GoVirCon 2.0 is right around the corner, and we are thrilled to welcome more than 4,000 folks to the conference next week. You heard me right! Our goal has been reached, thanks to all of you!
So how does one have meaningful interactions with thousands of Gophers? Well, we're here to tell you! In addition to exploring Gopher Town or joining the discussion with our speakers, sponsors, and other community members in Discord, we have other ways for you to be a part of the show.
We're delighted to have the Go Time Podcast host live shows throughout the conference. Do you use Go Beyond Work? From Printing 3D Gophers to designing Pac-Man with Go, we have some panelists who will discuss how their work has become their hobby. On Thursday, the Go Team is poised and ready to share more about their projects with the community in an Ask Me Anything session, hosted by Mat Ryer.
Now here's where it gets interactive! On Friday, the Go Team is back, but this time they're guessing how you responded to our "Gophers Say" survey questions. This is your chance to contribute and play along with Go Time's ridiculously fun game show, inspired by "Family Feud".
Throughout our series of newsletters, we've showcased content we are offering beyond the talks. This week, we bring you one of our new sponsors, Buf, and their line-up. Buf is reinventing the way the industry works with API and they are looking forward to showing you how they Go at Buf! Join them for a workshop on this topic, as well as how Buf Helps You Go Faster and their daily Office Hours. Whether you have questions about their products or are interested in a career at Buf, join them in their Virtual Meeting Spaces or on Discord.
Another way to join the show is to literally take the stage! If you want to get the word out about a hobby or project you have a passion for and think you can do it in less than 7 minutes, sign up for a Lightning Talk. Participation is on a first-come, first-served basis, so get on it Gophers! Before we dive back into all the final preparations for GopherCon, we wanted to take a moment to highlight a long-standing, global sponsor of ours (which says a lot, the past two years!). Mercari is a C2C marketplace that provides a hassle-free and secure way to buy and sell new and used items such as electronics, jewelry, clothes, shoes, and more, straight from your mobile device.
Their mission is to create value in a global marketplace where anyone can buy & sell. In order to achieve this mission, they continue to make bold investments in people, technology, and globalization. Mercari adopted Go for developing microservices and they believe in empowering the Go community! Be sure to visit their team in Discord.
Wednesday, November 24, 2021
Two weeks to Go! We're sprinting towards the 4,000-attendee mark with 3,529 registrants as of this newsletter. We are so close to blowing through any registration "finish line" we could have imagined!
Speaking of finish lines, we are approaching a very important deadline. Pre-Conference Workshop ticket sales close on Tuesday, November 30th at 11:59p EST. If you've been on the fence or have just pushed it down your To Do list, now's the time to register. We have talented instructors from across the community teaching everything from beginner to advanced courses. This week, however, we want to highlight a couple of instructors who are GopherCon regulars.If Machine Learning and AI are your passion, then Data Dan is your man! Don't let his baby face fool you. With a PhD in data science and more than ten years of experience developing and deploying machine learning models at scale, Daniel Whitenack is the instructor to help you level up your knowledge about Production AI with Go.
And, if you don't know this next instructor, then you've been burrowed too far down in the gopher den! Bill Kennedy is a teacher, an author, a blogger, a founding member of GoBridge, and a GopherCon loyalist since day one (thanks Bill!). He is also teaching our only "full day" workshop, which is really just two half-day sessions over the course of two days so your brain doesn't melt from Ultimate Service overload!
One more thing... with a global audience, we knew the timing to attend the workshops would be challenging for many of our international attendees, so all the workshops will be recorded. This not only works out for our Gopher friends in challenging time zones, but it's also ideal if you find a couple workshops you're interested in that are offered on the same day. We've thought of everything, so register today and help support the viability of GopherCon for 2022 and beyond!
