Tarides Sponsors High School Hackers

by Gemma Gordon on Sep 23rd, 2022

Tarides is excited to sponsor the Paradigm Conference (previously EsoLangConf) high school hackathon. This weekend, students from all over the world will team up to solve tricky programming problems, investigate diverse features of a range of programming languages, and build cool things!

At Tarides, we are always looking for new ways to increase the awareness and adoption of OCaml. The Paradigm Conference is a fantastic opportunity for all students interested in computer science to discover real-world use cases of OCaml.

If you are a high school student interested in using OCaml to solve fun and complex problems while learning new skills and meeting new people, you can register for the conference here.

What Makes this Conference Unique?

Created by Students for Students

Rohan Mehta and the organisational team provide a safe and inclusive hackathon space for attendees from anywhere in the world to explore different programming languages and concepts. Breaking out of the standard computer science curriculum, they have designed a hackathon specifically for high school students to showcase non-mainstream languages and the diversity of programming approaches available.

A Diversity of Programming Paradigms

The conference features different language tracks, focussing specifically on functional, array-based, and knowledge-based programming. Each team will choose from OCaml, Haskell, Clojure, Wolfram, and APL, letting them explore the unique features of these less well-known languages and discovering their benefits for themselves. The conference puts the joy of programming at the top of the priority list, giving students a fantastic opportunity to experiment and broaden their horizons.

If you want to learn about pattern matching, macros, or higher-order functions, then you’re in the right place!

Knowledge Sharing

The organisers have gathered learning resources for every language in the conference—a mammoth task in itself! Not only are they widely sharing knowledge that already exists (but may not be easy to find), but they are also creating new living documents for each language built from these existing resources and their own learning experiences.

Combined Coding Competitions and World-Class Lectures

The team has worked hard to create an engaging and interesting event by interspersing talks from industry language users and programming language experts with coding competitions and hackathon events. Naturally, any conference wouldn’t be complete without swag! Each attendee will receive a sticker and t-shirt, with additional prizes for the competition winners.

Get Involved!


Students will join teams (of up to 5) by either creating one in advance or registering as an individual. Everyone will be allocated to a team once the conference starts.


If you are a high school student and you’re interested in attending, you can sign up here. If you have a bit more experience with any of the languages featured, you can join as a mentor and help students grasp new languages and concepts.

Rohan and his team promise that if you attend Paradigm Conf 2022 “your programming worldview will be flipped upside down!”

You can find the Paradigm Conference on Instagram and twitter