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'''January 21-23, 2012'''
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The Haskell [[Hackathon]] is an international, grassroots collaborative coding festival with a simple focus: build and improve Haskell libraries, tools, and infrastructure.
   
MIT, Cambridge, Massachusetts, USA
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Hac Boston will be held '''January 20 to 22, 2012''' in '''Cambridge, Massachusetts''', at the [http://www.mit.edu/ Massachusetts Institute of Technology], rooms '''4-159''' and '''4-261'''. 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 [[/Projects|project]] you're excited to help with (or a project of your own to work on).
   
== About ==
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There will be lots of hacking, some talks, good food, and, of course, fun!
   
The Haskell Hackathon is an international, grassroots collaborative coding festival with a simple focus: build and improve Haskell libraries, tools, and infrastructure.
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Not to be confused with [http://www.hac.org.uk/html/about-the-hac/hac-clubs-societies/boston-association/ HAC Boston].
   
Hac Boston will be held January 21-23, 2012 at [http://www.mit.edu/ MIT] in [http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Cambridge 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 [[/Projects|project]] you're excited to help with (or a project of your own to work on).
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__TOC__
   
There will be lots of hacking, some talks, good food, and, of course, fun!
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== Registration ==
   
* IRC channel: #haskell-hacboston (freenode)
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We have room for approximately 80 people, and have just under 50 people registered so far. If you plan to be in the area and are thinking about attending, please [[/Register|register]]. Registration is free, and open to everyone. If you like, you can also
* Mailing list: [http://www.haskell.org/mailman/listinfo/hackathon [email protected]]
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[[/Attendees|list yourself as an attendee]]. Then you might want to visit
   
== Registration ==
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* the [[/Projects|projects page]].
   
If you will be attending, please [[/Register|register]]. Registration is free, and open to everyone. If you like, you can also
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* the IRC channel: #haskell-hacboston (freenode)
[[/Attendees|list yourself as an attendee]]. Then check out the [[/Projects|projects page]].
 
   
== When ==
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* the mailing list: [http://www.haskell.org/mailman/listinfo/hackathon [email protected]]
   
January 21-23, 2012 from 2:30-10pm Friday, 9am-10pm Saturday, and 9am-5pm Sunday. There will probably be some talks Saturday afternoon.
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== Sponsors ==
   
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.
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Hac Boston 2012 is sponsored by [https://www.capitaliq.com/ Capital IQ] and [http://www.nowbi.com/ Now Business Intelligence].
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== Dates and Times ==
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The hackathon will run from January 20 to 22, 2012, at the following times:
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{|
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!Date
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!Day
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!Times
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|-
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|Jan 20
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|Friday
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|14:30 to 22:00
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|-
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|Jan 21
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|Saturday
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|09:00 to 22:00
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|-
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|Jan 22
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|Sunday
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|09:00 to 17:00
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|}
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There will probably be some [[/Talks|talks]] Saturday afternoon.
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Although the hackathon won't officially kick off until 2:30pm on Friday, you are welcome to arrive Thursday evening or Friday morning if it makes for easier travel.
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== Food ==
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{|
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!Day
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!Time
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!Food
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|-
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|Friday
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|06:30
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|Pizza and Salad
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|-
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|Saturday
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|09:30
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|Breakfast (Bacon, Eggs, Veggie option)
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|-
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|Saturday
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|12:30
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|Lunch (Sandwiches, chips, salad)
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|-
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|Saturday
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|16:00
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|Presentations and talks (no dinner)
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|-
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|Sunday
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|10:30
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|Brunch
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|}
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== Before you arrive ==
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* 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|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|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.
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* 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 [http://hackage.haskell.org/platform/ Haskell Platform].
   
 
== Talks ==
 
== Talks ==
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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|talks page]]. There will be a projector and whiteboard available.
 
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|talks page]]. There will be a projector and whiteboard available.
   
== Sponsors ==
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== Maps ==
 
Hac Boston 2012 is sponsored by [https://www.capitaliq.com/ Capital IQ], an active user of functional programming!
 
   
== Location ==
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We have a Google map regarding [http://maps.google.com/maps/ms?ie=UTF&msa=0&msid=211126516447001200668.0004b03d5c010f8787f88 transportation and places to stay], and another with [http://maps.google.com/maps/ms?ie=UTF&msa=0&msid=211126516447001200668.0004b03844f6a9021991c points of interest around Cambridge].
   
