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AusHac 2011 was held at UNSW from the 8th to the 10th of July 2011, at the Computer Science and Engineering building at UNSW (Building K17), in room 113.


PlaySpace Online


Conal Elliott has designed a DSL called [Shady]( that generates GLSL shaders. We already have a proof of concept that these shaders can be displayed in WebGL. (If you want to view this please do it in Google Chrome 12+ or Firefix 4+ on a computer with a decent graphics card.)

PlaySpace Online will be a web application, written in Yesod, that will allow people to write their own Shady effects and play with them all within the comfort of their WebGL enabled browser.

Who: Sean Seefried


Graph Stuff

What: Not quite sure yet; possibly a JavaScript InfoVis Toolkit backend for graphviz.

Who: Ivan


What: DDC is Ben Lippmeier's experimental compiler. For anyone who would like to hack on a compiler written in Haskell, but found GHC too complex, DDC is a perfect match. There are a number of open newbie bugs and I'd be happy to walk anyone through fixing them.

Who: Erik de Castro Lopo


What: I've been hacking on GHC recently. Would love to hack on it with someone who knows the code base better than me.

Who: Erik de Castro Lopo

Dropbox clone

What: Dropbox is a great idea, but the fact that everything is stored on the Dropbox servers in cleartext is a deal breaker for me. So, how much of a clone can a motivated team get done in a weekend when using Haskell? Idea would be to use Wai/Warp for server side web code, http-enumerator for the client side, git or darcs for the back end storage (can we rip code out of gitit?). On the client side we would need OS specific clients for Linux, Mac and Windows to do the syncing.

Who: Erik de Castro Lopo (but only if i get some other interested parties).



If you're looking for somewhere cheap to stay near UNSW then there are a few back-packers in Coogee. It's about a 10 minute bus ride from Coogee Beach to UNSW. Shared rooms are AUD$30 - 40.

For something a bit further out, you could also try one of the Sydney YHA hostels. The Glebe one is walking distance to Darling Harbour, though it takes about 50 min to get to UNSW via light rail then bus. Private rooms with shared facilities are about AUD$80. Shared rooms are AUD$30 - 40.

If you want to say across the road from Central station, and don't mind hanging out with English gap-year kids, then you try WakeUp.

If you like to party then Evas Backpackers is a short stumble home from Kings Cross.

I'd avoid SydneyCentralOnWentworth. It has a pretty website but the rooms are small and dingy (benl23 stayed there in 2009)

Note that hostels tend to be busiest on Friday and Saturday nights, so it's good to book early.


For something more up-market you could try one of the UNSW residential Colleges. This site also has more links to hotels and hostels.


If you have AUD$120 - 150 per night and aren't organised then LastMinute is a good place to find a hotel. You get the best prices if you book 2-3 days in advance. Alternatively, try wotif.

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