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GopherCon 2024

event starts

7 Jul 2024

event ends

10 Jul 2024


Marriott Marquis Chicago Chicago, Illinois, United States


GopherCon is an annual conference that began in 2014 and is dedicated to the Go programming language. It is organized by a community-driven group of developers who wish to promote the use of Go, the formation of an inclusive and supportive Go community, and the education of Go developers. This year, we are excited to be celebrating the 10th anniversary of GopherCon!

We are soliciting presentation proposals Monday, January 15th - Monday, February 26th. If you have a talk idea centered around Go, we want to hear from you! Additionally, if you would like to participate in our mentoring program before submitting your talk, please email us at

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Call for Speakers
Call opens at 12:00 AM

15 Jan 2024

Call closes at 11:59 PM

26 Feb 2024

Call closes in Central Standard Time (UTC-06:00) timezone.
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Guidelines for Proposals
This Call For Speakers includes two types of presentations:

25-Minute Talks should present big ideas of general interest to the entire attendee base. The audience will be comprised of Go programmers of all experience levels.

45-Minute Talks should be a deep dive into a specific topic. Because of their smaller, self-selecting audience, technical discussions, a deep dive, live coding, and/or teaching a specific skill/technique is ideal.

Additional Details

  • Our program is typically 60/40, with the majority of the talks being 45 minutes in length. 
  • Regardless of the length, your talk could be slotted as a standalone or concurrent presentation.
  • We do not allow Q & A time, so don't plan for that as part of your time allotment.
  • All presentations will be recorded and published on Gopher Academy's YouTube channel after the conference.

Important Considerations


If the content of your proposal is not related to Go, it will immediately be removed from the review process. Do not waste your time!

Speaker Selection

GopherCon values diverse voices in the Go community; this impacts how we choose the final speaker lineup. We highly encourage first-time speakers, neurodivergent presenters, and new Go community members to submit a proposal. When presented with multiple proposals of equal quality, priority will be given to diverse community members and/or new content that has not been presented previously. We will, at our discretion, fill some speaking slots from outside the Call for Speakers with invited speakers to make the overall content more interesting, inclusive, and engaging for all of our attendees.

Talk Outline

The reviewers need to know that you’ve thought about how you’ll present the material. One of the best ways to show that is by including an outline of your talk. Please include an outline with your submission with approximate timing for each section.

Personally Identifiable Information

Please do not link or provide any information in your proposal that will disclose your identity. Our review process is double-blind, and we strive to make our Call for Speakers process impartial. Submissions that disclose identifying information will, at our discretion, be disqualified or asked to make immediate changes before the review process begins.

If you mention an open-source library in your submission, please provide a link, unless doing so would de-anonymize your proposal. If so, mention that you can provide the information if you are shortlisted for the program.

We work closely with all of our speakers to ensure a high-quality, comfortable speaking experience. This includes mentoring potential speakers through the proposal process and providing accommodations for those who require a modified speaking environment. Please email for more information.

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event fee

free for speakers

Gopher Academy offers hotel accommodations and travel assistance for speakers who will not have those expenses covered by their company. If you will not need travel and/or accommodations, we will contribute your portion of our budget to the scholarship fund. All speakers will receive one general admission ticket to the conference.