HackFest 2016

Posted Tue, Jul. 26th 2016 in News

We had four excellent HackFest entries.  I’ll let the videos speak for themselves.  You may also download disk images and source code.

Please thank our judges, Quinn, Martin, and Kate, for their work to make this all possible.

KansasFest 2017

Posted Sat, Jul. 23rd 2016 in News

KansasFest 2017 will be held at Rockhurst University, July 18th-23rd. Mark your calendar and make plans to attend!

What’s happening here?

Posted Thu, Jul. 21st 2016 in News

Can’t make KansasFest but want to know what’s happening?  Busy with HackFest and missed the latest sessions?  Follow us on Twitter. Also, read the nice story on Cult of Mac.

We are recording sessions and will post them as soon as possible.

Beneath KansasFest: HackFest

Posted Tue, Jul. 19th 2016 in News

HackFest participants write original Apple II software entirely at KansasFest.  Considering everybody has a full schedule already, the breadth and quality of the software is amazing.  The videos below speak for themselves.  Also, take a look at the rules and past entries.

Spin up your floppy drives and start hacking Wednesday morning.

Photo Roster – KansasFest 2016

Posted Tue, Jul. 19th 2016 in News

The photo roster compiled by Martin Haye at KansasFest 2016 is currently available in PDF format (1.6 MB, version 5 from 7/24/16 11:14am) here: PhotoRoster2016

(The order of the photos is roughly the order Martin encountered people on the Rockhurst campus and is thus nearly random.)

Welcome to KansasFest 2016

Posted Tue, Jul. 12th 2016 in News

The KansasFest Planning Committee looks forward to seeing you next week!  We’re committed to everybody having an excellent trip, so please let us know if we may help with anything.

Please see our new Welcome to KansasFest page for details about your arrival. Also, the schedule is available.

Beneath KansasFest: Door Signs

Posted Sun, Jul. 10th 2016 in News

KansasFest is more than scheduled sessions.  Hallway discussions, late-night hacking, and crazy contests are all normal.  One of the traditions is a door sign contest.  These aren’t “normal” door signs; KansasFest door signs are often interactive, exhibit unique memorabilia, and involve extensive planning.  Besides showing off your creativity, resourcefulness, and interests, the best signs win fabulous prizes.  Here are door signs from 2015 for inspiration.

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Special offers only at KansasFest

Posted Fri, Jun. 24th 2016 in News

KansasFest is a great opportunity to meet some of the vendors who support our community.  You’re able to ask questions, get help, and sometimes get special deals.  Here are some of the KansasFest-only special offers with more sure to come:

Assembly Lines: The Complete Book, by Roger Wagner, edited by Chris Torrence. Chris will have copies available for $25 (regular $36 on Amazon).

RetroConnector electronics items are available 10% off.  Order before July 15 at Tindie with the discount code KFEST2016 and choose “KansasFest Pickup” as your shipping option.

RetroConnector 3D printed and hand-made models, jewelry and gadgets are also available 10% off.  Order before July 1 at Etsy with the coupon code KFEST16 to get 10% off your total order or with KFESTPICKUP to get the shipping and handling fee waived. is offering RAMWorks IIII Kits, a 4MB clone of the RAMWorks III board for your IIe in a simple-to-assemble kit form.  Universal PSU Kits for hand delivery are also available.  See product reviews here and here. is offering vendor-themed shirts and mugs. Choose your favorite vendor’s logo along with the KFest logo hand-delivered.

There are rumors that Juiced.GS and Call-A.P.P.L.E. will have something special for us, too.