GopherCon 2020

Orlando, Florida, USA June 23, 2020, June 24, 2020
Tags: Golang, Go

CFP closed at  January 11, 2020 05:00 UTC

Speak at the Largest Go Conference in the World!

GopherCon is an annual conference which began in 2014 and is dedicated to the Go programming language. It is organized by Gopher Academy, a community-driven group of developers who wish to promote the use of Go, the formation of an inclusive and supportive Go community, and the education of Go developers.

Celebrating our 7th year, GopherCon 2020 will take place June 22 – 25, 2020 in Orlando, Florida. It is a four-day conference with one day of pre-conference workshops, two action-packed days of talks and tutorial sessions, and concluding with Community Day, featuring a large communal area for collaboration, Lightning Talks, as well as breakout rooms for special interests, workshops and hands-on demonstrations.

Gopher Academy is proud of its tradition of featuring speakers who have not presented at a previous conference. Therefore, when choosing the final speaker line-up, preference will be given to those who have not previously spoken at GopherCon.

We are soliciting presentation proposals December 4 - January 10, 2020.

CFP Description

Guidelines for Proposals

This Call For Proposals (CFP) includes two different types of presentations:

  1. Keynotes and Talks, located in the Main Theatre, present big ideas of general interest.
  2. Tutorial Sessions, offered in three tracks in the afternoon, teach specific skills or topics.

All presentations will be recorded and published online after the conference.

Please Note: Proposals for Lightning Talks on Community Day (June 25th) will be handled in a separate call which will be held in a few months time.

Main Theatre Keynotes and Talks

Time limit: 25 minutes

Keynotes and Talks will be held in the Main Theatre June 23rd and 24th. The audience of up to 2,000, will consist of Go programmers of all experience levels. There will be no questions from the audience as part of your time allotment.

Tutorial Sessions

Time limit: 45 minutes

Tutorial Sessions will be offered in three simultaneous tracks, three times per day, on June 23rd and 24th. By virtue of their smaller size and self-selecting audience of no more than 600, Tutorial Sessions are ideal for technical discussions or teaching a specific skill or technique. There will be no questions from the audience as part of your time allotment.

Advice for authors

Proposals will be reviewed based on the selection criteria below. Please demonstrate as best as you can that your proposal meets them, so our reviewers feel confident about recommending it. One paragraph is not sufficient. Several paragraphs are barely sufficient. Please keep in mind that there has never been a GopherCon proposal that hit all the criteria, yet was rejected because it was too long.

Selection Criteria:

  1. Relevance. The talk is relevant to the Go community. GopherCon is not a general software conference, our audience wants to hear about topics that relate to the Go programming language.
  2. Clarity. You’ve clearly explained what you are going to talk about.
  3. Correctness. You’ve demonstrated knowledge of your topic. You don’t have to be an expert, but you are expected to be speaking from experience.
  4. Achievability. You’ve thought about how to present your material in the time available.
  5. Impact. The goal of the talk! What new idea, technique, tool, or information will you impart on the audience?

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