When Steve Jobs and Steve Wozniak wanted to share their revolutionary creation back in 1976 – they did not organize a press conference. They went to the only place they new (or could afford to go to) to show off their iconic Apple I – the Homebrew Computer Club. Their presentation was an important waypoint in the world of personal computing as well as creation of Apple which leads the entire industry today. Earlier this year an Apple I sold at auction by Christie’s for $390,000. A version signed by Woz, along with a transaction letter from Jobs, sold for $668,000. Collectors have finally realized the historic importance of these inventions and the impact they have had on technology today.
Joël Franusic is organizing this one day reunion, bringing together many of the original members of the club including the Woz, on November 11th and he is crowdfunding the event on Kickstarter. Franusic, a hacker and organizer of the Bay Area’s developer series SuperHappyDevHouse, has organized the event to occur at the Computer History Museum (no not in someone’s garage) and he has put together a pretty stellar list of speakers including:
- Lee Felsenstein
- Ted Nelson
- Steve Wozniak
- Gordon French
Their crowdfunding goal of $16,000 was easily passed so now it is off to the Stretch Goals. If they hit $40,000 they will create a micro-documentary created of the event. With 25 of the original Homebrew Computer Club members already committed it should be a memorable gathering. It looks like it will be a sold out event but they still have some room for sponsorship positions.
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