GOTO Amsterdam (June 17-19, 2015) is a vendor independent international software development conference with more that 50 top speakers and 500 attendees. The conference covers topics such as AngularJS, Disruption, Docker, Drones, Elasticsearch, Hadoop, Microservices & Scrum.

Presentation: "Unusual Talks"

Track: Lightning Talks / Time: Friday 13:20 - 14:10 / Location: Beursfoyer

The Art of Standing Up / 13:20 - 13:35

This talk explores the journey of an introvert and nerdy software engineer into the world of standup comedy. How he applies SOLID principle in composing his act. The speaker believes that there's a comedian inside every software engineer or developer that's why Windows exist.

A quick, fun, tight-hearted glance on how funny engineers can be at times.

by Debarshi Basak

What Can We Really Learn From Martial Arts? / 13:40 - 13:55

As software geeks we live in a culture which displays a certain affinity towards terminology of martial arts. Particularly Japanese Martial Arts seem to offer a certain fascination. We execute Katas, attend Dojos, and perform Randoris.

Are these terms even accurate? Can we maybe learn more from the world of martial arts?

In this talk I will present the experiences I have made during two decades of learning and teaching different martial arts and explore how they might apply to learning, teaching and the practice of software development.

by Fabian Förster

The Tale of the Never-ending On-Call Shift / 14:00 - 14:15

Imagine the worst on-call shift you've ever had. Remember how relieved you were when it ended? As on-call engineers, we understand what it takes to care for and nurture our services: feed them (compute and storage), let them play in the sandbox, wake up late at night when they're screaming and need some TLC.

In this session, we'll look at 10 practical tips for improving your on-call life through the lens of being a parent: the never-ending (until they're 18) on-call experience.

by Dave Cliffe

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Dave Cliffe, Product Sherpa at PagerDuty

Dave Cliffe

Biography: Dave Cliffe

Dave is an engineer who has adopted a more peaceful role as "sherpa" on the Product team at PagerDuty, a company whose sole goal is to make the lives of DevOps engineers everywhere a calmer, sanity-filled reality. Before PagerDuty, Dave worked in cloud computing at Microsoft on the Windows Azure team. Frequently, he wonders which is scarier: being an on-call engineer responsible for an outage or being a parent. The debate rages on.

Twitter: @Cliffehangers

Debarshi Basak, Just Another Developer

Debarshi Basak

Biography: Debarshi Basak

Born in Mumbai, India. Had a difficult childhood, man! Moved from cities to cities, countries to countries, code to code. Self learned programmer, therefore he sucks.

Lived in Austria, when he was jobless and then moved to Netherlands for studying. Studied computer science in TU Delft and Started working for Does stand up as hobby, because it is cheapest hobby you can have.


Fabian Förster, Polyglot Java DevOps Software Engineer

Fabian Förster

Biography: Fabian Förster

I am a Software engineer who cares about the quality of the products which I help building. My definition of quality spans from writing clean code and meaningful tests to maintainability and how the software behaves in its natural habitat, i.e. not in my IDE but in production.

When not building backend components of distributed systems or APIs, I care about my family, martial arts and medieval archery. I am enthusiastic about polyglot programming, DevOps and Science Fiction. I work for Deutsche Post E-Post Development as a software engineer building public facing APIs.

Twitter: @ffoers