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Fest 99/4ATX (Austin, TX) Weekend August 9 to August 11, 2019

Proposed TI Fest West Austin, TX  

42 members have voted

  1. 1. ATTENDING

    • I am strongly interested in attending
    • I am slightly interested in attending
    • I live too far away to attend
    • I have too many commitments to be able to attend
      0
    • I am not interested at all
      0
  2. 2. POSSIBLE DATES (event open Fri-Sun)

    • July 26-28, 2019 same weekend as ClassicGameFest in Austin
    • August 3
    • August 10
    • August 17
    • August 24
    • August 31 (Labor Day weekend)
    • October 2019
    • January 2020 (weather is beautiful)
  3. 3. DISTANCE

    • I live reasonably close to Austin, TX
    • I am farther away but I would travel
    • I live too far away to attend
  4. 4. FOOD

    • I like tacos
    • I like barbecue
    • I like pizza
    • I like Tex-Mex
    • Who said Turtles?
    • I have dietary restrictions, please accomodate
  5. 5. HOW SHOULD WE AWARD a DRAGON's LAIR cartridge

    • Raffle (free)
    • Auction
    • High score tournament
    • Other
      0
  6. 6. Choice of TOURNAMENT GAME

    • Dragon's Lair
    • MunchMan
    • TI Invaders
    • Indoor Soccer, double elimination
      0
    • Beyond Parsec
    • ZeroZap
    • Anything but ZeroZap
  7. 7. DATE: July 26-28, 2019 same weekend as ClassicGameFest in Austin

    • This is my first choice
    • This date is ok
      0
    • I can't make this date
      0
    • I'm only interested in the broadcast
      0
  8. 8. DATE: August 10

    • This is my first choice
      0
    • This date is ok
    • I can't make this date
      0
    • I will be at home watching the livestream
      0
  9. 9. DATE: August 24

    • This is my first choice
      0
    • This date is ok
    • I can't make this date
      0
    • I was always going to just watch online or on CHATTI
      0


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First, I am not competing with the Fest West in Washington.
In the distant past, Fest West was sponsored by different users groups, most often the Southwest 99ers of Arizona, though in 98 they organized it in Lubbock, TX (1997).
 
I want to see who is interested in attending a Fest in Austin, TX.
 
The proposed event will be Friday-Sunday, and be largely structured by what the attendees bring.
 
The venue will be an air-conditioned classroom, with tables, whiteboard, large TV, and a projector, at ATX Hackerspace on 9700 Dessau Rd. There is a lounge/kitchen/eating area. (Guided tours of members-only areas like electronics lab, laser cutter and 3D printing.)
 
If anyone wants to do a presentation/stream, you would write that on the whiteboard schedule, but otherwise we would just share about things TI, much like Chi-Friday. Set up your gear, gather in small groups, share, learn, and solve problems.
 
As a long shot, we could try to get a special guest.
 
The event would be free, and open to the public (I would expect others from the hackerspace and the local C-64 group.) 
 
The only charge will be for snacks and Saturday breakfast-lunch.
 
  • Venue: ATX Hackerspace has air conditioning, a kitchen, and wi-fi. Classroom and lounge for the weekend, at no cost. Guided tours of 3D printing etc. 
  • Format: BarCamp style, attendees can announce a presentation in the classroom, otherwise free form.
  • Security: we can put gear in a locked room overnight. The building is keyed entry. Nothing's ever been stolen from the classroom.
  • Hardware: I can provide  stock P-Boxes, 4A consoles, monitors so you can travel lighter. Electronics lab available.
  • Flights to ATX: SEA-ATX non-stop is nice but $400. For $251 you can go through SFO.
  • Lodging: Super 8 near ATXHS is as low as $58. Marriot $118. There are a lot of options. I can open 2 guest rooms in my house.
  • Transportation: Volunteers will help with airport pickup; Uber is around $35.
  • Food: Saturday: Breakfast Tacos. Lunch: barbecue delivery. Dinner: trip to Chuy's (Tex-Mex.)
 
Potential side trips are TI's old buildings (now Flex), Altex Electronics, Pinballz Arcade. 

 

Edited by FarmerPotato

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Depending on the date of the even I would most likely attend. maybe you should put it up as a POLL.

Edited by Shift838

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I'm in Austin, so would be fun to attend and learn more about the TI-99/4A.  I actually have a TON of TI-99/4As, many in original boxes, even.  And I have a large number of TI-99/4A cartridges, although most of them are common (some less common stuff, though).  Would love to see what others are doing with their systems.  :) 

 

 ..Al

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Well, I might just have to trek out to the area to see things start off and meet the Great and Powerful Oz.

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Depending on the when, I might be able to show up as well--and that would probably be with ILikeTurtles as well. . .

Edited by Ksarul

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Just curious how many live close to Texas vs how many live in NW?

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Fest 99/4ATX will be held Friday August 9 to Sunday August 11.

 

Details again:

 

Dates are Friday August 9 to Sunday August 11. 
 
Costs for the event are:
 
* A nominal charge for the 99/4ATX cartridge name badge, raffle ticket, snacks and drinks.
* Breakfast or lunch on Saturday: group order of breakfast tacos and BBQ (County Line BBQ).
* Otherwise open to free public walk-ins (I would expect others from the hackerspace and the local C-64 group.) 
 
 
  • Venue: ATX Hackerspace 9700 Dessau Rd, Austin TX. Has air conditioning, a kitchen, and wi-fi. Classroom and lounge for the weekend, at no cost. Guided tours of members only areas like 3D printing, metal shop, lasers etc. 
  • Format: BarCamp style. Attendees set up systems in the classroom or lounge or lobby. Anyone can schedule a presentation slot in the classroom or lounge, otherwise free form.
  • Security: we can put gear in a locked room overnight. The building is keyed entry.
  • Hardware: I can provide some P-Boxes, 4A consoles, monitors so you can travel lighter. Electronics lab available. Classroom has projection screen, whiteboard, giant monitor.
  • Lodging: Super 8 near ATXHS is as low as $58. Marriot $118. There are a lot of options.
  • Airport: Austin-Bergstrom airport ATX (sometimes AUS)
  • Transportation: Volunteers can help with airport pickup; Uber is around $35.
  • Food: Saturday: Breakfast Tacos. Lunch: barbecue delivery. Dinner: trip to Chuy's (Tex-Mex.)
  • Lottery: badge holders only. One Dragon's Lair cartridge. 
  • Swap: bring items to sell or trade!

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I got hit by a round of bad luck... And... I can't make that weekend. :(  Can't even participate online... I'll be on the road heading the wrong direction...  Looking forward to any inspirations that come out of it though :) 

 

-M@

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How do you ever find the time?  (Get it? fnar fnar)

 

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my wife and 12 year old even said they would like to go.  unbelievable.

 

I may have her make some shirts for pre-purchase for everyone to wear.  What do people think about that?

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