About the conference

The Lead Developer was designed with the needs and pain points of technical team leads in mind. We programme each conference around our three key themes of Team, Tech & Tools. The talks are designed to help very practically with common problems in these areas.

In our five years we’ve covered everything from leadership to recruitment, team dynamics to imposter syndrome. Our technical talks are designed to keep tech leads current - anything from new languages, frameworks and technologies to case studies dealing with common issues such a rapid scaling. We look at tools and processes and ways of working. Finally, we’re thinking about the personal development of an engineering manager and how to continue to grow the key skills needed by an effective and inspirational technical leader.

What we love about running The Lead Developer is the feeling of community. In our audience, we find a total diversity of background, technologies and industries, but a common set of issues.

We’re really looking forward to welcoming everyone to The Lead Developer New York 2020. If you’ve been to any of our conferences before, you'll know that you can expect brilliant content and a friendly atmosphere.

Delegate handbook & FAQs

We've gathered frequently asked questions to help everyone get the most out of their conference experience. For anything extra that's happening at the conference, we'll announce it in our newsletters closer to the conference, so stay tuned!

Thanks to our sponsors

Our sponsors help make the conference possible - pay them a visit in our sponsor hall to find out what they’re up to. There are lots of awesome products to see, some of our sponsors also have SWAG and competitions for you to enter.

FAQs

Do you have a code of conduct?

Absolutely, we take our Code of Conduct very seriously. You can read in full here. In short: all conference participants are expected to be respectful towards other attendees, speakers, organisers and staff, in person and online. If you feel uncomfortable with the behaviour of anyone at the conference, please let someone in an organiser t-shirt know. We'll take your concerns seriously and take appropriate action.

Where is the conference?

The conference takes place at the Metropolitan Pavilion. For help getting there, check out our location page or the venue's website. If you're in New York just for the conference, take a look at the Timeout New York city guide for things to do.

What time should I arrive?

Registration will open at 8.30am on both days of the conference. Tea, coffee, and pastries will be available in the morning before the first session.

What happens if I’m running late?

Don't worry if you are running late. Our staff will stay at the registration desk for most of the morning. We’ll let you slip into the auditorium quietly once we've given you your name badge.

Will food be provided?

Yes! A hot lunch is provided, plus tea, coffee and snacks throughout the day.

Will you cater for my special dietary requirements?

Yes! There will be a vegetarian option available during lunch. If you have other requirements (e.g. allergies) and you didn't let us know when you registered for your ticket, please email [email protected]. During the conference, if you have requested a special meal other than vegetarian, please speak to a member of staff who will be able to help you.

Is the venue accessible?

Yes! The venue is fully wheelchair accessible and we’ll be providing real-time audio captioning for all talks. Please do let us know about any access requirements that you have, if you haven’t already, by emailing [email protected]. It’s no trouble at all – we just need some advance notice to make sure you’re catered for.

Do I need to bring anything?

You won’t need to bring anything to get your badge on the day. Just give your name to our lovely registration staff and they’ll provide you with your conference pass.

Does the conference venue have wifi?

Absolutely, you can find details on your badge.

Are you recording the conference?

Yes! We’re recording all the talks and we’ll send you the links to the videos a couple of weeks after the conference, once they’ve been edited. We’ll also gather slides and add links to them on the talks page. Our photographer will be capturing moments throughout the conference. We’ll put these photos on Flickr and send you the link! If you don't want to be included in published photographs, please pick up a yellow lanyard at registration.

What time does everything finish?

The conference is due to finish around 6pm on Day 1 followed by a networking mixer. The conference will finish around 5pm on Day 2. The full schedule with exact timings will be confirmed and published approximately 3-4 weeks prior to the conference, please check the schedule then for up-to-date timings.

Can I attend a workshop?

We're running workshops prior to the conference. Check out the workshops page to find out more and to purchase tickets. Fair warning - they sell out every time, so we do recommend booking them early.

Who organises the conference?

The conference is organised by White October Events. We also organise SeleniumConf Chicago and AngularConnect.

Visit whiteoctoberevents.co.uk to see all our upcoming events.

Are there any extra sessions?

There will be so many things going on at the conference, so stay tuned for the Extras page to be published with more details. It will be announced in the emails coming up to the conference so sign up to the mailing list to stay tuned.

Is there a drinks reception?

Yes! Stick around after the conference on Day 1 to chat to your fellow delegates, our speakers and sponsors. Drinks (alcoholic & non-alcoholic) will be provided. More details to be published closer to the conference.

Are you on Twitter?

Of course! Mention @theleaddev or use hashtag #LeadDevNewYork to share your thoughts or ask us questions during the conference.

What is the barcode on my badge?

At the conference, you'll notice there’s a barcode on your delegate badge. Our sponsors may request your permission to scan your badge so they can get in touch with you after the conference to discuss their products and services. If you agree, the sponsor will receive the following information (if provided when registering your conference ticket): your name, email address, Twitter username, job role, company, company sector, and company size. By allowing our sponsor to scan your badge, you are giving them permission to request this information from us. Please note, we will not give your details to a sponsor unless you approve the request. You are able to unsubscribe from any communications you receive. For more details, check out our Data Promise.

Sponsors

Thank you to all our fantastic partners who help make our event happen.

Would you like to join the community and align your brand with The Lead Developer? Contact us for our 2020 sponsorship prospectus.

Premier Sponsor

Twitter

Platinum Sponsor

LaunchDarkly

Platinum Sponsor

Big Nerd Ranch

Talent Partner

Hired

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