virtual conference update:
Due to the global pandemic, we have decided to transition the 2020 conference to a virtual format. The event will still be filled with informative and interactive sessions from thought leaders across the world. Please continue visiting the schedule for updates.
Attendees who have purchased a ticket will receive an email 2 weeks prior with information to join our Slack community and more instructions on joining the conference.
Thank you so much for your patience and support! We look forward to meeting you virtually soon.
View the conference logistics page for more information leading up to the event.
Our technology organizations are growing rapidly, resulting in many individuals taking on new roles in Engineering Management. Many of these new leaders often struggle with psychological and emotional shift from individual contributor roles to suddenly leading a group of people.
Developer First Tech Leadership conference is designed to facilitate meaningful conversations and provide attendees with new perspectives and strategies for becoming confident, admirable, and inspiring leaders in tech.
Participants will hear from 25+ industry-leading experts on topics in a one-track format such as leading remote teams, vulnerability in Engineering, time management, fostering awesome team cultures, giving feedback, and more!
Register now to secure your spot at the 2020 conference where you will make new connections, discover helpful resources, and actionable methods to implement in your role immediately.
We are hosting a full-day training workshop the Monday after the conference to help you learn and practice essential skills to navigate the complexities of Engineering Management.
Learn more and register now! (tickets sold separately)
Technical leaders passionate about the people side of software development; both new to management and seasoned people leaders!
This includes, but isn't limited to, Engineers, Engineering Managers, Directors, Tech Leads, Principal Engineers
accessibility & inclusion
We are committed to removing barriers that would prevent anyone from accessing the Developer First Tech Leadership Conference. Review our accessibility & inclusion offerings here.
code of conduct
Developer First is a friendly community where everyone should feel welcome, safe and comfortable to share ideas and engage in open discussion. It is vital for us to provide a harassment-free experience for everyone at the conference.
All attendees, volunteers, speakers, and sponsors are required to abide by our code of conduct. Any violations will be dealt with seriously and may include being expelled and banned from events without a refund. Please read our code of conduct before registering for the event.
Michael Lopp is a veteran Silicon Valley-based engineering leader who builds both people and product at historic companies such as Slack, Borland, Netscape, Palantir, Pinterest, and Apple.
While he's not deeply worrying about staying relevant, he writes about backpacks, bridges, people, leadership, and werewolves at the popular weblog, Rands in Repose.