You may have figured out by now that bringing you the very best Go content and educational opportunities is an important goal of Gopher Academy. If we're not learning, we're not growing! Right?! Coincidentally, we share this philosophy with one of our sponsors. Educating the global community is what Course Hero does best. Their vision is a world where every student graduates, confident and prepared. To make this happen, they build applications and services that help millions of students learn, every day, on a stack that includes React, Elasticsearch, Kubernetes, Kafka, and Go, of course. If this lights your fire, then you should definitely stop by Course Hero's daily Open Office Hours and Q & A with the Course Hero Talent Team.
And naturally, you can also count on some educational content from Course Hero during GoVirCon. From a recap of how their Engineering Culture includes Go, to Go microservices development and Fun with Fuzzing, Jason Wentworth, Course Hero's Senior Director of Engineering, will certainly leave you feeling enlightened.
Before we wrap up this week's update, we wanted to give a shout out to Salesforce. Not only are they one of the many sponsors bringing free virtual tickets to the community this year, but they are also the exclusive sponsor of the conference's captioning. Their team has actually sponsored this important service that provides accessibility to a wider array of our Gopher friends for a few years now, and beyond who they are as an organization, that says something about this company's priorities.
As always, thanks for reading along, thanks for supporting us and our sponsors, and thanks for telling your friends to register so we hit 4,000...no pressure!
Wednesday, November 17, 2021
Three weeks to Go and we have some more exciting news to share with everyone, so thanks for taking the time to read along.
First off, 3,245 of the finest Gophers on the planet are officially registered for GoVirCon 2.0! Could this possibly end up being the largest gathering of Gophers ever?! Let's do this!
Hmmmm... Now where in the world could all of these Gophers hang out, other than our conference Discord (which is the place to be during the conference)? Well, we'd like to introduce you to Gopher Town!
In Gopher Town, you can play games such as Checkers, Chess, and Battle Tetris with other community members, "bump" into other attendees for video chats, and visit with our sponsors during the conference. We know it's not the same as being together in person, but based on the feedback from GVC20, we're pretty sure you're going to have fun in our quirky little town. Gopher Town will be open from now through the weekend following the conference, so truck on over and explore!
While you all are hanging out online in Gopher Town and Discord, we will be broadcasting GoVirCon 2.0 live from the Microsoft Learn TV Studios. Microsoft is not only providing us this swanky venue and helping us pay the bills as a Platinum sponsor, but they are also offering a slew of educational Gophers of Microsoft sessions. Check out this line-up:
GO! SDK Lab will be an experience so nice, they're doing it twice! Following a demo, Aaron Wislang and Mike Kistler will welcome your questions and feedback. And don't miss the Dapr Overview. In this session, Nick Greenfield and Phil Kedy will review key features and capabilities for building "Daprized" applications using Go.
Friday, December 10th
Still have questions about some of the Gophers of Microsoft programming you attended? Join Aaron Wislang for a couple Ask Me Anything sessions and he'll answer all your burning questions!
Clearly Microsoft is all in on GoVirCon 2.0 and making your experience memorable. They even sent us this custom message for you:
Greetings, Gophers! We are very excited to see you at GopherCon this year. Come and chat with us at our live sessions and meet some of the Gophers of Microsoft. We look forward to hearing what you are building, and to share what we are working on to support the Go community and Gophers everywhere!
P.S. Don't forget to try out our labs and pick up some swag as well!
Since we brought you some intermediate and advanced options in our last newsletter, for this week's Pre-Conference Workshop spotlight, we wanted to remind you that we have content for our beginners as well.
Join Daniela Petruzalek for a gentle introduction to the Go programming language in Pac-Man from Scratch. In this workshop, you will learn the basics of the language using as background the development of a Pac-Man clone that runs on the terminal, with emojis!
The course will start from a classic "hello world" type of code and build the game incrementally from there, gradually adding new constructs to the portfolio, including functions, flow control, data structures, tests, and so on.
