Event Speakers

What we want is to deliver jaw dropping content, a valuable learning experience, and moments that will inspire our attendees to innovate. Proposals will be submitted through papercall.io

Open Go

William Kennedy | Emcee

Managing Partner | Ardan Labs

Open Go's Master of Ceremonies

William Kennedy is a managing partner at Ardan Labs in Miami, Florida, a mobile, web, and systems development company. 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.

team people

Carolyn Van Slyck | Service Catalog

Senior Software Engineer | Microsoft

Service Catalog lets you provision cloud services directly from the comfort of native Kubernetes tooling. Define the service you need, like MySQL as a Service database. Service Catalog translates that into a request to your cloud's service broker, provisions it on your behalf and injects the credentials back into your containers.

Carolyn is a software developer based in the wilds of suburban Chicago, working remote on the Microsoft Azure team. Her passion is developer tools, and building vibrant inclusive open-source communities around them.

She is a maintainer for Kubernetes Service Catalog and the GoMods Athens Proxy. Carolyn runs Women Who Go, and organizes the Chicago chapters of Women Who Go and Write/Speak/Code.

In between code reviews, Carolyn hauls her cookies around the world to share her love of Go, containers, and excessive emoji.

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Carlisia Pinto | Velero

Senior Member Of Technical Staff | VMware

Velero is a utility for managing disaster recovery, specifically for your Kubernetes cluster resources and persistent volumes. Brought to you by VMware.

Carlisia Pinto is a graduate of Boston University where she earned a masters degree in Computer Science. She currently works as a senior member of technical staff at VMware, a company that provides cloud computing and platform virtualization software and services.

Carlisia works on the open source project Velero, a system for backup and disaster recovery for Kubernetes clusters. She has over 15 years of experience building software, and is active in the Go community, including being a co-host of the Go Time podcast.

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Matt Holt | Caddy

Graduate Research Assistant | Brigham Young University

Caddy is the HTTP/2 web server with automatic HTTPS. It's the first web server to automate TLS certificate management and is supported by several dozen community-developed plugins and contributions.

Matt Holt is a Masters' student in Computer Science at Brigham Young University, studying methods for protecting users from deception attacks on the modern Web. Matt is the author of the Caddy web server, which has been downloaded over 10 million times and secured an estimated 100 billion connections. When he's not coding stuff with his bare hands, you can find him rock climbing or bicycling.

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Manish Jain | Dgraph

Founder & CEO | Dgraph Labs

Dgraph is an open source, horizontally scalable and distributed graph database, providing ACID transactions, consistent replication and linearizable reads. It is built around ease of use for app developers, using a modified version of GraphQL as its lingua franca, making it easy to work with data in any shape. Being a native graph database, it tightly controls how the data is arranged on disk to optimize for query performance and throughput, reducing disk seeks and network calls in a cluster. With over 7000 Github stars, Dgraph is quickly becoming the most popular graph DB on Github.

Manish is the primary author of Dgraph and Badger. Originally from India, he's lived in 5 countries, calling San Francisco his adopted home. He got thrust into real time distributed systems right out of college, working in the Web Search and Knowledge Graph infrastructure group at Google for 6.5 years. Manish is into efficient, minimalist living and enjoys cycling and ultra-light traveling.

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Mark Bates | Buffalo

Co-founder | Gopher Guides

Buffalo is a Go web development eco-system, designed to make your life easier. Buffalo helps you to generate a web project that already has everything from front-end (JavaScript, SCSS, etc.) to back-end (database, routing, etc.) already hooked up and ready to run. From there it provides easy APIs to build your web application quickly in Go.

Mark Bates is a full stack web developer with over 18 years of experience building high quality scalable applications for companies such as Apple, USA Today, Klarna, and Palm. He has written three books, “Distributed Programming with Ruby”, “Programming in CoffeeScript”, and “Conquering the Command Line”. Mark has spoken at conferences around the world, has led user groups such as Boston Ruby and Boston Golang, and has helped to organize conferences such as GothamGo and GopherCon. Mark is the co-founder of PaperCall.io, a platform for connecting technical events with high quality content and speakers. Mark is also a partner at Gopher Guides, the industry leader for Go training and conferences. In his spare time Mark leads development of the Go web framework Buffalo.

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Cassandra Salisbury | Go

Developer Relations Program Manager | Google

Go is an open source programming language that makes it easy to build simple, reliable, and efficient software.

Currently works on the open source strategy team at Google with a focus on developer relations, education, and the growth of Go. She is a core team member of GoBridge where she focuses on increasing diversity and mindfulness in the Go community. Cassandra is an avid karaoke fan, finds relief in stress cooking and lives in the San Francisco Bay Area.

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Nic Jackson | Terraform

Developer Advocate | HashiCorp

Terraform HashiCorp Terraform enables you to safely and predictably create, change, and improve infrastructure. It is an open source tool that codifies APIs into declarative configuration files that can be shared amongst team members, treated as code, edited, reviewed, and versioned.

Nic Jackson is a developer advocate and polyglot programmer working for HashiCorp, and the author of “Building Microservices in Go” a book which examines the best patterns and practices for building microservices with the Go programming language. In his spare time, Nic coaches and mentors at Coder Dojo, teaches at Women Who Go and GoBridge, speaks and evangelizes good coding practice, process, and technique.

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Waldemar Quevedo | NATS

Software Engineer | Syndia

NATS is a mature, high-performance messaging system part of the Cloud Native Computing Foundation. As message-oriented middleware, NATS is made for developers and operators who want to spend time doing their work and less time worrying about how to do messaging. One of the key goals with NATS is connecting services in the simplest, most secure and reliable way possible.

Waldemar Quevedo, aka Wally, is a core maintainer of NATS and author of "Practical NATS", one of the first books about the project. Wally currently works at Synadia Communications, Inc., developing a global communications network based on NATS. Before joining Synadia, he worked on a container orchestration system that used NATS for its control plane at Apcera and operated very large CloudFoundry clusters at Rakuten.