ZuriHac 2017, 9-11 June


Beginning of June 2017, the Zurich Haskell Meetup Group will organize ZuriHac 2017, a three day Haskell Hackathon hosted at the HSR Hochschule für Technik Rapperswil. This is the sixth Haskell Hackathon organized by the Zurich Haskell Meetup Group and the first one which is hosted at the HSR. A fantastic venue located right at lake Zurich and providing space for 300 participants.

The Haskell Hackathon is an international, grassroots collaborative coding festival whose goal is to expand the community and to build and improve Haskell libraries, tools, and infrastructure.

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

This event is open to any experience level, from beginners to gurus. 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. We will have a dedicated beginners' track, and there are going to be mentors on site whom you can directly approach during the whole event with any Haskell-related question you have.

Supported by

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Edward Kmett

Edward Kmett

Prolific Haskell programmer, mathematician, lapsed graphics guru and demo scener, defense contractor, financial toolsmith, author of the widely-known lens library.
Stephen Diehl

Stephen Diehl

Stephen is a Haskell developer, entrepreneur, and financial systems architect from Boston. His open source work is around numerical computing, compilers, security, and improving Haskell documentation. Author of the amazing What I Wish I Knew When Learning Haskell.
Julie Moronuki

Julie Moronuki

Julie is a linguist and teacher who decided, on a whim, to learn Haskell. As her interest in lambdas and static typing grew, she decided to use her teaching expertise to write a Haskell book for beginners, and the result was Haskell Programming from First Principles. Currently she lives in Austin, Texas, where she homeschools her children, adopts too many animals, teaches Haskell at a local meetup, and is working on a new book, called The Joy of Haskell.
Neil Mitchell

Neil Mitchell

Neil Mitchell has been a Haskell programmer since his PhD at York University, where he worked on making functional programs shorter, faster and safer. Since then he's worked in industry, taking the lessons of functional programming and applying them in finance. Neil is the author of numerous open-source Haskell packages including Hlint (which makes suggestions on how to improve your Haskell code), Hoogle (which searches for functions by both name and type signature) and Shake (a build system, being used for the next iteration of the GHC build system).
Simon Thompson

Simon Thompson

Simon Thompson is Professor of Logic and Computation in the School of Computing at the University of Kent. His main research interests are in functional programming, most recently in designing tools to help people to write and test programs more effectively. One example of such a tool is the Haskell Refactorer. He is also the author of introductory texts on Haskell, Erlang and Miranda, as well as Type Theory and Functional Programming.


This schedule is provisional. More details will be given prior to the start of the event.

June 9
Doors open
Keynote talk
10:00 – 11:00
Project presentation
11:00 – 12:00
Lunch at HSR Mensa
12:30 – 14:00
Panel Discussion
17:00 – 18:00
BBQ or Hack & Pizza
18:00 – 21:00
June 10
Keynote talk
10:00 – 11:00
Lunch at HSR Mensa
12:00 – 14:00
Keynote talk
17:00 – 18:00
BBQ or Hack & Pizza
18:00 – 21:00
June 11
Keynote talk
10:00 – 11:00
Lunch at HSR Mensa
12:00 – 14:00
Project demos
15:00 – 16:00
End of event


In between the talks you can join one of these projects and help the maintainers out with bug fixes or new features. We have plenty of space available in 10 separate rooms where you can team up with your peers and work on your favourite project.

To submit your project, please open a pull request.

Sasa Bogicevic


Haskell-Serbia is a Serbian haskell user group website. It is written in Yesod and has basic functionality for managing users and creating tutorials.
Jasper Van der Jeugt


Hakyll is a Haskell library for generating static sites, mostly aimed at small-to-medium sites and personal blogs. It is written in a very configurable way and uses an xmonad-like DSL for configuration.
Nikita Tchayka


HaskellDO is a Haskell code editor, centered around interactive development. It's main goal is to help data science tasks be easy in Haskell, as inline plotting and fast development iterations.
Bas van Dijk


opencv is a Haskell library providing a binding to the OpenCV-3.x C++ library. It binds directly with the C++ API using the inline-c Haskell library.
Artyom Kazak

Aelve Guide

Aelve Guide is a wiki for all Haskell-related things. It provides package comparisons/recommendations, code examples and usage notes; it also has pages on Haskell tools, papers, books, and so on.
Oleg Grenrus


servant is a set of packages for declaring web APIs at the type-level and then using those API specifications to write server, obtain client functions etc
Jean-Christophe Mincke


Blast is a distributed computing library inspired by Apache Spark. The current implementation provides local thread and CloudHaskell backends.The next step is to develop a set tools to easily deploy Blast on a cluster.
Vladislav Zavialov

Intermediate Haskell

Intermediate Haskell is a book that aims to fill the gap between reading LYAH and research papers. It covers topics one usually reads about in blog posts and wiki pages.
Corentin Dupont


Nomyx is a game where you can change the rules of the game itself, while playing it! In fact, changing the rules is the goal of the game.


This year the hackathon takes place at the HSR Hochschule für Technik Rapperswil. The location is about 40 minutes outside of the Zurich city.

HSR campus

We'll have plenty of space available to us: One large auditorium with enough seats for all the participants, 10 separate rooms for up to 28 people each, and a large open space.

HSR Hochschule für Technik Rapperswil
Oberseestrasse 10
8640 Rapperswil-Jona

Getting there

You can take the S7 or S15 to get from the Zurich main station to Rapperswil. These trains run regularly in 30 minute and 60 minute intervals, respectively.

If you arrive at the Zurich airport, first take the train to the Zurich main station and then continue with S7 or S15. Trains from the airport towards the city run every few minutes.

Tickets: If you stay in Zurich city, get a day pass for all zones. It's good for all public transportation around Zurich, up to Rapperswil. A one-way ticket costs 17.20CHF, the day pass 34.40CHF. If you want to stay closer to the venue and save on transportation, please see the section further below with accomodation suggestions around Rapperswil.

Getting around

See this map for more information on accomodation, grocery stores, and other useful places.



To the registration form

Even though this year we have space for up to 300 people, you should hurry up. The places are gone quickly!

Once we reach maximum capacity you will be queued into a wait list. In case that somebody cancels we will fill up the seats from the wait list in first come first serve order and let you know. Do not book anything before we have confirmed a seat for you (in a confirmation email) though. Confirmation emails are sent out in batches and this is a manual process, so expect some delay there.


If you have any questions before the event, please reach out to Jasper Van der Jeugt or Simon Meier.

Before the event, and in particular during the event, you can find us and other participants in the #zurihac channel on freenode (open in your IRC client or use the webchat). In addition, feel free to post on Twitter and Google+ using the hashtag #ZuriHac2017.

Terms and Conditions

Each participant will retain ownership of any and all intellectual and industrial property rights to his or her work created or used during the Hackathon.