While the project itself is very simple, the game development context is rich enough to allow participants to explore even some of the most interesting language features like goroutines, channels, and slices. You will also have the opportunity to abuse Go's support for unicode to render the game in the terminal instead of using a graphical library.
All of this, while evoking the classic gamer in all of us! Don't miss this creative approach to learning Go and register today!
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Well Gophers, it's time to wrap it up until next week. Keep spreading the word and we'll keep working our little butts off to bring you the very best programming this side of Gopher Town!
Tuesday, November 9, 2021
Four weeks to Go! The conference programming continues to build and we want to be sure you're in the know.
The submission for Lightning Talks is now open. Whether it's a personal project, a company announcement, or a hobby you want to tell others about, the Lightning Talks are a great opportunity to take the virtual stage and share your message in seven minutes or less. The GoVirCon schedule will feature Lightning Talks daily, Wednesday, December 8th - Friday, December 10th. Check out the agenda for timing.
As a ticket holder to GoVirCon 2.0, you already know that virtual community tickets are free this year. Why? Because of amazing sponsors, like CrowdStrike, who came out in force this year to support us! Did you know that CrowdStrike has been a sponsor of GopherCon every year since the conference started back in 2014? Talk about loyal!
Don't miss visiting CrowdStrike in their Virtual Meeting Space on Thursday, December 9th for Here's What Breaks my Bytes. Join Dylan and Johnny for a sarcasm-laden rant regarding the pain of being successful in building a platform with Go. They will share lessons learned, ideas for de-hairballing your own platform, some PTSD stories, and hopefully a few good laughs.
Speaking of lessons learned, have you had a chance to register for a pre-conference workshop yet? Some of the community's most talented contributors will offer both half-day and full-day workshops on Monday, December 6th and Tuesday, December 7th.
One of our instructors this year is offering two half-day courses. Miki Tebeka, CEO of 353solutions, will bring you Go Serialization and Writing Secure Go Applications. While these workshops are targeted to intermediate and advanced level Gophers looking to add to their existing knowledge base, we also have workshops for those just starting their Go journey. So check out the entire list and register!
Fun (or perhaps creepy) fact...did you know that a group of cockroaches is called an infestation?! Yes indeed! One of our longstanding sponsors has a pretty quirky name and a big mission. Cockroach Labs is the creator of CockroachDB, the most highly evolved cloud-native, distributed SQL database on the planet. Their team helps companies of all sizes, and the apps they develop, scale fast, survive anything, and thrive everywhere.
The always fun and engaging team at Cockroach Labs will offer four CockroachDB Live! sessions during GoVirCon. On Wednesday, December 8th, What is in a Name will share the story of how Cockroach Labs chose their name, as well as the fundamentals of their Distributed SQL database. Later that day, their Quiz Show is sure to be a fun way to learn about the "bug" while winning some great CockroachDB merchandise! On Thursday, December 9th, get ready to play a developer-themed version of Pictionary for more ways to win CockroachDBswag. And, if you are ready to Become a Part of the Infestation, be sure to join their team for some insights on everything from internships to the interview process.
Finally, we'll wrap up this week's update with another speaker spotlight. Natalie Pistunovich is a talented woman who should have "juggler" added to her Lead Developer Advocate title at Aerospike. She organizes tech conferences such as, BSides Berlin, Cloud Nein, HeyAI, and, one of our favorites, GopherCon Europe; she is a formidable presence at the Berlin chapters of the Go and Women Techmakers user groups; she's a new mom to one of the sweetest little girls this side of the Rhine; and she's GopherCon's opening keynote speaker on Thursday, December 9th.
Join Natalie for AI-Driven Development in Go. Introducing AI-driven programming tools is one of the biggest changes that happened to the tech ecosystem as a whole in 2021. While you should not put down your keyboard and go home, you probably should acquaint yourself with this new angle of programming. In Natalie's talk, she'll cover the new tools in the field, discuss whether this will change the way we develop in Go, what the best practices are, and what parts of the language will benefit from this and more.