Zürich Friends of Haskell

The Zürich Friends of Haskell is a club founded to foster the worldwide knowledge of functional programming, and Haskell in particular. We organise meetups and events in the Zürich area.

About us

The HaskellerZ meetup group has been around since 2011. After organising many meetups and events, in particular ZuriHac, which attracts people from all over the world, there was a need to formalise our group a bit more.

In the short term, this allows us to work together better with sponsors for ZuriHac. In the long term, however, we would like to guarantee the long-time success of a Zurich-based Haskell interest group, not dependent on one or two key volunteers.

The rules are set up so that we encourage non-monetary contributions (e.g. giving a talk). Of course, membership is optional and not required to attend any of our events.

Become a member!

For members, we ask a yearly contribution of either:

  1. giving at least one talk at the Zurich HaskellerZ meetup,
  2. helping organize ZuriHac in an official role,
  3. serving on the board of directors for the Zurich Friends of Haskell, or
  4. providing other voluntary work asked for by the board of directors.

Sign up for Membership

Occasionally, we reach out to our members with volunteering opportunities. Also, once a year we would send you an email to confirm and update the membership.

Last meetup

Eliane Schmidli: Hardware Control using Haskell

Thursday 6 July, 19:00

After our Zurihac hiatus, HaskellerZ is back with another talk by Eliane Schmidli on controlling hardware using Haskell.

Hardware control of sensors and actuators is typically done in a low-level language such as C. This is often difficult and error-prone since it mixes different abstraction levels. One typically does not think that a high-level functional language such as Haskell can be used for this purpose, even though, it is possible to write simpler and more elegant programs in it for this domain.

In this talk, Eliane will go over some of the approaches that can be used to control real-world hardware using programs written in Haskell. She will end with a demonstration of how I used Haskell to program the control software of a variation of the Pygmies artwork by Port & Rao ([https://www.porsandrao.com/work/?workid=21](https://www.porsandrao.com/work/?workid=21)).

As usual, we will have the chance to retire for food, drinks and discussion after the main event.

Past meetups


Our main yearly event is the organisation of ZuriHac, a yearly Haskell Hackathon that attracts over 300 attendees. It is probably one of the oldest and definitely the largest Haskell Hackathon currently in existence.

The first ZuriHac was organised in 2010 at the Zürich Google office by Johan Tibell and Christophe Poucet. Currently, we are organising it at the Hochschule für Technik Rapperswil with the help of many Zürich Friends of Haskell members and volunteers.


We try to record all of our meetups and keynotes so Friends of Haskell who are not in the Zürich area can enjoy the content as well.

This playlist contains all our Haskell-related videos.

We have also collected the slides of the presentations in this repository. Unfortunately, the collection is currently incomplete.


Current board members of the Zürich Friends of Haskell association:

Past members:


We accept individual donations. For sponsorships, please contact us at [email protected].

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