Speakers

All about GopherCon UK speakers

  • Adam Luzsi

    SaltPay
    @adamluzsi

    I'm a software engineer at SaltPay. I'm also called Adam. Once I was an apprentice of a Wizard; now I know some tty-fu.

  • André Eriksson

    Encore
    @_eandre

    André is the Founder and CEO of Encore, the Go backend development engine designed to enable developers to escape the maze of complexity in building for the cloud. Before that he was a Staff Engineer at Spotify, building its internal Go tooling and more.

  • Andrew Wormald

    Luno
    @_andrewwormalds

    Hi 👋 My name is Andrew Wormald and i'm a Staff Software Engineer at Luno. I originally studied Psychology at the University of Cape Town and I found my true passion and love for building simple, scalable, and secure software solutions. I find most of my contributions are within the KYC and Identity Verification space at Luno where we build global automated identity verification systems that have seen over 4.6 million customers being onboarded with verified identities in 2021 alone.

  • Angad Nadkarni

    Causal
    @angadn

    Angad is a 2x founder and performance engineer, having built high-performance enterprise software with Golang for 7 years with teams across India, the US, and the UK. At Causal, he’s responsible for building a faster spreadsheet for finance teams all over the world, helping them make better decisions with numbers together.

  • Artur Kondas

    Form3
    @

    Artur Kondas is Senior Software Engineer at Form3, based in Poland. He's got a vast experience in all tech-related things, from embedded programming, audio manipulation to working on one of the biggest financial gateways in the world at Form3. He's a open source contributor, teacher & conference speaker. Catch him at akondas.com

  • Austin Parker

    Lightstep
    @

    Austin Parker is the Head of Developer Relations at Lightstep, and has been creating problems with computers for most of his life. He’s a maintainer of the OpenTelemetry project, the host of several podcasts, organizer of Deserted Island DevOps, infrequent Twitch streamer, conference speaker, and more. When he’s not working, you can find him posting on Twitter, cooking, and parenting. His most recent book is Distributed Tracing in Practice, published by O’Reilly Media.

  • Beth Anderson

    BBC
    @betandr

    Originally from Northumberland I now live in London and work as a principal software engineer in Site Reliability Engineering for the BBC. Outside of work I co-organise the London Go Users’ Group meet-ups, organise the London Go Study Group meet-up, and I live on a boat with a small dog.

  • Bryan Boreham

    Granfana Labs
    @bboreham

    Bryan is a Distinguished Engineer at Grafana Labs, the observability company. After first getting into programming as a kid, creating a video game called 'Splat', Bryan's career has ranged from charting pie sales at a bakery to real-time pricing of billion-dollar bond trades. At Grafana Labs, Bryan works on large-scale Open Source backends: Mimir for metrics, Loki for logs and Tempo for traces. Outside of work he is a father, a helicopter pilot, and can cook a mean risotto primavera.

  • Catarina Bombaça

    SaltPay
    @CatarinaBombaca

    Catarina is from Lisbon, Portugal and is currently a Software Engineer at SaltPay, a payment services and software provider. She switched careers from nanotech research to software engineering 1 year ago. She has been passionate about the practices that drive high performance in technology delivery and has been introduced to Go last year. On her free time, she enjoys reading books, traveling and petting dogs.

  • Christopher Reeves

    Banked
    @krak3n

    I've been working in the software development industry since 2009 professionally and longer as a hobby with experience in various industries along the way from advertising, last mile delivery, an Uber competitor and most recently in Fintech with Banked. Golang is my tool of choice and has been for the last 5 or so years with previous experience with Python.

  • Daniel Martí

    cuelang
    @mvdan_

    Fell in love with Go, and have been contributing to it since. Easily distracted by interesting ideas, especially those that allow removing code.

  • David Flanagan

    Pulumi
    @rawkode

    David is a Staff Developer Advocate at Pulumi, a CNCF Ambassador, a Kubernetes contributor and host of the official Kubernetes Office Hours, YouTuber at the Rawkode Academy, and a beloved husband and father to his wife, two amazing kids, and a plethora of animals which include a dog, five chinchillas, a degu, and a ferret called Zelda.

    David has been developing software professionally for nearly 20 years, starting with embedded systems written in C back in 2004, and has spent that entire time learning the paradigms of different programming languages, including C++, PHP, Java, and Haskell - though more recently preferring to work with Go, Rust, and Pony.

  • Donia Chaiehloudj

    Powder
    @doniacld

    Donia is a backend software engineer with 5 years of experience developing Go distributed systems in cloud environments. Having moved recently from the aerospatial field to a startup, she is building the camera of the metaverse by developing a social gaming app named Powder.

