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What's happening in Kansas City?

Posted Mon, Jul. 13th 2015 in News

Whether you're in Kansas City or watching from afar, you can stay in touch and share:

Let me know if I've missed your favorite forum, and I'll update the above list.

 

Arriving at KansasFest

Posted Sun, Jul. 12th 2015 in News

KansasFest 2015 is here.  Bags are packed and people are moving.  Here are some details that will help you as you arrive at Rockhurst University.

We will be in Corcoran Hall on the campus of Rockhurst University.  Please see the campus map.  Notice the one way streets that may affect your travel.  When you arrive, please park in front (north) of the building along the street.  The doors will be locked.  Knock and somebody will let you in.  Dagen has created a helpful video showing our building and parking.

Registration is open on Tuesday between 12PM – 4PM and on Wednesday between 1PM – 1:30PM.  If you arrive outside those times, please visit the Rockhurst staff at the front desk for your room assignment, key, and access card.  KansasFest staff will finish your check-in later.

After unloading, please relocate your car to the gated lot just east of the building.  Your access card will open the gate.

On Tuesday, we will gather at 4:00PM in the building lobby for a dinner outing to Jack Stack BBQ (Freight House location) and Lidia's Italian restaurant.

On Wednesday, activities kickoff at 11 AM and the keynote begins at 1:30 PM.  Every day, breakfast is 7:30 AM – 8:30 AM in the Massman Hall cafeteria.

We will not provide printed schedules.  The schedule is available in several formats.  We'll update all of these schedule formats except the PDF with last minute changes.  We'll announce changes before sessions begin and maintain a whiteboard in the lobby with written notices.  It's also helpful to monitor the mailing list.

If you have any questions or problems, please ask.  Members of the planning committee will wear black lanyards.  We have many regular attendees who can help, too, so don't hesitate to introduce yourself.

Please ask before filming, photographing, or streaming.  People with red lanyards have declined permission, and it’s always courteous to ask regardless of lanyard color.

We look forward to seeing you soon!

Thank you to our prize donors

Posted Wed, Jul. 8th 2015 in News

Please thank the many vendors and individuals who donated prizes that we'll give away at KansasFest.

KansasFest continues after 27 years because of passionate volunteers and community like you.  Thank you.

Early-bird registration ending May 31

Posted Fri, May. 15th 2015 in News

Early-bird registration for KansasFest, the 27th annual convention dedicated to the Apple II computer, ends on May 31.  After that, prices rise $55. Register now, and you'll have extra cash to upgrade your Apple II. Users, programmers, hobbyists, and retrocomputing enthusiasts are invited to Rockhurst University in Kansas City, Missouri, from Tuesday, July 14, through Sunday, July 19, for six days and five nights of sessions, demos, announcements, contests, and camaraderie.

The week kicks off with keynote speaker Rebecca “Burger Becky” Heineman, a prolific computer game programmer, designer, and industry veteran. Heineman will be available immediately afterward for a Q&A and autograph session.

The rest of the week will be packed with hardware and software sessions. 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 live-action text adventure, a podcast recording session, Structris tournaments, or an athletic round of Bite the Bag, there are experiences to be had and memories made at KansasFest that aren't possible except in the company of surprising, brilliant, diehard Apple II fans.  We already have 900 minutes of scheduled sessions with only 400 minutes still open. Please sign up now to present a session.  Check out our YouTube channel for examples of past presentations.

KansasFest invites any and all Apple II users, fans, and friends to attend the longest running annual Apple II conference. Sign up for our discussion list to meet other attendees and get the latest details as the event approaches.  With only two months to go before KansasFest starts, it's time to finish your registration, book travel, and format your floppies.

Call for Sessions

Posted Tue, May. 12th 2015 in News

We've got about 1300 minutes of time available for folks to do sessions throughout KansasFest. With 800 minutes presently spoken for, that leaves PLENTY of space for more signups! Please sign up to do a
session.

