Largest KansasFest Ever

Posted Thu, Jun. 25th 2020 in News

KansasFest 2020 will be a record-breaking meeting of expertise and passion for the Apple II. We have 347 registered attendees from 17 countries. We have 25 accepted sessions spanning a variety of topics, such as operating systems, disk archiving, cryptocurrency, games, graphics, and emulation. Look for an announcement on July 1 with details.

Note that we only have 400 commemorative pins. Once they run out, we will still accept registrations up until July 20, and you’ll still receive access to the event and the t-shirt discount link, you just won’t get a pin. Register now.

Registration opens for 2020

Posted Thu, Apr. 30th 2020 in News
KansasFest 2020 shirt

KansasFest 2020, the 32nd annual Apple II convention, is open for registration. Users, programmers, hobbyists, and retrocomputing enthusiasts are invited to gather virtually from Friday, July 24, through Saturday, July 25, for two days and one night of sessions, demos, announcements, contests, and camaraderie.

We will make the best of the virtual arrangement and return to Kansas City in 2021. We’ve rescheduled the keynote speaker, Robert Woodhead, to next year.

Registration is only $20 to participate in all talks and activities. You will also receive a commemorative pin (postage included). Official KansasFest shirts are extra and optional. To register, please visit the official registration form.

KansasFest invites any and all Apple II users, fans, and friends to attend the largest and longest running annual Apple II conference. For photos, videos, schedules, and presentations from past year’s events or to sign up for the email list and for inquiries, please visit the event’s Web site.

Thank you for registering!

Posted Tue, Apr. 28th 2020 in

Thank you for registering for KansasFest!

Please join our e-mail discussion list for updates, discussion, and details both before and during the event.

You should receive receive a confirmation email from kansasfest.org within 24 hours and a payment confirmation from paypal.com.

If you require further confirmation or clarification or wish to change your registration, please contact us.

We look forward to seeing you virtually this July! And as long as you’re attending, why not contribute to the list of activities available for all to enjoy? If you would like to present a session, please fill out our submission form. Session announcements and other news will be announced on our blog, so keep an eye on the site as the date approaches!

KansasFest 2020: Going Virtual

Posted Wed, Apr. 15th 2020 in News

As has been outlined on previous messages about this, the KansasFest board has been deliberating on what to do about this year’s annual gathering. Initially it was hoped that the world and national situation would be sufficiently improved by July that we could proceed as usual. However, it has become clear that the economic disruption and potential health risks make gathering in Kansas City this year no longer viable.

Rather than completely canceling this year’s event, the Board has decided to move in the same direction as many others have done, and that is to have a gathering via group meeting software, a sort of “Virtual KansasFest”.

We plan to hold this online event Friday and Saturday, July 24–25, 2020, for about six hours each day (with breaks included as usual). Since this is an abbreviated event, speaker times will also be abbreviated, each running from 15 to 30 minutes (session announcement to follow separately).

The registration cost for Virtual KansasFest 2020 will be $20 per person. This will guarantee a login spot to attend all talks and participate in online activities, as well as a commemorative 2020 KFest pin which will be mailed separately (postage paid). This will also include a discount coupon for an optional T-shirt, to be ordered separately. Session recordings will be available free of charge (as usual) on YouTube and the Internet Archive. 

We have been in communication with our previously announced keynote speaker, Robert Woodhead of Wizardry fame, and have decided to postpone his keynote until KFest 2021, when we expect we will be back to our usual meeting together in Kansas City at Rockhurst. 

Further information will be provided in the near future, and we expect to open registration on April 30th. Put it on your calendar, and plan to meet online with us in July!

KansasFest 2020: Watching and Waiting

Posted Fri, Apr. 3rd 2020 in News

The KansasFest planning committee continues to monitor the worsening COVID-19 situation. We all want the convention to occur as planned, as it has for the last 31 years. We’re considering both your safety and our ability to get enough attendees to break even financially. The future is difficult to predict. We’re continuing to plan KansasFest 2020, and we’ll share another update mid-April. Until then, I recommend against making non-refundable travel plans.

Registration delayed to April 30

Posted Tue, Mar. 17th 2020 in News

KansasFest 2020 is still on the calendar. However, the situation in the U.S. and in the world is still very fluid, and we cannot predict what will be happening in four months. It will become more clear in the next 2-6 weeks how all of this is going to play out, but the future is still unpredictable. 

We on the Committee have decided that because of the current uncertainty, we will push the opening of registration back to April 30, 2020. For this reason, we will also be extending the Early Bird registration discount. 

This may cause problems for people who have to make reservations for air travel, and they have to deal with the uncertainty of whether or not a refund will be fairly handled by a particular airline. For this uncertainty, we can only apologize. Unfortunately, at this point in time many things have changed in our country that will take time to resolve. All of us are affected, even if we are not infected.

We are still hopeful that KFest can be held as it has been in the past 31 years, and we will do our best to make that happen.

Stay tuned to this channel for further updates as we have them. 

Early-Bird Registration Ends May 31

Posted Wed, May. 22nd 2019 in News

The end of the month, May 31, is the last day to register with discounted early-bird rates. After that prices go up by about $55.

We have room for more session proposals. If you’ve been toying with the idea, please submit your topic now.

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Registration opens for 2019

Posted Sun, Mar. 31st 2019 in News

KansasFest 2019, the 31st annual Apple II convention, is open for registration. Users, programmers, hobbyists, and retrocomputing enthusiasts are invited to Rockhurst University in Kansas City, Missouri, from Tuesday, July 16, through Sunday, July 21, for six days and five nights of sessions, demos, announcements, contests, and camaraderie.

Mark Pelczarski of Penguin Software, well-known for numerous graphics utilities, books, and games, will join us with a keynote presentation to celebrate the Apple II. Pelczarski began publishing graphics-related Apple II software in 1978 while in his early 20’s under the brands Penguin Software and Polarware. Mark once said “I like to make computers do things,” so he’ll surely fit in at KansasFest.

Register before May 31 to reserve your spot and 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. Official KansasFest shirts are extra and optional and must be ordered by June 14; 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 largest and longest running annual Apple II conference. For photos, videos, schedules, and presentations from past year’s events or to sign up for the email list and for inquiries, please visit the event’s Web site.