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Abhishek Gahlot

Abhishek worked for HackerRank for 2 years where Code Completion Infrastructure was built. He is currently working at Automattic in Data team on scaling Infrastructure of Automattic and WordPress.

Talk: Load Testing for Modern Applications

Carrot is Go based Distributed Load/Stress testing frameworks for Modern Web Application which was created to test HackerRank Code Completion Infra I wrote to test more than 200 million requests a month. Test your Web App with support of WebSockets/XHR, Multiple payload/protocols, Fancy Graphs.

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Aditya Mukerjee

Aditya is an engineer at Stripe on the Risk team, based in New York City. He studied statistics at Columbia and computer science at Cornell, and has been writing Go professionally for the past four years. When not defending users against online fraudsters, he spends his free time playing German-style board games and listening to embarrassing music.

Talk: Translating Go to Other (Human) Languages, and Back Again

Like most programming languages, Go uses English keywords. But Go’s unique approach to byte and string handling makes it the ideal candidate for a universal programming language that can be localized to allow English-speaking and non-English speaking developers to collaborate on the same projects.

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Abhishek Gahlot

Abhishek worked for HackerRank for 2 years where Code Completion Infrastructure was built. He is currently working at Automattic in Data team on scaling Infrastructure of Automattic and WordPress.

Talk: Load Testing for Modern Applications

Carrot is Go based Distributed Load/Stress testing frameworks for Modern Web Application which was created to test HackerRank Code Completion Infra I wrote to test more than 200 million requests a month. Test your Web App with support of WebSockets/XHR, Multiple payload/protocols, Fancy Graphs.

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Filippo Valsorda

Cassandra Salisbury currently works on the open source strategy team at Google as a program manager on the Go team. She is a core team member of GoBridge where she focuses on increasing diversity and mindfulness in the Go community. She is an organizer for the GoSF meetup, and a local conference, Gopherfest. She is an avid karaoke fan, finds relief in stress cooking and lives in the San Francisco Bay Area.

Talk: The State of Go as of March 2018

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Francesc Campoy Flores

Francesc Campoy Flores joined the Go team in 2012 as Developer Advocate after several years as a Python and C++ developer. His mission is to make Go useful and fun.

Talk: Opening Keynote - Some context on context

With Go 1.7 the context package was added to Go's standard library, but many still are figuring out what this is actually for and what are the best practices when it comes to adding it to their APIs. This talk will cover the topic in detail, not only explaining how it is to be used. It will also get into the internal details and show some of the most beautiful pieces of code in the context package.

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Ian Lewis

Ian is a Developer Advocate for Google Cloud Platform based Tokyo, Japan. Ian is a Python and Go developer who is passionate about developer communities. He previously co-founded PyCon JP, the largest Python event in Japan. Ian loves learning about how systems work end-to end and spends his time writing and deploying distributed web apps to his favorite container orchestrator (Kubernetes).

Talk: Getting Plugged in with Go Plugins

Go 1.8 will include a plugin package that allows you to define plugins that can be loaded at runtime. This talk will cover plugins in detail, discuss some use cases, and best practices for using the package.

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Kai Waehner

Kai Waehner works as Technology Evangelist at TIBCO. Kai's main area of expertise lies within the fields of Big Data, Advanced Analytics, Machine Learning, Integration, SOA, Microservices, BPM, Cloud, Java EE and Enterprise Architecture Management. He is regular speaker at international IT conferences such as JavaOne or ApacheCon, writes articles for professional journals, and shares his experiences with new technologies on his blog.

Talk: Open Source Project Flogo for Lightweight Microservices and as Integration Gateway for the Internet of Things

The Internet of Things (IoT) brings up 50 billion devices until 2020, which have to be connected somehow. Challenges include low bandwidth, high latency, non-reliable connectivity and the need for low network costs. Therefore, a gateway is needed remotely on site of the devices to filter, aggregate and send just relevant data into the cloud or data center. This session introduces project Flogo: A 100% open source framework, which allows developing ultra lightweight IoT integration applications with a zero-coding web user interface or design chat bot. Coders can also rely just on code, of course. It is written in Google’s Go programming language and 20-50x more lightweight than similar Java or JavaScript frameworks. Therefore building very lightweight microservices independent of IoT is another good use case for this framework, e.g. for serverless architectures using open source frameworks such as OpenWhisk. The session focuses on live demos and shows how to build microservices and integrate IoT devices using standards such as MQTT, WebSockets, CoaP or REST. The last part of the session compares Project Flogo to other open source IoT projects like Node-RED and SaaS offerings such as AWS IoT.

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Kamesh Balasubramanian

Kamesh Balasubramanian is the Founder and CEO of Wirecog, LLC. He is the inventor of Wireframe Cognition (Wirecog), an award-winning, patented technology that allows machines to understand wireframe designs and produce source code from them. He is an award-winning, professional member of the Association for Computing Machinery and an InfyMaker Award winner. He was recognized as a "Maker of Change" at the 2016 World Maker Faire in New York and, upon request, has demonstrated Wirecog at MIT.

