GopherConAU 2019

30th October 2019 - 1st November 2019
University of Technology Sydney

First ever GopherCon in Australia!

  • Conference Days - Thursday 31st & Friday 1st

GopherConAU Logo by Ashley McNamara


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Why Should You Come to GopherConAU?

GopherConAU believes Go is the way to go! We wish to showcase this modern language here in beautiful Australia both as a successful tool for commercial programming and a viable career path. Part of our vision is to attract a diverse crowd both to the audience and to the stage. We aim for GopherCon Australia to reflect how we developers want the future of the industry to look.

For the first year of GopherCon Australia, we will use sponsorships to attract and accommodate for international speakers and workshop hosts. By showing that GopherCon Australia is a welcoming conference, we wish to create a sense of community coming from different backgrounds, supporting traditionally underrepresented groups in the technology industry. We invited prominent contributors to the Go tech scene, who share and represent our vision of inclusion and who come from diverse gender and ethnicity groups.

Many well known Australian companies use Go, including Google, Atlassian, VMware, Seek, Siteminder,, Campaign Monitor, Sajari, and many more.

GopherCon Australia is the latest in a series of conferences originating from the first GopherCon held in Denver, Colorado in 2014. The conference founders are Katie Fry and Xuanyi Chew, both organisers of the successful Sydney Go Users’ Group, and a committee of volunteers.

GopherCon Australia is happening in Sydney between 30th October and 1st November 2019. Yes, you read it right - conveniently before the weekend, so that you can extend your stay. We encourage you to take your partner, family, or friends with you, as we will provide you with recommendations on how to spend time in Sydney to enjoy the culture, art, and fun.

University of Technology Sydney

Workshops Day

Ready to Go?

Intro to Go for Complete Beginners


An introduction with lots of hands on practice

• Development Environment

• Programming Fundamentals

• An introduction to the basic syntax of the language

• Debugging

  • None! If you already know, how to code, please consider William’s or/and Gary’s workshops.
What an attendee is expected to learn

    • Learning in a friendly environment

    • The initial setup to get started with Go

Leah Garrett
About Leah Garrett

Leah Garrett has over 20 years experience working in software development, and was recently lead educator at a coding bootcamp. Active in the developer community, Leah is co-organiser of the Melbourne Golang Meetup group and is part of the team that organises the DDD Melbourne conference.

Building Production Web Services in Go


This class has been designed over the past several years and goes beyond just being a Go service class. There will be very little time spent on specifc Go syntax. Our time will be spent learning how to re-engineer a web service and talk about application design, semantics and guidelines for building services in Go.

Building Production Web Services In Go

• Start/Stop

• Logging/Configuration

• Web Framework Design

• Database Support

• Testing

• Metrics/Tracing

• Modules/Docker/Compose

  • A basic understanding of the Go programming language. Students do not have to be expert Go users but they will get the most from the workshop if they have completed the majority of the Go Tour.
What an attendee is expected to learn

    Everyone is going to be mentally exhausted by the end of the day. We will be challenging every student to think about what they are doing and why. In the 4 years we have taught this material, we never had someone not appreciate the class and feel like they are a better developer for it. If you want to be a better Go developer, code reviewer, designer and architect, this is the class you want to take.

William Kennedy
About William Kennedy

William Kennedy is a managing partner at Ardan Labs in Miami, Florida, a group of passionate engineers, artists and business professionals focused on building and delivering reliable, secure and scalable solutions. 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.

1.13 = Enterprise Go


This workshop is for team leads, agile coaches and senior developers.

The main goal is to workshop approaches to the biggest issue in software engineering; too much unverifiable code and not nearly enough human scale formal specifications.

It covers topics from developer productivity to capturing system semantics. Using enterprise-ready features of Go 1.13 to advanced uses of protocol buffers.This is a hands on workshop, programming experience required, but experience with Go is not necessary.

