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.
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.