Talk: Isomorphic Go Code

Isomorphic Go code, is Go code, that can run on both the client-side and on the server-side. GopherJS gives us the ability to unleash the power of Go in the web browser, and it opens up the capability to utilize Go as a solution for full-stack development. I will present the compelling reasons to use Go on the front-end. I will demonstrate how we can use GopherJS to display a 3D scene in the web browser. We will examine how GopherJS makes it possible to port a command line web socket client to the web browser. I will demonstrate how to use Go's template package to generate output directly within the web browser. Finally, I will demonstrate how we can transmit data from client to server using gob encoding over XHR.

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Karthic Rao

Karthic currently is working with Minio (an open source object storage server) as a developer. One of the early contributors for the Caddy project. Passionate about Music and contributing to open source projects. A Volunteer for Free Software Movement Karnataka, Pianist, Vocalist, Blogger and a crossfitter. Building performant large scale systems, Distributed systems, Machine Learning and Artificial Intelligence are his technology interests.

Talk: Debugging Go routine leaks

There are numerous scenarios where a mishandled go routines accumulates in the system and consumes resources. Go routine leaks are not easy to identify and debug. While writing large scale server programs thousands of these leaked go routines could accumulate rapidly and consume the resources very fast. The talk involves variety of ways and quick tests to detect, avoid and debug go routine leaks.

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Manish Rai Jain

Manish is the founder and primary author of Dgraph. He got thrust into distributed systems right out of college, working on real-time web indexing system at Google, where he worked for 6.5 years. He led various projects to consolidate and serve all structured data including knowledge graph right behind web search. Implementing GTD and Zero Waste practices, Manish is into efficient and minimalist living. He loves cycling, swimming, and ultra-light traveling.

Talk: Dgraph - A native and distributed graph database written in Go

Dgraph is a native and distributed graph database written entirely in Go. Efficient distributed joins is a hard problem and Dgraph tackles it head on. Since v0.1 release in Dec'15, Dgraph has seen a lot of activity, reaching close to 2000 Github stars and to front page of Hacker News multiple times.

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Matthew Campbell

Matthew Campbell is a Microservices scalability expert at DigitalOcean where he builds the future of cloud services. He is writting a book called "Microservices in Go". He recently presented at GoLang UK, PromConf Berling, Surge India and blogs at Matthew was a founder of Errplane and Langfight. In the past he worked at Thomson Reuters, Bloomberg, Gucci, and Cartoon network.

Talk: Building Distributed Timeseries database

We are going to explore how we built a Distributed Timeseries database from scratch using Microservices in GO. We will show the audience how events flow through pipelines in Kafka. The data is collected in stored in Cassandra and how to scale to tracking millions of devices. The talk is a more technical deep dive for people that want to know how to actually build large scale Microservice systems, deploy them onto Kubernetes and using Event buses and NoSql databases for scale.

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Romin Irani

Romin Irani is a Principal Architect at Xoriant Solutions and has been programming as long as he can remember. His passion is to make developers succeed. He loves to read and write about technology, never missing an opportunity to write a hands-on tutorial. He blogs extensively at

Talk: The Journey to Conversational Interfaces

What happens when you combine the power of Bots with a popular messaging and collaboration platform. You have a new range of Apps that are always available and ready to complete complex tasks, as if you were interacting with a human. This talk takes a look at how you can write Bots on Slack, one of the most popular messaging platform in recent times. A key part of the Slack ecosystem is the availability of multiple APIs that makes it easier to extend the platform. Golang is an ideal way to write Slack Bots due to great support for web protocols and the availability of high quality libraries. We shall take a look at how you can write Bots that listen to everyone that you type, accept commands and execute something in return or notify your teams of external events.

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Shamsuddin Madhani

Being a former scientific computing and applied mathematics researcher, Shamsuddin enjoys solving performance challenges with better programming approaches over using more metal. He works at BlippAR solving problems of scalability and availability using distributed architectures. When not coding, he can be found on an island in South or Southeast Asia, diving and learning about oceanic creatures.

Talk: Go for High Throughput Computing

Go is a suitable language for developing distributed systems for delivering high throughput at low resource consumption. This talk will present low level code optimizations for better performance in time and space, along with industry relevant examples and benchmarks. We, at BlippAR, use Go extensively for writing web services. While several microservices are written in Go, I would like to demonstrate our experiences in writing high throughput web services and some of the best practices and optimizations we have learned and adapted to during this course. However, this talk will, by no means, be a web programming tutorial or a lesson in distributed computing theory.

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Shiju Varghese

Shiju Varghese is a Solutions Architect focused on building highly scalable cloud-native applications with a special interest in APIs, Microservices, containerized architecture, and distributed systems. He currently specializes in Go, Google Cloud and container technologies. He is an early adopter of Go programming language, and provides consulting and training for building scalable back-end systems and Microservices using Go ecosystem. He has been a mentor to various start-ups and enterprises for the technology transformation to Go. He worked extensively in C# and Node.js before adopting Go as the primary technology stack. He has authored the books "Web Development with Go" and "Go Recipes".

