YOW! Lambda Jam is a two day conference focused on applied functional programming, and in 2017 it is making the move to Sydney.

The conference provides an opportunity for functional programmers to learn from experts and peers through the sharing of experiences using functional programming for application and product design & development. It provides attendees with a fast paced exposure to intermediate and advanced concepts. A significant part of each day is devoted to hands-on practice (code jams) or workshops.

We are now calling for presentations that will contribute to our community knowledge and development capabilities.

Key Dates

Call for Presentations Closes 12 March, 2017
Speaker Notifications 27 March, 2017
Conference Dates 8 – 9 May, 2017

Session Formats

The conference program runs for two days across multiple tracks.

Presentations may be submitted as a talk, workshop / code jam or a combination of both:

Talk Talks are a conventional conference presentation of 30 minutes including introductions and questions. They are conducted in a lecture format, providing a focused explanation on a single topic. Some talks are an introduction to a subsequent Workshop or Code Jam (see Combo below).
Workshop / Code Jam Workshops take the audience through the technical details of a specific technology. They are smaller and more slowly paced than talks and leave plenty of room for questions and discussions. Workshops should provide the attendees with sufficient detail and references to get started on a new technology.

Code Jams are an opportunity for attendees to code using their favourite or a new FP language. Attendees will solve the Code Jam problem by writing code together, while being guided by the conductor of the Code Jam. The software requirements and expected background knowledge will be announced in the program, so that all participants can ensure that they are prepared to code right from the start.

Workshops or Code Jams are 120 minutes duration.

Combo (Talk + Workshop / Code Jam) Many talks provide an introduction to a topic that is covered in more detail in a Workshop or Code Jam. In a Combo, the talk introduces general concepts of a technology and might serve as an introduction to get people interested in the subsequent workshop or code jam. The workshop or code jam provides the in-depth hands-on details needed to use a technology introduced in the talk in practice.

Depending on the number of submissions or the content of your submission, the program committee may ask if you would be prepared to accept a different session length.

There may also be an opportunity for short 5 minute lightning talks at the conference. There is no need to submit for a lightning talk via this process. There will be an opportunity to sign up for lightning talks just prior to or during the conference..

Submission Guidelines

Provide sufficient detail in your submission to enable the reviewers to understand your proposal and clearly identify what an attendee will gain from attending your session. You should include the following information in the submission system:

Authors The details of each of the presenters
Title Title of the presentation (please keep it brief and specific)
Abstract In your abstract ensure that you include the following:

  • Goal: Explain in one paragraph what an attendee will learn during your presentation;
  • Description: Explain in detail how your presentation will be structured, what methodology and technology you will introduce, what examples you will use, etc;
  • Combo: If your presentation combines a Talk with a Workshop , describe how the two components relate and how they will work together to achieve the desired learning outcome;
  • Pre-Requisites: Specify any operating systems or tools (if required) that a participant should have installed to actively participate in your session;
  • Ancillary material: A description of any supporting material (if required), which you will provide before the conference and that we will distribute to all participants via the YOW! West website — this may be text in PDF format and/or code as a compressed file;
  • References: Is there generally available material that attendees may use after the presentation to deepen their understanding of the presented topic material? If so, please list that material.
Keywords List any keywords that will help the program committee and attendees categorise your presentation. Also indicate the functional programming languages that you will be targeting.
Session Format The type of presentation you are proposing:

  • Talk
  • Workshop / Code Jam
  • Combo (Talk + Workshop / Code Jam)
Audience Indicate the level your talk is aimed at:

  • Intermediate
  • Advanced

All submissions should assume that the audience has as understanding of functional programming. Attendees seeking an introduction to functional programming languages and techniques will have avenues to learn functional programming techniques prior to the conference.

The following are some of the topic areas we are looking for submissions on:

  • Core functional programming – the bread and butter of the functional programmer, but pushing the envelope a bit
  • Production functional programming – what cool things are being done with functional programming in production systems which offer lessons to others
  • Cutting edge / different functional programming – The bleeding edge of the field of functional programming as well as un-thought of usages of functional programming languages and techniques

Nothing upsets an audience more than a speaker that stands on stage blatantly promoting his or her company, product or achievements. Please keep the content of your talk on-topic and do not use this speaking opportunity as a sales pitch.

Review Process

The program committee will review all submissions.

Throughout the review period, submitters may be contacted to clarify details on their submission.

All submitters will be notified via email of the status of their submission.

There will also be a small number of invited speakers / keynotes.

Speaker Compensation

All accepted speakers will receive free admission to the conference.

A limited amount of travel support is available for selected international speakers.


You can submit your session idea now! (an EasyChair account is required)

For more information or questions, please email info@yowconference.com.