Speakers

All about GopherCon UK speakers

    Masters of Ceremonies

  • Mat Ryer

    Mat has been working with Go since before v1. Author of many articles and books on the subject, he is always keen to encourage new programmers to join the Go community. A big advocate of open source, Mat co-created Go’s Testify project, and his BitBar tool for macOS has almost 10k stars on GitHub. Friendly and approachable, he loves meeting new Gophers so if you see him around the conference, stop him to say hello.
  • Mark Bates

    Mark Bates is a full stack web developer with over 17 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.
  • Keynote Speakers

  • Aditya Mukerjee

    Stripe
    @chimeracoder
    Aditya is a systems engineer at Stripe on the Observability team, based in New York City. He studied statistics at Columbia and computer science at Cornell, and has been writing Go professionally for the past five years. When not defending users against online fraudsters, he spends his free time playing German-style board games and listening to embarrassing music.
  • Amy Chen

    Heptio
    @TheAmyCode
    Amy Chen is a software engineer at Heptio, a company dedicated to making Kubernetes easier to use. She is passionate about open source, containers, orchestration tools, Go, and salsa dancing. In her free time, Amy runs a youtube channel called Amy Codes! where she talks about technical and non-technical aspects of being a software engineer. She aims to make the container and infrastructure industry more accessible by sharing her learning process and resources through video.
  • Brian Ketelsen

    Microsoft
    @bketelsen
    Brian Ketelsen is a cloud developer advocate at Microsoft. An experienced leader of technical teams with a strong focus on data warehouses and distributed computing, Brian has been writing software for various platforms since 1993. He has honed his broad technical skills in a variety of roles ranging from DBA to CIO. A prolific open source enthusiast, he has contributed to some of the largest Go projects, including Docker, Kubernetes, etc, SkyDNS, Kong, Go-Kit, and Goa, and coauthored Go in Action from Manning Press. Brian spends much of his free time fostering the Go community; he co-organizes GopherCon, the yearly conference for Go programmers held each summer in Denver and helps organize the Tampa Go meetup. Brian holds a bachelor’s degree in computer science.
  • Breakout Session Speakers

  • Michael Hausenblas

    Red Hat
    @mhausenblas
    Michael is a Developer Advocate for Go, Kubernetes, and OpenShift at Red Hat where he helps appops to build and operate distributed services. His background is in large-scale data processing and container orchestration and he's experienced in advocacy and standardization at W3C and IETF. Before Red Hat, Michael worked at Mesosphere, MapR and in two research institutions in Ireland and Austria. He contributes to open source software (mainly using Go), speaks at conferences and user groups, blogs, and hangs out on Twitter too much.
  • Liz Rice

    Aqua Security
    @lizrice
    Liz Rice is the Technology Evangelist with container security specialists Aqua Security. Prior to that she co-founded Microscaling Systems and was one of the developers of image inspection tool MicroBadger. She has a wealth of software development, team, and product management experience from working on network protocols and distributed systems, and in digital technology sectors such as VOD, music, and VoIP. When not building startups, giving talks or writing code, Liz loves riding bikes in places with better weather than her native London.
  • Matthew Campbell

    DigitalOcean
    @kanwisher
    Matthew is the CEO of Loom Network, (TechStars Winter '18) a Blockchain company. Most famously known for CryptoZombies. He builds tools for developers around the blockchain in Go. He has worked for large Technical firms like Digital Ocean, Bloomberg, Thomson Retuers. He's been a software developer for the last 15 years.
  • Christopher Biscardi

    Honeycomb.io
    @chrisbiscardi
    Chris currently works at Honeycomb, enabling engineers to leverage Observability in their applications. He previously built the UI team at Docker and the Design Systems team at Dropbox and has been working with Golang since being introduced to it at Docker.
  • David Hernandez

    Machinebox.io
    @dahernan
    David Hernandez has been using Go since 2013, he was organizer of the first GolangUK conference, and can often be found speaking at the Go London Users Group, and internationally. He worked in companies like BBC for the 2012 London Olympics, scaling continuous integration at Atlassian (Sydney), and helping the UK Goverment at the GDS. He is a founder and developer at Machine Box where he develop all the Machine Learning models, and is in charge of all R&D.
  • Sean Kelly

