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Important announcements from Tuesday's BFPG meetup

From: Matthew B.
Sent on: Thursday, February 28, 2013 11:42 AM
Hi everyone,

This is a long email, but it contains some important stuff, so I hope you can find the time to read it!

Thanks everyone who made it such a great meetup on Tuesday evening, even though we ran quite late. I really enjoyed all three talks, and the discussions that followed them.

We need a new venue!

Ventyx, formerly Mincom, has been home to BFPG for just shy of two years. It's been a fantastic venue, with a great room and a great location, but most importantly, a great bunch of people who have consistently given their time to make the room available to us. I'd particularly like to thank Charles O'Farrell and Jason Stevens, but there have also been others who have helped out from time to time. So thank-you Ventyx, and thank-you Charles, Jason and others! You've made a huge contribution to the group.

But it's time we gave our friends at Ventyx a rest. Jason's increasing responsibility at Ventyx means he won't always be available. And besides, we need to give him a chance to attend BFPG as a regular member. I look forward to seeing a more relaxed Jason at future meetups. :-)

This means that the March meetup will be in a new location. We don't yet know where that will be. We are looking into a couple of possibilities, but currently, we have no permanent solution.

Please, if you or your employer have a facility that you think might suit BFPG, consider whether you can make it available to us.

YOW! Lambda Jam

On May 16-17, Brisbane will be home to YOW! Lambda Jam, a conference for functional programmers. Worldwide, there are only a handful of conferences that specifically target practicing functional programmers, and Brisbane now has one of them! This has happened because Brisbane has gained a reputation for having a vibrant community of functional programmers.

Lambda Jam and YOW! are different beasts. Lambda Jam is intended as a more collaborative effort, and so it calls for a much greater level of local community involvement. There will be significant contributions from Sydney, Melbourne and other places around Australia. So let's make sure Brisbane is well represented in the  conference program.

The Lambda Jam call for talk proposals closes on 8 March. Please consider making a submission.

You don't need to be a recognised expert (whatever that means!) to submit a proposal. You just need an idea or an experience report that might be of interest to other functional programmers. Don't try to second-guess the program committee. It's the committee's job, not yours, to decide exactly what's suitable for the conference. Sure, there's always the chance that your proposal might be rejected, but there's absolutely no harm in that. In fact, you'll learn a lot from the experience. And you'll learn a lot more if you're accepted. :-)

Nevertheless, we recognise that it might be a rather daunting prospect, so we'd like to offer a little help...

Lambda Jam talk proposal workshops

Next Tuesday, we will hold two special BFPG meetings at The Edge, State Library of Queensland, from 12-2pm and 6-8pm, for you to work on your Lambda Jam talk proposals. Discuss your talk ideas with other Lambda Jam hopefuls, and get help addressing the requirements of the call for talk proposals. We might even have some program committee members on hand to give us their perspectives, so long as we're careful to help them avoid conflicts of interest.

To attend the workshop, all we need from you is your ideas, and a promise that you won't steal ideas from other people. In return, we'll make the same promise to you.

See for details. Add yourself to the waiting list, then email us at [address removed], and we'll bump you up to the list of attendees.

You're also welcome to contact us at [address removed] if you want to discuss your ideas before next Tuesday.

Ongoing assistance

Of course, that won't be the end of it. After Lambda Jam submissions close, we'll hold more workshops to help you develop and practice your talks. We've been doing this for a while with BFPG speakers, and I think we're actually starting to get a little bit good at it.

So don't hold back. This is a real chance to put yourself, and sometimes-sunny Brisbane, at the forefront of functional programming.

March 8 is next week, so get busy!


Our Sponsors

  • iseek Communications

    Coverage of the cost of pizza for attendees

  • Data61

    Venue sponsor, and provides pizzas and drinks for Hack Nights

  • Ephox

    Co-Sponsors pizza for the meetups.

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