Workshops: 7 November 2017
Conference 8-9 November 2017

Code Mesh, the Alternative Programming Conference, focuses on promoting useful non-mainstream technologies to the software industry. The underlying theme is "the right tool for the job", as opposed to automatically choosing the tool at hand. By bringing together users and inventors of different languages and technologies (new and old), speakers will get the opportunity to inspire, to share experience, and to increase insight. Through presentations and case studies, we aim to raise awareness and extend the knowledge of all participants, mainstream and non-mainstream users alike.


Cancellation policy:

Refunds can only be made to the account that was used in the original transaction. You can cancel your order until 7 October 2017 for a full refund minus the processing fees. Cancellations after 7 October 2016 are refunded as indicated below:
8 Oct - 13 Oct: Refund of 50% of the ticket(s) cost
14 Oct - 27 Oct: Refund of 25% of the ticket(s) cost
28 Oct onwards: Non-refundable

Please note that all cancellations, for whatever reason, fall under this policy.

Margo Seltzer

Keynote: Automatically Scalable Computation
Research in Systems, Construed Broadly

David Turner

Keynote: Some History of Functional Programming Languages
Designer of SASL, KRC and Miranda

Guy L. Steele

The Great Quux

Benjamin Samuel Koren

Developing the Sound Diffusive Acoustic Panels of the Elbphilharmonie Concert Hall Hamburg
Computational Geometry & Digital Fabrication in Art & Architecture

Susanna Wong

From Code to Construction: How to Utilize Scripting to Design Optimized Architectural Designs
Generating Facade & Architectural Designs with Scripting & Mathematics

Einar Høst

Infinite Lambda Calculus
Computer at NRK

Jonas Winje

Infinite Lambda Calculus
Developer at Computas

Sam Aaron

Workshop: Distributed Live Coding with Sonic Pi
Creator of @Sonic_Pi, Live Coding Musician

Fred Hebert

Everything is Terrible
Erlang & Distributed Systems Enthusiast

Alvaro Videla

Metaphors We Compute By
Writer of Words

Peer Stritzinger

Robotics and Sensors Using Erlang on Embedded Systems with GRiSP
Founding Owner and Managing Director of Peer Stritzinger GmbH

Phil Hayes

Colossus - The First Electronic Computer
Chief Colossus Engineer

Stian Veum Møllersen

Revisiting Concatenative Languages with Creative Programming
Web Developer & Stack Wrangler

Chris Ford

Flying Spaghetti Monster
Conway's Lawyer

Jamie Allen

Beyond Eventual Consistency
Author of Effective Akka and co-author of Reactive Design Patterns

Simon Marlow

Haxl: A Big Hammer for Concurrency
Software Engineer at Facebook

David Nolen

Clojure, JavaScript and Ruby Developer

Tomas Petricek

Would Aliens Understand Lambda Calculus?
Not Just a Computer Scientist

Erik Stenman

BEAM: What makes Erlang Beam?
Erlang programmer

Joe Armstrong

Workshop: Thinking Concurrently
Co-Inventor of Erlang

Nada Amin

Lecturer at the University of Cambridge

Andrew Stone

Building Actor Systems in Rust: Techniques and Tradeoffs
Distributed Systems Connoisseur @ VMware

Marie Hicks

Asst. Professor of History at The University of Wisconsin-Madison

Matt Might

Professor, Division of General Internal Medicine

Oskar Wickstrom

Finite-state machines? Your compiler wants in!
Haskeller at Mpowered

Platinum Sponsors

Gambit Research

Gold Sponsors

Erlang Solutions

Silver Sponsors


Media Sponsors

F6SFunctional GeekeryLondon Java CommunityMIT PressThe Guardian

Conference (8-9 Nov): ILEC Conference Centre / Ibis Earls Court

47 Lillie Road, London, SW6 1UD

Situated a few minutes walk from Earls Court and Olympia Exhibition Centre, ILEC Conference Centre is a perfect base for business travellers. Its close proximity to the shopper’s paradise of Kensington and Knightsbridge and the stylish cafes and boutique of Chelsea also makes it a great place for leisure visitors to stay. The closest tube station, located within a 3-min walk, is West Brompton, served by the District line and London Overground.


ILEC is a quarter of a mile (400m) from the A4, providing easy access to the M4, M5 and M40.

Airport transfer times

Heathrow (LHR): 21 km

Approximately 30 minutes in light traffic. You can also reach the airport directly by London Underground, on the Piccadilly line.

Gatwick (LGW): 45 Km

Approximately an hour in light traffic. It is 40 minutes by train from West Brompton station. Direct shuttle available with Easy Bus.

London City (LCY): 21 km

Approximately 45 minutes in light traffic.

Public transport: London Underground

West Brompton and Earls Court stations are both within walking distance giving easy access to all central district of London and Heathrow Airport. 


Workshops (7 Nov): The Cumberland Hotel

Great Cumberland Pl, London W1H 7DL

Just off busy Oxford Street, this luxury hotel is 2 minutes’ walk away from Hyde Park.

To reach The Cumberland Hotel by road…

From the Marble Arch monument, take the first left down Great Cumberland Place: you’ll find the entrance to The Cumberland Hotel on the left-hand side, just before you reach Marble Arch Tube station. APCOA parking is available nearby on Bryanston Street at an additional charge. To programme your sat-nav, use the postcode W1H 7DL.

For guests arriving in London by rail…

London Paddington station is 1.0 mile away.

London Underground: Take the Central line to Marble Arch Station. Turn right out of the station, then almost immediately right again into Great Cumberland Place; The Cumberland Hotel will be on your right.

To reach The Cumberland Hotel from the airport…

If you’re flying into London City Airport, The Cumberland Hotel is 11 miles away: take the Docklands Light Railway (DLR) to Bank Station, then the Central line to Marble Arch. From London Heathrow, we recommend the Heathrow Express: this runs direct from the airport to London Paddington in just 15 minutes (20 from Terminal 5) and there’s a train every quarter of an hour. The Gatwick Express runs a similar service into London Victoria. From either terminus, you can take the Underground to Marble Arch: The Cumberland Hotel is then about a minute’s walk away.


We are pleased to announce that Code Mesh is implementing another Scholarship Programme. The goal of the programme is to increase diversity of attendees and offer support to those in the tech community who would not otherwise be able to attend the conference.

Selection: A committee will review applications on individual basis. All committee members will sign a confidentiality agreement to protect the anonymity of applicants. We will do our best to meet as many applications as possible.

Award: Applicants will receive a conference registration ticket for 8-9 November. 

Notification: All applicants will be notified via email with conference registration details.

Application: If you wish to apply for a scholarship, please fill in the form below. All application information will be kept confidential. The deadline for applications is 20 October 2017. Recipients will be notified on a rolling basis, no later than 27 October 2017.

All conference and event attendees are expected to adhere to our Code of Conduct. 

If you have any questions, please contact

If you'd like to apply, please follow this link.


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