Acorn World Exhibition 2019 - 21st-22nd September 2019
21st-22nd September 2019
Acorn World is a weekend-long event celebrating the computers, software and people of Acorn.
Acorn were an innovative British computer hardware and software company based here in Cambridge. It’s most well known computers were the BBC Micro, Electron and Archimedes. They also invented the ARM processor, which is found today in billions of devices ranging from washing machines and central heating timers to smartphones and TVs.
What you will see at the Acorn World event…
2017 Acorn World Exhibition:
Acorn in education and industry
BBC TV graphics display
Acorn machines were used to display graphics for the National Lottery and children’s programmes in the 1980s. This exhibit is the actual equipment used, lovingly restored by an enthusiast.
Come see it in action!
A 20 minute demonstration of the BBC TV graphics display will take place at 1.30pm on Saturday 21st and Sunday 22nd September.
Acorn user group meet-up
Special Evening Event: Acorn World Talks and Q&A panel
|Jonathan Griffiths will be giving a talk about his time at Acorn, where he wrote some of the first arcade games for the BBC Micro as well as contributing to the BBC Domesday Project.
Jonathan spent his A-levels teaching himself Assembler using his Acorn Atom, during which time he wrote (too many) games instead of revising for his A-levels. After failing these he joined Acornsoft in 1981 and wrote some of the early BBC Micro games, such as Snapper & Rocket Raid. He also wrote a book titled "Creative Assembler”
|Alex van Someren will talk about his work at Acorn, which began while he was still a schoolboy! He will also talk about starting up his own company which developed add-ons and upgrades for Archimedes and RISC PC machines.
Back in the day, Alex helped deliver the BBC Microcomputer and Electron at Acorn.. and co-wrote the first book on the ARM RISC architecture, also available pirated in Japanese!
6.00-8.00pm: Talks, Q&A (with interval)
8.00pm onwards: food/drink/socialising
Please note, there will be a 6.00pm prompt start, but timings may vary a little thereafter!
For anyone wanting to consume food and drink at the museum after the talks, please order via services such as Just Eat and Deliveroo. We have wi-fi and can supply links, phone numbers etc. We have taken this approach to keep ticket costs down whilst accommodating varying dietary requirements.
Remember - All proceeds go to support our Computing Museum!
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