Have you presented a session in the past? Perhaps you could do a session on updates or significant changes to an earlier topic.

We also have room for at least one more workshop and would like to offer a few more sessions on advanced topics. (Hint: programmers, please step up and help us fill the remaining $1F4 minutes!)

Some currently scheduled sessions include:

  • Techniques and tricks to convert Apple monitors to LCD
  • Sequencer-controlled music synthesis for the Apple II
  • Proper Retrobrite techniques: live demo
  • Perspectives on Apple from the Atari side
  • A journey: from the ZX Spectrum to the Apple II to Roland Moreno's Smartcard to Piracy and NDS
  • Workshop: Programming low-res graphics in Applesoft BASIC
  • Let's Play: Recording Apple II games for YouTube
  • WeeGUI – a new tool for generating quick and easy graphical user interfaces for your AppleSoft BASIC or assembly language programs
  • Saving the Apple II community's stories through interviews
  • Apple // Xcode Workshop
  • Deep Dive: M0100 – Great Apple Mouse, or Greatest Apple Mouse Ever?
  • Pascal as my second language
  • EPROMs: A cornerstone of "Apple II Forever"
  • Spooky Manor: an interactive text adventure

Check out our YouTube channel for examples of past presentations.

KansasFest 2015 opens for registration

Posted Fri, Apr. 10th 2015 in News

KansasFest, the 27th annual convention dedicated to the Apple II computer, is now open for registration. Users, programmers, hobbyists, and retrocomputing enthusiasts are invited to Rockhurst University in Kansas City, Missouri, from Tuesday, July 14, through Sunday, July 19, for six days and five nights of sessions, demos, announcements, contests, and camaraderie.

The week kicks off with keynote speaker Rebecca “Burger Becky” Heineman, a prolific computer game programmer, designer, and industry veteran.  Heineman 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, especially of the Apple II but including Macintosh, Windows, Linux, iOS, and others. 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 live-action text adventure, a podcast recording session, Structris tournaments, or an athletic round of Bite the Bag, there are experiences to be had and memories 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 see the menu to the left.

Videos from KansasFest 2013

Posted Fri, Mar. 20th 2015 in News

KansasFest 2013 videos are now available for viewing on the KFest YouTube channel. There are 17 videos with more to come. Big thanks go to Jeff Blakeney for shooting the footage and Mike Maginnis for video cleanup and post-processing. The sound isn't great due to air-conditioning units in the background, but the the sound is intelligible.

A highlight is the keynote address by Randy Wigginton with special guest Steve Wozniak.

 

Rebecca “Burger Becky” Heineman to deliver keynote

Posted Mon, Mar. 16th 2015 in News

image credit: Heineman’s personal website at http://burgerbecky.com/becky.htmKansasFest 2015, the 27th annual Apple II convention, is scheduled for July 14 –19 in Kansas City, Missouri. Rebecca “Burger Becky” Heineman, a prolific computer game programmer, designer, and industry veteran, will join us with a keynote presentation.

Heineman learned programming at age 16 and gained fame in 1980 as the first National Space Invaders Champion with a score of 165,200. Her career soon blossomed with credits in over 250 games including classics such as Tass Times in Tonetown, Dragon Wars, Crystal Quest, The Bard’s Tale III: The Thief of Fate, Battle Chess, and Wolfenstein 3D. She developed numerous titles for the Apple IIgs, other contemporary platforms such as the Macintosh and Super Nintendo, and modern platforms such as the Xbox 360 and Playstation 4. She has founded or co-founded multiple game companies, including the venerable Interplay Entertainment, and worked for many more. Heineman continues to work in the game industry, and her company Olde Sküül recently announced a new RPG, Dragons of the Rip. She has not announced an Apple IIgs port.

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 April 2015. For photos, videos, and presentations from past KansasFests, please visit the event's official Web site at http://www.kansasfest.org/.

You may follow Heineman on Twitter, FaceBook, and LinkedIn.