At LeadDev we strive to deliver a high quality experience that's worth investing in your personal development. We take pride in delivering inclusive, friendly and welcoming events for our community of engineering leaders. It's more than just inspiring talks and case studies - we want you to enjoy the conference with peace of mind.

Here's what you can expect from the LeadDev experience:

Our friendly team will meet you on arrival and you’ll be given a delegate badge and swag bag. Everything you need to know can be found on your delegate badge - the full event schedule, WiFi details, social tags and much more can be accessed through a QR code. Less paper means we're doing what we can to save the planet.

We're happy to answer any questions you might have - just look for a team member in a pink shirt that says 'organiser'.

Although many government mandated restrictions have now been lifted, we want to make sure everyone feels comfortable socialising in an event setting. Stickers are available to add to your conference badge, letting others know your individual wishes on social distancing:

Red = Please keep your distance
Amber = No physical touch please (e.g. handshakes)
Green = I'm comfortable with talking and physical touch

Read our Covid safety policy for more information on our safety guidelines at the conference.

 

Inclusion is one of our core values and we think the world is better with diverse voices, equal access and representation. We provide live captioning for all talks, spaces for prayer and nursing, as well as gender neutral and accessible bathrooms. Pronoun stickers are also available to add to your conference badge, letting others know how you would like to be addressed.

Light breakfast refreshments and lunch is provided. There will also be tea, coffee and snacks available throughout the day. We can cater for special dietary requirements, so if you have any allergies or other requirements (e.g. kosher), just let us know.

The sponsor hall is the perfect place to network with your peers, but we also offer 'speaker office hours' - an opportunity for you to connect with our guest speakers after their talks. There will also be a designated quiet space for working or wind down from the busyness of the main event.

With an all-access pass you can attend a workshop led by one of our engineering leaders. Past events have included meetups, games lounge, coffee bar, massage lounge and much more courtesy of our sponsors.

 

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Here are some of our most frequently asked questions.

Absolutely, we take our Code of Conduct very seriously. You can read in full here. All conference participants are expected to be respectful towards other attendees, speakers, organizers, and staff, in-person and online. 

You can find reporting and enforcement processes at the link above. For reporting concerns at the event itself, the LeadDev team can be identified by pink t-shirts with ‘Organizer’ printed on the back.

Your safety and that of everyone at the event is of paramount importance and we want everyone to feel safe and secure. We are working closely with the venue to ensure that we follow official guidelines and best practices when it comes to COVID safety, but we don’t know what exact guidance (venue specific, local, or national) will be in place for large events in 2022. These guidelines are therefore subject to change.

You can find our full COVID policy here.

The conference takes place at the Berlin Congress Centre, Berlin.

Address: Alexanderstr. 11, 10178 Berlin, Germany

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Please note that bags and other luggage with a volume up to 10 Liters are permitted (e.g. handbags, laptop bags, backpacks). All guests with bags or luggage of this nature should be prepared for bag checks.
Bags and other luggage with a larger capacity are not permitted and may not be left in the cloakroom or brought into the venue. All additional attire must be left at the cloakroom.

What's the conference hashtag?

Use the hashtag #LeadDevBerlin and don't forget to tag us (@TheLeadDev on Twitter and @LeadDev on LinkedIn) to live-tweet, share your thoughts, post photos, and connect with others at the conference.

What time should I arrive?

Registration will open around 8.00am on November 3 and 8.30am on November 4, and the first session will start between 9.00am and 9.30am. We will confirm exact timings closer to the conference. 

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.

What time does everything finish?

We expect Day 1 of the conference to finish around 5:30pm, followed by a happy hour until 8:00pm. Day 2 will finish around 4:30pm. Check out the schedule for up-to-date timings.

Yes! A lunch is provided, plus tea, coffee and snacks throughout the day. Tea, coffee, and light breakfast refreshments will be available in the morning before the first session. Catering will be served in line with current COVID guidelines and there will be additional spaces to sit and eat.

Will you cater for my special dietary requirements?

Yes! There will be a vegan option available during lunch. If you have any allergies or other requirements (e.g. gluten-free, Halal, Kosher) just let us know by emailing [email protected]. During the conference, if you have requested a special meal other than vegan, please speak to a member of staff who will be able to help you.

The venue is wheelchair accessible and we’ll provide 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 we offer you the best experience.

Just show your ticket containing your QR code either printed or on your smartphone to our registration staff and they’ll provide you with your conference pass.

Yes! We’re recording all the talks and we’ll send you the links to the videos after the conference, once they’ve been edited. 

Our photographer will be capturing moments throughout the conference. If you don't want to be included in published photographs, please pick up a yellow lanyard at registration.

The LeadDev team produces content and events for engineering leaders. We also organise in-person conferences in San Francisco, London, and Berlin. Visit LeadDev.com/events to see all our upcoming events.

Office hours sessions will run during the breaks and happy hour to give you an opportunity to meet the speakers and get answers to your questions. Check the schedule for timings.

Yes, there will be a happy hour held in the conference venue from 5:30–7.30pm on Day 1 of the conference. 

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, job role, company, company sector, company size and country. 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 can unsubscribe from any communications you receive.

We have a dedicated private, lockable room at the event venue for anyone requiring a place to express or feed during the event. Please just ask a member of staff in a pink t-shirt for directions. 

We have a prayer room on site for anyone who wishes to pray or meditate during the conference. Please ask a member of staff in a pink t-shirt for more information and location. 

We have a designated quiet space on the Ground Floor of the event venue, away from the main hall for those who may feel uncomfortable in noisy, crowded situations.
Quiet work is allowed here, however we respectfully ask that you take any calls, meetings or conversations outside of this room. 

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