We seek the best speakers from around the world and let them shape the agenda — they're the experts after all.
Check out the first round of speakers below — and be on the lookout for many more in the coming weeks!
We're proud to welcome one of the true pioneers of our business.
Several awards and honors including the Turing Award in 2003.
Father of OO and Smalltalk.
Hundreds of thousands YouTube views.
Referenced and acknowledged again and again for his huge impact on our business.
Don't miss this keynote: Is Software Engineering Still an Oxymoron?
Satellite Builder and TED Speaker Detecting light from stars billions of light-years away.
- Led the team that integrated the main science component of the Webb Telescope.
- Lead Engineer for the NASA J2 Joint Polar Satellite System.
- Involved in the project of sending a probe to the sun.
- Acknowledged by Forbes Magazine amongst the world’s youngest and most impactful individuals in the field of science.
Don't miss this keynote.
Anita has landed a vehicle on Mars.
She was leading a large engineering team at Hyperloop One.
She has been working with autonomously, flying cars.
No challenge seems too big. Join us for the keynote to hear what she is up to next.
Reactions from previous conferences:
- "Absolutely fantastic!"
- "She has new fan."
- "Amazing to listen to someone with such a passion for improving the world"
- "Bring her back"
Dylan is here to tell you about The Art of Code
He'll then gather his band (also fellow conference speakers) to deliver a rock concert you won't forget at the conference party 🎶
- Microsoft MVP
- Building data-driven web applications since the 1990s
Past attendees have said about his keynote: "One semester of computer science in half an hour 👍"
Author of best-selling books "Building Microservices" and "Monolith to Microservice." One of the most popular and highly requested speakers at GOTO over the last several years. Rated 99% at all previous GOTOs. 300k+ YouTube views. From the endless list of positive comments:
- "Perfect speaker he is! Great content, great presentation."
- "Sam is the man!"
- "Superb talk. Sam is a great speaker. Please invite back!!!!!!"
- "My favorite session of the day, can listen this stuff for hours :)"
Cat is back to deliver a 2020 version of her very popular metrics talk.
Technology leader specializing in lean inspired, data-informed coaching for technology organizations. Engineering manager at Verica. Passionate about increasing diversity in STEAM.
Rating from previous conference: 96%
How previous attendees reacted: "Awesome talk! Really enjoyed it. Super funny and insightful advice."
Microsoft Most Valuable Professional 6 times.
Don't miss Mark's fascinating keynote spanning over 60 years in computer science — both the last 30 years and the next 30 years. This talk is perfectly paired with Dylan's keynote (taking place right before this one), as they both cover a brief and powerful history of time in our field.
They'll then take the stage together with the rest of the band for a rock concert you don't want to miss. 🎶
Daniel is founder of Dan North & Associates.
He puts people first in solving business problems and finds simple, pragmatic solutions, often using lean and agile techniques.
- Originator of Behavior-Driven Development (BDD) and Deliberate Discovery
- Contributed to "The RSpec Book: Behaviour Driven Development with RSpec, Cucumber, and Friends" and "97 Things Every Programmer Should Know: Collective Wisdom from the Experts."
What past attendees have said: "Absolutely brilliant!" "Spot on and energetic as always!" "I wish my manager would see this"
Author of "Retrospectives Antipatterns" and founder of metadeveloper.com.
Aino has been doing and teaching retrospectives for two decades.
What you'll take away from Aino's masterclass: A series of best practices for doing retrospectives remotely.
Ratings from previous GOTOs: 96%
If you need to learn about GraphQL, you call Uri! In this talk he'll show you how to make magic happen with little to no lines of code using GraphQL. Uri's two talks were rated 99% at GOTO Chicago 2020.
1,923 GitHub followers, 24,781 GitHub stars.
Comments from the audience: "Very good! Started out with a brief explanation of Graphql before jumping into the details of this presentation. Very insightful and good answers to questions."
Heather has worked with Fortune 500 companies building enterprise-level voice, mobile and C#/.Net applications. She's one of the Linebreakers 🎶— which you can look forward to seeing at the conference party.
- Co-host of the YouTube channel "The Hello World Show"
- Advocate of women in tech and part of Kansas City Women in Technology
- Senior developer advocate at Okta
- Microsoft MVP
Allen will challenge (and change) your opinion on agile.
In his own words: “Educating a team slows you down for a week or two. Not educating the team slows you down forever. Time spent in learning is never wasted.”
Testimonials: "I learn something deep every time I talk to Allen or watch him present." - Daniel Steinberg, author, podcaster, trainer, coder, Dim Sum Thinking
- Internationally recognized software architect
- Author of 10 books + hundreds of articles
- Former instructor at UC Berkeley and UC Santa Cruz
Adam will forever change the way you look at code.
