Welcome on the wiki of the VCFB 2021, which will take place on Saturday the 9th and Sunday the 10th of October 2021 as a mixed live and online 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 mixed live and 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, virtual 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.
Admission is free. To visit the event on site no prior registration is required. For a virtual visit you only need a web browser, there is no need to install programs or create accounts.
|Friday, 8th of October||14:00–19:00||Exhibition Buildup|
|Saturday, 9th of October||10:00–20:00||Exhibitions|
|10:15–19:00||Presentations and Workshops (Stream, Q&A)|
|20:00–22:00||Musical Educational Event|
|Sunday, 10th of October||10:00–17:30||Exhibitions|
|11:00–17:30||Presentations and Workshops (Stream, Q&A)|
The virtual 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. We suggest the following "walkthrough":
|Saturday, 9th of October||14:00–14:30||Harzretro – Führung durch das Kellermuseum|
|14:30–15:00||Update Computer Club – Compis live coding and chat (en)|
|15:00–15:30||OqtaDrive – A Sinclair Microdrive Emulator (de/en)|
|15:30–16:00||bcd CyberneticArt team – Seven Metamorphoses of the "Scientific-Artistic-Transcendental" Pixel (en/de)|
|Sunday, 10th of October||14:00–14:30||OqtaDrive – A Sinclair Microdrive Emulator (de/en)|
|14:30–15:00||bcd CyberneticArt team – Seven Metamorphoses of the "Scientific-Artistic-Transcendental" Pixel (en/de)|
|15:00–15:30||Update Computer Club – Tour of our rooms and some Compis live coding and chat (en)|
|15:30–16:00||Harzretro – Führung durch das Kellermuseum|
As an event in Berlin we are bound to the rules of the SARS-CoV-2-Infektionsschutzmaßnahmenverordnung (SARS-CoV-2 infection control measures ordinance) of the city of Berlin. You can find details on our page on the Hygiene Concept.
If you want to help with preparations or running the hybrid event as a volunteer, send an email to firstname.lastname@example.org or contact us on the IRC channel #vc-de on the libera network (web chat) and feel free to subscribe to our volunteer mailing list as well. Further information for volunteers can be found here.
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.
Virtual part: in this wiki and the video conference rooms linked here
On-site part: Pergamon-Palais of the HU Berlin, Georgenstraße 47, 10117 Berlin, Germany
The venue is located near Friedrichstraße in the heart of Berlin. In the direct neighborhood you will find restaurants, some of which may have cheap offers. It is not possible to sleep at the venue.
By public transport: Take the S- or U-Bahn to Friedrichstraße, then walk five minutes or take the M1 or Tram 12 to Georgenstraße/Am Kupfergraben.
By car: We recommend to use the A 100 highway up to the junction Beusselstraße, then after 2 kilometers turn right into Müllerstraße, following signs towards "Mitte". Continue along this road until you pass the train station Friedrichstraße, then turn left into Dorotheenstraße. At the end of the road, turn left and left again into Georgenstraße, reaching your destination.
A parking garage is available in Dorotheenstraße 30 (maximum height 1.90 meters). Exhibitors can stop in front of the venue for loading and unloading only.