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. LeadingEng is our co-located event for senior engineering leaders - with a manager of managers premier pass you can attend both LeadDev and LeadingEng. Past conferences have included meetups, games lounge, coffee bar, massage lounge and much more courtesy of our sponsors.

Related San Francisco events

LeadingEng - The dedicated event for CTO-track engineering leadership

The highest levels of engineering org management are challenging and isolating.

Register your interest for the invite-only event curated for Directors, VPs, and CTOs on October 28.


Here are some of most our 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 Mariott Oakland, San Francisco. For help getting there, check out the venue's website.


Oakland Marriott City Center

1001 Broadway,Oakland USA California 94607

Directions (opens in Google Maps)

Visit the venue's website


Do I need to bring anything?

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.

What time should I arrive?

Registration will open around 8.00am on October 26 and 8.30am on October 27, 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 7.20pm. Day 2 will finish around 5pm. Check out the schedule for up-to-date timings.

We have secured a preferential room rate of $190.00 ++ for all LeadDev attendees at the conference venue, the Oakland Marriott City Center.  
To make a booking, click on the booking website link where you will be able to make, modify and cancel hotel reservations online, as well as take advantage of any room upgrades, amenities or other services offered by the hotel. 

Yes, food will be provided! 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 organize in-person conferences in San Francisco, London, New York and Berlin. Visit 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.

There will also 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've answered the questions we get asked most often, but if we've missed anything that you want to ask us, please send us an email [email protected].


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Want to attend our conference but not sure how to bring up the subject with your manager? Take a look at our sample email we have developed for you to use to help you explain the value of attending LeadDev San Francisco and how you'll benefit from the insights shared!

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