Thursday, May 12, 2022 | 08:00 AM - 06:00 PM CDT
333 North Green Street, Chicago, IL
The 2022 Chicago CTO Summit
Connect with, and learn from your peers at the Chicago CTO Summit
*Participation is limited to CTOs, CDOs, and Directors/VPs of Software, Platform and Data/Analytics in product companies (not dev shops) with at least 200 full time employees in product/engineering
If you are technical and manage engineers, share problems and get answers at The 2022 Chicago CTO Summit. Whether you want to figure out how to return to the office in a sustainable way, avoid the "great resignation", think through the practicalities of hiring and managing international teams or just learn how to improve your engineering effectiveness using approaches such as DORA metrics, the CTO Summits are designed to help you to learn from top practitioners and to share experiences with your peers. The summit is a single day (8:00 AM -> 6:00 PM), single track summit with 15 presentations along with plenty of breaks for networking!
Keep up to date with trends
Identify good practices
Strengthen your network
Get inspired and motivated

Fulfilling the promise of continuous delivery

Charity Majors

CTO, Honeycomb

Build vs buy at scale

Ann Lewis

CTO, Next Street

Criminal background = kickass developer

Jonathan Moore

Founder & CEO,

Beyond the four most common devOps metrics

Michael Stahnke

VP Platform, CircleCI

The secret to CEO and CTO alignment

Bryan Helmkamp

Founder and CEO, Code Climate

Why reorgs fail

Aaron Erickson

Co-Founder and CEO, Orgspace

Security from zero

Eleanor Saitta

Principal Consultant, Systems Structure

You succeeded as a senior tech leader. Now what?

Joseph de Castelnau

Chief Data Officer & Founder, Syncresia

How to make product and engineering work together

David Subar

Managing Director, Interna

Giving engineering teams superpowers with serverless

Jay Zeschin

VP of Technology, Highwing

Micro-services: don’t forget to plan for the imperfect

Bjorn Freeman-benson

CTO, Ambassador Labs

Trust at scale: intentional communication for engineering leaders

Mercedes Bernard

Principal Software Engineer, Cloud City Development

Synthesizing failure: simplicity in modeling

Aaron Bedra

Global Head of Engineering, Cumberland DRW

How to science the product

Emad Khazraee

Senior Director of Product Data Science,

The API of your team

Trace Wax

VP of Product, Artium

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"The sessions were high caliber and had a lasting impact on my work this year. As a single-day event in my hometown, it was easy to work into my schedule."

Jennifer Farver
CEO at 8th Light
“The summits bring together industry leaders who are passionate about sharing high-quality, practical knowledge in an environment that fosters valuable networking, learning, and growth.”

Nick Caldwell
former GM of Core Tech @ Twitter

Robert Conrad
CTO at Crunchbase
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