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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.

Ultimate-Micro.com 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.

ReActiveMicro.com 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.

Early-bird registration ends May 31

Posted Thu, May. 26th 2016 in News

Discounted early-bird registration for KansasFest 2016, the 28th annual Apple II convention, ends May 31.  On June 1, prices rise $55, so reserve your spot now.  Official KansasFest shirts are extra and optional and must be ordered by June 22; registration for staying on-site closes July 1.

Users, programmers, hobbyists, and retrocomputing enthusiasts are invited to Rockhurst University in Kansas City, Missouri, from Tuesday, July 19, through Sunday, July 24, for six days and five nights of sessions, demos, announcements, contests, and camaraderie.  Mike Harvey, a business executive, salesperson, technologist, project manager, entrepreneur, programmer, and best known in the Apple community as the founder and publisher of Nibble magazine, will join us with a keynote presentation. Harvey will be available immediately afterward for a Q&A and autograph session.

Attendees present all KansasFest sessions, so please submit your session proposal by May 31.  Whether it's a behind-the-scenes look at new software, preorder opportunities for new hardware, a hands-on workshop, a podcast recording session, 4 player Kaboom! tournament, or an athletic round of Bite the Bag, there are experiences to be had and memories to be made at KansasFest that aren't possible except in the company of surprising, brilliant, diehard Apple II fans.

Call for Sessions

Posted Wed, May. 11th 2016 in News

Sessions are the lifeblood of KFest's daytime hours. We get to see the magic that our Apple II comrades have conjured up around this amazing machine.

Proposals for sessions that you would like to share are due by May 31. Please don't delay and submit your proposal today. If you need some ideas, check out the extensive list of sessions from years past, our YouTube video archive, and the Internet Archive.

A few of the proposals we've received this year include:

  • Automated Verification Of Copy Protected Disk Images
  • Six-Gun Showdown: An interactive text adventure
  • A.P.P.L.E.'s Blast From the Past
  • Picking apart the IIc Plus ROM
  • Silcone Molding and Resin Casting Small Parts
  • RetroConnector Mini HackFest
  • Getting back to 3:59: A 4am uncrack

Don't miss early-bird registration. Prices will go up after May 31.

The KFest Funk

Posted Mon, Apr. 4th 2016 in News

What is KansasFest all about?  Watch the KFest Funk from Steven Weyhrich, and don't miss discounted early-bird registration ending May 31.

KansasFest 2016 opens for registration

Posted Tue, Feb. 2nd 2016 in News

KansasFest 2016, the 28th annual Apple II convention, is now open for registration.  Users, programmers, hobbyists, and retrocomputing enthusiasts are invited to Rockhurst University in Kansas City, Missouri, from Tuesday, July 19, through Sunday, July 24, for six days and five nights of sessions, demos, announcements, contests, and camaraderie.

Mike Harvey, a business executive, salesperson, technologist, project manager, entrepreneur, programmer, and best known in the Apple community as the founder and publisher of Nibble magazine, will join us with a keynote presentation. Harvey will be available immediately afterward for a Q&A and autograph session.

Attendees are encouraged to share their knowledge by presenting their own hardware and software sessions related to the Apple II. All KansasFest sessions are presented by the attendees, who are known for unscheduled events and debuts, too. Whether it's a behind-the-scenes look at new software, preorder opportunities for new hardware, a hands-on workshop, a podcast recording session, Structris tournaments, or an athletic round of Bite the Bag, there are experiences to be had and memories to be made at KansasFest that aren't possible except in the company of surprising, brilliant, diehard Apple II fans.

Register by May 31 to guarantee a price of $385 for a double room or $455 for a single, which includes admission to all sessions as well as most meals. After that, prices rise $55. Official KansasFest shirts are extra and optional and must be ordered by June 22; registration for staying on-site closes July 1. To register, please visit the official registration form.

KansasFest invites any and all Apple II users, fans, and friends to attend the longest running annual Apple II conference. KansasFest is working towards non-profit status, which will help keep the conference alive for many more years. For photos, videos, schedules, and presentations from past year's events or to sign up for the email list and for inquiries, please browse our website.

Mike Harvey of Nibble magazine to deliver keynote

Posted Tue, Jan. 12th 2016 in News

Mike HarveyKansasFest 2016, the 28th annual Apple II convention, is scheduled for July 19 – 24 in Kansas City, Missouri. Mike Harvey, a business executive, salesperson, technologist, project manager, entrepreneur, programmer, and best known in the Apple community as the founder and publisher of Nibble magazine, will join us with a keynote presentation.

Harvey started his career as a salesperson for IBM and continued with various roles at other major technology companies, including marketing at Burroughs, planning and project management at Xerox, and executive positions with several others. In October 1979, he was between jobs and thought he would start an Apple II magazine, Nibble. The first four issues contained his own programs until he was able to attract free-lance authors. Over the next 12 ½ years, he published over 16,000 pages and inspired countless technology-related careers. At its pinnacle, Nibble earned about $5 million annually, had over 100,000 readers, and had the second highest circulation among Apple II magazines, all handled via an Apple II-based order and fulfillment system that he developed. The technical challenges were considerable – for example, figuring out how to sort and print 30,000 subscriber labels in ZIP code sequence on a network of Apple IIs. The success of Nibble contributed to Harvey’s publication of PC Hands On for IBM PC compatible systems and to four years of Nibble Mac. After Nibble shut down in 1992, Harvey returned to executive leadership in the mainframe industry. He retired in 2000 and now enjoys web development, photography, computer art, and travel. His breadth of industry experience and unique business perspective is certain to inspire and entertain KansasFest attendees.

KansasFest is an annual convention offering Apple II users and retrocomputing enthusiasts the opportunity to engage in beginner and technical sessions, programming contests, exhibition halls, and camaraderie. KansasFest was originally hosted by Resource Central and has been brought to you by the KFest committee since 1995. Any and all Apple II users, fans, and friends are invited to attend this year's event. Registration details will be announced on the KansasFest Web site in February 2016. For photos, videos, and presentations from past KansasFests, please browse the "Sessions" and "Multimedia" sections of our site.

Garage Giveaway

Posted Thu, Sep. 24th 2015 in News

Sean's Garage Giveaway (GG) is one of the most popular events at KansasFest. Sean, James, and other dedicated community members have been freely giving away vintage Apple computers, peripherals, books, magazines, and software (and much more) for several years now.

Many of the items Sean redistributes come from other retro Apple enthusiasts collections, typically because they're downsizing, lost interest or sadly, have passed on. Some of it is shipped in; some of it volunteers travel and fetch. The important thing to the former owners and to us is that we keep vintage Apple stuff out of the landfill and in the hands of appreciative enthusiasts like you.

Sean doesn't sell any of it because he believes what is freely given should be freely shared with the rest of our community. He accepts donations during KansasFest to cover storage, travel and gas expenses, but he's always in the red.

At the suggestion of several KansasFest attendees and friends, Sean has started a GoFundMe fundraiser so that you may support the Garage Giveaway as you see fit. Your gift directly helps offset the expense of bringing the vintage Apple II and Macintosh goodies to KansasFest.

Click here to visit the GoFundMe fundraiser and to support the Garage Giveaway.

Garage Giveaway 2015