Check out the [http://maps.google.com/maps/place?q=mit&cid=15051186796996599868 Google map] for info on relevant locations. More information about the room will be forthcoming.
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The hackathon itself is in Building 4 spread between rooms 159 and 261.
   
=== Getting to the Boston area ===
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== Getting to the Boston area ==
   
 
See also [http://wikitravel.org/en/Boston#Get_in Wikitravel].
 
See also [http://wikitravel.org/en/Boston#Get_in Wikitravel].
   
==== Air ====
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=== By air ===
   
[http://www.massport.com/logan-airport/Pages/Default.aspx Logan International Airport] (BOS) is the closest major airport. [http://www.pvdairport.com/ T. F. Green Airport] (PVD) in Providence is another option, with a [http://mbta.com/schedules_and_maps/rail/lines/?route=PROVSTOU rail connection] to Boston.
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[http://www.massport.com/logan-airport/Pages/Default.aspx Logan International Airport] (BOS) is the closest major airport. From BOS you can take the [http://www.mbta.com/schedules_and_maps/subway/lines/?route=SILVER Silver Line SL1] bus to Boston South Station.
   
==== Train ====
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[http://www.pvdairport.com/ T. F. Green Airport] (PVD) in Providence is another option, with a (infrequent) [http://mbta.com/schedules_and_maps/rail/lines/?route=PROVSTOU rail connection] to Boston South Station.
   
From most points, take [http://www.amtrak.com Amtrak] to South Station, station code (BOS). From certain points in Massachusetts and Rhode Island, take [http://mbta.com/schedules_and_maps/rail/ MBTA commuter rail], which arrives at South Station or North Station.
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=== By train ===
   
[http://maps.google.com/maps/ms?ie=UTF8&hl=en&msa=0&msid=117635619663929119581.00046ad73c83c72a23d67&ll=39.954783,-75.194485&spn=0.001667,0.002403&t=h&z=19 Google map].
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[http://www.amtrak.com Amtrak] serves Boston South Station, station code BOS. Service from cities in the Northeast is available on both the Northeast Regional train and the marginally faster Acela Express. These trains also stop at Boston Back Bay (BBY). South Station is the better choice if taking transit to MIT, but Back Bay is closer for walking.
   
==== Bus ====
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From certain points in Massachusetts and Rhode Island, you can take [http://mbta.com/schedules_and_maps/rail/ MBTA commuter rail], which arrives at South Station or North Station.
   
Boston is served by many [http://busjunction.com/ bus companies]. From New York City, reasonable and cheap options include [http://us.megabus.com/ Megabus] [https://www.boltbus.com/ BoltBus], [http://www.fungwahbus.com/default.html Fung Wah], and [http://www.luckystarbus.com/ Lucky Star]
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=== By bus ===
   
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Boston is served by many [http://busjunction.com/ bus companies]. From New York City, reasonable and cheap options include [http://us.megabus.com/ Megabus], [https://www.boltbus.com/ BoltBus], [http://www.fungwahbus.com/default.html Fung Wah], and [http://www.luckystarbus.com/ Lucky Star].
   
==== Without a car ====
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== Getting to MIT ==
   
* [http://www.mbta.org/ MBTA] operates the trains and busses in the Boston area. Fares are [http://mbta.com/fares_and_passes/subway/ listed on their website].
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=== By human power ===
You can also get a CharlieTicket (or CharlieCard) at most stops.
 
   
* Walking is always an option. Cambridge is a very walkable city.
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Cambridge is a very walkable city. It is feasible to walk to MIT from many points in Cambridge, Boston, and Brookline. Cambridge is also very bikeable, but maybe not in January.
   
==== From the airport ====
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=== By public transit ===
   
* You can take the Silver Line to South Station and then take the T from South Station to Kendall Station.
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MIT is close to [http://www.mbta.com/schedules_and_maps/subway/lines/stations/?stopId=12412 Kendall Station] on the Red Line subway. The Red Line connects to Boston South Station (and its rail and bus terminals) and the rest of the [http://www.mbta.com/schedules_and_maps/subway/ MBTA rapid transit network]. MIT is also served by [http://www.mbta.com/schedules_and_maps/bus/ MBTA buses]. Google Maps can plan rail and bus trips.
* Walking is probably not an option.
 
