2015 is going to be the year of Go

Update: Two months after making this post, it’s already out of date, 2015 will feature ten Go conferences.

Last month, during my concluding remarks at Gophercon India, I threw out a statistic:

In 2014 there were five international Go conferences. In 2015 there will be seven.

Barely a month on from this statement I must issue a correction; so far in 2015 there will not be seven Go conferences, but nine ten!. At the rate new Go conferences are appearing this year I fully expect to be publishing yet another correction next month.

Let’s recap:

  • FOSDEM kicked things off in January with the Go dev room track.
  • Gophercon India sold out 350 seats in February for their first two day conference.
  • Mainland China will host their first Go conference with GopherChina in April.
  • The Google I/O 2015 site is light on details at the moment, but is expected to continue the tradition of holding Go code labs and dev sessions.
  • The enigmatic Gocon conference in Japan is expected to make a return this year. update GoCon Summer will be held 21 June 2015
  • Gophercon in Denver, CO last year hosted a sell out crowd of 750 gophers, and this year we’re looking to surpass that record, a lot.
  • GolangUK burst onto the scene a week ago promising a conference for the rapidly growing Go community in the UK.
  • new Inkaconf, Latin America’s first Go conference will run for two days, September 24-25, 2015.
  • GothamGo returns on October 2nd. update the call for papers is open now.
  • Last, but by no means least, dotGo will be back again in November with a larger venue.

And not forgetting the contributions of more than one hundred and thirty local user groups and meetups.

To be able to write a post like this about a language which has only been in the public eye for little over five years is simply unbelievable. With singular exception of Google I/O, every one of these conferences, and every meetup, has spawned from the Go community itself.

Without a doubt, 2015 is going to be the year of Go.