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Go at Google I/O and Gopher SummerFest

Francesc Campoy
6 October 2014


The week of June 23rd was a good week for gophers in San Francisco. Go was a big part of Google I/O on Wednesday and Thursday, and on Monday we took advantage of the large gopher population to run the Go SummerFest, a special instance of the GoSF meetup. This blog post is a recap of both events.

Gopher SummerFest

On the Monday, more than 200 gophers gathered at the Google office in San Francisco to hear a series of talks:

  • The State of Go, (slides and video) by Andrew Gerrand.
  • I was wrong, again! (slides and video), by Derek Collison.
  • Go at Splice (slides), by Matt Aimonetti
  • Quick testing with quick (slides), by Evan Shaw
  • Something about Go (no slides), by Blake Mizerany.

More comments and pictures from the event are available on the meetup event page.

Go at Google I/O

On the Wednesday and Thursday, Go was at Google I/O in two different formats: the Go booth in the sandbox area and the Go code labs available in the code lab area and all around the world through I/O Extended.

The Go booth

The Go booth was part of the Developer Sandbox area.

For the two days of the conference, some gophers from Google and other companies gave a series of talks and demonstrations. The talks were not recorded, but the slides and some screencasts and blog posts will be shared soon.

  • Organizing Go Code, by David Crawshaw. (slides)
  • Testing Techniques, by Andrew Gerrand. (video and slides)
  • Go for Java Developers, by Francesc Campoy. (slides)
  • Camlistore: Android, ARM, App Engine, Everywhere, by Brad Fitzpatrick. (slides)
  • Go Compilation Complexities, by Ian Lance Taylor. (slides)
  • SourceGraph: a Code Search Engine in Go, by Quinn Slack. (video and slides)

We also organized Q&A sessions and lightning talks by members of the Go community:

The Go code lab

This year attendees of Google I/O had a code lab area with self-service computers where they could sit and learn Go. The code labs were also available to anyone through the Google I/O extended brand. You can try it yourself at


Thanks to the organizers, speakers, and attendees who helped make these events a great success. See you next year. (Or at dotGo this week!)

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