[Haskell-cafe] Is anyone running regular virtual Haskell hacking events?

Chris Smith cdsmith at gmail.com
Wed Jun 23 18:19:27 UTC 2021

Thanks Carter.  I really enjoyed it as well.  There are definitely some
parts of the experience that won't translate well into a virtual setting,
but I hope we can balance that with some unique virtual advantages;
especially that we can open it up to a lot more people than just the New
York area.

I'm hoping someone is up for helping me with organizing the online events?

On Wed, Jun 23, 2021 at 12:42 PM Carter Schonwald <
carter.schonwald at gmail.com> wrote:

> I really enjoyed the cohack events you ran!
> On Wed, Jun 23, 2021 at 12:07 AM Chris Smith <cdsmith at gmail.com> wrote:
>> I'm thinking of ideas, and wondering if anyone's beat me to this one.
>> Before COVID-19, I organized a "co-hack" with the New York Haskell User
>> Group one Saturday per month, where people would get together and write or
>> discuss Haskell for several hours.  I always had a great time, but... then
>> COVID-19.
>> Does something like this exist online?
>> If not, I was just looking at Zoom, and realized they have breakout rooms
>> where people can divide up and separately talk in groups.  I was thinking
>> of setting up an event something like this:
>> Start: 9am Pacific / 12pm Eastern / 4pm GMT / 6pm CET
>> - 15 minute intro and logistics
>> - 30 minute Small group intros.  Divide people up randomly into small
>> groups to introduce themselves and talk about their Haskell stories and
>> what they are working on.  About 4-5 people per group (because 2 people
>> feels too small, but too many people means shy people are afraid to speak
>> up.)
>> - 30 minute lightning talks and project pitches: Maybe 5 minutes / 3
>> slides max, sign up in advance or jump in and do a talk impulsively
>> - 2.5 hours project time.  Use for working together on projects, pair
>> programming, teach and learn Haskell, etc.  Use Zoom breakout groups and
>> let people hop from room to room as desired.  Pre-create some rooms for
>> common activities (like "Beginner Questions", "Project Euler", etc.)
>> Create some generic rooms people can jump in as they like for short
>> collaborations.  Create persistent project-specific rooms on demand.
>> - 15 minute wrap-up.
>> Finish: 1pm Pacific / 4pm Eastern / 8pm GMT / 10pm CET
>> What does everyone think?  I don't see any reason this couldn't go really
>> well.  The Cohack in New York was really fun, and I'd like to give it a
>> shot.
>> Anyone else motivated to help run this?  If I can get at least one
>> co-facilitator, I'll jump in and make it happen.  I'll spring for the Zoom
>> account.  Probably use Meetup to take signups and manage scheduling, unless
>> someone has another preference.
>> Thanks,
>> Chris Smith
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