Talk: Building High Performance APIs In Go Using gRPC And Protocol Buffers

This session will demonstrate how to build high-performance, massively-scalable APIs in Go using Google’s gRPC and Protocol Buffers. The session will introduce how to use gRPC as a communication protocol for Microservices architecture. By using gRPC with Protocol Buffers, you can build high performance APIs, which can provide high performance and scalability power than JSON based RESTful APIs. gRPC is a high performance, open-source remote procedure call (RPC) framework from Google, which can run anywhere. It enables client and server applications to communicate transparently, and makes it easier to build connected systems. By default, gRPC uses Protocol Buffers as the Interface Definition Language (IDL) and as its underlying message interchange format. Protocol Buffers, also referred as protobuf, is Google’s language-neutral, platform-neutral, extensible mechanism for serializing structured data. Protocol Buffers are smaller, faster, and simpler that provides high performance than other standards such as XML and JSON. systems by implementing various messaging patterns. gRPC is built with mobile clients in mind that will give you lot of performance advantages and easiness for consuming APIs.

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Takuya Ueda

Takuya Ueda is a Go engineer for Souzoh, Inc. He is one of the organizers of the Go Conference in Japan. He works for the growth of the Go community in Japan. He also loves Gopher and drawing Gopher illustrations.

Talk: Mobile Apps by Pure Go with Reverse Binding

Go Mobile ( is a project which shows new possibilities for mobile apps development. Go Mobile can creates Android and iOS apps by pure Go. But it is restricted to calling few platform APIs until now. The reverse binding which is a new feature of Go Mobile, makes developing mobile apps by pure Go. This session would like to show pratical possibilities of reverse binding which generates bindings for platform APIs automatically. And I will explain how to generate these bindings from Go codes. In this session, I will mainly talk developing Android apps by Go Mobile.

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Tiffany Jernigan

Tiffany is a developer advocate at Amazon coding in Go on and evangelizing for EC2 Container Service (ECS). She previously consulted for Docker, was at Intel Corporation as a cloud software engineer in the Software Defined Infrastructure (SDI) group, and is a graduate from the Georgia Institute of Technology. After pursuing a career in electrical engineering, she decided to transition to software engineering. When Tiffany is not writing software or evangelizing, she is learning French, reading mystery novels, or spending time with family and friends. You can find her on twitter as @tiffanyfayj.

Talk: How to Raise a Gopher in Record Time

As an electrical engineer, both in college and at work, my exposure to software development was limited. I have been interested in software development, began learning on my own and then I got an opportunity to shift at work. The team I joined was writing code in Go and I had a lot to learn quite quickly. For those who are new to Go and learning the language, having the right resources, especially early on, can make all the difference. Without knowing where to find them, a lot of time can be spent searching. I want to share what helped me accelerate my learning, which is not over, by the way, and never will be.

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Vidyasagar Nallapati

Vidyasagar N is a software developer from Bangalore. He loves all the things mathematics, statistics, machine learning, developer tools, automation and anything that will make systems better and easier, so he has found that in architecting, building and running large scale distributed services. He has a great practical experience in building rock-solid data pipelines prior to EMC, he has done his B.Tech from IIT BHU and has studied analytics at IIM Bangalore. When Vidyasagar is not writing code, he can be found travelling, playing music and indulging in coffee.

Talk: Fast and Scalable Machine Learning with GoLang

Go is now used in various domains, across various platforms as a general purpose programming language. With Go Lang’s fast compiler, built-in concurrency features high-performance, large-scale scientific and technical computing is the next step. In this talk various machine learning techniques using Go Lang are talked about and several practical case studies are discussed. Go is gaining traction as a language to be used like R, Matlab and Python for solving solving complex machine learning problems. This talk is based particularly on various implementations of machine learning algorithms in Go and developing fast applications using various libraries for linear algebra, probability distribution functions, decision trees, bayesian classifiers, neural networks and recommender systems. Comparison of Go with other languages for developing data science applications, architecture and implementations of several practical solutions will be discussed in the talk.

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William Kennedy

William Kennedy is a managing partner at Ardan Studio in Miami, Florida, a mobile, web, and systems development company. He is also a co-author of the book Go in Action, the author of the blog GoingGo.Net, and a founding member of GoBridge which is working to increase Go adoption through diversity.

Talk: Package Oriented Design

You have learned the language and now you are ready to start building your product. Sounds easy but where do you begin? Go is not like other languages in the sense that you can’t organize your source code using folders. If you do, you are going to have problems. This is because each folder in your source tree represents a package. A self contained unit of compiled code. The better job you do in identifying the unique packages you need to solve the problem, the easier your projects will be to manage, support and grow over time. Developer productivity on the project will directly relate to how well you design your packages and their API. This has been my experience and this is what I will share with you in this talk. My best practices and guidelines to package oriented design.