We will be using a combination of pairs and mob programming (pairs of mobs) to refactor and add features to a synthetic code base.

Expect digressions into development process and economics of software engineering.

  • A basic understanding of microservices architectures
What an attendee is expected to learn

    • Fast & painless reproducible builds

    • Development & operations metrics collection

    • Traceability of production issues

    • Painless & productive approaches to APIs & contracts

    • Contract based regression testing

    • Speed of developers coming up to speed in development teams

Gary Miller
About Gary Miller

Gary Miller is a creative technologist, across a broad spectrum of web, cloud and enterprise IT systems and technologies. He is a senior engineer at a local Sydney spin-off, GotoBlink. Previously he was Macquarie Group's (COG - Infra) Computer Scientist in Residence, where he applied a small amount of theory with large amounts of practical software engineering nous, to unblock some of their most intractable problems.


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Here we Go!

Conference Day 1 - 31st October

Time Slot Description
9:00 Check-In Doors open! Go! Go! Gophers!
9:30 Intro Welcome & Acknowledgements.

Carmen Andoh

10 years of Go

Simple. Reliable. Efficient. These words defined Go on Nov 10 2009. As we celebrate 10 yrs, we add one more: Sustainable. A reflection of Go: technological & industry advances during the last decade, while exploring what it means to be sustainable amidst constant change.

10:25 Break Break for 10 minutes.

Am Laher

Designing Go services for Continuous Deployment

Continuous Delivery can drive the design of your code for Great Good. I'll share some of the tricks and strategies I've used to deploy Go services safely, smoothly, and without ceremony. I'll cover integration testing, db migrations, zero-downtime deploys, feature flags, and some useful go tooling.

11:05 Break Gophers have 25 minutes to chill.

Alexander Else

Eliminate the guess work: Profiling a go service in production

This talk is about how to start using go's profiling tools, instrument your code so that you can profile your services running in production and have less mystery in your life.

Viewers will learn how to use trace and pprof tools, and guidance on doing it in production for their own services.


Peter Williams

PDF Full Text Search in Pure Go. Why and How I Wrote it.

Many modern software product developers work close to the top of a powerful open source software stack and focus on their customer problems.

This talk is about how I worked further down the Go software stack to write a PDF Full Text Search library and solve customer problems in unexpected ways.

12:35 Lunch Lunch break for 85 minutes.

Kaylyn Gibilterra

Unlocking net/http APIs

Building an API with the net/http library is incredibly easy…until it isn’t. Even in 2019 the advice you find online when doing routing is often to “use X framework” or “just use net/http” without a lot of context for how to use them well. In this talk I will cover request parsing, writing middleware, using context, and other useful skills to level up your standard library-only APIs.


Darrell Chua

Getting Started with Deep Learning in Go

Have you ever wanted to dabble in Deep Learning? Here's your chance to get started doing it in Go. We'll take you through a quick example of a new model - and then how to continue your learning process through more commonly found Tensorflow projects lying around the Internet.

15:00 Break Relax for 30 minutes.

Gareth Seneque

Game of Clicks: Reinforcement Learning for News Recommendation

Recommendation systems suck. I buy one vacuum cleaner and all of a sudden I'm a Hoover enthusiast. Enjoyed a nice video about politics? YouTube is unusable now.

This talk covers a new way to build these systems using Deep Reinforcement Learning to improve the quality & diversity of recommendations.


Jeff Levin

Let’s build our own webstack in Go!

Many new Gophers come from dynamic languages and frameworks that have an emphasis on productivity vs engineering, but what happens when your application doesn’t fit the mold of a framework like Ruby on Rails? What happens when your problems don’t scale in the way the framework expects you to? What does it look like to build a full web stack from scratch for a production environment

16:30 Outro Goodbye for the Day!

Conference Day 2 - 1st November

Time Slot Description
9:30 Check-In Doors open! Today a bit later.
9:40 Intro Welcome & Acknowledgements.