    Passionate about tech and people, Donia discovered tech communities, which motivated her to found and organise the Google Developer Group Sophia-Antipolis. Striving for diversity, she is actively involved in a local women-in-tech organisation named WHAT06 running events to encourage girls students to close the gender gap and to make women in stem more visible.

  • Eleanor McHugh

    Inidsol
    @feyeleanor

    Presenter of Go and Ruby oddities. Author of A Go Developer's Notebook. Digital identity researcher. Caster of polygonal dice. Builder of machines. Eternal procrastinator.

  • Elliot Williams

    Form3
    @elliotwms

    Elliot is a Lead Engineer at Form3. He has over 10 years of experience as a software engineer and has worked with a wide variety of technologies and programming languages, including PHP and Go. At Form3, he is a central part of the SWIFT team and has been a contributor to code practices across the company. He is passionate about writing clean code and shipping it. Elliot loves boardgames, science fiction and modular synthesizers.

  • Ivan Valkov

    BlackRock
    @ivvalkov

    An experienced software engineer building all sorts of platforms for all sorts of applications using Go and Kubernetes. OSS enthusiasts and a part-time home "chef".

  • John Anthony

    Humn.ai
    @

    Lifelong hacker and free software contributor. Using Go in production since 1.0.

  • John Gregory

    Admiral Money
    @n3crophonic

    John is an artist, apprentice fire spinner, avid coffee drinker and experienced engineer with almost 20 years in the tech industry. He has worked in both private and public sectors, most recently moving from the Office for National Statistics to join Admiral Financial Services (now Admiral Money) in 2020. A passionate Gopher, John co-organises the South Wales Golang meet up in Cardiff, as well as running training for and evangelising the language.

  • Kevin Centeno

    MaxMind
    @

    In 2007, Kevin Centeno started calling himself a programmer in order to convince his boss that writing excel functions and macros required a pay raise. It worked. Over the next decade and a half, Kevin convinced himself that he was a programmer by creating blog sites for non-profits, implementing interactive experiences for large media companies, and eventually creating UIs and client APIs to help reduce e-commerce fraud. Nowadays, he's convincing himself that he's a good father.

  • Konrad Reiche

    Reddit
    @konradreiche

    Konrad is working as a software engineer for Reddit's ranking platform team building scalable and easy to use infrastructure. Throughout his career he found himself attracted to startups building social products. Since he found his love for Go, programming ergonomics has been his focus ever since.

  • Liz Rice

    Isovalent
    @lizrice

    Liz Rice is Chief Open Source Officer with eBPF specialists Isovalent, creators of the Cilium cloud native networking, security and observability project. She was Chair of the CNCF's Technical Oversight Committee in 2019-2022, and Co-Chair of KubeCon + CloudNativeCon in 2018. She is also the author of Container Security, published by O'Reilly. 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 writing code, or talking about it, Liz loves riding bikes in places with better weather than her native London, competing in virtual races on Zwift, and making music under the pseudonym Insider Nine.

  • Michael Cullum

    BUD
    @michaelcullumuk

    Michael Cullum is the Head of Engineering at Bud, a fintech company based in London and has been there for the past three years. Prior to that Michael has worked across software & data platform engineering, working with companies like SamKnows doing data platform engineering at huge scales. He's always spent a significant amount of time on open source projects and worked significantly in various ecosystems such as the Symfony [PHP] community on areas such as security and standards.

  • Sadie Freeman

    Dapper Labs
    @SadeF

    Sadie is a Backend Engineer and Tech Lead at Dapper Labs currently working on the NFL AllDay project. She worked on NBA TopShot from day one and was part of the team that aggressively scaled up the product to support 100x traffic. She previously worked in HR but re-trained as a developer through a coding bootcamp and wants to make tech a more accessible place for all.

  • Sheimy Rahman

    Oracle
    @Sheimy_Rahman

    Principal Software Engineer, Gopher, Runner, Poetess and Shit Happens Specialist.

  • Sushmita Wable

    Josh Software
    @

    I am a programmer who loves to read and listen to music! While I am not building products, I travel and explore places, especially with interesting food! I have been coding in Go for the last 5 years and it’s the experience keeps getting better!

  • Robbie King

    Humn.ai
    @

    Software Engineer using Go as my primary language since 2013, generally working on real-time data processing systems.

  • Roger Peppe

    @rogpeppe

    Roger has been involved in Go since the day it was open sourced, making contributions to the standard library, to tooling, and to the Go community in general. His background in Plan 9 and Inferno feeds an undying wish for simplicity even in the face of irredeemably complex code bases.

  • Walter Schulze

    @awalterschulze

    Developer of gogoprotobuf, goderive, gographviz and lots of other even more embarrassing projects.

  • William Kennedy

    Ardan Labs
    @goinggodotnet

    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.

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