at GOTO Berlin 2019

Explore Every Layer

This year’s theme encourages you to ‘explore every layer’ with us. The conference is your chance to hone in on your speciality in one of our 10+ hands-on masterclasses led by experts in their fields while also expanding your horizons in sessions that dive into topics unfamiliar to you. We believe developers are at their best when they step into unexplored territories within the full stack of software development, even if the topic doesn’t correspond with their own expertise.

The program, curated by a committee of developers and architects, will cover a range of topics from front-end to back-end, including designing APIs, Event Storming, Ethics & Security and IoT. We’ll also dive into the human factor in technology and how we can better work together to create high-performing teams. No matter what you work on on a daily basis, GOTO Berlin will help expand your horizons, sharpen your skills and get a grasp on what’s coming next in the world of technology.

Coding User Interfaces

User interfaces are everywhere. Most obvious, of course, if you are making apps for ‘real end users’. Have you ever opened a website or an app and immediately thought something like "Whoa, too much red!" or "I can barely read this light grey on white"? Then you know that designing or coding user interfaces is a profession that needs a lot of insight into the human perception of colours, shapes and even sound. How do you make complex user interfaces simple to use? What programming language should you use? Which are the newest trends of UI design? User interfaces is something any software developer should care about as it is are not only on your computer screens but also part of IoT and smart devices. This topic is meant to give an understanding of these and other details of coding user interfaces.

Saving the World

Many smart gadgets are taking over analogue ones. They are consuming a lot of energy, polluting the environment and creating millions of tons of e-waste. Whether technology is destroying the world or helping mankind, is still an ongoing debate within our society. What if you use technology for the good like last year's keynote by Jaideep Bansal? Bringing energy and education to remote areas to save the villages and cultures. Let’s make these positives outweigh the negatives and save the world!

Starting the Journey

Artificial Intelligence, Robotic Process Automation, Immersive Experience, Zettabyte, 3D Alteration, Quantum Computing…

Your company is successful but still stuck in the 20th century? You are seeking change in this ever evolving world but you just don’t know where to start? Join the topic of Starting the Journey to find out what is necessary to bring your business into the 21st century. Discover just how far you need to take technology to make your company even more successful. Find people who will help you, answer your questions and dispel your doubts.

Designing APIs

It would be almost impossible to build a modern application without APIs. With the rise of Mobile and IoT, more and more companies are offering public APIs to developers to to create an integrated and seamless experience for their users. For modern enterprise systems, which are often distributed, good APIs are the glue holding it all together - making sure the right services have the right information at the right time.

The talks in this topic are filled with practical lessons to help you build, use and maintain APIs while enhancing application security.

Developer Productivity

In the rapidly changing and evolving tech ecosystem, it is vital that you can add value, increase your development speed, and cut out as many of the cumbersome, boring and repetitive tasks as possible.

Between tailoring your own strict schedule, eliminating distractions and preserving your mental health, what other habits, methods and methodologies will help developer productivity? Agile, Scrum, Kanban? Is there a be all end all method to upping developer productivity? Fact is, we must continuously adapt to constant changes.

Smart Things

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 create new unforeseen risks, with security being the most prevalent.

Event Storming

Due to the sheer scale of data being created every day, there is no real limit to what businesses can benefit from. Data now comes in many forms, ranging from website cookies to social media posts, IoTs to cameras and microphones. This means that processing this information got a lot harder. The unstructured nature of data in the modern world has led to the rise of ever-more advanced analytics programs attempting to make sense of the data flood. When making a decision, what is it you rely on? With technology being intrinsic in every aspect of business, making decisions based on hard facts of data should lie at the heart of any organization. As you scale, your security needs to change as your data is at greater risk of attacks, theft and malicious activities.

Ethics & Security

On average, it takes a company 8 months to figure out it has been hacked. In a world where innovation and deployment is expected at an ever-increasing pace, security is often neglected. Security requires time, and this time is often not prioritized imposing a challenge when new vulnerabilities are discovered and exposed every day.

As developers, how do we build inherently secure and maintainable code and infrastructure to protect our data and identities? How do we equip ourselves with tools to withstand intrusive and adversarial attacks and prepare for unforeseen security risks?

The Human Factor

We live in a time where the hierarchical structure of teams with managers is moving to a new model of tribes with leaders. In the ideal version of this new landscape, the expertise of developers and specialists is recognized and everyone is involved in the decision-making process. How can we make this transition? How do we cope with our new roles? What works and what doesn’t? Behind every online interaction is a real live person with their own unique background, perspectives, biases and context. To be successful we must embrace and nurture our relationships with other humans, whether they are community members in an open source project, founded start-up or work for a huge corporation. How have our conversations changed in the past year? In the past five years? How will they change in the future?

AI for Developers

In recent years, we have seen a huge increase in AI innovations prompted by vast amounts of data, the cloud, innovations in algorithms and more. There is still a stark contrast between the number of Data Scientist and the need for AI professionals. Therefor developers will have to implement AI technology in their professional and personal projects as it continues to permeate just about every industry. So how can developers begin to design AI applications that engage customers, optimize operations and transform products?

Where should you start? Get to know the different AI frameworks and APIs which will enable you to learn new skills and stay relevant in the work space.

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