Hac Boston

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January 21-23, 2012

MIT, Cambridge, Massachusetts, USA


The Haskell Hackathon is an international, grassroots collaborative coding festival with a simple focus: build and improve Haskell libraries, tools, and infrastructure.

Hac Boston will be held January 21-23, 2012 at MIT in Cambridge, MA. It is open to all -- you do not have to be a Haskell guru to attend. 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, some talks, good food, and, of course, fun!


If you will be attending, please register. Registration is free, and open to everyone. If you like, you can also list yourself as an attendee. Then check out the projects page.


January 21-23, 2012 from 2:30-10pm Friday, 9am-10pm Saturday, and 9am-5pm Sunday. There will probably be some talks Saturday afternoon.

Although the hackathon won't officially kick off until 2:30pm on Friday, you are welcome to arrive the evening of Thursday the 20th or Friday morning if it makes for easier travel. If enough people are around and interested, some sort of activity could be arranged for Thursday evening and/or Friday morning.


If you'd be interested in giving a short (15-20 minute) talk, put your name and the subject of your talk on the talks page. There will be a projector and whiteboard available.


Hac Boston 2012 is sponsored by Capital IQ, an active user of functional programming!


Check out the Google map for info on relevant locations. More information about the room will be forthcoming.

Getting to MIT


Logan International Airport (BOS) is the closest major airport.


Take Amtrak to South Station (station code (BOS)), from can take the T from South Station to Kendall Station. Detailed directions will be provided from there once the room choice has been finalized. Google map.

Without a car

You can also get a CharlieTicket (or CharlieCard) at most stops.

  • Walking is always an option. Cambridge is a very walkable city.

From the airport

  • You can take the Silver Line to South Station and then take the T from South Station to Kendall Station.
  • Walking is probably not an option.


We're still actively investigating what kinds of bulk deals we can get on hotels in the area.

There are a number of nearby hotels suggested on the MIT web site

There may also be some local residents willing to accommodate a few attendees. See the attendees page for more info.


Before you arrive

  • Pick out a couple of projects to work on and familiarise yourself with them, or bring your own project(s) to work on. See the projects page for a list of projects people plan to work on. If you plan to work on your own project, be sure to list it on the projects page and set up a public repository if you don't already have one, so that other people can help hack on your project.
  • Install an up to date Haskell toolchain: at least ghc and cabal-install. If you don't already have these installed (or need to install from scratch on the laptop you're bringing), the easiest way is probably to install the Haskell Platform.


For any questions or emergencies, you can always call Edward Kmett at (857)244-1001.


See the Attendees page.


The organizers of Hac Boston are:

  • Edward Kmett (ekmett)
  • Edward Yang (ezyang)