GopherCon 2022

Lake Buena Vista, Florida September 26, 2022, September 28, 2022
Tags: Go, Golang

CFP closed at  March 12, 2022 08:00 UTC

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. GopherCon 2022 will take place September 26 - 28, 2022 in Lake Buena Vista, Florida.

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. If you have an exciting talk, we want to hear from you! We are soliciting presentation proposals Monday, January 17th - Friday, March 11th.

GopherCon 2022 will be a fully vaccinated event, so please keep this in mind when you consider submitting a proposal.

CFP Description

Guidelines for Proposals

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

  1. Keynotes and Talks will be located in the Main Theatre. These talks should present big ideas of general interest to the entire audience.
  2. Tutorial Sessions will be offered in two - three tracks. These sessions are appropriate for a deep dive into a specific topic.

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. The audience will be comprised 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 two - three simultaneous tracks. Because of their smaller size and self-selecting audience, Tutorial Sessions are ideal for technical discussions, a deep dive, or teaching a specific skill/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.

Talk Outline

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, which we highly encourage you do, including approximate 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.

Proposal Length

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. Keep in mind, 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. The best proposals clearly explain why the author is well-suited to give the talk and/or what’s unique about their experience.
  4. Achievability. You’ve thought about how to present your material in the time available. We strongly recommend including an outline of your talk with your submission including approximate timing of each section.
  5. Impact. What is the audience’s take-away? What new idea, technique, tool, or information will you impart on them?

Tips for a Strong Conference Proposal