Go: Around The World - London, UK - An Introduction

Go: Around The World - London, UK - An Introduction

Hello! Today I’d like to introduce an idea for a series of articles I’m going to be working on for the next few months. Go: Around The World. Starting in London, because well, I live there.

Last week, I went to Imperial Lates: Tiny Science. It was a showcase of some of the research the PHD students had been conducting at Imperial College London.

To be honest, I didn’t stay too long, nothing against the event, I just felt quite tired. However, I had time to catch a talk about stick insects.

“Explore the micro-scale science of how stick insects clamber up walls, and how this could inspire tomorrow’s medical plasters and wall-climbing robots.” - A quote from the website

A bit of the talk went over my head, but I had a small opportunity to talk to the researcher afterwards, as I wanted to figure out how they gathered their data. Did they use coding, or microscopes or… coding? Were they working with live insects? (Yes, and now I know more about stick insects than I originally would’ve liked).

This is the part where astute readers may guess that this person was using Go to do their research. Alas, no. They were using Python. But it made me wonder, what if they were using Go? Or to put it another way, even though I know researchers use Python for Data Analysis, I never would’ve guessed it was being used for research into how stick-insects selectively ‘stick’ to things.

So, what about Go? What Go projects are people working on that I wouldn’t even think of? And what inspired those projects?

When I pitched the idea to myself it sounded fun to write about. How the idea will take shape is a different ballgame entirely. I haven’t yet decided if interviewing or picking out interesting projects I find around the web is the better approach. Porque no los dos?

According to The State of Go (written in 2021), in terms of Go Developers around the world there are 180k in North America, 63k in South America, 243k in Europe, 38k in Africa, 570k in Asia and 132k in Oceania. Makes you wonder what wonders could be out there.

Well, I’m going to see if I can find out! This series of articles will unfortunately not be a weekly occurrence as life is going to be getting busier and busier, and with Christmas around the corner I’ll probably be ramping down a bit for the holidays.

Anywho, thanks for reading and see you at the next one!

P.S: If there’s anyone who you think I should try to get in touch with, or a project I could take a look into please do let me know!