    Rapid7
    @StabbyCutyou
    Sean Kelly (affectionately known as Stabby) is an Engineering Manager at Rapid7. A simple man with a dog for an avatar, he enjoys learning new things, helping / mentoring others, and posting photos of his dog on the internet. When he's not giving talks about his many failures, he enjoys spending time at home with his wife, and coming up with new projects to work on that he will never actually finish.
  • Bernd Rücker

    Camunda
    @berndruecker
    Throughout his 15+ years in software development, Bernd has helped automating highly scalable core workflows at global companies including T-Mobile, Lufthansa and Zalando. He has contributed to various open source workflow engines. I am co-founder and developer advocate of Camunda, an open source software company reinventing workflow automation. He co-authored "Real-Life BPMN," a popular book about workflow modeling and automation. He regularly speaks at conferences and writes for various magazines. He is currently focused on new workflow automation paradigms that fit into modern architectures around distributed systems, microservices, domain-driven design, event-driven architecture and reactive systems.
  • Mahdi Jelodari

    Reconfigure.io Ltd
    @MJcomp86
    Mahdi received his Ph.D. degree in CS on high-level synthesis from the University of Manchester, UK, in Feb 2016. He's co-founded Reconfigure.io Ltd where he together with a team of talented CS folks aims to accelerate concurrent programs, such as Go, using FPGAs in the data centre context. He has been active in the subject of high level synthesis (transforming software specs to hardware circuits) for almost 6 years now and is a DATE 2015 award winner.
  • Grant Griffiths

    GE Digital
    @griffithsgrant
    Grant is a Gopher of 3 years working as a Senior Software Engineer at GE Digital. He's very passionate about Go and runs the Go User Group at GE. They have bi-weekly talks with anywhere from 50-200 Gophers depends on the topic, with internal and external speakers such as Daniel Whitenack, Wally Quevedo, Joe Beda, and soon Francesc Campoy. At GE Digital, he works in the Predix Cloud Engineering org, where he builds Data Services in Go that store and process Industrial IoT data with Kafka, Cassandra, EMR/Spark, and much more. In addition to writing backend services, he also work on Site Reliability Engineering for his team, improving the monitoring/alerting, reliability, and performance for all data services. Specifically, he's built tooling that can simulate end users for black box testing. He studied Computer Science and Mathematics at Syracuse University and like climbing rock, ice, and snow in my free time.
  • Dmitry Matyukhin

    Glint Pay
    Dmitry is the Technical Lead at Glint building a fintech product that allows people to buy, save and spend gold; a fairer and reliable form of money, protecting you from systemic risk and inflation. He has 17 years of experience with software development for backend, mobile and desktop. Having worked on large-scale platforms for T-Mobile, KDDI and HTC. Using a wide range of applied mathematics, algorithms, data structures, and cyber security to help build these scalable and secure platforms.
  • Paweł Słomka

    @pawel_slomka
    Paweł is more than a software developer. He's an NBA fanatic (he needs to know everything that is going on, which eats a lot of his time, unfortunately). He's also a two-time (so far) Marathon runner, but is definitely going to do that again.
  • Carmen Ruiz Vicente

    DeepMind
    @carmrui
    Carmen Ruiz Vicente is a technical lead on DeepMind Health’s backend engineering team, responsible for the development of our simulation infrastructure. Before DeepMind, she worked within privacy engineering at Google, having gained a PhD in the area from Aalborg University (Denmark), and Google's Beacon Platform that integrates beacon technology with first and third party apps. Carmen enjoys well designed interfaces, and recreational drumming.
  • Alexandre González

    BBVA
    @agonzalezro
    Currently working at BBVA in the PaaS team, and remotely from Milán, Alexandre spends his free time playing around with Go & everything that smells as a container. He is now living in Italy but he didn’t manage to learn Italian yet, so if you are Italian please go and say “ciao”. He also loves organising events and he has a good track with that co-organising (past) GolangUK 2015, the Golang London User Group & Monthly PyGrunn in the Netherlands. He is currently organising #madScalability in Madrid which is focused on scalability issues from personal to technical views.
  • Jelmer Snoeck

