The 5th edition of the GOTO Berlin conference took place on the 14th-17th November. We didn't want to miss this opportunity to learn from the some of the best in the software industry so we went along to attend some of the workshops and talks at the event.
The GOTO Conferences are created for developers, by developers with events in Chicago, Amsterdam, Copenhagen and Berlin. Having an office in Berlin we didn’t want to miss the opportunity of attending this event which took place in the Berlin Congress Center.
On the first day of GOTO Berlin there were only workshops running, there was a wide variety of topics and all of them sounded really interesting. Here’s a summary of the workshops we attended.
We were excited about the workshop since we had greatly enjoyed the book by Michael Feathers with the same name.
The content was half presentation style, half coding exercises. The most interesting part was hearing about Michael’s experience and learnings from decades of software engineering and consulting. The coding examples had just the right size to focus on a certain aspect of refactoring and testing.
All in all we really enjoyed that day, thanks Michael.
I really enjoyed this workshop. It was a great introduction to practical data science and machine learning problems. The instructor gave a lot of good tips that would help an aspiring data scientist. During the workshop we followed the following modules:
These modules were distributed as a list of Jupyter notebooks and they were a great way to get started in solving practical problems using data science techniques and some machine learning algorithms.
On the second and third days there were plenty of talks split in 5 tracks each day (10 in total) and each track had a specific topic (i.e. Connected World, Agile, Programming Languages, etc.). Here are a the talks that stood out for us.
Professor D’Andrea gave a talk on how they created a breed of interactive and autonomous flying machines that have successfully been operated within Broadway shows and concerts.
It was interesting to learn about the technical challenges his teams had to solve in order to make drones fault-tolerant and safe to operate above a crowd of people.
An amazing talk about the state of robotics, with lots of compelling little demo videos and first-hand experience and learnings.
Hannah Fry presented how we can use mathematics to identify and explain a lot of behaviour and social patterns in our societies.
She explained how we can model real life problems with mathematics, so that we can create formulas that estimate how likely it is for a couple to break up, based on the number of arguments in the relationship.
She also showed really cool projects she worked on, such as one that showed how the public transport in London moved during a 24-hour period.
This was a really inspiring talk, would totally recommend watching some of Hannah's videos on YouTube.
To sum up, we definitely enjoyed attending the GOTO Conference, and we’re looking forward to attending the next edition.
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