   
==== Keegan McAllister Style ====
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From the Kendall stop on the Red Line, you will need to make your way to [http://whereis.mit.edu/?go=4 building 4]. You'll exit on Main St, and you want to go south. For reference, the Marriott and other large buildings are arranged around a courtyard ''north'' of Main St.
   
* Bring a multitool.
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Next to the subway exit and the MIT Press Bookstore, there is a path which quickly becomes Carleton St. Follow Carleton south past MIT Medical (and maybe some tasty food trucks) until you're forced to veer right onto Amherst St. Continue straight off the end of Amherst, passing the [http://upload.wikimedia.org/wikipedia/en/f/f4/MIT-Green-Building.jpg tall Green Building and the pointy metal sculpture]. Eventually your path will be obstructed by the interconnected complex of buildings 2, 4, and 6. Go inside and make your way to 4-159. The local inhabitants are friendly and will be happy to point you in the right direction if you get lost.
* Exit security, make an immediate right. Enter the janitorial wing of the airport. Find the third from the right window.
 
* Quickly remove the screws on the air duct immediately next to it. Crawl through to luggage handling.
 
* Navigate the maze of conveyor belts and machinery. Do not fall.
 
* Exit via the luggage pickup conveyor belt.
 
* Exit via the nearest door. Take the Blue Line subway towards Bowdoin. Ride on top.
 
* Do not get off at Government Center Station. Directly ransfer to the Green Line towards E - Heath Street by jumping from train to train.
 
* Get off at Prudential Station. Do not let yourself be seen.
 
* Climb a nearby fire escape. Parkour to 111 Huntington Ave. You will need a zipline. Possibly several. Alternatively, break in through 5 Napkin Burger, fight your way through security on the ground floor and take the elevator. If it's not at the ground, climb the shaft. It's faster.
 
* Alternatively, pose as catering from the nearby Cheesecake Factory. The receptionist is vulnerable to strawberry cheesecake.
 
* Enter ClariFI through the window. Disregard the screams of terror.
 
* Find Edward Kmett. Beat him up and take his keys.
 
* Drive to MIT. Find directions on Google Maps.
 
   
=== Accommodation ===
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See also the line drawn on the [http://maps.google.com/maps/ms?ie=UTF&msa=0&msid=211126516447001200668.0004b03d5c010f8787f88 transportation map].
   
We're still actively investigating what kinds of bulk deals we can get on hotels in the area.
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You could instead cut through MIT Medical and cross Ames St. to enter building 66 (the triangular one). From there you can get to building 4 following interior hallways only. This could be a better option if the weather is terrible.
   
There are a number of [http://web.mit.edu/visit/hotels.html nearby hotels suggested on the MIT web site]
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=== By car ===
   
There may also be some local residents willing to accommodate a few attendees. See the [[/Attendees|attendees page]] for more info.
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Parking possibilities include:
   
== Preparations ==
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* [http://g.co/maps/w99sy The Marriott]
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* [http://g.co/maps/d7yyw Parking of Vassar-Mass Ave]
   
=== Before you arrive ===
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If it's after 5PM on Friday, you might try the [http://g.co/maps/hvk6v Hayward lot].
   
* 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|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|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.
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== Accommodation ==
* 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 [http://hackage.haskell.org/platform/ Haskell Platform].
 
   
== Contact ==
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We're still actively investigating what kinds of bulk deals we can get on hotels in the area.
   
For any questions or emergencies, you can always call Edward Kmett at (857)244-1001.
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There are a number of [http://web.mit.edu/visit/hotels.html nearby hotels suggested on the MIT web site]. Boston has several [http://www.hostelworld.com/search?search_keywords=Boston%2C+USA&country=USA&city=Boston hostels] as well.
   
== Attendees ==
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There may also be some local residents willing to accommodate a few attendees. See the [[/Attendees|attendees page]] for more info.
   
See the [[/Attendees | Attendees]] page.
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== Organizers ==
 
== Organization ==
 
   
 
The organizers of Hac Boston are:
 
The organizers of Hac Boston are:
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* Edward Kmett (ekmett)
 
* Edward Kmett (ekmett)
 
* Edward Yang (ezyang)
 
* Edward Yang (ezyang)
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For any questions or emergencies, you can always call Edward Kmett at +1 857 244 1001 or Edward Yang at +1 732 947 6971.
   
