why attend?

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 industry-leading experts on topics such as leading remote teams, vulnerability in Engineering, time management, fostering awesome team cultures, giving feedback, and more! 


who attends?

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 

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.


The conference will consist of two tracks of 20+ speakers and an engaging keynote entertainer (more details coming soon!).  Recordings will be made available to attendees for 1 month after the event concludes.


View the conference schedule to read about our amazing speakers!



closing keynote & magic - bring your kids!

Michael Carducci is a hands-on software architect, consultant, entrepreneur, entertainer and speaker with a reputation for doing the impossible. Over the past two decades he has gained experience and insights from a variety of roles spanning the full project life-cycle and numerous technologies.

In addition to his experience in the technology industry, Michael has earned equal recognition and renown as an award-winning professional magician and mentalist. This pursuit has earned him a unique perspective on problem solving, human psychology, and communication.

In the before times, when not on the road speaking, coding, or performing; Michael could be found exploring the mountains of Colorado on two wheels, jumping out of perfectly good airplanes, or deep under water exploring shipwrecks and reefs. These days it’s mainly just a lot of Netflix…

thank you to our sponsors!

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2020 event testimonials

feedback from our 2020 event

"A diverse niche of speakers who covered a wide-range of topics, many of them strongly relevant for today's needs"

"I liked the focus on the people side of software development, there is not enough content out there on that topic."

"The diversity of the speakers.  Speakers who shared pragmatic advice that could be applied at any scale in any organization"

"As a relatively new engineering manager, it was great to get introduced to some really good tools, tips and resources."

"I really enjoyed attending a conference focused entirely on engineering leadership. I was an engineer for many years and I've been a manager for very few, so it's great to have the opportunity to learn from such an amazing group of inspiring leaders."

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