William Kennedy


Go 1.13 made Modules a first class citizen. But what do they do exactly? In this talk, Bill will walk through what he has learned about modules and the developer experience.

10:25 Break Break for 10 minutes.

Joshua Carpeggiani

Go for Decimals

Relying on binary floating point can kill; they are inherently imprecise and can lead to technical complications later down the road. A decimal system would solve many of these complications. Go has been lacking a fast and efficient decimal data type, until now...

11:05 Break Gophers have 25 minutes to chill.

Ben Boyter

Sloc Cloc and Code - Can a crusty Go program outperform a well written Rust Project?

Sloc cloc and code. How a death march project lead to learning Go, the creation of a source lines of code counter which is faster and more accurate then the Rust/ATS/C equivalents, while learning about some really bizarre performance characteristics.



Lightning Talks

12:35 Lunch Lunch break for 85 minutes.

Julia Wong

Migrate to a New Platform by Creating a Pipeline in Go

This is the story of how Atlassian moved from a multi-million dollar contract with one vendor to another for their monitoring system. To help them migrate the thousands of engineers and microservices onto the new platform in just a few months, they built a new data pipeline using Go.


Steve O'Connor

The Fyne GUI Toolkit - Fun + No Constraints + High Performance = Creativity

In this talk, I want to introduce the Fyne GUI toolkit ... A modern application framework and desktop environment focused on design, ease of development and distribution. Targeting cross platform desktop applications, as well as Mobile (Android / iOS) and more. TDD support is built in, and its written 100% in Go, so you know its good.

Fyne is a very well engineered, and exceptionally well managed project, driven by an experienced, diverse all-volunteer team distributed around the Globe.

This will be a fast paced, highly visual dive through the possibilities for application development, if you dare to throw out the rulebook and look at a fresh new approach that the Go tooling makes possible. Attendees will be challenged to let their imaginations loose, and get excited about writing "that app" that they have always wanted to finish off one day. Now is your time !

15:00 Break The last, 45-minute long, break for this year's GopherConAU!

Adel Smee

Inclusiveness - It’s In Your Hands

Resilient, effective teams are diverse teams, teams that feel safe throwing around ideas, teams that look out for each other, teams where the needs of the individuals in the team are (mostly) met, teams that can learn and grow with your company. Nurturing environments in which such teams can form and flourish is an endlessly challenging and rewarding task that belongs to everyone in the company. And yet, a lot of the work to identify issues, champion change and improve a company’s culture and the diversity of its workforce is done by the same few people, or left entirely to HR. These folks could do with a hand. A hand from you! This talk will encourage you to get involved in diversity and inclusion work at your company in whatever way makes sense to you. It includes a few pointers to get you started and some stories to motivate you along the way.

16:30 Outro Goodbye & Thanks!



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Code of Conduct

Why Should You Care?

All attendees, speakers, sponsors and volunteers at our conference are required to agree with the following code of conduct. Organisers will enforce this code throughout the event. We expect cooperation from all participants to help ensure a safe environment for everybody.

Our conference is dedicated to providing a harassment-free conference experience for everyone, regardless of gender, gender identity and expression, age, sexual orientation, disability, physical appearance, body size, race, ethnicity, religion (or lack thereof), or technology choices. We do not tolerate harassment of conference participants in any form. Sexual language and imagery is not appropriate for any conference venue, including talks, workshops, parties, Twitter and other online media. Conference participants violating these rules may be sanctioned or expelled from the conference without a refund at the discretion of the conference organisers.

If someone makes you or anyone else feel unsafe or unwelcome, please report it as soon as possible by emailing, or by speaking to a member of the conference staff. Conference staff will be wearing orange GopherConAU teeshirts.

Things To Do

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If none of these entices you, or there is something particular you are looking to do, feel free to ask any of the conference organisers and they will be happy to assist in any way possible!

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