The Australian Amiga Gathering '97 Show Report

AI's AAG '97 Show Representative's Official Report including Petro Tyschtschenko's Statement

Release date: 8 July, 1997

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The Australian Amiga Gathering '97 (AAG '97) was held on the weekend of 28 and 29 June, 1997 at the Kensington Exhibition Centre of The Sydney Showground.

AAG '97 was the brainchild of Michael Burak, editor of the magazine Australian Amiga Gazette (hence the AAG title for the show), "a grassroots publication created for the purpose of keeping the Amiga dream alive in Australia and beyond."

Despite the cold and wet conditions of a Sydney winter's day, and the limited exposure the show was able to receive, nearly 1000 people (that is, paying customers) attended the show, a very creditable result. One which Michael, and his hard-working team, must surely be proud of.

Although it was small in size, I believe AAG '97 will provide the needed kickstart that the Australian Amiga community has been waiting for. It is only a pity, according to many with whom I spoke, that the show organisers did not receive any support from Megatron, currently AI's only officially recognised Australian distributor. Those exhibitors who did support the show had nothing but praise for the weekend, and took full advantage of the special enclosure ('The Tent') which was provided for the purpose of presentations, seminars, group discussions, prize contests, etc.

AAG '97 was also used as the vehicle for the official relaunch of the Amiga in Australia and, as such, a statement by AI's President, Petro Tyschtschenko (the correct version of which is given below, and which I had the privilege to present) was read at the show on both days to an appreciative audience. My personal reaction to the statement was the importance of two things. First, that it is time to stop being negative about the Amiga and AI's efforts, and start being positive - not only here in Australia, but everywhere. And second, we must all (and this means the whole Amiga community; the users as well as the industry) change our attitude from one of "What can Gateway 2000/AI do for me?" to one of "What can I do for the Amiga?"

Because AAG '97 did represent the official relaunch of the Amiga in Australia, and because of the enthusiasm generated by the show, I believe an appropriate slogan for Australia would be: "The comeback has started. Keep the momentum going!"

Who Was There and What Did They Do?

The following is a brief description of the exhibitors, presented in alphabetical order:

Those wishing to contact anyone in this report can do so either through me or through Michael Burak (mother@pnc.com.au).

Finally, it was very nice to meet up again with so many old faces, and to realise that the spirit of the Amiga in Australia is not dead. Incidentally, I only had to travel about 560km (350 miles) to be there, and it was well worth it!

Basil Flinter
AI Representative for AAG '97
P.O. Box 353
ARMIDALE NSW, 2350
AUSTRALIA
Tel: +61 67 72-2100
Email: flinter@tpgi.com.au


THE STATMENT RELAUNCH OF THE AMIGA - AUSTRALIAN AMIGA GATHERING '97 A MESSAGE TO THE AUSTRALIAN AMIGA COMMUNITY

PRESS RELEASE

FROM: Petro Tyschtschenko
President
Amiga International, Inc.

DATE: 28 June 1997

Ladies and Gentlemen,

Welcome to the Australian Amiga Gathering '97, which represents the official relaunch of the Amiga in Australia.

Unfortunately, due to other commitments, I am not able to be here today, as I would have liked to have been, especially as I always like to talk to fellow Amiga enthusiasts. I hope I can be present at the next Amiga Convention that takes place in Australia.

Many thanks to you, my friends, for your support, your understanding and your patience.

It makes me very happy to know that our AMIGA community in Australia is excited about the new turn in the Amiga's fortunes, and looking forward to its future with interest.

As you are already aware, Gateway 2000 is a great home for our AMIGA, and with Gateway's spirit and financial resources, we can expect to have a bright future.

Although AMIGA International, Inc. is a subsidiary of Gateway 2000, and Gateway 2000 will provide resources to reinvigorate the AMIGA market place and keep AMIGA International a profitable subsidiary, it is not Gateway 2000's policy to mix AMIGA activities with those of Gateway 2000. So we have to be active on our own behalf.

As I have already mentioned, in my London speech, three elements form the basis of my strategy. These are:

  1. Supporting the existing AMIGA community.
  2. Leveraging the existing AMIGA technology through broad licensing.
  3. Assisting in developing new products based on open standards to the home computer and video/graphics market.
AMIGA International is exploring all possible products for the marketplace, including both hardware and software. We face a great challenge because it is not easy to make new products available in a short timeframe.

We are interested in working with companies such as Phase 5 to develop one unified AMIGA standard.

We need potential partners here in Australia, and we are looking for such partners.

We will open up the marketplace to cloning through licensing.

In Europe, I have just finalised a license contract with Micronik, to build A1200 Towers, with a wide range of options, including a 68060 processor.

I believe there is still a strong following for the AMIGA system. Through licensing and new product development, there should be a strong future for the AMIGA.

AMIGA International's intention is to support the development community through concepts such as the "Open AMIGA INITIATIVE", and it will explore other concepts to bring developers over to the platform.

We will explore the development of an OS upgrade, and will address the features and functions that are necessary.

I BELIEVE THAT THE BASIS OF SUCCESS IS TO WORK TOGETHER, WITH PARTNERS.

The AMIGA market cannot afford a split!

WE MUST ALL MOVE TOGETHER IN ONE DIRECTION.

The Amiga's revival in Australia is important to me.

Please support AMIGA International, just as you supported the AMIGA in the past. Do not give up this wonderful computer's technology.

AMIGA is back for the Future.

Thank you very much for your attendance at the Australian Amiga Gathering '97. Enjoy the show, and the Amiga's return.

Petro Tyschtschenko
President
AMIGA International, Inc.


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