    Manifold
    @jelmersnoeck
    Jelmer Snoeck is a Product Engineer at Manifold. In the past, he's helped scale startups where he's mostly been working as an SRE. Jelmer is mainly a backend developer with a focus on reliability and performance. More recently, he's been focussing on extending Kubernetes. Whenever he can, Jelmer tries to help others learn and experiment with new software.
  • Michal Witkowski

    Improbable
    @mwitkow
    Michael is a Principle Tech Lead at Improbable, responsible for the core tech that powers SpatialOS, a Simulation as a Service platform for spatial problem simulations (city simulations, MMoG etc.). Part of his duties include investing innovation for our Platform teams: building or adopting emergent technologies. He is a gRPC Ecosystem maintainer, a Go skeptic-turned-enthusiast and an ex-Tech Lead of the SRE team for Google's Compute Engine.
  • Eleanor Deal

    Methods
    @unoxymoronic
    Founder of the Cardiff Go meetup, and now Consulting as a Tech Lead at ONS, Eleanor represents Methods within the Welsh digital world. Eleanor manages teams working towards digital transformation in public services (and occasionally still gets to write some code!). In her spare time, Eleanor loves to take pictures of architecture around the world, and definitely not just her two cats.
  • Roberto Clapis

    Secure Network
    @empijei
    Roberto became a Security Engineer at Google after spending two years working as a penetration tester and code reviewer for Secure Network, Italy's leading security assessment company. He received a B.Sc. degree in Computer Engineering from Politecnico di Milano university in Italy. In his spare time Roberto contributes to open source projects, with a strong interest in developing automated tools to optimize the process of security testing and code analysis. Roberto has been writing go since 2015 for both structured, complex projects and scripts.
  • Florin Pățan

    JetBrains
    @dlsniper
    We always hear how Go is a simple language, how it can enable developers to be productive. In this talk, we'll start from scratch and develop a production-ready service in Go, using the standard library, a few popular libraries, instrument it, and deploy it using Docker.
  • Ignat Korchagin

    Cloudflare
    @secumod
    Ignat is a platform engineer at Cloudflare, where he works mostly with bare-metal Linux. Ignat’s interests are cryptography, hacking, and low-level programming. Previously, he was a senior security engineer at Samsung Electronics’s Mobile Communications Division, and his solutions can be found in many older Samsung smartphones and tablets. Ignat started his career as a security researcher in the Ukrainian government’s communications services.
  • André Carvalho

    Globo.com
    @andresantostc
    André Carvalho is a Software Engineer from Globo.com, where he works on Tsuru, an open source Platform as a Service written in Go. Andre loves to dive deep into the lower layers of software to try and understand how everything works and blogs about it on andrestc.com.
  • Nathan Davies

    Turnitin
    @nathj07
    Nathan Davies works for Turnitin as a Senior Software Engineer using Go to deliver both unified systems and microservice architectures. As part of the systems engineering team he has been heavily involved in the adoption of Go. Nathan has spent most of his 16 year career developing systems that consolidate remote, disparate data sources into one central standard. When not working he is found with his family watching movies, playing games or enjoying the outdoors.
  • Marty Schoch

    Couchbase
    @mschoch
    Marty Schoch is the primary contributor to the Bleve project, an open-source full-text indexing/search library in Go. Marty is a Principal Engineer at Couchbase where he integrates Bleve with Couchbase Server to offer a distributed full-text search solution.
  • Kat Zien

    Brightpearl
    @kasiazien
    Writing Go and PHP at Brightpearl. Working remotely from Bristol, UK or anywhere with wifi. Her main interests include automating \#allthethings, sorting out legacy code and making things simpler and faster. She's co-organising and giving talks at Golang Bristol++ and PHPSW. Kat loves travelling, cycling and keeping active, appreciates good coffee and is a big Lego fan.
  • Diana Carolina Ortega Muñoz

    Xebia France
    @dicaormu
    Diana is a software developer at Xebia France and a Co-organizer of the meetups Women Who Go Paris and Golang Paris. Her background goes from the JVM ecosystem to the Go language. Recently she's been working on data and cloud projects. She is passionate about software development and craftsmanship

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