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Beneath KansasFest: HackFest

Beneath KansasFest: HackFest

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.

Beneath KansasFest: Door Signs

Beneath KansasFest: Door Signs

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 …

HackFest 2015

HackFest 2015

HackFest is an Apple II programming competition held over the course of KansasFest every year and open to all attendees.  Please see here for rules and past entries.  This year gave us a bumper crop of excellent software.  Our judges, Quinn Dunki, Michael J Mahon, and James Littlejohn, had a tough time selecting the winners.  …

In the news

In the news

Did you miss KansasFest 2015, or do you simply need help remembering everything that happened?  Here are a few community reports and articles that you might enjoy: A Weekend at KansasFest, the Sleepaway Camp for Apple II Fanatics by Jason Koebler at MOTHERBOARD Videos from Jason Scott and the Internet Archive, including the keynote from …

Apple II Forever Awards

Apple II Forever Awards

Since 2010, the KansasFest Committee has recognized members of the Apple II community who have made significant contributions to the Apple II, either in promoting or developing for the platform during its active years, or in helping to advance or preserve the Apple II since its production had been discontinued. Our keynote speaker was the …

Goodbye 2015.  Hello 2016.

Goodbye 2015. Hello 2016.

The 27th KansasFest is finished, and the last few people are making their way to the airport.  We had 76 people join us and prove that the Apple II is forever.  Even after so many years, there are still brilliant, clever, original, and fun things to do with our favorite computer.  Over the next few …

What’s happening in Kansas City?

What’s happening in Kansas City?

Whether you’re in Kansas City or watching from afar, you can stay in touch and share: Twitter with hashtag #A2KFest E-mail discussion News on A2 Central IRC at irc.a2central.com, channel #a2c.chat Apple II Enthusiasts Facebook group Let me know if I’ve missed your favorite forum, and I’ll update the above list.  

Thank you to our prize donors

Thank you to our prize donors

Please thank the many vendors and individuals who donated prizes that we’ll give away at KansasFest. Glenn Jones of a2RetroSystems and creator of the Uthernet Charles Mangin of RetroConnector and Option8 Sarah W., Apple II craft-maker Melissa Barron, Apple II glitch artist Daniel “krüe” Kruszyna, artist and programmer Ken Gagne of Juiced.GS David Schmidt of …