Show us your old tech for a chance to win a trip to Expand NY!

On November 9th and 10th, Expand NY will bring you face to face with the future of tech -- but how did we arrive at a world where we're wearing computers on our faces? With your help, we'll be reliving that journey. Help us find the coolest vintage tech, and you could find yourself with a trip to Expand NY on us -- or a chance to let us update that old tech for you.

So, what's hiding in the back of your closet? An Apple II? Commodore 64? A transistor radio or Motorola StarTAC? Maybe you cuddle with Teddy Ruxpin each night? Whatever the case may be, snap a pic of your most retro piece of technology and upload it to Instagram starting today. Tag us (@EngadgetExpand) and use the hashtag #ExpandThrowback in your post. Then, enter the official contest on our Engadget Expand Facebook Page, so we know where to find your photo.

We'll collect photos from you, dear readers, for about two weeks. You've until 11:59pm ET on September 5th to get your entries in. On September 6th, we'll switch gears and pick the top 20 photos and let fans vote for the the final five picks.

What's in it for you?

  • First Prize Winner: All-expenses paid passage for you plus one to Engadget Expand in New York, including airfare, hotel room, transportation and food (ARV $3,000)*

  • (4) Second Prize Winners: We'll give you a $250 gift card so you can finally ditch that StarTAC and pick up a shiny new phone (they even have touchscreens now!).

So open up those garage doors and give that retro gadget its final 15 minutes of fame. Need a little more info? Check out the contest page. And if you're not already connected to all things Expand, stay tuned to our Expand hub for the latest news. Oh, and while you're at it, follow us on Twitter, Facebook and Google+.

*Prizes mentioned in this article are bound by the official rules of the contest.