GOTO is a vendor independent international software development conference with more that 90 top speaker and 1300 attendees. The conference cover topics such as .Net, Java, Open Source, Agile, Architecture and Design, Web, Cloud, New Languages and Processes

Presentation: "Fish Bowls"

Time: Tuesday 17:00 - 18:00 / Location: To be announced

GOTO Aarhus 2013 Fish Bowls

October 1, 2013

GOTO Aarhus introduces Fish Bowl sessions!

Fish bowls are rich discussions of any topic. An opportunity for all participants to be a part of a conversation in a structured way that let's anyone get their point across.

The concept explained
Four to five chairs are arranged like in a panel. This is the fish bowl. A few participants are selected to fill the fish bowl, while the rest of the group sit outside the fish bowl. The moderator introduces the topic and the fish bowl participants start discussing the topic. The audience outside the fish bowl listen in on the discussion. During the discussion any member of the audience can ask to join the fish bowl. When this happens, an existing member of the fishbowl must voluntarily leave the fishbowl and free a chair. The discussion continues with participants frequently entering and leaving the fishbowl. When time runs out, the fishbowl is closed and the moderator summarizes the discussion.

Each of the fishbowl session at GOTO Aarhus will lead with a topic or question to stimulate the conversation, see these below. It's then up to the participants in the fish bowl to direct the conversation.

Pick a topic and be a part of the discussion!



Architecture and Agility: Married, Divorced or Just Good Friends

Location: Rytmisk sal

Does agile development need architecture? Does architecture need agile development?
Agilists and architects debate these questions time and again, without always reaching a meaningful conclusion. People seem to be quite happy to debate conflicting points of view without agreeing on common terms. At this Fish Bowl we will thus discuss the significance of architecture and what it means in a development lifecycle, how it relates to developers, and what it means for the system lifecycle costs. Actually, agility and “good” architecture have more in common than it commonly appears!

Moderators: Frank Buschmann & Kevlin Henney


NoSQL technologies – coming of age? A new ball-game for maturing technologies

Location: Kammermusiksalen

Initially the fish-bowl will consist of app. 5 global NoSQL/data experts, strategists, and opinion makers - with strong strategic and technical insights and an even stronger opinion on where the technologies and the industry are moving. But during the fish-bowl discussion YOU are invited to join them and the moderator will kick one out of the bowl to make room for you.


It has been a year since our first data/NoSQL panel discussion and much has happened with and around the technologies and companies that shape the data/NoSQL area.

We want to take the temperature, ask some challenging questions, and provoke existing users and users-to-be to reflect on their technology choice.

Moderator: Line Christa Amanda Sørensen


Programming languages

Location: Lille sal

It's always a hot topic for everyone; and it seems now more than ever many developers are picking up new languages after a decade in "the desert of Java and C#". For a while dynamic languages were all the rage (with Ruby at the helm), and now it seems that functional languages are finally starting to be broadly accepted as useful for doing "real work". At the same time, both Java and C# have been adding features in exactly the areas of being more dynamic and being more functional. Where will this end? Is the future a language that can cover all bases, or will we continue to see many new languages? What do you think? Come join the discussion!

Moderator: Kresten Krab Thorup