GopherCon 2017

Denver, CO, USA

CFP closed on:

GopherCon 2017 Call for Proposals

The 2017 call for proposals has closed. The program will be announced by the end of February

GopherCon 2017 is an annual conference 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.

GopherCon 2017 is a three-day event. The final day, previously known as hack day, is now known as community day and features a large communal area for collaboration, and break out rooms for special interests.

GopherCon 2017 will take place in Denver, Colorado on July 13 through July 15, 2017. We are soliciting talk proposals from January 1st through January 31st, 2017.

Note: Proposals for lightning talks on Community Day (July 15th) will be handled in a separate call which will be held in a few months time.

GopherCon Welcomes New Speakers

GopherCon is proud of its tradition of featuring speakers who have not spoken at previous GopherCons. When choosing the final speaker lineup, preference will be given to those who have not previously spoken at GopherCon in prior years.

Code of Conduct

GopherCon has a zero tolerance policy towards harassment or discrimination of any kind. All speakers and attendees are required to adhere to the Code of Conduct for this event.

CFP Description

Guidelines for Proposals

This call for proposals includes three different types of sessions.

  • Keynote sessions present big ideas of general interest.
  • Tutorial sessions teach specific skills or topics.
  • Workshop sessions are all-day sessions for in depth training.

Keynote and tutorial sessions will be recorded and published online after the conference.

Note: Proposals for lightning talks on Community Day (July 15th) will be handled in a separate call which will be held in a few months time.

Keynote Session

Time limit: 25 minutes

Keynote sessions will be held at the beginning and close of July 13th and 14th in the Mile High Ballroom, which seats 1,500. The audience will consist of Go programmers of all experience levels. There will be no questions from the audience during keynote sessions.

Tutorial Session

Time limit: 45 minutes

Tutorial sessions will be held during the first two days of the conference, July 13th and 14th, 2017 in three tracks across the Mile High ballroom and additional rooms which seat around 500.

Tutorial sessions, by virtue of their smaller size and self selecting audience, are ideal for interactive workshops, technical discussions, or teaching a specific skill or technique.


Workshop sessions will be held on the day prior to the main conference on July 12th, 2017. Speakers will have seven hours (9am to 5pm with a one hour lunch), to instruct students.

Attendance to the workshop day is separate from main GopherCon event and not included in the main ticket price. Workshop attendees will need to purchase a separate workshop pass and nominate the workshop they wish to attend at the time of purchase.