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When: Friday 6 June 2014 - Sunday 8 June 2014
Hours: 09:00 ~ 20:00
Where: Better (formerly known as Erudify), Zurich, Switzerland

Talks from:
Simon Marlow.jpg Simon Marlow & Edward Kmett.jpg Edward Kmett!

We are very close to capacity. Once we reach our limit new registrations will be put on a waiting list. Thank you for your understanding.

Switzerland has its own power sockets. We can't provide converters for everybody so make sure to bring one along. Do note that the Europlug will fit in a Swiss power socket. There's an electronics shop Fust Center Eschenmoser very near our office where you can buy converters.



On the first weekend of June 2014 the Zurich HaskellerZ Meetup group will organize ZuriHac 2014, a three day Haskell Hackathon hosted at the Better offices. This is the third Haskell Hackathon in Zurich. The previous two were ZuriHac2013 and ZuriHac2010.

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

This is a great opportunity to meet your fellow haskellers in real life, find new contributors for your project, improve existing libraries and tools or even start new ones!

Note that this event is open to any experience level, from beginners to guru's. In fact, one of the goals is to bring beginners in contact with experts so that the former can get a quick start in the Haskell community.



Better (formerly known as Erudify) will host the Hackathon.


Google Switzerland is providing financial support


17 November 2013
Added wiki page
22 January 2014
Opened registration


Warning: We are very close to capacity. Once we reach our limit new registrations will be put on a waiting list. Thank you for your understanding.

To register and be put on the waiting list please fill in this form


See the list of people who have signed up for ZuriHac 2014.



Zurich, Switzerland

To learn more about the city, please see the Wikipedia and Wikitravel articles.

Getting around

Google map with important places

Local transport links:


A note on day tickets:

Day tickets in Zurich run for 24 hours and can be used on all forms of transport, bus, train, tram.

You can buy tickets from the ticket machines.


We'll soon compile a list of accommodation recommendations.



Hacking hours: 10:00 to 18:00.


Please come before 11:00. At 11:00 there will be projects introduction and discussion.

Talk by Edward Kmett.

Title: Functionally Oblivious and Succinct

Abstract: This talk provides a whirlwind tour of some new types of functional data structures and their applications.

Cache-oblivious algorithms let us perform optimally for all cache levels in your system at the same time by optimizing for one cache for which we don't know the parameters. While Okasaki's "Purely Functional Data Structures" taught us how to reason about asymptotic performance in a lazy language like Haskell, reasoning about cache-oblivious algorithms requires some new techniques.

Succinct data structures let us work directly on near-optimally compressed data representations without decompressing.

How can derive new functional data structures from these techniques? Applications include just diverse areas as speeding up a variant of Haskell's venerable Data.Map, handling "big data" on disk without tuning for hardware, and parsing JSON faster in less memory.


Talk by Simon Marlow.




See the projects page.

IRC, Twitter

The main communication channel during the Hackathon will be our IRC channel: #zurihac at Freenode.

#zurihac is our Twitter/Google+ hashtag as well.


The events are organized in name of the Zurich HaskellerZ meetup group by the following people:

  • Johan Tibell (Google)
  • Alexander Bernauer (Google)
  • Nora Kasper (Better)
  • Thomas Schilling (Better)
  • Simon Meier (Better)
  • Dominic Small (Better)
  • Bas van Dijk (Better)

For any questions or emergencies, you can always call Bas (Bas van Dijk.png) at +41 791 285 624.

Or send an email to: zurihac@better.com