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Gopherfest 2015 - Andrew Gerrand, Rob Pike, Aaron Schlesinger, Steve Francia


6:00 Networking | Food | Drink  

6:45 Sharing of Tips and Tools

7:00 Speakers
  •  Talk 1: Andrew Gerrand on Go
  •  Talk 2: Rob Pike on Go
  •  Talk 3: Aaron Schlesinger, Concurrency Conventions in Go  
  •  Talk 4: Steve Francia, Common Mistakes in Go and When to Avoid Them    

Talk 1: Andrew Gerrand on Go

Andrew Gerrand from the Go lang team at Google will address the most current efforts of the Golang team – what they're focusing on as well as how they're responding to input from developers. 

About the Speaker

Andrew works in Google Sydney on the Go programming language. He not only gets deep into the basics and fundamentals of the language, he is also one of the language's top evangelists, a core contributor to blog, and an excellent source of Go examples. He can be found at by nf and enneff

Talk 2: Rob Pike on Go

Rob will give a talk on the move from C to Go in the toolchain.

About the Speaker

Rob Pike is a software pioneer. His influence is everywhere: Unix, Plan 9 OS, The Unix Programming Environment book, UTF-8, and most recently the Go programming language. (@rob_pike) 

Talk 3: Concurrency Conventions in Go (Aaron Schlesinger)

Concurrency bugs are the worst. Go gives us awesome tools, yet still most of us have been up at 3am trying to figure out why 'go test -race' fails when “I just fixed that.” 

It’s almost too easy to write concurrency bugs in Go. Lots of great stuff has been written and said on how to do concurrency right, but we still lack good conventions on how to write concurrent code for a large codebase. 

In this talk, we’ll discuss some conventions for writing concurrent code in large codebases without breaking the build, all with the standard library.

About the Speaker

Aaron Schlesinger is a Senior Backend Engineer at He builds distributed systems there, focusing on IronWorker public and on-prem versions. Previously he was a Java/Scala engineer at StackMob and PayPal where he built data storage systems, third-party code execution systems, hosting and pub/sub systems. (@arschles)

Talk 4: Common Mistakes in Go and When to Avoid Them (Steve Francia)

Description coming soon.

About the Speaker

Steve Francia is Chief of Operations for Open Source at Docker. He's active in the Go community having written some well used libraries and applications (Hugo, Cobra) and has spoken at many of the major Go conferences including GopherCon which he's helping to organize this year. (@spf13)

About the Organizer offers messaging queuing, task processing, and job scheduling services that provide a robust platform for orchestrating and processing event-driven workloads. delivers powerful solutions to meet the challenges in mobile and IoT compute, transaction processing, stream processing, and other asynchronous computing patterns. (

About the Host

New Relic is a Software Analytics company that makes sense of billions of metrics across millions of apps. They help the people who build modern software understand the stories their data is trying to tell them. (@newrelic)

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GopherCon 2015

July 7th - 10th, 2015
Denver, CO

GopherCon 2015 promises to be one of the largest Go events of the year. Building on the success  of last year, the conference is doubling the number of attendees to 1500 and moving to the Colorado Convention Center. (

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  • Ken F.

    Here are the videos from the Gopherfest, courtesy of our media partner, Hakka Labs.

    1 · June 11, 2015

  • Brad E.

    Is there any bike parking? I'm stuck at the entrance. Just had parts stolen off my bike last week. Can't have this again.

    May 26, 2015

    • Cameron W.

      Hey Brad, good hanging with you. Apparently I typed in your email address wrong, so I hope you'll see this and we can grab a another beer some time.

      May 26, 2015

  • Dmitri S.

    One of the best GoSF meetups of the year!

    May 26, 2015

  • Yoshifumi Y.

    Great presentations, great venue, amazingly organized. Thank you for all!!!

    May 26, 2015

  • Jason B.

    We're planning a YT Livestream of the event for those of you who can't be there in person:

    Hope you can tune in!

    3 · May 25, 2015

  • Jason B.


    1 · May 26, 2015

  • Sergii K.

    Is anybody joining from Mountain View or San Jose? We are two GDG Golang co-organisers right now at Computer History Museum at GDG Summit.

    May 26, 2015

  • Maya

    Looking forward to hosting everyone next week in our Nerdvana space at New Relic!

    5 · May 22, 2015

    • Maya

      Hi Jason, sure no problem. send me a note [masked]

      May 22, 2015

    • A former member
      A former member

      I'll also email you too Maya for same reason

      May 26, 2015

  • A former member
    A former member

    I'm on waitlist, but should we still plan to show up?

    May 26, 2015

  • Bill H.

    Thanks for arranging the live stream/recordings, looking forward to viewing the talks.

    May 25, 2015

  • Peter M.

    Really looking forward to this. For anyone who will be leaving the GDG summit to go here and wanting to share a cab, let me know

    May 21, 2015

    • A former member
      A former member

      Peter - DM me!

      May 22, 2015

  • Kara M.

    I would absolutely love to make the list too!

    May 21, 2015

  • Shaked K.

    Came from Israel to SF and would definitely love to make the list, hoping for good:) !

    1 · May 20, 2015

  • Peter M.

    Heading over from Ireland and would love to make the list. Fingers crossed!

    May 19, 2015

  • dr.max

    Unfortunately cannot make it. At the ACM ICPC in Marrakech. Will unregistered to free my spot now

    May 19, 2015

  • Charles V.

    Looking forward!

    May 18, 2015

  • Ken F.

    We are space constrained at present but are looking at ways to accommodate a larger number of people. Stay tuned.

    4 · May 7, 2015

  • John P.

    Me tooo!!!

    April 14, 2015

  • mrekucci

    I'm so excited :)

    April 14, 2015

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