17 Apr 2011 09:57
Announcing AusHac 2011 - The second annual Australian Haskell Hackathon (July 8-10)
Alex Mason <axman6 <at> gmail.com>
2011-04-17 07:57:08 GMT
2011-04-17 07:57:08 GMT
Attention all Australasian Haskellers! After last year’s fantastic turnout for the first Australian Haskell Hackathon - AusHac 2010 - we’ve decided to organise another. As it’s rather boring to have a Hackathon with only two people, we encourage and welcome anyone interested in Haskell in Australia, New Zealand and surrounding areas (or further afield if you want!) to come and join us. Last year we had more than 25 Haskellers come from Brisbane, Canberra, Melbourne, Sydney and even two from as far away as New Zealand. AusHac 2011 will be held from Friday July 8th until Sunday July 10th, again at UNSW’s Computer Science building in Sydney. There’s no need to come for the entire weekend, just for whenever you’re able to. Last year, people worked on several projects including: • Accelerate: a high performance library for array computations using various backends (CUDA, LLVM, etc.) being written at UNSW. • Leksah: the Haskell IDE written in Haskell • DDC: the compiler for the Haskell-like language Disciple, which has strict evaluation by default, region, effect and closure typing and other interesting language features. • Hubris: the Haskell/Ruby bridge for calling Haskell from Ruby and vice-versa. • haskell-mpi: bindings to MPI, the message passing interface used frequently on high performance super-computers to allow programs to run on many nodes in parallel with easy communication. • There was even some work on LLVM to produce HTML output showing register allocations (as an aid to those writing new code generators etc.), which has now been included upstream. This work did not use Haskell, but it did happen at AusHac 2010. • And much more! This is a great chance to collaborate with others and get feedback on your work, while having heaps of fun and meeting other Haskellers, to verify they do actually exist! And don’t worry if you can’t think of a project to work on; just come along and pitch in with whatever strikes your fancy! If you’re interested in coming and have a project you’d like to work on, check out the wikipage http://www.haskell.org/haskellwiki/AusHac2011 where you can add your project ideas, or just take a look and see what others will be working on that you can help out with. People of all skill levels are welcome, from complete beginners to Oleg-level sage masters. We’re more than happy to help you learn Haskell if you’re just starting out or help you solve that little niggly bit in your code. If you’re interested in coming along, fill out our registration form http://axman6.wufoo.com/forms/aushac-2011-sign-up/. Registration is required so we know numbers and for you to get access to the university Wifi. Even if you’re not sure, fill it in to express your interest, obligation free. We’d rather know we have room for too many people than not enough. So come along! And if for some reason you don’t enjoy yourself, registration comes with a money-back guarantee! Hope to see you there, -- Alex Mason and Ivan Miljenovic, AusHac organisers P.S: If you have received this email directly, it is because you have shown previous interest in AusHac by signing up via the previous signup. If you do not wish to receive any more email regarding AusHac, please email me (axman6 <at> gmail.com) and I'll be sure to take you off the list of interested people.