Kansasfest Committee Announces Hybrid Event for Kansasfest 2023

From the Kansasfest Committee :
KansasFest 2023 will soon be upon us so we wanted to prepare the community for changes that are in the works. First, a reminder that in-person KansasFest is scheduled for July 18th-23rd at Rockhurst University, Kansas City, MO. Expect registration to open in April or May.

At the in-person event, you can expect the same awesome, in-depth Apple II experience we’re famous for. A week of sessions, fun and camaraderie with your fellow Apple II enthusiasts. This year though, we want to change things up a bit for the benefit of the community and to make the event more manageable for all involved.

KansasFest will be two closely related events now; the in-person event and also a weekend of virtual KansasFest. The virtual event is shaping up now and will be managed by our good friend Paul Hagstrom and his team of volunteers. We intend to put on the virtual event during the weekend of July 29th and 30th. More details are forthcoming. We are confident that with Paul running the event, virtual attendees will have a great experience.

Recordings from both the in-person event and virtual event will be posted afterwards on our usual distribution channel on Youtube.

Presenters will have multiple options on how they want their sessions presented. We would like to see the in-person events sessions grow from hour to half-day sessions, i.e. hands-on workshops on soldering, repair, programming with interactive training and Q&A. The virtual event would be for streaming shorter topics over the span of two days.

You may be asking why we’re splitting up the event like this. The truth is, the volunteers who plan and produce the in-person event lack the resources to simultaneously put on an awesome in-person event without impacting the quality of the virtual side of the conference. We want everyone in the community to participate in the way that best suits them. You can even attend and participate in both!

Another thing we’d like to see the community embrace is making 2023 the year of the Apple ///. The Apple /// doesn’t get enough love and we’d like to change that by welcoming anyone who wants to bring a /// specific topic to either event. Help us make 202/// a year we can say Apple /// Forever!

// Times the Fun, /// Makes It Even Better

Kansasfest Website – https://www.kansasfest.org

While we enjoyed reading the announcement and are eagerly awaiting the opening of the registration for the 2023 event, we think this version reads a bit truer to the reality of Kansasfest:

Behold, fellow Apple II enthusiasts, for the time of KansasFest 2023 draws nigh! Let it be known that the in-person event is scheduled to commence on the eighteenth day of July and will continue for six days at the esteemed Rockhurst University in Kansas City, Missouri. Registration shall open in the months of April or May, so be prepared.

As always, the in-person KansasFest promises to be an unparalleled experience, brimming with knowledge and revelry. A week of informative sessions, merrymaking, and camaraderie await you, my friends. However, this year, we endeavor to make some changes for the betterment of our community and to make the event more manageable for all involved.

From this year onwards, KansasFest shall be two closely related events: the in-person event and a virtual weekend of KansasFest. Our good friend, Paul Hagstrom, and his team of volunteers shall manage the virtual event, scheduled to take place on the weekend of July 29th and 30th. More details shall be revealed in due time, but we assure you that Paul and his team shall provide a memorable experience to all virtual attendees.

In the aftermath of the events, recordings from both the in-person and virtual events shall be made available on our usual distribution channel on Youtube.

Presenters shall have multiple options on how they want their sessions presented. We encourage the in-person event’s sessions to evolve from hour-long presentations to half-day workshops with interactive training and Q&A sessions on topics such as soldering, repair, and programming. The virtual event, on the other hand, shall stream shorter topics over the course of two days.

Some may wonder why we have decided to split the event in such a manner. The truth is, the volunteers who plan and produce the in-person event lack the necessary resources to manage the virtual side of the conference simultaneously without compromising quality. We want to ensure that everyone in the community can participate in the manner that suits them best, even both if they so choose!

Moreover, we invite the community to embrace the year 2023 as the year of the Apple ///. The Apple /// is a marvelous machine that deserves more recognition, and we aim to rectify that by welcoming anyone who wishes to present a specific topic related to the Apple /// to either event. Together, let us make 202/// a year to remember and declare, “Apple /// Forever!”

Thus, let us embark on this adventure with joy and enthusiasm. For, as we all know, times the fun, and with the addition of the virtual event, we shall make it even better!

Muad’Dib to the Apple II faithful in the year two thousand and twenty-three
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