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KansasFest 2011 open for registration

Postby kgagne » Apr Sat 02, 2011 10:49 am

KANSAS CITY, MO -- March 30, 2011 -- KansasFest, the 22nd 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 19, 2011, through Sunday, July 24, for six days and five nights of sessions, demos, announcements, contests, and camaraderie.

The week kicks off with keynote speaker Bob Bishop, co-founder of Apple's R&D lab alongside Steve Wozniak and creator of many popular Apple II programs and articles. Several sessions and workshops are scheduled throughout the rest of the week, including but not limited to:

  • Ivan Drucker's tutorial for putting your Apple II on a LAN
  • Build your own Apple II MP3 expansion card workshop by Vince Briel
  • A look at the Apple III's technical aspects and modern accessories, by Mike Maginnis
  • A live-action text adventure, hosted by Ken Gagne
  • A behind-the-scenes look at the Open Apple podcast
  • The latest on Apple's iOS mobile devices by Rob Walch of the Today in iPhone podcast
  • A vendor fair that includes an exhibit hall for attendees to show off and play with new or unusual hardware and software
  • HackFest, an annual programming challenge open to coders of all skill levels

What the schedule can't predict is the variety of surprises that are a hallmark of KansasFest. Recent years have seen the debut of a new, boxed Apple II game; the reclassification of Resource Central's catalog; a "lunch and learn" session on Apple IIc disassembly; and many other announcements and demonstrations. Attendees are encouraged to share their knowledge by presenting their own hardware and software sessions, especially of the Apple II but also including Macintosh, Windows, Linux, iOS, and others.

Register before June 1 to guarantee a price of $365 for a double room or $435 for a single, which includes admission to all sessions as well as most meals. Official KansasFest shirts and Vince Briel's MP3 workshop are extra and optional and must be ordered by May 31; registration for staying on-site closes July 10. Veterans of the event are invited to bring a first-time attendee; if each indicates the other's name on the registration form, both will receive a $25 referral rebate at the event. To register, please visit the official Web site at http://www.kansasfest.org/

KansasFest sponsor 16 Sector invites any and all Apple II users, fans, and friends to attend the world's only annual Apple II conference. For photos, schedules, presentations from past year's events, and inquiries, please visit the event's Web site.
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Re: KansasFest 2011 open for registration

Postby vbriel » Apr Sat 09, 2011 3:08 pm

Just a little of my personal info on this event. If you haven't been but are thinking of going, it is the best time you can have in one week playing with vintage computers, talking about Apple and just about anything. The people there are great and I can't wait to go again this year.

The Apple II MP3 workshop is a unique scenario. I decided in order to get this done I was going to offer this workshop. The project is still in beta format so there is lots of room to get in and develop your own software for it or help with what has been done so far! The boards will have a special KFEST logo so these are one of a kind units. If you don't feel comfortable building one, I will have a limited number available for sale at KFEST.

Oh, and the BBQ food in KC is second to none!


Hope to see everybody there.

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Re: KansasFest 2011 open for registration

Postby vbriel » Jul Wed 13, 2011 11:33 pm

On my way to my KansasFest via my sisters house in Iowa. Can't wait to get there! Looking forward to hosting one of my largest workshops to date.

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