Join our community of software engineering managers and hear inspirational stories that will help you become an effective technical leader and develop high-performing tech teams in challenging times.

Conference Themes
2023 programme

The tech industry is reeling from multiple shocks as the threat of a recession and layoffs bite. The conference programming committee has designed this year's content to help.

  • Leading in a downturn
  • Doing more with less
  • Learning from incidents/failure
  • Onboarding effectively

Featured speakers

Get unparalleled access to industry leaders with decades worth of experience building effective engineering teams. More to be announced soon!

Ines Sombra Fastly Vice President of Engineering
Mica Alaniz Slack Engineering Manager
Jemiah Sius New Relic Director of Developer Relations
Suzanne Livingston IBM Sustainability Software VP Development & Support
Matthew Hawthorne Software Engineer
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The LeadDev Experience

office hours

Chat with our speakers in Office Hours


The best-practice led talks chosen from 100s of proposals

no choice

Hear all of the best talks in a single track


Quiet spaces to relax and find calm

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Meet your peers from across the tech industry

Make connections and share ideas with the most progressive engineering leaders in the US.

Presenting companies

  • slack
  • New Relic
  • IBM

The Venue

LeadDev West Coast will be held at the Oakland Marriott City Center. Sit back and soak up all of the ideas on offer, then take time after the conference to discover Oakland, California - home to a vibrant arts scene and winning sports teams.

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Hear from past attendees on their experiences with LeadDev conferences

"Thank you LeadDev for such an amazing and inspiring event! Amazing because I learned so much and made so many great connections. Inspiring because I hope to not only attend next year's event, I hope to do so as a speaker."

Erika Lewis
Wide Eye Creative Senior Engineering Manager

"This was my fourth time attending LeadDev. Every subsequent time I brought more and more co-workers from Vinted Engineering. As one of us said this year - 'it’s the most useful conference I’ve ever attended.' "

Mindaugas Mozunas
Vinted VP of Engineering

"I loved the diversity in the speaker line up! It's important to see others like you up on the stage to foster inclusivity. I also loved meeting speakers and folks in real life that I'd known through twitter for a long time."

Crystal Hirschorn
Snyk Director of Engineering
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Meet your conference chair: Ines Sombra

Ines Sombra is the Vice President of Engineering at Fastly, where she spends her time helping the Web go faster. She hosted the first LeadDev West Coast conference in 2022 and will return again this autumn to welcome a new set of speakers to the stage as they share their ideas and experiences.

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