Key takeaway from his presentation: Git commit statistics points you to hotspots in your code base. Learn where and when to refactor.
Inspired by forensic psychology, Adam draws an interesting parallel between committing code and committing crime.
Straight from past attendees: “One of the best presentations of the conference. Adam insights about code are mind blowing with tangible takeaways I can directly use!”
- Best-selling author of "Your Code as a Crime Scene" and “Software Design X-Rays”
- 70k+ views on YouTube
- Rated 98% at previous GOTOs
For more than 20 years, Arne has combined people, processes and product to help industry leaders such as Ericsson, ABB, Telenor, Telia and Volvo successfully build and execute long-term strategies.
He's a Certified Scrum Trainer (CST) and a Certified Management 3.0 Facilitator that has personally trained thousands of developers and managers in agile values, principles and practices.
He's the one you call on when your business needs a major boost.
Daniel will bring his cutting-edge Swift knowledge straight from the source (WWDC in June). Author of more than a dozen books including the best selling books "A Swift Kickstart" and "Developing iOS 7 Apps for iPad and iPhone" (the official companion book to the popular iTunes U series from Stanford University). He has written apps for the iPhone and the iPad since the SDKs first appeared and has written programs for the Mac all the way back to System 7. Daniel presents iPhone, Cocoa and Swift training and consults through his company Dim Sum Thinking. Straight from past attendees: "Love it. Just code. Awesome."
Daniel is the creator of curl.
He's worked on HTTP implementations for over twenty years.
He also participates in the QUIC working group and is the author of the widely read documents "HTTP2 explained" and "HTTP/3 explained."
+2400 GitHub followers, +23k Github stars.
Rated 96% at previous GOTO Conferences.
784k YouTube views.
What past attendees have said: "So nerdy — loved it." "Superbly clear for a tricky topic with lots of intricacies." "The perfect speaker on web protocols, since he's on the committee and has practical experience implementing it."
A true programming junky and nerd to the bone, Eamonn has been in the software game longer than you have.
In his own words: "Choose a job you love and you never have to work a day in your life. This is mostly true. The job can be very challenging and infuriating sometimes but it is mostly just interesting. As software engineers we get to solve puzzles for a living, work across many disciplines and, most of all, learn constantly."
From the comments: "Well, this was darn good fun to listen to. Thanks, Garth and Eamonn. I shall work on my documentation skills immediately!" "Awesome talk. Now I know what to do." "I love this! Thank you."
Rated 94% at previous GOTOs
Garth is a magnificent storyteller and Ireland's most experienced software trainer.
- He's delivered well over a thousand courses and workshops to all kinds of programmers from all kinds of backgrounds
Hannes is a .NET developer and coach at Axxes, where he specializes in performance, databases, distributed systems and large scale apps.
But most of all, he likes playing devil’s advocate in technical discussions by drawing the ‘it depends’ card.
Catch him on stage with the Linebreakers at the conference party. 🎶
Jim Coplien's work on organizational patterns was an inspiration for both extreme programming and for scrum daily standups
- Author of Advanced C++, Multi-Paradigm Design and the pioneering two books of the PLoPD series of edited works
- Founder of the pattern discipline
- Product owner for the scrum patterns effort at ScrumPLoP
Straight from past attendees: "Fantastic! Best talk of the conference"
Jens is the founder of the Heart of Scrum.
He's one of the first qualified CSM trainers and has successfully certified more than 10k people.
He has more than 20 years' experience as a developer, dba, team manager, project manager and ScrumMaster, primarily in financial organizations.
Robin is a rockstar in the Kafka world and comes highly recommended by our community.
He's a hardcore techie with more than 19 years experience in architecture, design, coding, testing, implementation and support of systems for multiple large companies.
He's published over 100 articles on the Confluent blog.
Co-founder and principal consultant at innoQ.
- Involved in the design of large-scale, distributed systems for more than two decades
- Authored numerous articles
- Authored and contributed to several books
230k YouTube views. Rated 94% at his last GOTO talk.
Straight from past attendees: "Great talk. Really on point with many takeaways" "Excellent talk with very helpful examples!" "Stefan's talks are a must."
Vagif is an FP and OOP expert as well as a talented musician who will take the stage with the Linebreakers at the conference party 🎶.
He has three decades of programming experience, currently focused on building systems in F# and C#.
He has filled the role of both architect and developer in projects of various complexity on Microsoft .NET, COM+ and Windows platforms where he has built thorough understanding of enterprise processes and requirements.
Rated 93% at past GOTOs.