RacketCon: 13 October 2012

RacketCon is a public meeting for everyone interested in Racket: developers, contributors, programmers, educators, and by-standers. It is an opportunity for all members of the community to come together to share plans, ideas, and enthusiasm. RacketCon will enable the entire Racket community to mingle: to update each other, to exchange ideas, to collaborate, and to help shape the future of Racket.

RacketCon will hosted by the College of Computer and Information Science of Northeastern University, in Boston, Massachusetts. See Getting to RacketCon below.

We will also run a Hackathon on Sunday in the same room as RacketCon. For details, see the wiki page.


 9:30–10:00 Coffee and Welcome
10:00–12:00 Matthew Flatt Tutorial: Building Languages in Racket [code] [video]
12:00–1:30 Lunch
 1:30–1:40 Ryan Culpepper Better Syntax Templates for syntax-parse [video]
 1:40–1:50 Marco Morazan Distributed Programming for First-Year Students [video]
 1:50–2:00 Kevin Tew Distributed Places [slides] [video]
 2:00–2:10 Danny Yoo DrBlocket [slides] [video]
 2:10–2:20 Vincent St-Amour Optimization Coach [code] [video]
 2:20–2:30 Asumu Takikawa Generics [slides] [code] [video]
 2:20–3:00 Break
 3:00–3:10 Danny Yoo WeScheme and the Amazing Technicolor Structures [slides] [video]
 3:10–3:20 James Swaine Profiling Parallel Racket with the Future Visualizer [code] [video]
 3:20–3:30 Joe Gibbs Politz Crowdsourced Conformance Testing via Remote Sandboxing (or Avoiding Grading for Fun and Profit) [slides] [video]
 3:30–3:40 Jon Rafkind Honu: Macros for infix syntax [slides] [video]
 3:40–3:50 Carl Eastlund Racket + ACL2 + ML = Dracula [slides] [video]
 3:50–4:00 Chris Jester-Young Racket + JVM [slides] [video]
 4:00–4:15 Break
 4:15–6:15 Sam Tobin-Hochstadt Tutorial: Typed Racket [code] [video]

Getting to RacketCon

RacketCon will be held in West Village H, Room 110, at Northeastern University. West Village H is located at 440 Huntington Ave, Boston Massachusetts, and is building #23H on the campus map. See also the building on Google Maps

Getting there...

by Car:
There is very little on-street parking near Northeastern. Visitor parking is available at the Renaissance Garage, a few minutes walk from the conference. Driving directions from many points are available here.
by Subway:
Northeastern is conveniently located near both the Green and Orange subway lines. The MBTA has more information. On the Green ‘E’ line, the Northeastern stop is the closest, and appears on the campus map below as the ‘T’ symbol on Huntington Avenue. On the Orange line, the Ruggles stop is closest and appears on the campus map below as the ‘T’ symbol in the middle-left of the illustration.
by Bicycle, Commuter Rail, Amtrak:
Northeastern is located near the major Amtrak lines, and is also accessible by commuter rail and bicycle. Please contact the organizers for more information.

Where to eat

While there are no conference dinner plans, there are numerous restaurants near Northeastern:

Symphony Sushi
A sushi restaurant, 5 minutes walk
Pho and I
Thai and Vietnamese food, 5 minutes walk.
Pizzeria Uno
Deep dish pizza, 5 minutes walk.
Punter's Pub
A bar, adjacent to Northeastern.
The Squealing Pig
A bar with food, 15 minutes walk.
Woody's Grill and Tap
Brick oven pizza, 15 minutes walk.

This is just a small selection; Google and Yelp have many more.

Where to stay

Numerous hotels are located close to Northeastern. The three closest are:

The Colonnade Hotel
A ten minute walk from RacketCon. Ask for the Northeastern discounted rate. Even with the discount, this is likely to be expensive.
The Midtown Hotel
A ten minute walk from RacketCon. A less expensive and less fancy option.
The Best Western Inn at Longwood
A fifteen minute walk from RacketCon.

Frequently Asked Questions

Do I have to be a Racket programmer to attend?
No. We welcome anyone interested in or curious about Racket to come to RacketCon and learn about why we're all so excited about Racket.
Will there be a registration fee?
No. RacketCon is free to everyone who wants to attend. We ask that you register ahead of time, so that we can plan appropriately.
Will the conference provide lunch?
Yes! We will provide complimentary lunch to registered attendees.
Will the talks be recorded?
We hope to record and post the talks given at RacketCon. If you are interested in assisting with this, please let the organizers know.
Who is in charge of RacketCon?
RacketCon is organized by Sam Tobin-Hochstadt and the rest of the Racket development team.


Support for RacketCon is generously provided by:

Northeastern University