2021 tech leadership conference
May 07, 2021, 9:00 AM
Minneapolis Marriott Southwest
1 day event focused on the people side of software development



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 

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.


Assuming large group gatherings are safe in 2021, the event will be held at the Minneapolis Marriott Southwest.  If needed, the event will be transitioned to a virtual event similar to the 2020 conference.  

Call the venue directly or use this link to book a room with the DF conference special ($169.00/night). This discount will be available through April 15, 2021.

5801 Opus Pkwy, Minnetonka, MN 55343

(952) 935-5500



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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