A celebration of the 30th anniversary of the launch of the original Apple Macintosh computer is set for Saturday, Jan. 25 in Cupertino, not far from Apple's campus (the Mac actually launced on Jan. 24 1984, but close enough for 30th anniversary...).
Organizers (which include the Computer History Museum) gush that: "Mac aficionados are traveling from across the country and as far away as Poland, South Africa, Spain, Canada, Australia for a chance to hear from the people who ushered in the era of modern computing and to be part of the Macintosh’s ongoing history."
If you want to attend the Mac@30 event, and see a series of panel discussions with most of the original development team as well as videos and other goodies, Ticketmaster is still listing tickets as of Thursday at 11am EST. Though like with Macs, you'll need to pony up relatively big bucks: Between $110 and $140 per ticket for the event, which takes place at the 2,300-seat Flint Center, where Steve Jobs introduced the Mac 30 years ago. No sign of tickets on eBay, StubHub, etc. yet...and organizers continue to push for sales on social media.
The development team members who will attend include many of those whose signatures appear on inside the cases of the first production run of the Mac.
Panel discussions will revisit the conception of the Mac, the technical obstacles faced by the team and the machine's coming of age.
Some are urging Apple to introduce new Macs to celebrate the machine's 30th anniversary.
Profits from Mac@30 will be donated to CoderDojo, an organization that teaches youngsters software development skills.
A precursor to the event, including the likes of Steve Wozniak, took place at the Computer History Museum in September.
Even if you don't attend the Mac@30 event in person, you can play a small part there. A poster is being compiled using images and testimonials from Mac users and here's how you can take part.