Tracks
GOTO Amsterdam 2018

Solutions Tuesday

Track Host: Adam Herzog

In ever-competitive markets, to have the coolest company or product is highest on most CEO's wish lists. Whether your launching a new startup or you are well established using many resources for R & D we all need to be innovative and cool to stay ahead and separate the competition.

The talks in this track are kindly provided by our partners.

This track provides an opportunity to share best practice with insights on the latest advancements from proven entrepreneurs and cool companies whose innovative technologies have allowed them not just to float to the top but more importantly stay there. Understand what it takes to be a cool company and continue to develop cool technologies. Topics will range from innovation, getting an idea off the ground, handling growth, having an entrepreneurial spirit and sharing best practice.

Backend Languages for the Real World

Track Host: Abraham van der Vyver

Choosing which programming language to use when developing software has a huge impact - it completely changes the way you think about your problem domain and how you model it.

It seems like new backend programming languages pop up almost as often as new JavaScript frameworks making it overwhelming or even impossible to keep up. Is this new language just hype, or will it actually help my team to be more productive?

In this track, we cover the exciting updates to mainstream languages like Java and learn more about the new production-ready languages like Kotlin.

DevOps: Making the Transition

Track Host: Pini Reznik

Shorter development cycles, increased deployment frequency, and more dependable releases. DevOps promises to deliver better software quicker, but how do you start?

We’ve all heard about the Three Ways of DevOps - systems thinking, amplifying feedback loops and creating a culture of continual experimentation and learning - which provides a solid framework but DevOps is more than just tools and techniques. You can’t simply buy it or adopt it and without significant culture shift, you can’t just hire it.

DevOps is a journey and all journeys start with a single step! In this track you will hear from organisations who have begun the DevOps journey. What unexpected obstacles did they encounter? Did DevOps deliver what they had hoped for? Would they do it again!?

IoT: Brave New Smart World

Track Host: Preben Thorø

Is your child’s doll listening to their conversations? Is someone else controlling the heating in your house?

Everything nowadays seems to be “smart” and connected but are we prepared for the Internet of Things to be the new normal?

IoT no longer just means controlling a device from your smartphone. IoT equals ecosystems – some isolated, some connected, and some ready to be connected in a near future.

As more devices communicate with cloud-based systems, our world should be getting smarter but more connected devices also creates new unforeseen risks, with security being the most prevalent.

In this track, speakers will provide a 360-degree view on IoT covering topics like balancing security needs against intuitive user experience. We will look into the future of IoT and present concrete examples from the current world of connected devices and ecosystems.

Practical Microservices

Track Host: Allard Buijze

There are already many articles, blogs and talks on microservices, but how does one actually build and run a viable microservice architecture?

In this track, industry experts will share their real life experiences with implementing and supporting these systems with talks covering event sourcing, breaking up monoliths and more. We will dive into the technical requirements, the design criteria and look at some of the advantages and pitfalls of microservice architectures.

You’ll learn practical ways to start your "microservice journey" so that you can increase your chances of success, and avoid getting lost on your way!

Solutions Wednesday

Track Host: Adam Herzog

In ever-competitive markets, to have the coolest company or product is highest on most CEO's wish lists. Whether your launching a new startup or you are well established using many resources for R & D we all need to be innovative and cool to stay ahead and separate the competition.

The talks in this track are kindly provided by our partners.

This track provides an opportunity to share best practice with insights on the latest advancements from proven entrepreneurs and cool companies whose innovative technologies have allowed them not just to float to the top but more importantly stay there. Understand what it takes to be a cool company and continue to develop cool technologies. Topics will range from innovation, getting an idea off the ground, handling growth, having an entrepreneurial spirit and sharing best practice.

The Blockchain

Track Host: Sven Johann

Blockchain is jostling and disrupting age-old businesses, but are bitcoins going to replace traditional currencies? And will smart contracts really replace lawyers?

There are many questions left to answer and even more opinions! This track will help provide answers by covering the current state of affairs along with future trends and how these have the potential to impact all of our lives. Speakers will share practical steps on how to get started and discuss when – and when not – to use blockchain technologies.

Running DevOps Successfully

Track Host: Pini Reznik

You’re using containers and CI/CD pipelines so you’re done right? Wrong!

Emerging ideas like Cloud Native, Serverless and Chaos Engineering are becoming the next steps for many successful DevOps-oriented organizations.

In this track you’ll hear what you need to know from the industry experts driving these new ideas and from the site reliability engineers and others who are running them at scale in production.

Machine Learning: From Zero to Hero

Track Host: Marleine van Kampen

Automation has improved productivity across entire sectors. Software has driven much of this automation, but many workflows still require decisions by humans.

The promise of machine learning is to automate the decision-making process by training algorithms, based on empirical evidence. That promise is becoming very real and tangible for developers who are now able to leverage massive amounts of data with cloud computing power via learning libraries like TensorFlow and frameworks like MXNet.

This track focuses on how software engineers today can take advantage of these modern learning methods. We’ll discuss the practicalities and pitfalls to avoid when automating decisions with talks from thought leaders in the field and real-world practitioners building apps leveraging machine learning.

The Human Factor

Track Host: Katherine Kirk

“No matter how it looks at first, it's always a people problem.” - Gerald Weinberg

And no matter how technical your job is, you still have to interact with other humans. Even after our Agile or Lean implementation or radical DevOps initiative is running, we have to be able to work effectively with people from different disciplines and backgrounds if we are to create truly high-performing teams.

We’re witnessing a shift from hierarchical ‘command and control’ management systems to flatter systems with more individual autonomy and yet despite their benefits, these systems present new and unique challenges.

Speakers in The Human Factor track will show you new ideas and techniques about how technology businesses can deal with people. This is new, innovative stuff - from people working on the ground with real people in the real world.

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