Discord. Please contact us if you’re missing the e-mail.

We’ll stream all sessions to YouTube. This delayed stream is open to everybody. Live participation, questions & answers, chat, and after-hours meetings are only available to paid attendees.

HackFest Begins

Posted Fri, Jul. 17th 2020 in News

HackFest is an Apple II programming competition held over the course of KansasFest every year. HackFest begins today and is open to all attendees. See the archive of past HackFest entries for examples of the creativity and methods this competition inspires.

This year, since we’re virtual, HackFest looks a little different. The contest begins on Friday, July 17, 8am CDT and ends Thursday, July 23, 5pm CDT. The judges will award prizes end of the day on Saturday, July 25. For details on the contest deadlines and rules, visit the #hackfest channel on the attendee-only KansasFest Discord server.

KansasFest 2020 Schedule

Posted Wed, Jul. 15th 2020 in News

Welcome to the 32nd annual KansasFest, the longest-running conference for Apple II users, programmers, hobbyists, and retro-computing enthusiasts. KansasFest usually gathers in the muggy heat of Kansas City, Missouri, but changing times have turned this year into a virtual event. Regardless of the venue, we strive for an enjoyable and action-packed meeting of expertise and passion for the Apple II. We have 459 people from 17 countries bringing together more diverse knowledge than any other KansasFest.

The schedule for KansasFest 2020, packed with 28 sessions in two days, is now available. It’s not too late to register.

Largest KansasFest Ever

Posted Thu, Jun. 25th 2020 in News

KansasFest 2020 will be a record-breaking meeting of expertise and passion for the Apple II. We have 347 registered attendees from 17 countries. We have 25 accepted sessions spanning a variety of topics, such as operating systems, disk archiving, cryptocurrency, games, graphics, and emulation. Look for an announcement on July 1 with details.

Note that we only have 400 commemorative pins. Once they run out, we will still accept registrations up until July 20, and you’ll still receive access to the event and the t-shirt discount link, you just won’t get a pin. Register now.