 
[[Category:Community]]
 
[[Category:Community]]

Revision as of 19:24, 20 January 2012

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 20 to 22, 2012 in Cambridge, Massachusetts, at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology, rooms 4-159 and 4-261. 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!

Not to be confused with HAC Boston.

Contents


1 Registration

We have room for approximately 80 people, and have just under 50 people registered so far. If you plan to be in the area and are thinking about attending, please register. Registration is free, and open to everyone. If you like, you can also list yourself as an attendee. Then you might want to visit

  • the IRC channel: #haskell-hacboston (freenode)

2 Sponsors

Hac Boston 2012 is sponsored by Capital IQ and Now Business Intelligence.

3 Dates and Times

The hackathon will run from January 20 to 22, 2012, at the following times:

Date Day Times
Jan 20 Friday 14:30 to 22:00
Jan 21 Saturday 09:00 to 22:00
Jan 22 Sunday 09:00 to 17:00

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 Thursday evening or Friday morning if it makes for easier travel.

4 Food

Day Time Food
Friday 06:30 Pizza and Salad
Saturday 09:30 Breakfast (Bacon, Eggs, Veggie option)
Saturday 12:30 Lunch (Sandwiches, chips, salad)
Saturday 16:00 Presentations and talks (no dinner)
Sunday 10:30 Brunch

5 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.

6 Talks

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.

7 Maps

We have a Google map regarding transportation and places to stay, and another with points of interest around Cambridge.

The hackathon itself is in Building 4 spread between rooms 159 and 261.

8 Getting to the Boston area

See also Wikitravel.

8.1 By air

Logan International Airport (BOS) is the closest major airport. From BOS you can take the Silver Line SL1 bus to Boston South Station.

T. F. Green Airport (PVD) in Providence is another option, with a (infrequent) rail connection to Boston South Station.

8.2 By train

Amtrak serves Boston South Station, station code BOS. Service from cities in the Northeast is available on both the Northeast Regional train and the marginally faster Acela Express. These trains also stop at Boston Back Bay (BBY). South Station is the better choice if taking transit to MIT, but Back Bay is closer for walking.

From certain points in Massachusetts and Rhode Island, you can take MBTA commuter rail, which arrives at South Station or North Station.

8.3 By bus

Boston is served by many bus companies. From New York City, reasonable and cheap options include Megabus, BoltBus, Fung Wah, and Lucky Star.

9 Getting to MIT

9.1 By human power

Cambridge is a very walkable city. It is feasible to walk to MIT from many points in Cambridge, Boston, and Brookline. Cambridge is also very bikeable, but maybe not in January.

9.2 By public transit

MIT is close to Kendall Station on the Red Line subway. The Red Line connects to Boston South Station (and its rail and bus terminals) and the rest of the MBTA rapid transit network. MIT is also served by MBTA buses. Google Maps can plan rail and bus trips.

From the Kendall stop on the Red Line, you will need to make your way to building 4. You'll exit on Main St, and you want to go south. For reference, the Marriott and other large buildings are arranged around a courtyard north of Main St.

Next to the subway exit and the MIT Press Bookstore, there is a path which quickly becomes Carleton St. Follow Carleton south past MIT Medical (and maybe some tasty food trucks) until you're forced to veer right onto Amherst St. Continue straight off the end of Amherst, passing the tall Green Building and the pointy metal sculpture. Eventually your path will be obstructed by the interconnected complex of buildings 2, 4, and 6. Go inside and make your way to 4-159. The local inhabitants are friendly and will be happy to point you in the right direction if you get lost.

See also the line drawn on the transportation map.

You could instead cut through MIT Medical and cross Ames St. to enter building 66 (the triangular one). From there you can get to building 4 following interior hallways only. This could be a better option if the weather is terrible.

9.3 By car

Parking possibilities include:

If it's after 5PM on Friday, you might try the Hayward lot.

10 Accommodation

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. Boston has several hostels as well.

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

11 Organizers

The organizers of Hac Boston are:

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

For any questions or emergencies, you can always call Edward Kmett at +1 857 244 1001 or Edward Yang at +1 732 947 6971.