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Welcome on the wiki of the VCFB 2020, which will take place on Saturday the 10th and Sunday the 11th of October 2020 as a live event. This year, participants from all over Germany and other countries will present various aspects of 'Vintage Computing' in virtual exhibitions, talks and workshops. Items exhibited include everything from typical retro-computers to historical operating systems, programming languages, network technology, calculators and calculating machines. Most of the exhibited artifacts are in working condition. Owing to the virtual nature of this year's VCFB it is also possible to exhibit devices which, due to their size and fragility, could not be transported to another physical location.

This year, all exhibitions, talks and workshops will use video conference rooms of our BigBlueButton system. No programs have to be installed, only a web browser on a PC, tablet or smartphone is required to take part as an exhibitor or guest. Like in previous years, the talks will be streamed and will be available as recordings afterwards. After every talk, the presenters will be available in their video conference rooms for Q&A sessions. Exhibits will be shown on this Wiki as well as in individual BigBlueButton rooms where their owners can demonstrate their exhibit in more detail and chat with their visitors.

Opening Hours

Saturday, 10th of October 10:00–20:00 Exhibitions
10:15–19:45 Presentations and Workshops
16:00–18:00 Game Room
20:00–24:00 Musical Educational Event
Sunday, 11th of October 10:00–20:00 Exhibitions
10:30–19:15 Presentations and Workshops

The exhibitors decide for themselves how and when they present their virtual exhibition desks in their video conference rooms. The times can be found on the detail pages of the exhibitions.


In addition to dozens of exhibitions, presentations and workshops, the programme has even more to offer:

  • Special Exhibition: Technology ages quickly and hardware starts to accumulate quickly. Such 'collections' can often be found in basements, attics and cabinets, far away from public view. In those places a historical timeline is created that tells the story of technological evolution in general and of the individual technology history of the owner in particular. Not discarding such artifacts but keeping them on purpose shows the desire of the owners for the material history to remain visible and transforms them into collectors. Numerous computer collections were started this way but remain inaccessible to the public. This year's VCFB gives these collectors the opportunity to show their devices and to explain their interests and their personal collection history. We will actively use this year's virtual character of the event to allow private collectors to give an insight into their personal technology spheres and to connect them with each other. In addition to private collections, the VCFB will also present museum collections, research collections and depots that are otherwise not accessible to the public.
  • Virtual Game Room: The Game Room of the VCFB 2020 is relocated to the Internet. We use this circumstance to ask the question of virtualization of computer game history and give a practical answer. After ca. 30 minutes of an introductory video in which original game systems are presented in the "Signallabor" of the HU Berlin department of media science, visitors have the option to play these games in their web browser.
  • Musical Educational Event: In a scientific introduction Dr. Dr. Stefan Höltgen talks about chiptunes and the technologies behind them. Afterwards DJ Thunder.Bird plays some examples for danceable compositions on two C64s.
  • Audience Award: Visitors can vote for their favorite exhibition. The best exhibition will win the Audience Award.


If you want to help with preparations or running the virtual event as a volunteer, send an email to and subscribe to our volunteer mailing list.

Information for Participants

Once your registration has been accepted you will get an account for this wiki. You can then create one or more pages about your exhibition, talk or workshop. Further information for participants can be found here.


The design of the VCFB 2020 as a poster or banner is available for download in different versions and resolutions here.


With questions, problems or for general chit-chat you can reach us at the virtual infodesk.

IRC: freenode/#vc-de (web chat)
Twitter: @vcfberlin

You can find further information on past events and more on our website.

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