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Haskell Hackaton in Cambridge, UK, August 12-14, 2011


1 About

Come and spend a weekend in Cambridge hacking Haskell code in great surroundings with fantastic company! Haskell Hackathons are a tradition where everyone is welcome; we get together, work on projects with others or just do your own thing, the overall goal being to improve the Haskell ecosystem.

CamHac will be held from 12-14 August 2011, at Homerton College in Cambridge. As with previous Hackathons, all are welcome -- you do not have to be a Haskell guru. All you need is a basic knowledge of Haskell, a willingness to learn, and a project you're excited to help with (or a project of your own to work on).

There will be lots of hacking, good food, and, of course, fun!

Many thanks to Microsoft Research Cambridge for agreeing to sponsor the event.

2 Registration

Registration deadline: Friday 15th July 2011

Registration is free. To register, please email stating that you would like to register for the "Haskell Hackathon", with the following information

 Full name:
 Which days you are attending on:
   day 1: yes/no
   day 2: yes/no
   day 3: yes/no
 Dietary requirements:

The venue is limited to 50 (edit: now 72!) people, and registration is first-come first-served, so register quickly to reserve your place! (but only register if you definitely intend to come, and please let us know if you find you cannot make it for any reason after you have registered, so we can re-allocate your place).

Some people will probably want to travel on Friday morning and join us later on that day - that's absolutely fine.

3 Venue

We're in the Leah Manning Room of Homerton Conference Centre. It is about 15 minutes walk from the train station, and Cambridge town centre is about 30 minutes walk.

Times: we have the room booked all day for the three days, and we'll probably start around 10am and finish around 6pm. Exact time details to be confirmed later.

There will be WiFi access.

There will be a projector for giving talks/demos. We will probably reserve a part of the time for talks and demos.

4 Food

Tea and coffee will be supplied. We will have to go out to find lunch, but there are various places to eat and buy food at the Cambridge Leisure Park a few minutes walk towards Cambridge town centre. In the evening we will probably head towards the town where there are plenty of good restaurants.

5 Local arrangements

5.1 Getting to Cambridge

5.1.1 By Plane

  • Stansted Airport: Stansted is the nearest of the London-area airports to Cambridge. It is mostly served by flights to and from mainland Europe, Ireland, and elsewhere in the UK. By train it is about 30 minutes to Cambridge, bus about 1 hour.
  • Heathrow Airport: Heathrow is the principal London-area airport and one of the busiest in Europe with a wide range of national, European, and international services. By train it is about 1h30 to 2h to Cambridge (Heathrow Express is faster but more expensive).
  • Gatwick Airport: Gatwick is the second "London" airport with a wide range of national, European and international services. By train it is about 2h to Cambridge.

5.1.2 Trains from London

London has two train lines into Cambridge, London Kings Cross and London Liverpool Street. There is a regular service on both lines and duration is under an hour on the direct trains. Go to National Rail to check train times.

You can usually by tickets at the station both at a ticket machine or a staffed counter. You usually will not be able to buy tickets on the train without paying a fine. Tickets can be cheaper if you buy off-peak and return trip. Off-peak tickets are usually valid on weekends and after 10 a.m. on weekdays. Make sure, though, to check National Rail for which trains are eligible for off-peak tickets.

5.2 Getting to the venue

Walk from the train station (about 15 minutes)

How to find the venue

Local Taxis: Panther Taxis 01223 715715

5.3 Accommodation

VisitCambridge: Where to Stay in Cambridge

The nearest hotels to the venue seem to be:

If you contact any of the above and find they're booked up, please remove them from the list.

Microsoft Research recommends the following hotels to visitors, these are closer to the city centre but are probably a lot more expensive than those above:

6 Projects

Use this space to list projects you are interested in working on, and add your name to projects you are interested in helping with.

  • General hacking away at Snap Framework (exact goals TBD), perhaps adding/improving documentation/tutorials at the same time. (Jurriën Stutterheim, Twey)
  • Darcs
  • Something games/3d related? (Stephen L)
  • LambdaCube 3D engine (Csaba Hruska)
  • Designing/proposing/implementing a richer or more 'haskelly' API for the network package (Ben Millwood, Twey)
  • Writing a library that implements the ideas of Typing Haskell In Haskell to type-check, say, a haskell-src-exts AST (Ben Millwood)

7 Attendees

  1. Simon Marlow
  2. Jurriën Stutterheim
  3. Neil Mitchell
  4. Jasper Van der Jeugt
  5. Max Bolingbroke
  6. Ben Millwood
  7. Roman Leshchinskiy
  8. Gregory Collins
  9. Martijn van Steenbergen
  10. Sjoerd Visscher
  11. Sebastiaan Visser
  12. Tom Lokhorst
  13. Erik Hesselink
  14. Jeff Foster
  15. Sebastian Korten
  16. Alessandro Vermeulen
  17. Vlad Hanciuta
  18. Ganesh Sittampalam
  19. Eric Kow
  20. Alexander Njemz
  21. Mikolaj Konarski
  22. Ian Lynagh
  23. Andres Löh
  24. Jeroen Janssen
  25. Nicolas Wu
  26. Duncan Coutts
  27. Dominic Orchard
  28. Jacek Generowicz
  29. Owen Stephens
  30. Benedict Eastaugh
  31. Stephen Lavelle
  32. Sam Martin
  33. Alex Horsman
  34. Andy Georges
  35. Niklas Larsson
  36. Raeez Lorgat
  37. Maryna Strelchuk
  38. Vincent Hanquez
  39. Chris Done
  40. Tomas Petricek
  41. Thomas Schilling
  42. Dragos Ionita
  43. Simon Meier
  44. Will Thompson
  45. Sergii Strelchuk
  46. Lennart Kolmodin
  47. Philippa Cowderoy
  48. Steven Keuchel
  49. Michal Terepeta
  50. Maciek Makowski
  51. Johannes Weiß
  52. Alejandro Serrano
  53. Mike McClurg
  54. Stefan Wehr
  55. David Leuschner
  56. James ‘Twey’ Kay
  57. Simon PJ
  58. Neill Bogie
  59. Csaba Hruska
  60. Bart Coppens
  • Add your name here, once registered...