2019 judges forthcoming

Here are some of the judges from our last event:

Jessie Frazelle

Jessie Frazelle is a core maintainer of Docker. This entails reviewing pull requests, fixing bugs, and addressing issues. She loves golang, math, open source software, the movie Hackers, and sarcasm.

Steve Francia

Steve Francia is the creator of some of the most popular go applications and libraries including hugo, cobra & viper. Steve blogs at spf13.com and has written a few books for O'Reilly. He enjoys giving talks & workshops and spending time with the go community around the world. He loves open source and is thrilled to be able to work on it full time. When not coding he is usually having fun outdoors with his wife and four children.

Andrew Gerrand

Andrew Gerrand works on the Go Programming Language at Google Sydney. He likes difficult music, Magic: the Gathering, and rabbits.

Peter Mattis

Peter is currently a senior engineer at Square working on infrastructure and new initiatives. Prior to Square, he was co-founder of yet another photo sharing startup. And prior to that he worked at Google for ten years.

Back in the dark ages of college as an undergrad at UC Berkeley, he co-authored the open-sourced GNU Image Manipulation Program (GIMP) and the associated GTK+ UI toolkit. At various times he's had love affairs with C, C++, Java and Python, though his current mistress is Go.

Burcu Dogan

Burcu is working on the Go programming language at Google; primarily designing mobile- and embedded-targeting libraries and tooling.

Travis Reeder

Travis is CTO/co-founder of Iron.io, heading up the architecture and engineering efforts. He has 15+ years of experience developing high-throughput web applications and cloud services.

Travis holds a Bachelor's degree in Computer Science and is an expert and leading speaker, writer, and proponent of Go language. He is the organizer of GoSF (1200+ members), the largest GoLang group in the world, and is author of two popular Go posts – How We Went from 30 Servers to 2: Go and Go After 2 Years in Production.


Asta is a Gopher and System Architect. He is the author of Beego and Build Web Applications with Golang.

Derek Parker

Derek is the author of Delve, the open source Go debugger. A lover of open source software, Derek has contributed to many projects over the years, including Go itself. He is currently employed as a software engineer at CoreOS.

Beyang Liu

Beyang is co-creator of Sourcegraph, an intelligent code search engine built with Go. Before Sourcegraph, he worked on data analysis and visualization software at Palantir and conducted research in computer vision and machine learning at Stanford University. He also plays the fiddle and lives in San Francisco.

Jeremy Saenz

Jeremy AKA @codegangsta is a fellow Gopher, author, speaker and screencaster. You have probably heard about one of his open source projects like Martini, Negroni, Gin, CLI and others. Jeremy is also the voice behind GopherCasts.io and loves teaching people about technology through his programming screencasts.

Peter Bourgon

Peter is the creator of Go kit and a number of other popular open source libraries. He currently works at Weaveworks.

Yamil Asusta

Yamil is a Developer Evangelist for SendGrid. Always trying to make developers life better either with code or beer.

Noah Zoscke

Noah formerly worked with Go at Heroku. He is currently working on a startup in the Heavybit accelerator.

Francesc Campoy

Francesc Campoy Flores is a Developer Advocate for Go and the Cloud at Google. He joined the Go team in 2012 and since then he has written some considerable didactic resources and traveled the world attending conferences, organizing live courses, and meeting fellow gophers.

He joined Google in 2011 as a backend software engineer working mostly in C++ and Python, but it was with Go that he rediscovered how fun programming can be. You can find him on twitter as @francesc.

Daniel Cannon

Daniel Cannon is a platform engineer at Hailo working on their microservices platform written entirely in Go. He also maintains a number of open source projects including GoRethink and Gocassa.

Vince Prignano

Vince Prignano is an infrastructure engineer at Segment, helping build distributed systems and microservices. He published his thesis on parity games. He is a Go enthusiast and passionate about distributed systems, graph theory and service oriented architectures.


Judging will take place in two parts. First, there will be a community-voting stage, where everyone who competed will be able to vote on their favorite applications. Then, we will take the top 20 apps and give them to a group of expert judges to pick the top 3 winners.

Both judges and the greater community will be asked to judge apps based on usefulness, creativity, completeness, and how well they showcase Go's strengths. They will not give specific scores for each of these attributes, but rather be asked to use these criteria when creating a list of their 5 favorite apps.

Apps will be given points based on how often and where they appear in these lists, and the apps with the most points will be awarded the Overall Prizes. There will also be a few other prizes, including a Crowd-Favorite prize and a Best Solo App Prize.

If you know someone who is an active member of the Go community and think they might be interested in being a judge, please reach out to us at judging@gophergala.com.