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GoBridge

GoBridge is a member of the non-profit organization BridgeFoundry. At GoBridge we build bridges to educate underrepresented communities to teach technical skills and to foster diversity in Go.

Contact us at support@golangbridge.org with any questions, issues or requests you may have.

Core Mission

Our core mission is to enable minorities in tech to use Go as a tool to learn and teach programming and, ultimately, to empower underrepresented groups in tech to help increase diversity in the Go community.

Core Vision

We believe education is most effective when it is tailored to and provided by local communities. We are dedicated to growing and supporting local teams of individuals and companies who will have ownership in the work they do. We are also dedicated to developing in-depth and idiomatic training materials. Our workshops are targeted at smaller, local Go communities, and not necessarily directly at the global Go community. But we believe that, as each individual the Go community strengthens, the collective Go community will, in turn, strengthen as well.

Time-Sensitive Initiatives

These are initiatives that have a time limit if you're interested in applying or helping.

Site Index

Current Initiatives

We always have fun and exciting things we are working on to support the Go community. If you have time to help or you think one of these programs can help you, send us an email.

  • Meetup accounts for Go user groups worldwide
    If you run a Go user group anywhere on the planet we want to hear from you. Let us provide you a Meetup account for free to help support your efforts in your local community.

  • Running, Managing and Supporting Workshops
    We love workshops and want to help. Many of our core members will travel to your local community to help you teach a workshop. We can help with finding sponsors or even grant money. We have material you can use if you're not sure where to begin.

  • Individual Mentoring
    If you need more one-on-one time to help improve your Go coding skills, we have people ready to help. You just need to be ready to put in the hard work. We have Go challenges, algorithms and other cool exercises to help you improve. We will provide code reviews and guidance.

  • Growing Underrepresented Minority Participation
    We are very focused on growing underrepresented minority participation at all of our events. This includes but is not limited to meetups, conferences and our online communities. We are doing this through diveristy scholarships, mentoring speakers and providing support any way we can.

  • Producing The Go Podcast
    If you love hearing from different people in the Go community about what they are working on, the podcast is a great place to go. We are focused on bringing back a Go podcast that provides the quality content you expect with a bit of fun thrown in. Coming soon!

  • Book: Ultimate Guide To Go
    We are working with 50 plus authors all around the world to write five new comprehensive books on the Go programming language. The books will cover language mechanics, design, testing, concurrency and tooling. We have partnered with No Starch Press to publish the book. The book will be published under a creative commons license and soft copies will be free to everyone. The monies generated by the sales of hard copies will go into the GoBridge general fund to support our initiatives. Expected publish date is September 2019.

  • Administration
    We always have little things that need to get done to keep the organization running. We are lucky to be in a field where tech is our focus. Outside of having to maintain the systems we rely on, there are other things we need to get in place. A big one is finding ways collect analytics around how we are doing as an organization. Reviewing and defining our policies and procedures is another important job. Last but not least, keeping all our content and information relavant and up to date.

Give a Talk or Presentation

We are here to support you in your quest to share your experience and knowledge in front of others. We have this document that can help get your ideas on paper and focused. We are here to work with you every step of the way.

Talk Framework Worksheet

Online/Offline Communities

GoBridge has the responsibility of being the steward for online and offline Go communities. We work with an incredible team of administrators to make sure these sites/events are inclusive to the largest number of communities and viewpoints, with the most varied and diverse backgrounds possible.

  • We provide Go user groups access to a free Meetup account. This program is supported through generous contributions by Google. If you are currently running a user group or thinking about one, send us an email. We can help you get thingd started.

  • Gophers Slack is a thriving, real-time messaging community. If you are looking to get immediate answers to questions or join in conversation about Go with other Gophers, this is the place to be.

  • Go Forum is a site where ideas, views, questions and answers can be exchanged and discussed. It also allows for all the content that is discussed to be indexed and searchable from the Web. If you are looking for historical answers to your questions, this is the place to search.

Organize a Workshop

Want to get involved? Organize a workshop in your area! We are here to help you every step of the way.

  • Start by creating an issue in the workshops repo (issues represent upcoming and potential events, and hold to-do lists for each).

  • Create one issue for each workshop you are planning. Please include a possible date and location. You can always edit the issue when you know more.

  • If you need a grant to help support your event, fill out this grant form. A member of GoBridge will receive an email notification and will contact you promptly.

  • If you are looking for more detailed information, this workshop link will help.

Important Event Documents

These are documents you will need when you are ready to publish your events online.

Please use this policy document when providing attendies information about the standards and resolution procedures for your event. Make a copy and fill in the specifics about your organizers and contact information. This document includes a link to our Code of Conduct.

Review these scholarship guidelines before offering any kind of scholorship. Then use this scholarship application when accepting scholorship applicants for your event. There are a lot of things to consider and we have listed many of them. A lot of this imformation is also perfect to document on your event site.

Become a Sponsor

Most GoBridge workshops need some level of support. This can range from offering a space, paying for food or even travel expenses for trainers. If you or your company is interested in helping, please send us an email.

Donate What You Can

Contributions to GoBridge via BridgeFoundry allow thousands of volunteers across the world to teach workshops and provide resource to women and others who are underserved in access to technology and tech skills. Most workshops happen without needing any funds with companies providing space and food for our events. Providing food is an equalizer, making it so people who can’t afford to go out for lunch are not separated from those that can. Meals also provide a comfortable space for informally networking.

Your donation is fully tax-deductible. See About BridgeFoundry for more non-profit details, including their EIN.

When donating through BridgeFoundry please note the funds are for GoBridge.

DONATE

Leadership Team

These are our core members who make up the leadership team.

Ashley McNamara, Carlisia Pinto, Carolyn Van Slyck, Cassandra Salisbury, Conrad Taylor, Edward Muller, Johnny Boursiquot, Maartje Eyskens, Natalie Pistunovich, Sarah Allen, Van Riper, Wilken Rivera, William Kennedy

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