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.

Awarding of HackFest 2013 Prizes

Posted Sat, Jul. 27th 2013 in

What’s KansasFest without contests?

Posted Sat, Jul. 14th 2012 in News

Any recurring gathering, be it a family reunion, a civic organization, or convention has this in common: Tradition! We gather to see family or friends, have a good time together, and sometimes participate in activities that happen nowhere else than that event. The family gathering may be used as an opportunity to play Pictionary, or hearing Grandpa once again regale us with stories of his time in the Army during WWII. The civic organization may be the annual discussion about how we will do fundraising this year, and Fred’s insistence on a polka-thon. And a convention like KansasFest is no stranger to these traditions, which include meals we share at favorite restaurants, or a trip to the Apple Store, or attending a movie in the company of fellow retrocomputing enthusiasts.

These after-hours events add to the enjoyment of sessions presented by the top luminaries in the Apple II world. And beyond that, there is the opportunity for each attendee to demonstrate their own prowess on the field of competition. We offer:

  • HackFest — a chance to create a program in just a few days while in attendance, something to inspire awe and respect from your peers
  • Tie One On — anyone can wear a tie, but how many can display the most unique tie of anyone else at KFest?
  • Bite The Bag — demonstrate your ninja skills of balance and dental dexterity to pick up an ever shrinking paper bag from the floor
  • Door Decoration — Hey! It’s a dorm, and what’s a dorm without a unique way to show everyone which door is your door? Show us your amazing artistic acumen
  • Exhibit Hall — showcase the most interesting or unusual hardware or software you have!
  • And who knows with what else we might come up!

Of course, to reward the display of your unique set of attributes, there are prizes! Among the available booty this year, you could win:

Come for the conference, participate in the contests, and find that amazing contribution that will put your name in the KansasFest record book!

Awarding of HackFest 2011 Prizes

Posted Sat, Jul. 23rd 2011 in

Awarding of HackFest 2010 Prizes

Posted Sat, Jul. 24th 2010 in

The prizes are pretty awesome and will help make you the envy of the neighborhood.

A treasure trove of prizes at KansasFest 2010

Posted Mon, Jul. 12th 2010 in News

Each KansasFest attendee goes home with more than they brought. The memories and friendships made at KansasFest last a lifetime, and the lessons and experiences learned from fellow Apple II enthusiasts, both within and without the structured sessions, lead to even more enjoyment of our favorite platform.

But what about more tangible mementos? How about some fantastic swag?

Focus IDE

Increase your Apple II's storage capacity for free by winning this card!

When you pack for KansasFest, leave room in your luggage, as every person at KansasFest has the opportunity to go home with prizes that will make you a true Apple II power user. Among this year’s selection are hardware, software, and magazines that you won’t find at any other computer convention:

How does one win such fabulous prizes? There are several ways:

  • Enter the HackFest. This programming contest challenges you to create a cool Apple II program in a limited amount of time. Your entry doesn’t need to be practical or even complete to win!
  • In honor of Roger Wagner, attendees (men and women!) are invited to “Tie One On” and wear outrageous or ugly ties to the Friday night formal banquet. The person with the best (or worst!) tie will be decided by a member of the planning committee.
  • Attendees staying on-site in Rockhurst University dorm rooms may decorate the door to their room. Posters, signs, knick-knacks, and other accessories are all fair play, as long as they can be safely removed at the end of the conference. The best door sign may prove worthy of a prize!
  • Show up! Just for being at KansasFest, we guarantee you’ll go home with more than you expected.

Other potential prize venues include playing games such as GShisen or Bite the Bag. These prizes are in addition to whatever gear you haul from Sean’s garage or buy at the vendor fair. Our thanks to all community members and vendors who have contributed to this year’s offerings. So come enjoy the people, activities, and prizes of KansasFest!