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 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 8th year, GopherCon 2021 will take place December 6 - 8, 2021 in San Diego, California.
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. Also, if you’re uncertain whether you’ll be vaccinated or ready to travel in December, please know the CFP is open to both in-person and remote speakers. If you have an exciting talk, we want to hear from you! We are soliciting presentation proposals Monday, April 5 - Sunday, April 25, 2021.
Guidelines for Proposals
This Call For Proposals (CFP) includes two types of presentations:
- Keynotes and Talks, located in the Main Theatre, present big ideas of general interest.
- Tutorial Sessions, offered in three tracks, teach specific skills or topics.
All presentations will be recorded and published online after the conference.
Main Theatre Talks
Time limit: 25 minutes
Talks will be held in the Main Theatre December 7th and 8th. The audience will comprise Go programmers of all experience levels. There will be no questions from the audience as part of your time allotment.
Time limit: 45 minutes
Tutorial Sessions will be offered in three simultaneous tracks, three times per day, on December 7th and 8th. Because of their smaller size and self-selecting audience, 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
Diverse Speaker Line-up
GopherCon values all voices from inside the Go community and that impacts how we choose the final speaker lineup.
First, we highly encourage first-time speakers or new Gophers to submit a proposal. When presented with two proposals of equal quality, priority will be given to a new speaker or new content that has not been presented previously.
Second, GopherCon actively encourages a diverse speaking panel. We will, at our discretion, fill some speaking slots from outside the CFP with invited speakers to make the overall content more interesting, diverse, and engaging for all our attendees.
Finally, all speakers selected for GopherCon will be assigned a speaking mentor from our pool of experienced speakers to provide coaching and support. While not required, we strongly recommend taking advantage of these mentors.
The reviewers need to know that you’ve thought about how you’ll present the material. One of the best ways to show that is by including an outline of your talk, and we highly encourage that you do so, including rough timing for each section.
Personally Identifiable Information
Please do not link or provide any information in your proposal that will disclose your identity. Our judging process is double blind, and we strive to make our CFP process impartial. Submissions that disclose identifying information will, at our discretion, be disqualified or asked to make immediate changes before judging starts.
While PaperCall includes a section below for personal information, our reviewers will not have access to it. Any data you include there will not result in us choosing or disqualifying your proposal. It will only be used as a means of contacting you if your talk is selected.
Editing Your Proposal
You can edit your proposal at any time until the CFP closes. While we may ask for clarifying edits, once the CFP closes all proposals are final.
Reviewers will rate your proposal based solely on the information you provide. You need to be as detailed as possible so they may gauge your knowledge of the topic and ability to deliver a compelling talk on that subject. 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. Please refer to this blog post for a description of what we need from you and note that one paragraph is definitely not sufficient and several paragraphs are barely sufficient. Keep in mind, there has never been a GopherCon proposal that hit all the criteria, yet was rejected because it was too long.
- 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.
- Clarity. You’ve clearly explained what you are going to talk about.
- 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. The best proposals clearly explain why the author is well suited to give the talk and/or what’s unique about their experience.
- Achievability. You’ve thought about how to present your material in the time available. We recommend including an outline of your talk with your submission including approximate timing of each section.
- Impact. What new idea, technique, tool, or information will you impart on the audience?
For comprehensive information on the selection criteria, please see the official GopherCon blog.