Attending LambdaConf 2017 will introduce me into the culture of functional programming, and deepen my understanding of the craft of software development. As an African, there are very few hackers in our developer ecosystem, which makes it hard to find local role models and mentors who could provide help. Participating in at LambdaConf will be a great opportunity for me to find mentors in the tech industry and get a chance to learn practices of functional programmers across the globe. All in all, this will be a fantastic learning experience!
I am completely sold on the benefits of functional programming, so much so that I have set aside the whole year to learn FP languages! The main reason I am interested in LambdaConf 2017 is because I know that functional programming, though beneficial, is not very intuitive, and so learning exclusively through YouTube videos and blogs won't get me that far. Exposure will greatly accelerate my learning, and for now, the current best way to develop software looks like functional programming.
I've never been to LambdaConf before, but I have a love for functional programming, which isn't taught at my school. Type theory and lambda calculus are absolutely fascinating to me and keep me programming. I want to go to LambdaConf because I get 'deer in headlights' stares when I talk about functional programming. I want to be in a community of people who are both passionate about learning about and supporting functional programming. It will be an incredible opportunity for me!
I believe that functional programming is the future of programming. I very much want to learn from and be a part of a community of other functional programmers. Attending this conference would help me continue to develop and mature as a functional programmer, by allowing me to see diverse applications of functional programming and by diving deeper into the skills I am currently developing. As a student, this scholarship was my only chance for attending.
Most of my career, I have worked on Java, but I have wanted to learn functional programming for a long time. I am learning on my own through books, and want to contribute to open source tools and frameworks, but I feel I would achieve these goals best with having the training and guidance I can get from LambdaConf. I wanted to attend last year, and again this year, but could not without the scholarship.
I'm no FP ninja. I'm interested, I read and watch a lot of stuff but I don't "grok" the paradigm yet. I hope that at LambdaConf, I will get in touch with new ideas from both the typed and untyped worlds, meet interesting people, have great conversations, and, hopefully, learn a thing or two that I can bring back to my day job, teach my co-workers, apply in what we do and make our lives a little better!
Julia De Benetti
My greatest hope for LambdaConf is that it will jumpstart my participation in the coding community, both by giving me a sense of what’s being developed, and by allowing me to meet some of the best people in the industry. As a computer engineering student, I mostly program hardware and script sites for personal projects. LambdaConf is a unique opportunity for me to get some guidance. I would also love to find mentors, make smart friends, and network while I'm there.
My goals are to learn as much Haskell and PureScript as I can from people and also simply to meet people in the FP community. Where I live, it's good for cheap living while I work on my current project, but terrible for having in-person conversations about Haskell. I don't think I've talked to a single other Haskeller in-person for about three months. LambdaConf would be a welcome change from this!
LambdaConf 2017 would be an amazing experience and inspiring boost on my functional journey. Between the knowledgeable speakers and passionate attendees, there is a high concentration of expertise to enlighten me to the best functional programming has to offer. As an upcoming graduate, I would love the opportunity to network with other software developers to learn from their experiences and stories.
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From the very beginning of college, I've been fiercely passionate about functional programming. Attending LambdaConf 2017 would be a GREAT, giant step for me. Not just in terms of attending the talks, but also in meeting some awesome people, and expanding my reach and the boundaries of my knowledge. LambdaConf's super helpful scholarship has given me great hope that I might be able to make it to this year's event.
I have been deeply engaged with functional programming since I was first exposed to it in my master's studies. I actively participated in improving QuickFuzz, a Haskell written experimental grammar fuzzer able to find security compromising bugs in real world applications and libraries. In my PhD, I want to make progress in how functional programming and software security can converge in making better and safer systems. I believe that LambdaConf 2017 would be an important step in the direction I want my academic career to evolve.
Late 2016, I discovered functional programming through the Lambda Jakarta meetup. I had a background in imperative and OOP before, and I discovered how awesome FP is. FP changed my mind and my perspective on programming, and I started to love computer science. I hope attending LambdaConf 2017 helps me learn more awesome things about FP, which I hope to introduce to Indonesian peoples back home.