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Celebrate 50 years of Nova history

This October in Denver, Colorado.
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The computer that was ahead of its time.

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...Old friendships, memorabilia, personal musings, special announcements and mini-presentations— and much more.

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The technical and personal impact of the Nova.

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Where: Denver, Colorado
When: October 22 - 24, 2018
What: Novas, Nostalgia & MORE...
Cost: $449 USD

Event Highlights

Celebrate the technical and personal impact of the Data General Nova and its exciting part of computer history. This gathering of Nova-creators and Nova-lovers will be exposed to a broad range of Nova hardware, software, old friendships, memorabilia, personal musings, special announcements and mini-presentations... and much more.

Special Feature

See the recreation of the original 1968 FJCC Nova Spacewar! demonstration.


Live Nova Computers!

Play with working original Nova, Nova 1200, Nova 3, and Nova 4 computers running original DOS, RDOS and MP/OS - perhaps the hardware or software that you designed! Renew your nostalgia with languages like Assembler, BASIC, ALGOL, FORTRAN IV, FORTRAN 5, DG/L, Pascal and others...


Personal Histories and Memoirs

Pictures and memorabilia from the "good ol' days"— Anecdotes, stories and outright lies.


The preliminary schedule is presented below, and is subject to changes as additional sessions and events are arranged.

Computers and other exhibits will be open during the three days.

Geek Challenge:   tests of front panel toggle dexterity and instruction set memory.

Additional technical hands-on sessions may occur pre- and post- conference by special arrangement.

    Contests and prizes will be given for:
  • Most unusual Nova application
  • Most unusual Nova peripheral
  • Most unusual Nova location
  • Most unusual Nova OS and language
  • Most unusual Nova memorabilia item
  • Most bizarre hardware problem


7:00 PM - 9:00 PM: Social reception (appetizers, cash bar)

October 22, 2018


9:00 AM:   Nova - The First 50 Years

10:00 AM:   Brash Bastards - Ads Tell the Tale

11:00 AM:   Nova Design - The Good, the Bad, the Ugly

12:00 AM:   (free time for lunch, exhibits, friends)

2:00 PM:   The Nova - a Marketer's Dream

3:00 PM:   Nova 840: A Personal Retrospective

4:00 PM:   'Easy' Does It - Tears of Abandoned Nova Projects

5:00 PM:   Send in the Clones - 3rd Parties to the Party

7:00 PM:   dinner

8:30 PM and later:   Social time

October 23, 2018


9:00 AM:   Grey Eagles - Walking or Flying?

10:00 AM:   Untold Personal Nova Stories

11:00 AM:   Awards, Prizes and Bragging

12:00 AM:   Free time for friends, food and nostalgia

2:00 PM:   Announcements and Pronouncements

3:00 PM:   Nova - The Next 50 Years

October 24, 2018


Register now - It's happening whether you're there or not...